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 really want more Strike!
The funny thing is that I listened to the book on a whim, really liked it, and did a web search for the author to see if there was more! So, JK Rowling can write. The book is well written and the characters are really interesting, fun and well developed. That's what we expect from Ms. Rowling... no wonder she was trying to fly under the radar!
This story does not disappoint! Now, do we get 7 years of Strike? Seems only fair!
This book is one of the best audiobooks I've encountered.
Cormorant Strike is the epitome of the gnarled and effective private investigator who is interested in justice. That's just the way he is.
This is the first. He was excellent and made all of the characters real.
It has a dry wit that made me smile at times. What I enjoyed was the easy-to-drink-in writing, the vivid characters, and way the author breathed life into a well worn genre. The interactions between Cormorant and Robin were very good.
I'm glad I took a chance on this one based on reviews. A well thought out mystery with an interesting main character. Perhaps a series in the works? I enjoyed the pace of the book. I felt like there was enough tiime to get to know all the characters fully. The performance was impressive considering all of the various accents used throughout.
I had no idea of the author's true identity when I downloaded this book. Perhaps it would have kept me away and that would have been a shame.
Not sure why this got such high ratings. I listen to about 1 novel a week, and this one I could not finish. I kept drifting off to other thoughts... it was so boring and slow moving. The painfully over-detailed scenes, and long dragged out interviews of every person the PI spoke to were too much! Not happy I wasted a credit.
Only good thing was the narrator, He was great!
This was a great story! Great characters, interesting story, and a perfect amount of humor and humanity. The narrator did a wonderful job of delivering each character and the subtly nuances of each of them.
I can normally guess the end of a book long before I've reached then end. But with this story I had my suspects all of which where wrong.
I have not listened to Robert Glenister's other audio performances but this was a perfect performance.
There's a part where the main character Strike and his assistant finally bond. It was a sweet scene and felt real.
I really did love this book, and I do hope to see more of Strike and Robin. I hope that JK Rowling doesn't let the fact that her pen name was found out hold her back from writing more. This book was a great success and I would be very sad if the story of Strike ended here.
This is a fully-realized novel, bursting with great characters who you can't wait to meet again. The other reviewers have described the story, and it's a great one. Fabulous layers of depth in the characters, diverse and real. Highly, highly recommended!
Audible uses the word 'classic' to describe The Cuckoo's Calling, but 'intentionally and experimentally hackneyed' might be more appropriate. The phrasing, descriptive writing, dialog, characters and story are a modern exploration of the gumshoe cliche. Sometimes it really works; there is an exciting freshness and ease to the images and dialog created anew from the old style that was a joy to listen to. Sometimes it doesn't; the story and it's characters become bogged down by strict adherence to traditional structure resulting in a predictable and dull ending.
The extraordinary talents of narrator Robert Glenister kept me listening, even after this modern twist on an old cliche lost my interest.
The characters were complex and engrossing, with the author giving you just enough about each to tease you into thinking they were all possible suspects. I listen to Audible books when taking my hour walk each morning. I know it's a great book when 1) it propels me out of bed in the morning because I can't wait to see what's happening next and 2) I continue listening beyond the walk because I can't put it down, which is exactly what happened with "Cuckoo." A wonderfully absorbing read. You won't be disappointed. Hope that as I write this Mr. Galbraith is finalizing another book!
if the characters would do things more than just interview for chapters and chapters.
It seems like I'm listening to notes of interviews with no emotional attachement to any of the characters.
I really tried to listen to this story, but I just kept finding my thoughts wondering while listening to it. there's nothing to hold on to. it seems like a diary of a boaring private detective. the characters are flat and I found myself thinking who cares...Couldn't finish it :(
Will listen again
I loved the transitions from one action to the next. The descriptions are great. I could almost see and feel what was happening in every event.
Couldn't put it down. Stayed awake late at night. Listened instead of doing chores and didn't care at all.
Great read -- would like to hear more.
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