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
Well-written story that sweeps you along, with wonderful characters and bits and pieces that layer and steadily connect. Excellent performance, lending rich voice to the characters. I will be using my credit for the next in series.
Above all, the narrator (glenister) elevates this already fantastic book. The vocal characterizations were spot-on, and at times hilarious, conveying deadpan to shrill histerics and everything in between. Granted, he had such rich material to work with. Rowling/Galbraith can bend all of English to her will, and it's mesmerizing to listen to. I feel I could have jumped into the middle of this story and melted the literary wall between us (you know, if I actually tried). Her descriptions were vivid, characters flawed, and interactions naturally awkward. Worth the listen!
Loved the story! Thought I had it figured out only to be totally surprised as Strike faced the actual killer and laid it all out! Robert Glenister does a great job with all the different voices and emotions. Highly recommended in spite of the somewhat coarse language throughout.
It's hard to live up to the Harry Potter series, but I enjoyed this mystery, and loved the characters of Robin and Strike.
The mystery unfolded nicely, kept me guessing, and ended well. All in all a good read!
The reader was great. The story was awful and it wound on and on and on. I picked it up because Rawlings wrote this in a pen name. Stick to Harry Potter. I devoured each one the minute they came out.
Truman, David Mccoullagh
The performance was very good. There is just so much you can do with an awful story.
I was really disappointed. I was expecting better.
We are presented with a rumpled, burly PI who served in Afghanistan. he was subsequently injured and discharged from Military Police a hero. His foray into private life isn't well at all-- few, if any, clients and his longtime, rich girlfriend has just tossed him out. He's forced to camp out in his office with a discreet secretary sent by a temporary secretarial agency. then suddenly they are hired to investigate the supposed suicide of a wealthy, successful model. Our hero, not allowing himself to be hampered by an amputated lower limb, sets off to ask questions which annoy police, family and the model's colleagues. characters come to credible, quirky life under author's smooth writing. Reminds me of 1940s Film noir mysteries of a detective and a buddy assistant/secretary solving crimes together. can't wait for next in series!!!!
The best book I have listened to in a long time, the other would be another one by the same author
The Plot and Characters
Great reading, good expression and portrayal of the characters.
I enjoyed the story, and getting to know the characters, who seemed quite real to me.
Robert Glenister's narration was just right. It felt like friends, sitting at a table, remembering a story.
Great listen. I enjoy mystery and suspense and choose Cukoo for that reason. I did not realize at the time that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for Rawlings. The story and writing speak for themselves. The narration only increases the difficulty to stop listening.
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