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
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.
I was hopeful when I downloaded this book for listening on a long summer holiday. How bad could it be, I thought, since it was written by JK Rowling under an assumed name. Harry Potter books, if not high art, were inventive and relatively well-written. I assumed that there would be some similar inventiveness in Cuckoo's Calling. The plot never really gets started, the conventions are mind-numbingly trite (a detective named "Strike" down on his luck, a dead cover girl, drug addicted boyfriend . . . . . yawn!) as to be unbelievable, and it's hard to drum up an iota of interest or concern for the characters who seem disappointed that they weren't written into a different book by a better author. I have to admit that I've slogged to mid-point and am thinking of stopping right there.
I hope she makes this a series! The story was enthralling and fun and the narrator was fabulous. I look forward to more. As we know, the author is great at writing series.
This is a great book and one I strongly suggest to readers/audible listeners who enjoy mysteries/ detectives books. The words used are vivid and the reader is quickly 'hooked'. I hope to see many more books with these main characters, Strike and Robin. The narrator as well brought to life quickly and so vividly all the characters in the book. It was truly enjoyable and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Yes, I would recommend. This is a good suspense and mystery novel. It's kept me entertained and wanting more after every chapter. Where most books you know what the ending is going to be before the actual end of the book. I didn't until the author revealed it. I wish there was a sequel.
Absolutely you will love the plot and audio!
The twists and turns of the plot.
The private detective.
No, I enjoyed every bit of it.
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