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
I enjoyed this book-great mystery but it was the characters who made a lasting impression. I actually miss the two main characters. I would love it if a new mystery came out with these characters. I very much enjoyed this book, its use of language and the way the characters almost reached out and touched me. I highly recommended this book.
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I am so glad I ignored all of the hype on this book. It is easy to forget who the real author is. The story, plot, characters... all richly developed and easy to visualize, just like her previous work, but nothing like the HP series. Fascinating to hear modern, non-magic stories from her in many of the same locations from London mentioned in previous books, but in such a "normal" story.
It definitely felt like the first in a series, and I can't wait to hear what happens to Strike as time goes on.
At one point when the news broke, I heard Strike described as "Hagrid in a trench coat" - I don't know if that comparison was made before or after the reveal, but it definitely influenced how I pictured Strike in my head (or his hair, at least).
I enjoyed this story. I purchased it after finding the author is actually JK Rowling.I've enjoyed the characters and the ending. It clearly is a book made for sequels.Ms Rowling's wriing has improved over time. I refer to the way Harry Potter kept parroting lines in the book. This device is long gone.My only critiicism is this, why all the F-bombs? Just because it's called adult fiction, must authors stoop to the level of motion pictures and infuse course language and intimate sexual situations and references to be classified as "adult"?
Yes I would read other stories of JK Rowling with the character Cormorant Strike. It was actually a pretty good story.
Any involving Robin and Cormorant.
The lead character definitely allows sequels.
Please alter your question concerning Robert Galbraith. The world now knows it is JK Rowling and with this knowledge purchases soared.
As long as the reader (or in this case listener) accepts the fact that this mystery takes its time and relishes in character development and abandons hope for fast paced thrills -- they will like this book. It took me a minute to really dive in but once I did I fell head over and was addicted and desperate to know the ending before I knew what had happened. I cannot say if I would have read this without knowing JK Rowling wrote it (sorry big HP fan) but after reading it I do like it for its story! I don't think just because of the writer, but I know I had a little more patience because of it.
An excellent "first" novel. Both Strike and his side kick Robin are colorful and believable. This is a classic detective story set in modern London that is entertaining and interesting.
Glenister's narration is amongst the best I have ever heard. His expert chracterization and delivery made this book an absolute pleasure to listen to.
I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.
Honestly, I don't feel the need to prove my literary analysis ability with a lengthy review. I simply want to give a helpful opinion of my experience. Five stars says a lot, and I consider myself a discriminating listener.
I had a hard time getting it started, but loved the characters so much I just kept relistening until I got it. The story was well developed and had a real surprise ending! I enjoy "Robert Galbraiths' " writing. I am hoping, I assume, like many others, that this will not be the last we see of Cormerand (I don't know how to spell this) and Robin. The characters are truly likable and given a uniqueness that I I usually don't come across in detective or mystery writers. The realistic and what might be called foul language does not offend me . The thing that stands out in my mind apart from the characters, is the narrator. I am awed at his ability to distinguish and create such authentic voices. I actually went back and looked to see if there was more than one narrator. I don't recall in my 500+ plus books ever being so impressed by the narration. He truly makes a huge difference by delivering such an exceptional performance. I can't imagine anyone who loves mysteries not being happy with this "read".
I was really impressed with the story and the reading. I picked this one based on the reviews, not something I would have sought out and it was well worth it.
His British accent partnered very well with the British style writing. He was a perfect persona for Strike!
Not a police or private eye procedural. I took a break from the story for a few weeks and returned to it a couple of days ago and thought, i'm really enjoying this, i wonder if there are any other titles available--forgetting that the author was really J. K. Rowling. i'm hoping this is not going to be her only venture into non-harry fiction.
the plot kept me completely engaged.
i'm not an expert on regional accents but his characters sound good to me.
it made me want to buy more of this author's books, but i already own them unless she has used another (undisclosed) alias.
highly recommended. great listening.
maybe it is a literary device that i am not familiar with, but the tempo of the book keeps changing from interesting to boring. Hard to focus on listening during the long drawn out parts.
I did not expect to get so much pleasure from books being read to me. It's like having a friend in my ear telling me wonderful stories.
I didn't even care about the victim.
Probably a reliable read from Bryce Courtnay.
No passion. But, it would have been hard to muster.
Too many to count, including the murder victim.
I thought Casual Vacancy was a good novel, it seems the author is trying to find an audience after criticism on her last book. I would agree she should stick to younger children's stories.
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