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 a lot. Good story. Great narration. Kept me guessing on the "who done it" part the whole way through. Kinda contrived in a few places but generally an engaging read. Even if the press had not blown the whistle on the real author, I would be looking for more Robert Galbraith books....nice to know that the Harry Potter series was not just a fluke of timing. JK Rowlings really can write....a pretty good detective story too.
Good story but very offensive language. It wasn't necessary to the story. I would love to see a rating on books to warn us.
Not sure what genre this is supposed to be - murder mystery, detective thriller, fiction?
Performance is fine, I liked the variety of accents and voices he uses to differentiate between the characters.
I bought this book because of all the positive reviews, but honestly I have <4 hours left and I'm considering scrapping it. I keep thinking something really exciting or interesting is about to happen but it never does. I liked the characters, sort of, but overall this book is tedious and boring.
I did not stop listening to this story, except to sleep. It was very hard to figure out and interesting all the way through.
Robert Glenister infuses the story with very clear and believable voices.
I have no idea who would enjoy this book. It goes around in predicable and boring circles. I did not find the characters interesting or entertaining. A lot of repetition, adjectives, worthless dialogue, no action or intrigue.
No, just the author ...under any name.
The narrator is superb in this book just like in all his others.
Only when it ended.
Knowing this book was by jk Rowling made it even better for me. It is an amazing book, with a story that has you hooked from the beginning. As with other Rowling books, it's a fast read, you don't want to put it down. As I finished it, it occurred to me that rowling's adult books are as compelling as the works of that other great English author, agatha christie. Have recommended this many times.
I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.
Possibly. I was really on the fence with this one. It had a good start and good end but the middle just seemed to drag on for me.
Strike and trying to find the killer and at the end when he lays it all out on the table for the killer. That was brilliant. The least was all the fluff in the middle of the story. It never tied together and fit.
The narrator was ok.
No I can't see it being a movie.
The plot of this book is pretty good and leads you to believe there will be more. But the continual use of profanity really turned me off. Younger readers will want to read this because of Harry Potter and they will be exposed to over usage of profanity.
I am on the fence on any more like this one.
Close the book.
Guitarist with The Prudes
A well paced book, totally addictive and very hard to put down. I hope the sequel comes out soon. One of my favorite crime novels of they year.
Initially, I wasn't going to listen to this book because I found Causal Vacancy,
also by JK Rowling, to be boring.
But after seeing STARS & more STARS, I had to listen to it.
Unfortunately it was a letdown because of the rave reviews.
The story as is the narration are good but not outstanding.
It's an average detective story.
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