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
The plot was good. It just didn't find that it flowed for me. I might enjoy it if I had the paperback, but the audible version didn't hold my interest.
The most interesting was the fact that the brother didn't believe this was suicide. The least interesting was the interaction with the two main characters.
He was ok. Nothing special and some characters sounded very similar.
A lot of people have given it 4 & 5 star reviews. I just can't say I enjoyed that much.
I don't want to discourage anyone who really wants to read this from doing so. Personally, I feel I wasted a credit so would suggest you look for it during sales.
fast pace, not standard who done it. she showed us again she can write a good story.
the ending I did not have the right bad guy. dag- nag-it. lol.
dress it up. lol. and get some glam.
PLEASE drop the early lines from other books. it throw the books off.
I think the writing was very good and I like the development of the two main characters.
I think wondering how the detective was going to get out of his predicament helped maintain interest. I also like how his new temporary secretary was finding she liked discovering information for the detective.
His voice characterizations were quite good.
On the 1st listen, I was concentrating on the plot and the twists, and on that listen, I expected the action to come sooner. The 2nd time around, assured that the action was coming, I was able to enjoy the rich character development. The writer paints an intricate the portrait of Strike and his associates, and a vivid landscape of the surroundings. This is a beautifully written book that I expect will hold new surprises on every read. There is just so much there. I am starting "Silkworm" right away.
Complex, intriguing plot enriched by the two main characters, Strike and Robin.
Both characters are well described and developed. They have become real people in my mind, and I look forward to the next time I meet them in another of Galbaith's books.
Hopefully, the next book will have R. Glenister as the narrator. His mellow voice, character creation, expressiveness, and pacing were the perfect dramatization of the novel.
Yes, it was written and delivered so well.
I usually can guess the outcome of most mysteries, this mystery was unraveled so well that I didn't see the conclusion before it was time. Great story telling!
No, this is the first time.
I want more Strike!
I mainly purchased this audiobook because of the author, JK Rowling. While the story isn't miserable, it certainly wasn't as I had hoped. I was bored...a lot. I found the main character quite endearing but the story line just lacked the imagination and intensity I was expecting from the very famous writer. Why she feels she must publish under a different name became a bit clearer to me after finishing the book.....
seemed ok except for the occasional grammatical error, but not as many as harry potter books. BUT THE ENDING IS MISSING ON MY VERSION.
I CAN RETURN IT BUT I WANT TO HEAR IT.
YEP. By leaving the ending out.
Was that a dude? doh! yes, I have, they are pretty good.
I will tell you when I GET THE END OF THE BOOK PLEASE. HINT HINT. AUDIBLE ARE YOU LISTENING?
I wish she would not keep describing the hero, right when I start to imagine him attractive she says his hair looks like brillo. yuck.
Good dealing with an amputee without being condescending or sugary.
I would not listen to it again, but it was very good.
No I have never heard him before, he was very good. It is nice to have a man read womens parts without going into a fake falscetto voice.
Top 5% by far. I'm glad that her pen name was uncovered or I would not necessarily have found this book. Unlike fantasy/YA enthusiasts that are disappointed that this is not another Harry Potter, I loved the HP books because of the fabulous plot and character development. It reminded me of classic talent like Victor Hugo. I'm delighted she applied her significant talent to one of my favorite genres.
There are so many great visuals in this book, so hard to pick one. The vivid character development of the main protagonists is fantastic and the build up to plot climax extremely well done.
No, but he was so spot on I wish I could demand he redo Ian Rankin's books (another favorite author).
Can't wait to share it with others and looking forward to many more installments in the series.
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