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 have not read the print version of The Cuckoo's Calling, but I really enjoyed the performance.
Meeting the designer. His character came alive for me and I could just picture him sauntering around and complaining about Lulu's family.
How he changed the pace and tone of his voice to line up with the characters.
Not particularly. I would categorize this book as a light read.
I think the last paragraph of the epilogue was a message from J.K. Rowling to her readers. Such a mystery in itself.
Entertaining, Interesting Characters
I love the fact that the PI is not incredibly handsome and gets all the girls.
Not one scene in particular, but I really enjoyed the interaction with Robin.
I hope there are more to come with these characters
This as a crime novel is an amazing listen. I would definitely refer this book because it has everything you need ask for in a book. It has great characters. A great partnership like Batman and Robin with less superhero, yet hero nonetheless, action. Great Story building and crime solving. The narration is also to the point. Thick British accent at times but fits right well into the story.
Strike was the best part about the story. He is the main character but what makes him my favorite is that he is very 'human'. His background story makes him very strong yet very fragile.
So by now everyone probably knows that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling. If you have read The Casual Vacancy by her then you will know that it has almost same kind of diction used.
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
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