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
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
I've listened to same narrator and he's among my top 5 so it was a no-brainer to download this one. All I needed after that was a good, gritty story with characters you either love or hate, a great plot, twists, humor.........and then the book was over before I was ready for it to end! I loved Strike's character, as well as Robin's, his 'temp' girl Friday that weaved them together as a team. Don't ask Wha? just ask WHEN will the next one come out???
Yes, intriguing. I thought it was one person but ended up being completely wrong.
Loved the British accents. I find my best reads are read this way.
I was bogged down by the recapping of the story every so often in the book. I don't expect that in a book. I think the reader should be able to keep up with the story. I thought the recapping was unnecessary.
The story was okay, but not anything outstanding. If it was not written by a know author, i would not have listened to it. Not sure if I would listen to another story with these characters.
Story and narration were good. The story held my interest throughout and I was just disappointed with the quick ending, would like the character to be taken farther....maybe there will be a sequel??
I enjoyed the narrator, he did a good job.
I really liked this book. I immediately wanted more. Would make a great series. The main characters are all interesting. They were developed well, but you could see it go so much further.
Excellent narration as well.
Retired teacher then social worker living in Spain.. have three grown up children 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Definitely the Narrator, brilliant rendition
No particular moment, the whole book is memorable
Robert Glenister is my new hero, I will purchase any books that he has narrated
An excellent story, believable characters made more so by the excellent portrayal of them by the narrator Robert Glenister. Will listen to it over and over again, just in case I missed something first time around.
I loved listening to the narrator in this story. His interpretation of the voice of the characters continually engaged me in the book. I enjoyed the story and found I was quite sympathetic to the protagonist.
The story and and narrator are different, but the narrator of Gone Girl was just as compelling as this narrator.
I liked this and only listened to it b/c of the author. I do love a good mystery but rarely is that my audio book of choice. Story is well written. The narrator is great, I loved hearing him tell me this story and would listen again.
Hard to get into at first, perhaps it was the accent or the pace of the reader. I almost put it down a few times. Knowing the author behind the nom de plume, I kept picturing the Harry Potter characters. But it did 'grow up' and grew on me after a few chapters.
Although I guessed the ending early on, it did keep me very interested, especially the way things eventually tied together.
I am not one for mysteries and detective stories but I decided to try Cuckoo's Calling because it was written by (spoiler alert ;-) ) J. K. Rowling. I am hoping that more Strike adventures will be published, and soon!
Summing up in three words: 1) Entertaining 2) Appealing 3) Poignant
I enjoyed how the characters evolved as the book progressed. I even came to know and care about "Cuckoo" by learning how the other characters had interacted with her. It also was evident that Strike went through a similar transformation- the victim became a real person even though she could not speak for herself.
The scene that comes to mind occurs when Strike goes to the nightclub favored by the glitziest stars and their hanger-ons. His interactions with the celebrities and observations of their behaviors were, at times, very funny.
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