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
I would say that they are equally as good. Robert Glenister did a fantastic job with the narration.
I loved the scene when they are in the shop trying on the green dress trying to gather information.
Very easy to tell the characters apart. Great pacing of the narration.
I did not have any extreme reaction, I just had to keep listening. It was written in a way that the detective work seemed very natural and as the story unfolded you became increasingly interested in knowing who did it. When everything is revealed at the end it is all very plausible and makes total sense.
As everyone knows this was really written by J.K. Rowling. I don't think I would have figured it out. It is definitely worth your time. I hope we see at least a few more Cormoran Strike novels.
The plot was excellent once you got into it.
Not at the beginning; it picked up after an hour, or so. I couldn't figure out who did it until the very end.
I found the beginning of this book very slow and almost stopped listening to it. I found it a bit boring with a slow plot and unsympathetic characters until I was 1-2 hours into it. As the plot got more detailed I also found the characters more interesting. I have to confess that I often find this with mysteries by British authors. By the end I was enjoying the book and looking forward to listening to it. I did not have a strong idea of what happened until the very end. I recommend this book and encourage listeners to just push on through the beginning.
A little more than half way through this my husband said he had it figured out. He was WAY off. This story is well read and has a nice story line. Good set up for future books. The only thing that kept me from giving it the highest marks is that it was really one long series of interviews. That in itself is not that interesting.
Great Characters !
All of them Great Job
When they solved the crime!
Enjoyed this book and all it's characters!!
Don't have time enough to read print versions, why audio versions of all books are better for me.
The genuine English style.
Too long for that, but well worth a try.
I look forward to the next book of "Robert Galbraith" about the same characters.
Superb story telling
Hard to put down -- interesting character development and interaction. JK Rowling is a very talented author. Not sure why she wrote this one under a pseudonym.
Impeccable reading. I really enjoyed the different character voices he portrayed during the story. Great Job !
Yes, but I paced it to last about 2 weeks of part time listening for a very enjoyable experience.
I hope Rowling writes some more stories around the main character, Strike.
Long and drawn out, lost sight of story.
Less on the personal lives of the main characters.
He did ok, it was the story that was not done well.
Narrator had me keep listening.
When I bought this book it was after the world found out J.K. wrote this. I was a wondering if this book could stand up to her past works and honestly I love this book so much more. It was well written, had the perfect narrator. Everything fell in line perfectly with this book. The characters are so well written that I felt as though I was right there with them, as if I met them myself.
Honestly I need a squeal right now. I need another book now!
the suspense, the characters, everything.
It's too long for that, but a few binge sittings, yes.
Really liked the performance, with one exception. The actor totally misread one character--Evan Duffield. From the book it's clear that he's posh and snooty, yet this actor chose to give him, inexplicably , a working class accent. Huh?
Has a sympathetic damaged hero out to find the truth -- even though he thinks he knows the truth before the investigation starts. Nice mystery to curl up with by the fire.
My favorite places involved the inconvenience of an artificial limb.
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