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
There seemed like such a drawn out build up...the end somewhat fizzled.
I'd recommend it-it was fun to read. I love how the characters are so artfully crafted.
I loved every scene where Cormoran is depicted as disheveled, a wreck, hungover. One can't help but love him.
-it just wouldn't be quite right
It was entertaining
Loved the designer - funny as hell the personalities
Just listen enjoyed during my compute to work
Avid reader and photographer
While this story was interesting, it went on and on. It took as much time to explain the mystery as it took to read the story. Someone needs to stick with Harry.
No-Don't really care what happens to Comoran.
This is my favorite audiobook so far, the voice performer did such an amazing job I forgot it was only one person reading the book at times. I'm actually listening to it a second time right now.
The end was really good!
This reminds me of a bit of a traditional hard-boiled PI movie. You'd expect it to be a 1940's B&W movie - although in modern times. The main character isn't as slick as a Humphrey Bogart. In fact, his life is a bit of a mess. Come to think of it though, isn't that usually a characteristic of a traditional PI?
The characters feel very real. One of those books that you miss when you finish it and look forward to the next in the series. (I hope it's going to be a series?)
If I have one criticism, the book sometimes became a long series of interviews with suspects. While it didn't really drag, it would be nice to bring a little more action to the writing.
The writing is very good and the narration is excellent. Well-worth your credit!
I would say "fascinating" "intriguing" "funny"
Cormoran Strike tops my list. His character is written so well that you can visualize what he looks like. He's funny, irreverent, hard-nosed and clever. I like that in a PI.
Robert Glenister gives all of the characters life. He is a terrific performer and is so enthusiastic about the material that I was caught up in the excitement of it all.
I had to put it down to go to sleep but did so reluctantly.
JK Rowling did a fabulous job with this book and I hope she has more of them up her sleeve!
I'm not a big mystery-whodunit reader, so I only picked this up based on reviews and I wasn't disappointed. I wish it were a series, because now that it's over I can't stop thinking about the characters and I'm ready for the next adventure! The details, character development and pacing were all perfect and I found myself looking forward to the next car ride or run so that I could continue listening.
I think that because this is such a consummate mystery with many clues that it would be just as good to read this as to listen to. Perhaps in some ways better.
I would compare it to anything by PD James and the Ruth Rendell Inspector Wexford series. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Ruth Rendell. It's also reminiscent of Elizabeth George.
The denouement when Cormoran Strike faces the killer.
This book is a superb read. A ripping good yarn. It joins my top ten. It's hard to find gritty detective genre fiction. Cormoran Strike fits nicely. A troubled, broken hero, a suffering heart, money troubles, living on the edge. What an excellent new addition to follow all those other marginalized gumshoes. It's a great read. I wish I was starting it all over again. What a great pleasure. Top marks.
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
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