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.
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The narrator tone and accent was enjoyable and the characters were engaging and likable.
The story was simple, one dimensional and lacked intriguing plot twists. Just a private eye questioning a seemingly endless list of witnesses. No intrigue.
It certainly won't be any more by this author.
Not worth the time–I did not finish it.
Boring, not much happens.
Audio books are the best :)
While I'm usually not one to pick up a mystery novel, I really enjoyed this one. It took me several chapters to really get into it but the writing is what kept me going. The author made you feel like you were there experiencing exactly what the characters were feeling, seeing, hearing.
As for the mystery itself, it was interesting but occasionally things 'fell into place' rather conveniently, but perhaps that's just my inexperience with mystery novels :)
Will read the next one!
I usually don't care for "damaged" protagonists. They often present themselves as weak, burdened, struggling, and inept. I find it hard to identify with those traits. Fortunately, that's not the case with Galbraith's hero, Cormoran Strike. His handicap contributes more than it detracts from his attractiveness. Plot is great. Characters are sufficiently unique to be identifiable without being bizarre. All in all, a really entertaining and enjoyable book.
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Intriguing detective novel.
The most interesting thing was the internal challenges faced by protagonist Comoran Stryke. The least interesting was the elongated conversations/interviews he would have with suspects or witnesses.
The final confrontation between Comoran and the murderer.
A solid read that isn't a waste of time, but certainly not the best detective novel I have ever read. The characters have great potential for future stories and novels! I will pick up the sequel.
The Story I am sure had great potential. But almost every Character uses the F*ck Word Way Tooooooooooooooo Many Times.Extreme Profanity, was so not what I was looking for.To the point I had to keep pulling my Earbuds out to just get through the different Chapters.Very Disappointing!J.K. Stooped way below her level. I won't be reading anymore of her so called "Adult"literature unless there is a Warning label as to the amount of Extreme Profanity in.
A wast of half the day.
I hate not finishing a story. but, in this instant. Back it goes!
Definately something less offensive
The narrator Robert Glenister is wonderful.His content on the other was low class literature.
I hope everyone who is interested in exploring J.K.'s Adult Side, understands that this Book is a sad rendition of her talent.
Great, Somewhat Anticlimactic
Detective Strike was not your typical detective and I really like that he is somewhat portrayed as a brute but is actually incredibly clever.
He was an excellent narrator! He was able to give such varying, descriptive, and convincing voices to all the characters, even the females. I don't think I could have enjoyed this story as much if I had been reading it alone. He was essential!
I give the story 3 stars because the ending was actually a little bit expected and slightly anti-climactic. Overall it was an entertaining book, very exciting but I wouldn't call it a work of literature. I will read Silkworm when I'm in the mood for a thrilling mystery.
Cuckoo's Calling is one of the best mysteries I've ever listened to. The story was compelling, the characters well-developed and interesting, and the narration as good as it gets. I especially liked the developing relationship between Strike and Robin. I hope there will be many more!
Yes. It was never predictable. The plot was complex but it made sense in the end.
Everything -- his character voices, pace, intonation. He never overacted nor was flat. He matched the mood for every scene.
Great intro to Cormoran Strike.
It paints a vivid picture of Strike's personality, and we meet a number of interesting characters to make the story very enjoyable.
I loved the scene when Strike met Lula's mother.
This is the kind of novel that tells a rich, character-driven story. It offers a variety of interesting, yet believable people.
This book was too slow and way too long. It took me three attempts over the last year to listen to this book, and even though I finished it, after 5 hours, I skipped the next 7 hours and had to force myself to keep listening to find out who done it.
I likely won't listen to anymore of JK Rowling's books under this pseudonym.
He was a little hard to understand at times, but I got used to his accent.
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