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 is INCREDIBLE! I love the author's style of writing and the narrator's many voices makes this riveting and dramatic. I have not even finished reading it and I wanted to review it because that is how strongly I feel about it. I would listen to this narrator and this author again in a minute! I can't wait for another piece of work from this author and I plan to seek out other work from this narrator to enjoy. Read this - you won't be disappointed, I guarantee it.
Yes, I will listen again after a while. The story is great, thrilling from start to finish.
The story, of course.But also the characters.
please read this. it is one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time. at no time did I know who the killer was until the very end. Great work, Ms. Rowling. Please continue.
Mystery novels have to maintain a very delicate balance between the formulaic and the new. So the big question is, can you deliver something interesting while working with about a billion and a half cliches?
JK Rowling is a good writer, which we knew from the Harry Potter series and her Casual Vacancy. I guess whenever she tries a certain genre, she has the brains, patience and linguistic tools to understand the underpinnings of that particular genre and work within it. She doesn't try to be cute or artsy when she does contemporary social frescoes or hard-boiled mystery stuff.
There's nothing particularly original about Casual Vacancy, just as there's nothing particularly original about The Cuckoo's Calling. But both are very good examples of their genre - and with a mystery novel, that's as good a recommendation as you can get. Her mystery novel has enough humor, suspended romance and psychological insight to balance the hard-boiled detective fiction.
So yeah, I'm looking forward to the next Cormoran Strike novel.
The performance was excellent- enjoyed it very much.
There is a genuinely plausible story-well crafted and well written.
I listened to it on two days of back to back eight hour driving.
Very much a remption fornrowling after casual vacancy.
descriptive, curious, surprising
Not necessarily a book but a TV show, Columbo!
Warmth of character, I could see every movement and facial tick.
No, I had to stop to go to the bathroom.
Loved the lead characters, could see it as a movie, wondering who will play the parts.
Cunning, Clever and Fun
Cormoran Strike is a new cut of detective, who rejects his own physical limitations and uses subtlety, humor and insight to systematically close the case.
I was repeatedly delighted and surprised by Robert Glenister's performance. There were times I went back to find out if there was more than one person narrating, because the dialects and characterizations were so unique and precise. I can candidly say, I enjoyed the book more by listening to Mr. Glenister than I ever would have reading it.
The Cuckoo's Calling - You! And there is no doubt there will be a film. Hopefully the sequel comes first.
Yes. This story held my attention and captivated me for a long car trip.
Robert brings a distinction of voices and accents that are engaging without being a distraction.
A story that comes full circle
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
Wasn't sure how JK would handle a murder mystery, for me it was really good, she can transcend to this genre well. I too am looking forward to this becoming a series and the progression of the main character Comorant Strike. Also the images of London which so far the story is based in. A good listen recommend to mystery lovers.
I don't get how the critics could have missed it. The comical and (often) grotesque description of the characters and mishaps is classic Rowling (at least from what I could gather from listening to Jim Dale's inimitable rendition of the Harry Potter books years ago in my friends' car). Other than the characterization, I also enjoyed the well-constructed plot (although I must admit I wasn't quite convinced by how the killer's alibi was broken) and the well-chosen words. Not having read all the classical poets, however, I can't say I fully grasped what those clever Latin epigraphs were supposed to do. Also, the interrogation scenes sounded more elaborate than realistic, probably because every character in the book talks pretty much the same way, down to their choice of expletive(s). I dearly wish Jim Dale will agree to narrate all future titles by Galbraith (ahem), even though I did enjoy Mr. Glenister's narration (his voice reminds me of Idris Elba, who is one of my favorite actors). Wishing for many happy returns.
Yes. It was an excellent audio program, and an enticing story.
The whole story rotated around Strike, so it's hard to list anyone else.
All of them. Hard to compare against the Harry Potter books, but this is just as twisted and a great story.
No. It took a few sittings,
I look forward to more books with Strike as the main character.
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