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 like mysteries that challenge you to think with well-developed characters and plots. I really like the works of P.D James and Martha Grimes and I think J.K. aka Robert Galbraith has done an excellent job. A modern day flawed hero believable plot. An entertaining listen.
I don't remember listening to Robert Glenister before but I will remember this performance. I often find books are better in my head but he was engaging, entertaining, believable yet transparent. Glenister is an entire cast of one.
Just a good story ready by an excellent narrator. Spend a credit if you like mysteries.
The Quilt Handler
Don't ever end!
The use of the language and the weaving of the plots.
Good voice, easy to listen to him and good use of different voices.
Chuckled some...never cried...just enjoyed it and kept me thinking.
Sure hope it is a series...
This book contained way too many cusses, which shows a slight un-intelligence of the author despite a somewhat clever story line. Also much to long for just an okay ending.
I liked the role the secretary played in the book, It was almost as if her importance was downgraded slightly.
Okay performance, not my favorite narrator but he did all right.
I really enjoy a good detective book, but this on was only okay. Not worth the hype the book got. J.K. Rowling should stick to Harry Potter as her books for "adults" have been terrible and this one mediocre.
I already have! Great characters, great writing, and a good mystery to boot!
I like smart dialogue, and this book was full of it. Only a minimum of "what a coincidence" in the book, unlike so many other mysteries.
Stark. I could easily make a mental image of his appearance just by the way he talked (or rather, because of the quality of the performance).
Don't make a film of the book, unless it's done by Granda or BBC. Hollywood would ruin it. Hollywood has lost the art of thriller / detective / mystery. The last good one was Chinatown.
I know JK Rowlings cover was blown, which is sad because I read she had planned a few more Stark detective mysteries. I hope that doesn't deter her from continuing on with the series.
Say something about yourself!
Great twist. The language is descriptive, but now flowery. I loved it. Even when I knew it was coming to an end I just couldnt wait! Get this book!!
The story, the characters. So real so full. JK Rowling has a gift for getting her characters right on. they are so likable and so believable at the same time.
For sure. there is no way to guess ahead at who did the deed. but there are other interesting side story that follow along the main crime story line as well.
clear, easy to understand. great distinction between the different English dialects. Love the Yorkshire!
A surprising, delightful story in the private detective genre containing rich, fully developed characters, touching many walks of life. I appreciated getting to know a character affected profoundly by military service in Afghanistan. Here's hoping for many more in this series from "Robert Galbraith."
The twister near the end of the story. I knew there would be one - it still surprised me in the form it took.
Being in the medical field, I was fascinated as Cormoran coped with his physical disability under trying physical circumstances.
I was moved by how well I came to know and understand the young woman whose death is introduced in the beginning of the story.
J.K Rowling is a wonderful writer. What a gift to us, the readers, that she is not confined to the fantasy genre but has moved into the present day world we all inhabit. Thank you Jo for a deep story and engaging characters.
Maybe the narrator, who has a great voice, is just too relaxing, or maybe the story isn't moving fast enough. I have nothing bad to say, other than as someone who usually flies through audio books I have to keep rewinding this one because I've fallen asleep or realized I've zoned out and need to re-listen.
I want to like this book, but it's starting to feel like a homework assignment to get through it. I've also found my eye straying to Audible looking for a faster moving replacement.
I admit I purchased it after the news broke that it was J.K. Rowling's pseudonym. Casual Vacancy isn't a favorite book, but I liked it well enough to read something new from her and did appreciate her character development. I'm still holding out hope, but I'm only half way through after two weeks of trying which is not a promising sign. I wish I had better news to report, I'm jealous of the reviewers who said they couldn't stop listening and loved it. I'd prefer to be in that group.
Top 10 for sure! This book is quite good.
The last part of the book where Strike puts everything together is amazing.
I picked up The Cuckoo's Calling right after the news broke that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for JK Rowling. I've never read any Rowling before but thought why not jump in with her first attempt at a mystery thriller. The Cuckoo's Calling is a pretty straight forward take on the genre. You have a private detective (Cormoran Strike) as the main character and you have an supermodel who commits suicide. Or did she? There are a good number of twists and turns but none of them particularly memorable. There was nothing inherently wrong with the book but it just never hit the pace it was striving for.
The impression I got was that you were really supposed to really fall in love with Cormoran and to sympathize and root for his character. I just never garnered that intended connection. To me The Cuckoo's Calling was a run of the mill mystery thriller that was not a bad read just not a memorable one either.
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