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 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
"A real guess who book"
I couldn't stop listening, a very intriguing storyline
I liked the two main characters and how they worked together without reading they had.
Convincing and enjoyable
The final chapter was very exciting
Looking forward to the next book in this series
"Great for long distance travel in the car"
There are no slow bits in the story. The characters are interesting. The narrator, Robert Glenister, does an excellent job.
The description of Comoron Strike - not your every day hero but you can't help but like him.
I really enjoyed this and didn't realise who the author was until I went to check out if there were more books about Strike.
Wonder if that would have coloured my view.
I found it really interesting and enjoyable book. Loved the characters and didn't guess the ending.
Was a little spun at the end and far fetched but not as bad as some and didn't ruin the whole book.
Looking forward to no 2.
Great characters in this 21st century murder mystery. An excellent cast of characters, ably performing their individual roles, highlight today's celebrity culture and it's ensuing madness.
Wonderfully narrated by Robert Glenister
"As a book I wouldn't have been able to put it down"
Great story well told. Lovely reading style. Had to find some earphones so I could keep listening in the car on the way to work.
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