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
It was a slow start, but paid off. The characters are likable and I already miss them. There is nothing like a good mystery and this one just falls together beautifully. I can't wait to hear about Strike and Robin again!
The best thing I liked about the book was the ending, it was a relief knowing that the anti-climatic ending was just as I predicted.
The feature I liked the least was the repeated, and varied cursing made the book unsatisfying. Often it felt like the author was cursing for not particular reason, and the word selection many times was overtly, and overly used to convey a repeated meaning.
I have read some of the Harry Potter series, and was surprised by the author's departure from well stylized writing in that series.
The end when the crime was solved, the accused response, and the cessation of the negative language.
No I would not
Given this author's body of work, I guess it was good that a nom de plume was employed; as the language, and word choice made the book difficult to accept
The story was well written kept me engaged throughout. It was very hard to stop listening.
I love reading - it always takes me to a new world.
A must read - you will enjoy from beginning to end
The ending got me by surprised - Not what I expected
Listen carefully to the different characters.... it all makes sense in the end.
Storyteller, reading teacher, author...when it comes to stories/books, it's my vice and I have unashamedly made addicts of my entire family!
The audio version has an advantage because the reader has a good British accent which adds a dimension to the story since it is set in London.
I think that the author does a good job in developing the minor personal wants and needs of individual characters, thus creating a dimensional world for the main character to negotiate. The other very refreshing aspect is that this book does not have gratuitous violence or sex, I could play this book out loud in my home and not worry about unexpected content being heard by my teens.
I was not driven to maniacally listen, but I did find myself wanting to reach out and press play as often as possible since the mystery was not an easy guess.
Entertaining. Loved the way the main characters put the pieces together by using their common sense.
Both main characters seemed to value each other's input rather that competing against each other.
I have never read one of the Potter series, but gave this a try at the recommendation of my wife. I was hooked from the start, with truly well-developed characters that I really cared about.
I could go on and on, but here's the main purpose of posting this: This is by far the best vocal performance by anyone in the 100 plus volumes I've listened to here. Mr. Glenister provided each character with a truly wonderful voice, and I found myself laughing out loud as I walked and listened to his giving life to a drunken Mr. Strike, or the decedent's mother, or the gay fashion designer, just for starters. Absolutely great work, and will lead me to try other books he's narrated. Go for it!
See above. I would never have enjoyed this as much without his vocal performance. I'd give him 6 stars if I could.
The main character Strike and all of his imperfections. Also the relationship between strike and his temp Robin.
Good narration- love reading books with British narrators. The mystery, once solved was a bit unbelievable, but fun to try and figure out.
The reader's ability to "perform" the story, especially all the different characters and accents
This is a pretty basic, run-of-the-mill detective story, a little slow-moving. But the reader made it fun to listen to.
I'm glad I gave this book a shot. The description and the genre isn't what I'd usually be drawn to. I enjoy books by Rhys Bowen, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and Jim Butcher. But the book was captivating. The characters were more nuanced than many books I read. And the mystery really hooked me in.
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