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 would say "fascinating" "intriguing" "funny"
Cormoran Strike tops my list. His character is written so well that you can visualize what he looks like. He's funny, irreverent, hard-nosed and clever. I like that in a PI.
Robert Glenister gives all of the characters life. He is a terrific performer and is so enthusiastic about the material that I was caught up in the excitement of it all.
I had to put it down to go to sleep but did so reluctantly.
JK Rowling did a fabulous job with this book and I hope she has more of them up her sleeve!
I'm not a big mystery-whodunit reader, so I only picked this up based on reviews and I wasn't disappointed. I wish it were a series, because now that it's over I can't stop thinking about the characters and I'm ready for the next adventure! The details, character development and pacing were all perfect and I found myself looking forward to the next car ride or run so that I could continue listening.
I think that because this is such a consummate mystery with many clues that it would be just as good to read this as to listen to. Perhaps in some ways better.
I would compare it to anything by PD James and the Ruth Rendell Inspector Wexford series. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Ruth Rendell. It's also reminiscent of Elizabeth George.
The denouement when Cormoran Strike faces the killer.
This book is a superb read. A ripping good yarn. It joins my top ten. It's hard to find gritty detective genre fiction. Cormoran Strike fits nicely. A troubled, broken hero, a suffering heart, money troubles, living on the edge. What an excellent new addition to follow all those other marginalized gumshoes. It's a great read. I wish I was starting it all over again. What a great pleasure. Top marks.
I want to know what's happening in Strikes life and his shabby office and his PI cases and his secretary and his famous father. I want to know if he rescues a dog (or possibly a cat) and if his stump heals and if he can take better care of himself. Please keep in touch Robert Galbraith.
Best: The detective character and the temporary secretary.Least: Too many "F" bombs. Over compensation by Rowling
Another book that could have benefited from editing
No. I really tried to listen to this book. The main character and his assistant were likeable - but the language kept getting worse and worse. I bet the F-bomb was thrown out over 300 times - and I couldn't even finish the book. Who needs that? Not me!
All of the redundant cursing scenes. There are other ways to get your point across.
Come on, authors! We're better than that - and so are you!!
Completely! I started this book then went on a trip with my friend who started listening with me. Since we couldn't finish the book on the trip she had to purchase the audiobook when she got home to finish it.
I loved Cormoran Strike! Such a rich character that I can't wait to see more of in future series. I also really enjoyed the chemistry between Cormoran and his secretary Robin.
I can't say I have a favorite character due to his performance but I was very much impressed with his reading. I think he did a great job with every character. Both my friend and I agreed that even though the book would still be a great read Glenister brought a extra dimension to the story that made it an even better book.
I wasn't interested in J.K. Rowling's book A Casual Vacancy, but this one I really wanted to check out. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and was glad she came out in the mystery/thriller genre. (my 2 favorite genres are Sci-fi/Paranormal and Mystery/Thriller) She did not disappoint me with this book. I always loved how she created and brought characters to life through her words in the Potter series, and here is no different.
Move the story quicker, develop the characters deeper. Do not overdo one storyline.
Do multiple storylines to keep it interesting. For now there's too much detail and redundance around one timeline and one unendimg, grueling investigation.
Comoron and Robin in the dress shop.
To aim to write beautiful prose.
I gave 3 stars instead of 1 because the language is so beautiful. It is elegantly, artistically read by the narrator at Audible.com. Just when it seemed J.K. Rowling had created the new Sherlock Holmes and Watson, the story deteriorated into tedious detail no more exciting than watching grass grow. Yes, the mystery is important, but story movement and character development are far more important than finding only one new clue to the mystery every 50 pages or so. I hope the author reads this and brings the progagonist and his assistant back for another try in the sequel.
Near the top, simply on plot. Well-weaved.
Yes. Like most mystery readers, I like to try to figure out "Who dunnit", and this one held its secret for quite awhile.
His portrayal of the main character, a salty, but sweet PI
I wasn't a fan of the potty language. It doesn't enhance a book when used liberally, which I thought it was. Still, a well done book.
This novel is our favorite audiobook at the moment.
We loved the characterization.
This is our first Robert Glenister performance. We look forward to hearing more from him.
We often laughed. We did not cry. But we did sit in the car for an hour to hear the end of the story.
Get cracking, J.K/Robert! We are anxious for the next adventure.
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