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
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.
This book was a wonderful addition to my daily commute. Enough intrigue to keep you guessing, but of the terrifying gruesome variety that I tend to avoid. Very Sherlock Holmes-esque. The ending definitely left the door open for another book. I sincerely hope this is the start of a new series for JK Rowling errr I mean "Robert Galbraith"?
This is my first Robert Glenister performance. He was spectacular!
I finished the book last night and started listening to it again immediately to see if I could pick up on all the little clues throughout.
I kept thinking back to The Westing Game...because all the clues are there in front of you, but you don't make the connections until the end.
I love his accents...sometimes listening to audiobooks I lose track of characters, but Robert's voices definitely helped.
One of my favs.
The lead character trying to maintain a professional posture while living in his office.
Love to embraceable characters.
A great listen! Nice pace, great story.
I enjoyed the book, It was well narrated and a good story to listen to. I did enjoy the book.
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