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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"Sceptical at first but loved it!"
Definitely would recommend this. I was very cautious to begin with - the idea that this book had not sold particularly well until it was leaked that the real author was not 'Galbraith' but Rowling put me off. Actually I felt it was better written than the 'Potter' books and she had captured contemporary life, loves and anxieties really well. It was well plotted, interesting, engaging and quite a neat story. Liked it so much I bought the next one too :)
This is a middle class London centric version of Ian Rankin - and no bad thing because of that. Loved the characterisation of Cormoran and Robin.
Exceptional. I loved the reading and interpretation and I will be seeking out readings by Glenister in the future as he really made the book sing. this would be a 'deal breaker' for me in the future as I think Robert can make a book really come alive. I'll be looking to buy books read by him in the future.
Yes. The plot was engaging and the cliff-hangers at he chapter ending made one want to continue listening.
"Couldn't stop listening!"
really enjoyed this story and was hooked the whole way through with all the twists and turns!
"Loved it - all of it."
Loved the story, the narration, the whole thing. Wished there had been less swearing although it did add authenticity to characters.
"Really enjoyed the book"
I loved narrators Roberts Glenister's voice and reading was excellent .
And it was a good twist at the end. Thank you
"Excellent production, good story"
Brilliantly read and a well constructed and executed story. Worth the money, quite riveting not too long or short, enjoy
Loved it so much am starting it over straight away. One of the best who dun nits I have read for ages.
Really charming murder mystery with a gentle pace... The twists and turns will keep you guessing and the characters are very endearing
"J.K at her best"
The characters of Strike and Robin are rich, warm, intelligent and at times humorous.
The story keeps you totally involved with the plot and the out come is not disappointing.
If I were to say anything negative it would be the swearing at times I found it un necessary, as with Jonah.
I hope this is the beginning of a long run of books maybe with Strike solving his own mothers death or having to prove Charlotte innocent from murdering her soon to be husband because let's face it J.K is the master of the under current story line!
Excellent book, really enjoyed the whole book & the unravelling at the end, didn't have a clue who was the murderer!!!
Yes - liked the reader - was a good who-done-it
no - I listen on the way to and from work
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