When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger…
A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is a classic crime novel in the tradition of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, and marks the beginning of a unique series of mysteries.
Robert Glenister has performed with both the National Theatre and the RSC. He has worked extensively on radio and television and is probably best known for his roles as Ash Morgan in the BBC's Hustle and as the Home Secretary in 5 series of Spooks.
©2013 Robert Galbraith (P)2013 Hachette Digital
"The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place." (Val McDermid)
"One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years" (Mark Billingham)
"One of the best crime novels I have ever read." (Alex Gray)
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"Loved the book and the narration"
Interesting, engaging, addictive
I listened to this book well before the identity of its author became public. I had already told myself that I would watch out for the next Robert Galbraith.
"Totally Utterly Brilliant"
The final chapter, but all chapters were highly engaging
If I had 15hrs yes definitely!
My first download and so impressed both with the mystery/storyline and the fine +gripping delivery. A stonker of a story that keeps you guessing! Highly recommend.
"A good London Read"
This books reads like the start of a beautiful partnership that could roll into many more books. A detective novel based in London. Not particularly fast paced or thrilling. However a good read, with a good story line that covers characters with a wide range of backgrounds.
If this to be a series you will get to know the characters in great depth and will start to enjoy the books a lot more.
"Enjoyable, but not gripping"
I would listen to The Cookoo's Calling again but would listen more intently, as it is a long story and requires concentration.
Could listen to Robert Glenister all day, he did a very good job of different character voices and he is a very good story teller.
"pssst it's J K Rowling"
I listened to the audio version narrated superbly by Robert Glenister and was hooked from the start. Not only was it a ripping yarn but also beautifully constructed with some genuinely poetic language. I guessed whodunit but that did not detract from my thorough enjoyment of the book. I wold be interested to "read" it to see if I would enjoy it as much because Glenister really brought the story to life in my opinion. As soon as I had finished I Googled Galbraith to see what else he had written and was gob smacked to find out it was J K Rowling. I read all Harry Potter and enjoyed them in their own right whereas and the Casual Vacancy left me a bit depressed and disappointed. So glad I did not know beforehand that Galbraith=Rowling as I listened without prejudice or expectation and blimey madam you can write!
"An enjoyable yarn."
I really enjoyed this book. There was enough to keep me guessing, although I did figure out 'who dunnit'. The book settled down after a couple of chapters. In my opinion, there was no need for the Latin at the beginning of the parts (I understood why it was there though) or the need for a thesaurus at the start of the book. It did help brush up my vocabulary! I really liked Cormoran, he was the perfect blend of grumpy, happy, intuitive and human.
It was clever. Nicely wrapped up. The book wound its way round the story giving enough hints if you were paying attention.
I had not heard a book by Robert Glenister before but I will certainly look out for others read by him.
"Very enjoyable book"
I loved the pace of the story and how it slowly unravelled allowing you to enjoy the character development.
All the scenes involving Cormorant and Robin.
Yes but not possible as it's a big book. Found it easy to pick up after a break.
Can't wait for the next one in the series, if there is to be one.
yes, kept me guessing right to the end
i loved this book. Now the plot is set this could hopefully be made into a series.
"Compelling story, fantastic narration!"
Very well written. Lots of twists and turns, but the quality of Robert Glenister's narration made the audio book quite brilliant. His timing is spot on, inflection faultless and his ability to bring each character to life with remarkable changes in his voice, frankly amazing.
No, too long and not quite pacey enough for that.
The characters were beautifully scripted.
No. Once you know the outcome of a detective story it's a done deal for me.
Sounds silly, but I loved Strike's encounters with Kiara Porter, and the relationship that grew between him and Robin. Two interesting characters that were entertaining to listen to throughout a top class storyline with twists and thrill a plenty.
His accents were fantastic and his interchanging between many characters at once.
I simply cannot fault this book on any aspect of it's performance. Well read by Glenister with some great character accents, beautifully interesting throughout, I did not find myself bored at a single point in the book. The outcome was not as obvious as I thought it would be, like many detective novels. This book is begging to be made into a film. Bravo Rowling.
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