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 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.
Loves to shop
It was highly engaging--one of my favorites!
The ending was quite unexpected!
It was totally believable--for all of the characters.
A really good read--or listen!!
..that this author was actually a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling when I bought it. I loved the characters, the plot twists, and the way the story just raced along even while seemingly not much was happening. I came back to see if there was anything else by this author -- and am gobsmacked. Bit heavy on the language (I guess she felt liberated by writing for a different audience), but totally in character. Loved it!!
This book kept me engaged and interested. However, it fell a little flat at the end for me. It turned into your typical "who done it". It was good, I just wanted more pizaz.
I liked both of the main characters enough that if there were a follow book with these two (and they seem to leave that possibility wide open) I would probably buy it - in hopes that it had that extra something - to make it a 5 star.
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