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
The characters and plot we very engaging and the narration was spot on.
Yes.... The twists were surprising, and I didn't want the book to end.
His command of accents, tone, and character were great.
When robin admitted she loved the job.
I hope we hear more about Cormoran Strike.
Listening while I run.
Great story, great characters and excellent narration. Give it a try - wise use of a credit.
I was looking for a new book to listen to on my drives and, as luck would have it, this was the first book I investigated. I bought it because of the reviews and because I liked Harry Potter. I was not disappointed. Very good read. I found myself losing interest in the middle somewhere but the story sucked me back in soon after that, as Strike started piecing together all the clues and witness testimonies. Listened to the last half or so in one sitting, I was so enthralled. Good read. I give it 5 stars.
It is up in my top 10 of well written books
Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series - The protagonist was not all good, but you like him anyway, and he found answers.
The scene when Strike bedded the super model
Agatha Christie fans.
Not the genre, but it's turned me off to Rowling writing anything but Fantasy.
I hated her first post-Harry book, and was just disappointed with this one.
I wasn't sure about Rowling's second adult fiction outing because the last book really did not appeal to me. I took a chance on this one, and fell in love with the protagonists. Robin and Strike are a delightful detective team. The mystery itself is solid, with enough clues scattered around like breadcrumbs along the way for the reader to digest and draw conclusions alongside the characters. Twists and turn abound, but none "out of nowhere", as everything comes together in the end.
I now anxiously await more Strike mysteries from Galbraith, and look forward to what will become the rest of his story!
I like mysteries that challenge you to think with well-developed characters and plots. I really like the works of P.D James and Martha Grimes and I think J.K. aka Robert Galbraith has done an excellent job. A modern day flawed hero believable plot. An entertaining listen.
I don't remember listening to Robert Glenister before but I will remember this performance. I often find books are better in my head but he was engaging, entertaining, believable yet transparent. Glenister is an entire cast of one.
Just a good story ready by an excellent narrator. Spend a credit if you like mysteries.
The Quilt Handler
Don't ever end!
The use of the language and the weaving of the plots.
Good voice, easy to listen to him and good use of different voices.
Chuckled some...never cried...just enjoyed it and kept me thinking.
Sure hope it is a series...
This book contained way too many cusses, which shows a slight un-intelligence of the author despite a somewhat clever story line. Also much to long for just an okay ending.
I liked the role the secretary played in the book, It was almost as if her importance was downgraded slightly.
Okay performance, not my favorite narrator but he did all right.
I really enjoy a good detective book, but this on was only okay. Not worth the hype the book got. J.K. Rowling should stick to Harry Potter as her books for "adults" have been terrible and this one mediocre.
I already have! Great characters, great writing, and a good mystery to boot!
I like smart dialogue, and this book was full of it. Only a minimum of "what a coincidence" in the book, unlike so many other mysteries.
Stark. I could easily make a mental image of his appearance just by the way he talked (or rather, because of the quality of the performance).
Don't make a film of the book, unless it's done by Granda or BBC. Hollywood would ruin it. Hollywood has lost the art of thriller / detective / mystery. The last good one was Chinatown.
I know JK Rowlings cover was blown, which is sad because I read she had planned a few more Stark detective mysteries. I hope that doesn't deter her from continuing on with the series.
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