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 really stands out because the characters are so well written and interesting. The mystery itself was also quite absorbing, even if the murderer was especially stupid. As with most of my favorite mysteries, though, the actual case seems secondary to the detective's process, and that is true for me with this book. Cormorant Strike and Robin are both compelling characters, and I found myself as eager to know more about them as I was to know what happened with the case. I hope that J.K. Rowling or Robert Galbraith (or whatever she's going to call herself now that the secret's out) continues with these characters, since they deserve more stories.
As to the performance, Robert Glenister was the perfect choice. I am often bothered by the Narrator, especially when he or she is voicing the opposite gender, but I thought Glenister's voice blended seamlessly into the story and actually probably enhanced it in some ways. It was very natural and never obtrusive.
Yes. The plot has so many twists and turns, I could listen again and see what I missed the first time. Plus, the narration of this story is superb and I could see each character as he spoke. Some narrators are boring or don't know how to change it up. This is my favorite one yet!
This book is very well-written. Finely drawn characters and a flawed but decent hero. The plot is intriguing and there are a lot of colorful characters.
Yes. I laughed and worried as much as I tried to come up with the solution. The relationships in the story were very human and amusing and interestesting. The situations just kept coming--. it wasn't the typical mystery story. The characters were vivid and likable.
Cormoran Strike was facing his own demons- definitely not the "perfect man". Down on his luck in so many ways yet able to close these problems down in order to solve the mystery- was he looking at a suicide or a murder? As he worked the mystery, he wasn't
always able to concentrate on what seemed ,at the time ,to be most importantly, a means to help his financial problems. But this uninspired, rough around all the edges, detective at heart was a very excellent and disiplined man. His mind was always working. I found myself trying to figure out why certain things were important to him. His physical handicap, ruined love life, lack of room and board put him in many difficult situations. His relationship with the new and quirky secretary was great.
No. His readings of each character helped me form images of them. Enjoyed!
This is a good mystery with a nice twist. The story length was perfect with the necessary amount of details. The narration was also very good. I would recommend to a friend.
Ok. I'll admit I probably wouldn't have read/listened to this if J.K. Rowling didn't write it, but that's just because I don't read a lot of mystery novels. I just had to know what everyone was talking about (and of course I'm a Harry Potter fan). There's already a fair amount of reviews so I won't bother going too in depth. I will just say I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish, and I second others' opinions that this should be turned into a series. Rowling/Galbraith has proved that she has more to offer than Harry Potter.
The performance was excellent. There is no way the print version could come close to the audio version. The narrator did an excellent job of distinguishing the characters with changes in his voice.
The character development was well done and the plot was challenging. The main character had many layers and was a reminder of the old time detectives.
I listen to books while driving and this was one of those books that I couldn't wait to turn on - it made me want to get up and drive to work. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Yes I would. There were so many pieces to this puzzle, I know I missed details and the narrator was perfect. I will definately listen to this one again.
There were so many, but one of my favorite scenes was when Strike took Robin shopping and she pretended to be his sister. You get your first real glimpse of Robin's charachter and realize what an asset she will be to Strike outside of organizing his office.
I've never listened to a book narrated by Robert Glenister and I will now be searching him out. He was brilliant. Each charachter was clearly defined. I cannot imagine reading the book now that I have listened to his magic.
I have to admit I was one of those people that bought the book after J.K. Rowling was outed as the author. However, it took me some time to actually listen to it as I was in the middle of a long series when I purchased it. By the time I started listening I had completely forgotten who the author was and did not recall until I was a few hours in. I hope we will see more of Cormoran Strike and Robin from Ms. Rowling or Mr. Gilbraith.
Say something about yourself! I am a runner and avid listener to books. Audible allow me to do my two favorite things at the same time.
Cuckoo's Calling will keep calling you back to a good listen. It was what you would expect from a mystery. Predictable but a fun story line and likable characters. Of course all of JK Rowling's books are held up to the gold standard of the Harry Potter series and will never compare.
Yet this is a fun and engaging story.
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