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
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.
Detective fiction, set in the UK is my favorite genre, and JK Rowling really nailed it! Great story, characters, and performance. Hoping for at least a sequel, if not a series!
I wish I didn't know who really wrote this book, but I can't unring that bell. I'm such a big JKR fan, but I'd like to think I can separate that and assess this book in a reasonably objective manner. Once I started, I couldn't stop listening to this book. It hooked me from the get go and never got boring. There's a lot of depth to the characters and the back story gets filled in gradually so they evolve as the book progresses. JK's descriptive abilities continue to shine and make every scene a rich experience beyond the progression of the story. Besides all that, it's a rip roaring good mystery, with twists and false turns aplenty. I look forward to the future adventures of Cormoran Strike and Robin.
The only thing better than the book itself may be the reading of it. This was a wonderful performance by a gifted actor/reader. I had a copy of the book and in many parts read along with the narration. I found his reading and interpretation so much more vivid and interesting than I would have done in my head if I read it. Each character's voice was so well done and unique, I could tell who was speaking before the text told me.
You know it's a good one when you're sad when you get to the end because there is no more.
I liked the contempory London setting, the war veteran detective and the difficulty in figuring out the killer
When the detective slept with the super model
When the detective wasa interviewing the dying mother.
When we found out that John killed Charlie
The Latin passages were annoying.
This story had me interested from the moment it started. Great narration and the story line was great. Definitely recommend!
The two reasons I like the Harry Potter series are the character development and the topic is so different. I expected the same from The Cuckoo's Calling, however, "Robert Galbraith" has written just another detective story. Nothing in the story really makes it stand out from all the other detective stories. The detective is a flawed character just like in every other detective story. He is nearly destitute, just like in nearly every other detective story. One thing I like in other detective stories is that you think the story is almost done but there is still a couple of hours left on the counter. You can't figure out how they are going to stretch the story, then there is an unexpected turn of events. The Cuckoo's Calling lacks this stylistic feature. The reveal doesn't happen until the very end of the book. I'm not saying that is good or bad, just different. As the story goes along, you can tell "he" is setting this up to be a series.
The main character, Strike, is developed well but that's really the only character that is developed as well as the Harry Potter cast. Robin is similar to the Hermione character in Harry Potter. A strong, young women with her act together. Strike is similar to Harry in that he is "hero" for lack of a better term. He is going to solve the case but could never do so without the help of his assistant Robin just as Harry could never solve the mysteries without Ron and Hermione.
If you want to see what else J.K. Rowling can write, it's worth a read but I think it falls short of the Harry Potter series.
A lot of people reviewed "The Cuckoo's Calling" already, I guess, but I was so impressed that I feel I have to join their ranks now. I have to admit, a big part of the pleasant surprise listening to this book gave me derived from it being not at all like harry potter. Don't get me wrong, i practically ate the potter books, but they were just a phase in one`s live that passes. This book, and it would, contentwise, have ended up on my wishlist anyway really makes me want to cheer britain`s wealthiest women (it's true, isn`t it?) for providing me (us listeners, or readers at that) with a very british, very modern yet very very classic private eye detective novel. The narrational flow is very smooth yet keeps you on your toes, and the characters are real, and feel real (sorry, dumbledore, you were just too good to be true..) If i hadn`t known that this was a book by rowling, I would still recommend it. Cormoran Strike, the P.I. in question, is a very likeable character and a very able detective, his "sidekick", Robin, is very well crafted and reminded me of Jasmine in Christopher Brookmyres "Where the bodies are buried" (very recommendable, btw). It's true, in a way, The Cuckoo`s Calling might be a bit of a pastiche, but if it is, it's a good one. I`ve read that Rowling is planning a sequel, and I'm frankly looking forward to it. I think it's a bit sad that whoever leaked Galbraith`s identity force-pushed the book into the bestsellers`, because I believe it would have found it`s way into being recommended by readers to readers in its own good time. And it isn't as if she`d need the extra money, is it?
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