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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"Gripping plot and excellent narration"
Yes - because the plot is complex and detailed and I might have missed a twist here and there, and because the characterisation and narration is so good.
The Shardlake series - not in terms of period (obviously!) but because it's a good story, well written and plotted and so makes an enjoyable read.
Yes - The Silkworm - also same author - for 2 reasons: really liked Glenister's narration combined with Galbraith's writing. More please from author and narrator!
If you're looking for a good read that's absorbing then this fits the bill.
Yes I started to read the print version but much preferred this as the narrator was so entertaining
The reveal at the end was memorable, although the whole text really entertained from start to finish - no lulls.
All of it - he was outstanding and entertaining - great voices (especially Robin) and read with real personality!
It was exhilarating at the end as the solution to the murder was being revealed, and provoked a positive emotional reaction
I was just addicted to this from start to finish! I am immediately going to download the next in the series.
I am wondering, now I know who the author is, if I would have enjoyed it as much. Anyway my preconceptions and prejudice aside, I loved this book, great characters and an interesting plot. Surprising as whilst I like the ideas behind her other work, the characters don't usually have enough credibility to keep me engaged.
"Great Start to a Series"
I really enjoyed this book, the story moved along well, the main characters were endearing, it also had some really nice moments of humour. Robert Glenister is brilliant and really brings the characters to life and gives real depth and personality.
Good contemporary detective novel with no ego based characters
Drunk scene in pub
Made me chuckle a number of times
Really Cormoran as a character and Robert glenister is very good at reading, easily flipping between characters to bring the story to life, really enjoyed the listen.. great description of events, surroundings
Cormoran - see him clearly in my mind whenever he is "speaking" , detective personified
brilliant - will be looking for more of his performance
at times some things made me laugh out loud - maybe just me but couple of cormoran's one of lines were blunt and to the point in a great "you snotty git" kind of way
read it - you will enjoy
"Well crafted who done it."
This is a smooth, well developed story with good characterisation and a hidden conclusion.
Cameron Strike is now set up for many more adventures, he is deep, hard bitten, with a touch of Harry Hole about him. I look forward to getting to know him better.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book."
Good quality, absorbing, not too taxing but still clever, whodunit. I will be downloading the next one in series. I didn't read Harry Potter and was put off when I found out it was Rowling but I was wrong. It was a good read.
Can't say without giving away plot
The satisfying conclusion.
Not really, it's not that deep.
Likeable characters, great plot, easy but not simplistic, entertaining read with a full and satisfying end. What's not to like?
"Fantastic listen from start to finish"
Great characters and superb portrayal of the British press
Strike & Robin have the makings of a Holmes & Watson
"A great ripping yarn!"
Okay, so three words is a little sparse. I have already recommended this book to people I know; I explained that it is a great crime story, that seems to be told in a fun, story-telling-type-of-way, although it still has plenty of adult content.
If I told you that, then I would spoil the story and I most certainly do not advocate spoilers!!!!
I have listened to a fair number of audio books over the past year or so and I would say that Robert Glenister is excellent. His voices are very expressive and very different and I would say he definitely added to the telling of the tale. I look forward to seeing more audio books become available that have been read by him, not just the Cormoran Strike series...
I wouldn't say that this a particularly 'moving' book, it certainly didn't cause me to feel moist in the eye area, nor any other area for that matter. I thought Strike's health issues are somewhat moving, if I had to really dig for something.
I really enjoyed this audiobook and hope to find more out there of this all round quality... Some narrators, especially the American ones can sound very mechanical, this was top notch. The story was fun and interesting, it wasn't the best crime plot ever, but it was written in such a way that made it fun and interesting. I frequently listened to the book for more than an hour at a time.
"Not living up to the expectations"
After reading so many very positive reviews I had great expectations from this book by J.K.Rowling aka Robert Galbraith, but was overall disappointed as following a slow and tedious start the plot had no development until the last few pages. A marathon of questions and answers, which after a while I was willing to skip hoping in a turn of events. It is a detective story, not to be ascribed to thriller nor suspense categories.
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