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
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.
Robert Galbraith, nom de plume of J.K. Rowling weaves a delicious tale of intrigue for anyone who loves to indulge in a good mystery. The characters are revealed slowly, the plot throws enough curves to keep you guessing "whodunit" and the writing style, is second-to-none. All that being said, there is an excessive amount of profanity in this story. I understand that it was included to reveal the edginess of the characters, but plenty of good novels have been written without quite so much foul language. If that is not an issue for you, then enjoy a fun murder mystery. If you are like me and wish to not listen to a lot of profanity, this isn't a good book for you.
Glenister switches between accents and characters fluidly. He performs both male and female characters without making you cringe and is able to make each character stand apart from the other.
I can see why Rowling chose to use a different pen name to write this book, as it is so dramatically different from the Harry Potter series. She demonstrates her skillful ability to weave a devilishly intricate plot and her masterful use of the english language to unfold her plot.
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.....
K. Jaye Frazer
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.
Gritty, witty, surprising
Not quite on the edge, but anxious for the next development
I thought he was excellent throughout. Voicing the parts was well done.
The conversations with the igly ducking girlfriend of the murdered model were poignant.
Rowling has built a solid detective story base. Lots of good tensions to explore in the new book, which I just downloaded.
I'm glad I stumbled onto this one! The story was well-crafted-details were subtle so that I couldn't tell exact where it was going. It didn't feel predicatable...high praise coming from me!
Robert Glenister did a great job with voices. He didn't try to overdue the female voices and did a good Strike. I'm looking forward to the next book!
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