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.
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"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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A fantastic "who done it" type mystery with the usual suspense with a twist that I really didn't see coming!
Strike - His mannerisms and behaviour. I clearly hard nut type bloke but didn't abuse this even when he'd too many beers and was still the perfect gentleman.
Excellent accents and really brought the characters to life.
When Strike was pouring his "Drunken" heart out to Robyn in the pub.
"PLEASE LET THERE BE A SEQUEL!"
The main characters were believable and well brought to life, I would love to find out where they go next!
The story kept me gripped and it was intelligently written. I also think the narrator did an excellent job!
I don't often give reviews but on this occassion, I really do have to. This is not my usual type of read / listen but I am very pleased I bought it. Someone else said it was like having a movie in your head and I have to agree.
Not only is the story gripping with characters that feel and sound genuine (whether you like or hate them), but the narrator is perfect with just the right balance of male / female improvisation and local dialect.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read which I highly recommend.
The craft - the high standard of writing against the backdrop of intresting, believable characters in a "who done it" style story.
Strike is my favourite character. A multifaceted, straight talking individual who after a rough start in life, clearly wants love and acceptance. I enjoy the way he sees life and people.
The story was gripping from the beginning and the main characters were interesting and well developed.
It was fluid and moved to each different stage easily.
This was the first time I had listened to an audible book read by Robert Glenister but more please. It was brilliantly read, the characters recognisable from the varying tones used by and easy to listen to.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more.
"A Good Whodunit"
My impressions after listening to the first few chapters of The Cuckoo's Calling were that it is humorous in places, which is good; that it is very well written, that the characters are strongly depicted and interesting. Half of the way through, I found that as a work of crime fiction the book was not meeting my expectations. I was used to listening to crime books by Peter James, Jo Nesbo and Michael Robotham in which the tension builds by nasty things happening as part of the developing plot, but in The Cuckoo's Calling there was a lot of conversation, and not very much happening. I was expecting exciting things to happen from time to time to move the story along, but instead I found that the story advanced by a succession of interviews with those who might be regarded as the main suspects or as witnesses who might - contrary even to their own expectations - have useful information. However, even though there was not very much happening in terms of dramatic events (which is the kind of crime fiction I am used to) I found the character of Cormoran Strike interesting and the story to be intriguing. I have not read any Agatha Christie but I suspect this story is in the same whodunit vein of many of her stories, with the thorough, persistent and clever detective examining the evidence, considering the clues, determining a solution that fits all the facts, and finally presenting the solution to the actual perpetrator. The Cuckoo's Calling is in that vein of private detective, whodunit fiction. It is a strong story, that is well-constructed and developed. Moreover, Robert Glenister's reading of it is absolutely superb: his is one of the best readings I have heard on Audible. In all, The Cuckoo's Calling is a very good listen indeed.
I have not read the book, only listened to the audio book...the narration is beautiful, and brings the story to life. would definitely recommend!!
the narrators voice
"Good but not great"
I didn't know it was JK Rowling when I started to read it, so thought it was a good for a first novel, but not sure there was anything special, rather routine storyline and perhaps a little lacking in exciting moments or good twists. Also, there seemed to be a large factual error which I was surprised wasn't picked up, as it should have changed the plot.
I thought the narrator, Robert Glenister, was really excellent and added to the quality of the book. There are similar crime books e.g. Kate Atkinson, Christopher Brookmyre etc. and if you enjoy those, you would probably enjoy this.
Yes I will as I loved the characters
I loved it - and cant wait for his second book
Emotion and the characterisation of the Private Detective
Made me laugh and made me cross too
"So much better than The Casual Vacancy"
Yes - as has been said in the press JKR has certainly found her strengths here. Enjoyable, intelligent and so clearly NOT a male author. I enjoyed the easily rolling canter through the the tale and RG did a sterling job with the narration.
"Congratulations on the Birth of a New Detective!"
The author has done a great job of "setting" the characters, their stomping ground and their style. It's great to be in at the start of something new.
Robert Glenister is a master! He breathes life into even the briefest appearance of every character. When I read a book to myself, I hear the characters' voices, so it's absolutely essential for me to get this from an audiobook.
Actually, it was pretty compelling but not a nail-biting rollercoaster so I was able to go to sleep between listenings!
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