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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"Great classic mystery"
I bought this before all the hype of who the actual author was, but I have to say having read all the Harry Potter books I was a bit dubious about this book. Could she pull it off? The simple answer to this is yes, and in bucket loads. Without giving any of the story away, this books is a classic whodunnit, there are elements of Dashiell Hammett and Rex Stout to name a few of the great authors from the past. Our intrepid hero is captured perfectly by Rowling in this tale of secrets and lies. Our hero has his trusty sidekick who is just as accomplished as he in gathering information. The dynamic between our hero and heroine is well balanced and you can practically see the cogs turning when they collaborate together on the case.
The narration is well done, Glenister lends his talents to allowing you feel each of the characters in turn through his narration.
Having listened to the audio version I really want to read the book myself...
The narration is well done, Glenister lends his talents to allowing you to be a part each of the characters in turn through his narration.
I would happily recommend this book to anyone. The Author weaves a wonderful detective story, that wanders happily along, keeping the reader interested and wondering from start to finish. It is really a classic 'private eye' book, but set in London rather than an American location. The story has a steady pace, and all the 'angles' are covered and no loose ends. The Detective is the usual damaged individual, with a tragic history, but never did I feel sad for him. He got on with his job in the story. Happily the murderer was not easily determined too early in the story. I very much hope to meet Cormoran Strike again soon, and I think I will as the ending of this story left so many unfinished strands with the characters .
This book is very much like the American Private Eye Books, but so much better!
Robert Glenister is a reader I enjoy listening to. He tells the story, with characters having individuality. He is clear, easily listenable and entertaining.
I didn't find that i could listen to this book in one sitting, I had to take breaks to gather my thoughts. A good detective story, for me, is one that I can really live, and that needs reflection of the clues.
"Great narration, backed up by an excellent story!"
Yes. For all fans of "Robert Galbraith" this is a must-read/listen. Can't stop your mind from exploring every avenue as you listen, and yet like any good crime novel you can convince yourself that you're correct only to be foiled at the last twist!
Cormoran Strike, naturally. Such an intriguing backstory, and extremely well-characterised; made me laugh often with his retorts.
Will be sure to invest in a new one ASAP.
Whilst not as emotionally challenging as a book by an unrelated author, e.g. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling, there was certainly more scope for getting attached to the characters. Wickedly funny at times, in a dark way.
"This is amazing!"
The J K Rowling hype put me off initially, but as there were so many good reviews I thought I would give it a try and I am so glad I did. Cormoran Strike is an immediately likeable character, as is Robin and I loved the relationship between the 2 of them. I do not have any negatives to report and I'm looking forward to a sequel.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I was gutted when it ended!
"Puts the Super into Sluth!"
How can this haphazzard down and not so 'out' private detective land such a coveted job? Well without spoiling the whole story, because people assume he is a haphazzard down and out PI! This is an amazing story to listen to. Robert Glenister had me hooked to the charcters very early on and the fantastic story line had me listening to the wee hours of the morning in the car and when ever I could. I came to care deeply for the characters Strike and his temporary secretary come side kick Robin .... I cannot wait for the next instalment! Well done on such a superb who dunnit I really really enjoyed it.
"Nice book, not necessarily my genre"
Yes, if they are the type of person who likes mysteries.
The story is well written with lots of believable characters with enough mystery and back story to keep you interested.
The narration was excellent, and I immediately looked up what other books he had narrated. He was good at female characters too, which sometimes sound a bit simpering or pathetic when done by male narrators.
A good book, but not my usual genre... I listened to it because of the hype and it was on offer. It was worth a listen and I'll probably listen to any follow-up books, as I like the main characters and the narrator.
"Excellent story, magnificent narration"
Couldn't turn off!
The narration was absolutely fabulous, and the main characters were great - very believable and easy to get attached to.
The book made me laugh out loud at some points.
A really excellent book - i was extremely sad when it finished.
"Great characters, great story, great narrator"
The Cuckoo's Calling is definitely worth a second listen. I'm going to introduce it on the next long car journey we make. It will make the miles go by faster.
Cormoran Strike was the most interesting and well drawn character in the book, which is not to say that the other characters were in any way lacking. I liked the fact we never met his beloved face to face, interesting and created tension for me.
Robert Glenister did a superb job of narrating this book. He was able to find believable voices for all the characters and hold them throughout - not an easy task with accents, different ages and gender to deal with. Also, when narrating (rather than in dialogue) he sounded like Robert Galbraith, the author. I know this may seem odd as we know the author is JK Rowling, but one of the great successes of this book is that Rowling creates a totally believable alter ego. Robert Glenister reflects this very well.
"who's Harry Potter?"
Robert Glenister has a great range when narrating adding character depth
Fast paced and story flows
The lead character Cormorant
Made me laugh quite a few times
One downside level of use of one swear word not always required story could work as well without it
"An interesting story fromJK"
In the top 10
The Stieg Larsson trilogy of books as it keeps the suspense going
I enjoyed it , far better than his TV roles
From the beginning to the end, there were lots of twists and turns that kept me hooked
I hope JK writes a few more of these, I can see Cormorant Strike becoming a firm favourite :)
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