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
Someone who tends to like "media sensations"
No, I usually love detective novels
I should've known better.
Yes, certainly. This is a well-written thriller, very suspenseful, and had some nice surprise twists.
You have to like Robin, for she saves the plot and the day. And Cormoran is witty, stereotypical in some ways, and endearing.
No extreme reaction, but did make me laugh sometimes when Cormoran was just too typecast.
Galbraith writes really well -- great characters, great story and wonderful use of language. The reader is outstanding.
This is a good old fashioned mystery with even the minor characters well developed . The mystery unfolds slowly with each revealed detail folding neatly into the eventual solution. I adored the main character and hope we see him in further books. The writing was excellent with little twists of phrase that would surprise you with an unexpected chuckle or a smile. This was was of those books where you constantly are saying to yourself "He did it, no wait they did it, no wait he did it"
I could not put this down. I listened while getting dressed, while folding laundry, while eating breakfast. The bad part was I didn't want it to be over.
The narrator is excellent. I felt like I was right there in the midst of every scene. The narrator added another dimension to the excellent character development.
With his slightly gravely and strong voice I wasn't sure I would be able to listen to the narrator for a whole audio-book. How would female characters sound speaking in that voice? But then I decided to give it a shot and as the story went along I felt that he did a great job reading the story and performing the characters. My one small gripe about the narrator is that he seemed to swing between a standard British and slightly Aussie accent, oftentimes making me forget momentarily that the main character is a Brit and not an Aussie.
As for the story itself, it's a good balance between the detective Cormoran Strike's back-story, the mystery he's trying to solve (did she fall or was she pushed?) and Strike's ambivalent relationship with his temporary secretary. The range of suspects is wide, and this being a British novel, the British class divide is almost a character in its own right. The middle section of the book is the best and builds some good momentum, but toward the end, the pace slows as the author conveys too much detail as Strike follows his leads to the end of the puzzle. The big reveal is bogged down with a recounting by Strike of how he solved the mystery in a confrontation with the killer.
Note to Author: I'd like to search the text for a count of exactly how many times you mention Strike's "camp bed"--it could be a drinking game.
Overall a satisfying story and characters, though it could have reached 4+ stars if the story were tightened up.
This was my first audio book and I didn't realize that Galbraith was a pen name for Rowling. A really outstanding performance by Robert Glenister...he really individualized the characters. Very interesting characters by the author and good sleuth work. I really liked the main character Cormorant Stryke and his administrative sidekick. I bought the written version for my wife.
really enjoyed the book. I like JK Rowlings novels, but the fact that she is Robert Galbraith doesn't change how much i enjoyed this book! Narration is great, and i can't wait for the next Cormoran Strike novel!
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
This is the classic whodunnit. I don't know if a book can be "noir", but if it can, that's what this is. Classic "gumshoe" gets presented with a hopeless case to solve, and does it despite his shortcomings. I love it. I would not have guess that it was J.K. Rowling, because it has nothing in common with Harry Potter, but it's great stuff. I can't wait for her next one, which comes out soon.
Not sure whom would enjoy this book. There are so many choices & so little time I will stick w/ personal recommendations in the future. I am listening to a biography about LBJ, the 4th in the series by Caro...dry, but interesting.
No I will skip this writer.
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