The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.
©2013 Robert Galbraith (P)2013 Hachette Audio
So many books so little time - but Audible gives me the gift of multitasking - I can get those simple tasks done AND be up on great reads.
Top 5% (p.s. pretend you don't know it is J.K. Rowling)
Strike - he was very much less than perfect; so many flaws & he knew them, but just did it anyway.
Strike- Glenister embodies Strike. I saw him hobble, be angry with his body.
With all his flaws he wanted to be sure his new protege knew he would keep his relationship with her professional. That he appreciated Robin for her mind and willingness to be his student.
Say something about yourself!
The Cuckoo's Calling possesses all the traits I would expect from a work by J.K. Rowling: mediocre prose eclipsed by expert storytelling; complex characters who are immediately and consistently compelling; an intricate plot with generous background and multiple surprises; and pointed, incisive critiques of the shallowness and hypocrisy of our contemporary culture, balanced by the heroism of characters who have in one way or another fallen through that culture's cracks.
Once again, her protagonist is an underdog. Cormoran Strike has lost a leg and a livelihood in Afghanistan and a fiancée and home in London. He's living in his shabby office, not quite one step ahead of his creditors, when the brother of a now-deceased childhood friend engages his services as a private investigator. The mystery he is to tackle, however, has already been explored by the authorities, press, and public with a fine-toothed comb. Could it be possible that the highly publicized death of Lulu Landry, the celebrated supermodel and sister of Strike's client, wasn't a suicide after all?
Rowling's skill at planting clues and misdirections works in the reader's favor here. The unraveling of the mystery itself is highly entertaining and absorbing. Rowling's experiences with public fame and private family strife inform her insights and descriptions. The greatest achievement of this novel, though, is the creation of the noir-flavored hero Strike and his "temporary" secretary Robin, who are well worth following into their next adventure.
This is the second audiobook I've heard that featured Robert Glenister as narrator. I'll definitely be seeking out more. He has a gift for accents, and he injects the perfect amount of feeling into his reading to captivate the reader without upstaging the prose. Magnificent! Well done indeed.
I almost didn't buy this book because of the title, but I actually loved it and hated for it to end. Cormoran is a good character and I hope that the author writes another and starts a series.
Cormoran Strike is very lovable but also highly intelligent. He reflects a typical guy down on his luck but with a heart of gold.
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As a longtime fan of JK Rowland and Harry Potter, I have to admit that I let The Cuckoo’s Calling sit in my Audible library for well over a year before listening to it, once I learned that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for Rowling. I think I feared that I would be disappointed in a Rowling world that was not peopled by witches but only by muggles. I need not have worried.
Far from the magical world of Hogwarts, Cormoran Strike exists in present-day London. A wounded war veteran and former military policeman, Strike is an unsuccessful private investigator whose two clients are not enough to keep him solvent. With a complicated personal past and present, the last thing Strike needs is a temporary secretary he can’t afford to pay. But when temp Robin Ellacott is sent to the office by mistake the same day he is hired by wealthy John Bristow to learn the truth behind his adopted sister’s death, he decides to keep her on her on. Bristow’s sister was the fabulous supermodel Lula Landry and her death has been ruled a suicide, but Bristow is convinced that she was murdered. Strike and Robin are soon enmeshed in the world of high fashion and Strike must revisit his own childhood pains.
The story is well written and the characters well developed. Interestingly, the character of the subject of the investigation, Lula Landry herself, is the fuzziest and we must learn who she really was through the eyes of her family and friends. In the tradition of gritty detective stories, Strike is complex and tortured by his own demons and insecurities. (At one point he characterizes himself as looking like "a woolly mammoth attempting to blend in with a band of Capuchin monkeys".) The ending could perhaps have been predicted by others, but it came as a surprise to me. I recommend the story to anyone who is willing to keep an open mind about Rowling. She set a high standard with the Harry Potter series, and some will criticize her for failing to create another fantasy world of the same caliber. But, in my opinion, it’s much harder to make the mundaneness of everyday life compelling, and Rowling has done this with The Cuckoo’s Calling. I look forward to the next book in the series.
the crusty yet gentle detective was captured great by the author and the insight into Cuckoo's life and mind-set at her death.
Had to force myself to stop reading or listening and get some sleep. you just wanted to keep going
this is my first audiobook with Robert Glenster, and it was very well done. I enjoyed his take on the book.
yes, but needed to sleep
keep the audiobooks coming! any and all books.
Didn't read the print version, but was able to follow the audio edition very easily, but that may be because I'm familiar with British idioms.
The realization on Robin's part that she enjoyed working with Strike--especially at the dress shop.
His ability to change voice with different characters.
It was very exciting in looking for another mystery to read while I waited for my favorite (Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Pendergast Series) to come out, to find a first "chapter" of a detective, and then to find out that it was by J.K. Rowling! Even topped my expectations after reading the Harry Potter series! Really looking forward to Book 2!
Hard in beginning, but a great character in P.I. Strike. Good story line
No. To early to even consider in series.
If you are looking for a continuation of the (in my opinion) fantastic Harry Potter series, you may be pleasantly surprised after you read The Cuckoo's Calling. I love a good mystery and this book certainly qualifies.
Love the characters and the narrator.
It was very well written, and you felt like you were witnessing the events as they unfolded. Characters were complex yet identifiable. The suspense unraveled nicely. Great listen.
Strike. His character, though without much going for him, is a good, honest man, and despite his hardships, he succeeds through determination without pity.
His voice and character presentation bring the story to life. The English accent really supports the setting.
Yes. The story is very compelling. I listen when I travel, and looked forward to the next route to continue. I ended up,listening to the end at home so I could end the suspense.
I wish the new book was already available. I chose the story before I knew about the author, and would recommend it highly without consideration of the notoriety.
Someone who tends to like "media sensations"
No, I usually love detective novels
I should've known better.
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