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'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!
There was too much unnecessary detail in this book, and I thought the outcome was pretty predictable.
Yes, it was a new and interesting story.
Not too much to give the story away, but enough to keep you interested.
Nothing against Robert really, just not used to the accent. Second listening could change this rating.
I look forward to the next book.
....for me to check out the next book in the series. I like Galbraith's (Rowling's) approach to character development - I kind of like Cormoran Strike who seems to be a cross between those brooding Nordic dectectives and Harry Potter. :) Certainly enough to buy the next one.
What a book. Took me completely by surprise & can only recommend. I have listened to hundreds of books & this is one of my absolute favorites. Can not wait to listen to the 2nd installment.
Not really, but I was thoroughly involved with the well-drawn characters.
Both Strike and Robin. I can't wait to read more about them.
I gave it a good try but eventually fell asleep (and then had to backtrack and find my place).
Just as with her other books, this one grabbed me and wouldn't let go. The lady is one talented writer and I'm so glad she's continuing to write.
absolutely. the narration was excellent. a Brit reading British dialogue is much better than reading it.
the characters were interesting, good interaction. the plot was good. I did not see it coming, which is always good..
Cormoran - really great - gruff, hard-bitten and very likeable
Suspense, intrig, awesome narration
You never are able to figure out who the killer is.
The scenes in which the temp and the PI worked together.
Absolutley, but I also loved making it last as long as I could for longer enjoyment.
I am counting the hours until book two "Silkworm" downloads in about 2 hours. It is 6-18-14
at 10:45 pm.
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
Great introduction to a new lead character. Very colorful characters throughout this book and a nice, compelling albeit lightweight story. A great little piece of entertainment for those of us who like mysteries.
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