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 was really good. really good. I never like Harry Potter but this I loved.
Yes. Not as dark as the summary sounds, this is a fun modern, murder mystery with great characters. Definitely worth the listen, but watch out, I didn't get much else done while listening (well, I did a lot of cleaning).
[Please note that I'm stopping 2/3 of the way through the book to comment.]
If the narrator weren't so exceptional, I might have a harder time answering the question. HOWEVER, I'm stunned by how strong the narrator is (and I listen to many fine Audible narrators).
Sara Paretsky's VI Warshawsky's perhaps - strong, real characters that navigate a range of contexts.
Thus far (I'm only 2/3 through), it could be any of the scenes where Striker is interviewing others. Brilliant descriptions of complicated individuals in conversations, being questioned. One of many standouts is his first interview with the designer who was Cuckoo's close friend.
Just glad to be reading it; and that it's not excessively violent.
Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.
It would be a shame if this book is not the First of a series. It grabbed me from the first chapter, and would not turn loose. If you have a credit and can't figure out what to try, buy this book. You will not be disappointed.
We probably were all victims of a publicity stunt. This is still a great novel.
The style and "gritty" language was just not acceptabl- the author was intentionally crude and base in her use f vernacular. It was an obvious attempt to be " real" - but just ended up being offensive. I am very disappointed in this author- you woul/ expect more.
Truly a disappointment.
I would not recommend this book to anyone- the frequent/ common use of the F-Bomb as many as thirty times in one dialogue was just not god writing.
I WANT MY MONEY BACK - this was horrible.
It wasn't the narrators fault - bad material
What a sad work of drivel.
This story just didn't get moving. I wish I could return this book. The language was terrible and offensive. I wish there was a ratings system for audio books.
Unlikely hero finds himself accidentally chasing a killer. Discovers the truth where the police failed.
No, I found the story to drag on. I tried to make it through, but just lost interest.
Listening to all things Kristen Ashley
He was able to change his voice to fit the many characters in the book, great Narrator.
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