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 is a good detectiv story by any account, but what really makes this a great listen is the reader. He makes every character believable, he also capturea a multitude of female voices without ever making them sound strange or forced. Bravo!
havent, but will.
Makes Harry Potter seem like the boy he is.
No, not Robert Galbraith (or a.k.a JK Rowling-she needs to stick to Harry Potter-type books).
I think it is interesting that some found this to be a "good" or "great" book. To me, this book was incredibly unadventurous and lacked imagination. I was bored, to put it plainly, from start to finish. When I read/listen to a crime drama I expect some degree of thrill or intrigue to engage me, to keep me interested in something as depraved as a murder. This story fell short in lots of ways: the characters were dull and quite stereotypical, the scenes were flat, there were no nuances to set it apart from any other, no nail-biting clues to keep me drawn to the storyline. I only kept listening because I paid for the book. There was nothing exciting to comment on, for me, anyway. I felt as if I were watching some outdated cop show on syndicated television. I've read other crime books, written by far less experienced writers, that did a much better job.
Poor J. K. Rowling... After the Harry Potter phenomena, I know she is trying so hard to get people to take her seriously as a writer of adult fiction that she resorted to writing under a pen name, the effort of which was then undermined by the wife of one of her solicitors. (If you believe that story, I am personally a bit skeptical.) However, that did call attention to "The Cuckoo's Calling," and I would say the attention is for the best. I read the first chapter or so of the book and enjoyed it, but decided to get the audiobook, and I'm glad I did. Robert Glenister is a fabulous narrator. I will admit, I was not really aware of who he was, and I kept thinking that he sounded a bit like Gene Hunt's older brother (being a huge Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes fan), and how ironic that my thought turned out to be correct! LOL! Anyway, I won't rehash the plot, but I will tell you that the story was very enjoyable. It's a typical whodunit, told in a refreshingly interesting way, and was well-paced, and well-developed, with interesting characters. I was a bit hesitant to purchase it because I has listened to A Casual Vacancy as well, and while not a completely horrible story, that one was so depressing, with such un-likeable characters and so full of gratuitous foul language that I barely made it to the end. However, I really feel that Ms. Rowling has redeemed herself with this offering, and I would be very interested to see any further books in this story-line. Well done!
Took a chance on this one and it paid off. Good story, great characters, easy listening. Looking forward to more from this author.
Well thought out plot.
Robin and Strike's relationship.
Yes. Altho' it often take a bit to get into a new writer, I found the story kept me interested and wanting more.
I loved Robin. I really thought the story would be more about her and was surprised to find she was his "muse".
I loved his voice as Strike.
love audio books - Anglophile
I don't care who wrote it: I really liked this book. The narrator, Robert Glenister, is super. P.I. Cormoran Strike is not only "Hagrid in a Trenchcoat" - great description, Melinda - but he sounds sort of like Robbie Coltrane who played Hagrid. The plot is intricate and addicting. The writing reminded me of Tana French's "Faithful Place," one of my favs (especially read by Tim Gerard Reynolds). I love the Latin quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The listen was well worth my time.
No. The narrating was so boring that every time I listened I just wonder off.
Dull and boring
Haven't read one this good for awhile.Rbt. Glenister has a wonderful voice with a bag full of different people. He made this book not just good but great and the people so real, I certainly hope he will narrate the sequel. The story flowed so well it kept me listening hour after hour, it did not depend on blood & sex to tell the tale but rather great writing. Did not know who the author was until I researched the narrator and then the author for other books. Keep this character and narrator coming please.
A LESS PREDICTABLE STORY!!
UNFORTUNATELY I HAD THE STORY FIGURED OUT HALF WAY THROUGH.
NARRATION WAS GOOD
ROBERT GALBRAITH (J.K. ROWLING) SHOULD STICK TO THE FANTACY GENRE.
What a pleasant surprise! I was hesitant to purchase the book since I'm not a fan of Harry Potter, but I'm so glad I did.
I really hope she writes a sequel, or better yet, a series.
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