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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This is the first murder mystery book I've read (and listened to) and I absolutely loved it.
The characters are excellent, the storyline kept me constantly wanting more and in the audio version, the reader was one of the best I've heard.
I'd definitely recommend it and will read it again.
"Addictive listening! Brilliant story !"
I haven't read the print version, this was my first encounter with Cormoran Strike and I am hooked! Great character portrayal and expressive narration. Robert Glenister does a brilliant job.
The mix of plot, social observation ,relationships and the descriptive writing
Cormoran Strike of course!
Brilliant listening, brilliant story !
Kept me entertained from start to finish! Great storyline that keeps you guessing right to the very end. Would recommend
Brilliant book. Well written. Great, believable and realistic story. Well narrated. Plenty of twists. If you like detective stories it doesn't get much better. Recommended
Great story with plenty of twists and turns. Found it hard to turn off as needed to keep listening to find out what happened next
Be forewarned before you start this excellent Rowling mystery that my work and social life, sleep and concentration have all suffered greatly as I have become utterly emersed, totally addicted to the exploits of Mr. Strike. I shall have to resist buying the sequel until I have a clear 3 days to indulge myself.
"Thrilling and quite funny at times."
It's one of those detective novels worth reading for the characters, the humour and the atmosphere rather that the actual murder solving. I loved to see cliches from the genre used well, and I especially enjoyed the focus on the main character's work method: it's interesting but not overhelmingly detailed.
"Very good, shame so much swearing"
Best: very rounded characters, good story, great performance, good twists
Least: too much bad language for me personally so gave 3 stars.
I would have preferred a storyline where the characters swore a lot less. I work from home and listen to audiobooks as I work, but I could only play this through headphones with family around. Didn't stop me buying the next one, but almost did.
Really enjoyed this .
Narration mostly good but occasionally too quiet to hear comfortably in car.
Story line good and not predictable 9
The book in my opinion in audible was superb
Strike, what a great complex character, from his strange childhood to his injury whilst in the forces.
I honestly think casting Robert Glenister as the narrator was genius, you could distinguish each and every character.
This audio book kept my interest from begining to end ,at times there where laugh out loud moments, if you enjoy a good murder mystery set in London then this is a must.
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