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
...it's JK Rowling! You'll get sucked in and love it.
I admit I got a little bored about 2/3 in, but just a little.
Good whodunit with just enough profanity (a smattering) and r-rated content to keep it edgy without being distasteful.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
I really loved the Strike and Robin as a team solving the mystery and crime.
Yes, I liked the twists and turns.
When Strike and Robin were shopping.
No, but my commute was much more enjoyable.
It took me a while to get into the book. I started at the beginning 3 different times. I didn't think the ending was plausible with the information given during the listen. Maybe that was the author's way of surprising the reader. I just didn't think it made sense. I think the author could have developed the characters a little more. It was kind of like listening to an abridged version.
To be honest, I am not sure. This is the second J. K. Rowling`s book for adults that disappointed me. As for Robert Glenister, his narration is good enough, so I might buy a book narrated by him again.
The lack of originality and focus on the main story. The story is the one you could have read / seen a thousand times before and although it` s not downright simple, it does not offer the climax original enough to amaze. Regarding the lack of focus, there were too many side stories, flashbacks and memories, which I do not object to in general but here their placement in the story seemed distracting to me, as though the writer could not manage to stay on track. Lastly (and that might be just my opinion) - the Latin quotes that preceded every part of the book seemed kind of pretentious and completely beside the point.
I have not.
This is really more of the TV crime story for rainy Sunday afternoon, not something to be adapted for silver screen.
I suppose that it` s OK for an audiobook but I cannot imagine reading this book for days, let alone weeks. In my opinion, the adult literature does not come easy to the author which is a shame considering her talent. The descriptions of people, places and situations in this book are rather beautiful, therefore it` s too bad that the actual storytelling does not keep up. For me it`s a one time read only.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
There is no depth to this book. It is the bare minimum of character or plot development and I was annoyed with the predictability of the story.
Not by this author or the ghost writer.
I really enjoyed this book. I listen in the car on my long commute, and I actually was looking forward to sitting in traffic to listen to this book.
Yes and I have. You want to catch every Detail.
The characters were well definded
Great book. I can see the movie
If only the author had not believed that using vulgar and obscene language would add to the story I could have enjoyed this book much more! Was it really important for variations on the 'F' word to be the single most frequently used word in the book?
the story line was good. I liked the disabled veteran hero and would enjoyed his determination in following a very complex set of clues to solve the case.
The narrator was really good and I have to suppose that the language required had to become bothersomely repetitive for him as well as the listener.
I frequently listen to books as I accomplish other tasks. Not only did I find the language distasteful but would have been very embarrassed had anyone else come in and heard the sort of thing I was listening to.
Silly me - I didn't realize THIS is the book by JK Rowling under a pen name until I was finished with it and reading other reviews. It doesn't matter. My review is the same -- EVERYTHING about this audiobook is perfect. The engaging story, memorable full characters, pace, and outstanding narration. I truly hope it is the first of a series, as the future for these characters is ripe with possibilities.
The progression of the story was just the right pace, and the Protagonist was witty and entertaining through his faults.
Laugh a lot, the author has very subtle descriptive humor.
Damn Good story, liked the proffessional relationship Strike had with his receptionist. This story definitely deservers a listen, the Reader does an excellent job of personifying characters.
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