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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Firstly, I'm not a fan of the Harry Potter novels, quite the opposite. So I can say I was pleasantly surprised by how entertained I was by this title. I'd read great reviews but wasn't convinced it would live up to expectations.
The characters are all interesting with their own little quirks, and each one is memorable. I struggle remembering who is who and what they have done, but it was not the case with this story.
A few reviews say that it is predictable, but I would guess that these readers have a significant list of characters that may be involved in the ultimate plot, of which one of them is the right culprit. It will leave you guessing to the very end.
"Stick with it"
The way the story develops - albeit a little slowly.
Strike for sure!
At first no....it dragged on a bit in the beginning and I found it really hard to get into. So much description and back story! But...the last 3rd had me hooked and I wanted to keep going then.
Stick with the story. It does get better. I listened while walking to pick my nephew from school and the 15mins was about all I could take in the beginning. My mind would wander - it just didn't grab me. But the last third of the book was great as the mystery deepened and the carefully woven story of the first half was allowed to shine.
"What a find! My new favorite character"
Strike.. The next morse but with another depth. Excellent plot and twists. Robert glenister makes the whole thing come to life.
His ability to bring each character to life
Families are not what they seem !
"Definitely a great forage into crime!"
The Cuckoo's Calling is a very solid delve into the genre. I did listen to this after the author's true identity was revealed, but the authors previous works are mile apart- don't let this knowledge put you off. It's really great!
I love the interaction between the stereotypical male detective and the savvy female assistant. He is almost straight out of a film noir and she is much more 21st century career woman. It works really well. The author really captures the intricacies of each role.
Their first meeting is classic!
If you like crime, this is definitely one to listen to.
"My first audiobook...I was not disappointed!"
Engrossing, compelling, multi-layered
I haven't read the specific genre of crime fiction before but I've always loved film and television programmes of this type and thought I would give it a go. It was brilliant!
I love the difference in his voice when changing character. It isn't off putingly obvious but cleverly subtle, all characters are easily defined and allow the story to flow seamlessly.
I don't know as I don't think I'd do a good job but if someone else did you can guarantee I would go and see it!
This has launched my love of crime fiction. I will DEFINITELY be listening to the next Robert Galbraith novel as I love the relationship shared between Strike and Robyn and their twinned excellence in crime solving. Also, I love how I'm left guessing right till the end before all is revealed!
"I liked it. I particularly like Cormoran Strike"
Unusual main character. Well read and kept a good pace with the stroy. The end was a surprise and I've ordered Silkworm to enjoy the progress of this character.
"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
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