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
Superb story telling
Hard to put down -- interesting character development and interaction. JK Rowling is a very talented author. Not sure why she wrote this one under a pseudonym.
Impeccable reading. I really enjoyed the different character voices he portrayed during the story. Great Job !
Yes, but I paced it to last about 2 weeks of part time listening for a very enjoyable experience.
I hope Rowling writes some more stories around the main character, Strike.
Long and drawn out, lost sight of story.
Less on the personal lives of the main characters.
He did ok, it was the story that was not done well.
Narrator had me keep listening.
When I bought this book it was after the world found out J.K. wrote this. I was a wondering if this book could stand up to her past works and honestly I love this book so much more. It was well written, had the perfect narrator. Everything fell in line perfectly with this book. The characters are so well written that I felt as though I was right there with them, as if I met them myself.
Honestly I need a squeal right now. I need another book now!
the suspense, the characters, everything.
It's too long for that, but a few binge sittings, yes.
Really liked the performance, with one exception. The actor totally misread one character--Evan Duffield. From the book it's clear that he's posh and snooty, yet this actor chose to give him, inexplicably , a working class accent. Huh?
Has a sympathetic damaged hero out to find the truth -- even though he thinks he knows the truth before the investigation starts. Nice mystery to curl up with by the fire.
My favorite places involved the inconvenience of an artificial limb.
I really enjoyed this book. The narration and the writing were excellent and I really want more of these characters.
An excellent and smartly written mystery. I enjoyed every minute. The plot for me was secondary to the many interesting and well written characters.
The story was absolutely amazing, the characters well-rounded and entertaining, and Robert Glenister really BECAME the narrator. I forgot that I was listening to him reading aloud and was able to really lose myself in the story.
I absolutely loved this book and will listen to it again and again.
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
I've listened to same narrator and he's among my top 5 so it was a no-brainer to download this one. All I needed after that was a good, gritty story with characters you either love or hate, a great plot, twists, humor.........and then the book was over before I was ready for it to end! I loved Strike's character, as well as Robin's, his 'temp' girl Friday that weaved them together as a team. Don't ask Wha? just ask WHEN will the next one come out???
Yes, intriguing. I thought it was one person but ended up being completely wrong.
Loved the British accents. I find my best reads are read this way.
I was bogged down by the recapping of the story every so often in the book. I don't expect that in a book. I think the reader should be able to keep up with the story. I thought the recapping was unnecessary.
The story was okay, but not anything outstanding. If it was not written by a know author, i would not have listened to it. Not sure if I would listen to another story with these characters.
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