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
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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.
Rowling/Galbraith does not disappoint in this murder mystery, she's a true artist. She's a master of painting interesting characters that are both fantastic yet ring quite true. The main character, Strike, is quite formidable without being a super hero. The world she takes you to in this tale, the glamorous other plane of super models, designers, and the uber rich is quite a ride, and what a twist at the end! The narrator Mr. Glenister is also spot on, it was highly enjoyable to listen to his interpretation. I don't give 5 stars lightly, but this story/production truly deserves it!
I love reading fantasy! Got hooked reading The Lord of the Rings in high school and love reading long epics.
I have to admit that I probably would have never used a credit for this book except for finding out that it was a J.K. who wrote the book. I loved the book. The characters were very engaging and believable. The story line kept me wanting more. I never got bored as I sometimes do with "detective" novels. I look forward to hearing more about Mr Strike and Robin in the near future.
The book wasn't bad, I will admit that I just expect so much more - so much more imagination, creativity and twists. I believe I had this book figured out in the first few minutes. The story and characters were interesting and fun. But the ending was predictable.
Read, Write, Pray...Works for Me!
DNF - was bored and wasn't up to listening to a whodunit mystery for 10 hours, only to figure out whodunit. Didn't care enough about the characters to want to know.
The two main characters, Detective Cormoran and Robin were great. Detective Cormoran just keeps picking and plodding till he gets his man!
Plot was very slow moving, consisting mostly of the lead character detective's interviews. I am a sci-fi fan who occasionally likes other good books, but I guess I don't like the Agatha Christy-type whodunnits. But if that's you're game, you may enjoy this book.
A little much on the rough language as the book progressed.
I kept listening and waiting for the plot to get better or at least quicken. The last two hours picked up some, but overall disappointed. Again, my taste though.
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