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 thoroughly enjoyed this story and will listen again. Great characters. Interesting plot. Setting works for me. I hope she will consider a series. She's got an interesting PI, dedicated assistant, lots of factors built in from this first book that will work to enlarge the scope for future stories.
Cormoran Strike, you're wanted on the job! This job had me interested in learning about you, going along on this case, and wanting you to realize you need this temp.
I kept waiting for the story to unfold and made it through half the book and was still completely bored. She spends 15 minutes talking about banal details
An ending that doesn't insult the intelligence of the writer. Also, no random sex scene just for the sake of having a sex scene.
No, because I enjoy murder mysteries.
Booming voice, clear and pungent in his style.
Anger as well as disappointment. This book was ok until the end. And by then I had become semi-invested in the plot. Then suddenly the book suddenly springs a sex scene on you for no reason other than, "Hi, I'm a pale supermodel, and I like bulky guys." That and the ending which makes the entire book POINTLESS.
If you are going to write a murder mystery, this is a good start Rowling, just next time do better.
when it comes to finding a good book to loose myself in, i'm looking for something that makes me think & if i am lucky also makes me laugh
The quality of the writing. I have never read the Harry Potter books so i had no idea what to expect from J.K. Rowling, so i was delighted to find she is a wonderful writer! The mystery was complex and kept you guessing right up to the end.
The characters. I love reading mysteries, but more often then not the characters are one dimensional stereotypes, either too perfect to believe or too ignorant, However, Rowling does a superb job of creating interesting characters with complex and developed personalities. I really hope she decides to make this into a series because i would really like to see how she would have her characters develop and grow as the stories progress
i think Glenister did a really nice job with his narration. A good narrator enhances the story and doesn't take away from it and Glenister definitely enhanced the story and characters with his performance
The book had some cute moments that made me smile, but it also had sad and touching moments, especially since Rowling created a victim that the reader actually feels morns the death of.
Read this book! It will make you enjoy mysteries again.
I probably wouldn't have purchased this book if its writer weren't famous. But I'm glad I did. The plot kept me engaged throughout. I did recommend the audio to a friend and bought a hard copy for another friend.
I thought the reader was rhythmically perfect for the book. This is a mystery, not a thriller, and Glenister set the scene very well.
Of course, it was a great story and I had a fantastic listening to it.
The two main protagonist, Strike and Robyn, worked so well with each other. I was dreading the possibility of a romantic situation arising between the two and was happily pleased that the story didn't go that way.
Accents! They development of the characters with fantastic accents to boot, from posh, to street, to snobbery. I loved Glenster's narration.
Quite a few. Some of my random outbursts of laughter attracted looks from strangers.
Eagerly awaiting the next book/story from Glenster.
The characters in this story are very nicely drawn. Things move along at a good pace, unlike so many works in this genre which tend to drag in the middle. The story is fairly conventional and the ending is just a bit too neat. Still in all, well worth the listen and highly entertaining. Hope Mr. Galbraith is working on a sequel.
I wouldn't have left him quite so flat. Surely he had a couple of friends, real friends, left in the world. Either that or make it harder to gain access to the upper crust of society.
I can read it while driving!
Fashion. Lies. Death. All in a day's work.
Interesting reader but dialogue and action just too crazy for me. At first I thought reader was reading a Phillip Carr book but then writing didn't match the reader's capability
I never would have read this if I hadn't known who'd written it, since I don't normally read detective fiction that doesn't involve magic of some kind. I'm so glad I picked this up, though. It's not Dickens, but then again, it's not supposed to be. If you watch Jack Taylor or A Touch of Frost (or read the books they're based on), I very much recommend this.
The whodunit nature of this never felt contrived, and I cared deeply about the individual characters involved throughout the plot. Rowling's always been good at creating characters, and it shows. I'm almost reminded of Agatha Christie, in that the motivations of the different characters are explored just as much as the deductive sciencey CSI-type stuff.
I really hope that we'll see another Galbraith book in the future, even knowing who's really doing the writing. This was great, and I'd happily read more.
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