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 did not stop listening to this story, except to sleep. It was very hard to figure out and interesting all the way through.
Robert Glenister infuses the story with very clear and believable voices.
I have no idea who would enjoy this book. It goes around in predicable and boring circles. I did not find the characters interesting or entertaining. A lot of repetition, adjectives, worthless dialogue, no action or intrigue.
No, just the author ...under any name.
The narrator is superb in this book just like in all his others.
Only when it ended.
Knowing this book was by jk Rowling made it even better for me. It is an amazing book, with a story that has you hooked from the beginning. As with other Rowling books, it's a fast read, you don't want to put it down. As I finished it, it occurred to me that rowling's adult books are as compelling as the works of that other great English author, agatha christie. Have recommended this many times.
I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.
Possibly. I was really on the fence with this one. It had a good start and good end but the middle just seemed to drag on for me.
Strike and trying to find the killer and at the end when he lays it all out on the table for the killer. That was brilliant. The least was all the fluff in the middle of the story. It never tied together and fit.
The narrator was ok.
No I can't see it being a movie.
The plot of this book is pretty good and leads you to believe there will be more. But the continual use of profanity really turned me off. Younger readers will want to read this because of Harry Potter and they will be exposed to over usage of profanity.
I am on the fence on any more like this one.
Close the book.
Guitarist with The Prudes
A well paced book, totally addictive and very hard to put down. I hope the sequel comes out soon. One of my favorite crime novels of they year.
Initially, I wasn't going to listen to this book because I found Causal Vacancy,
also by JK Rowling, to be boring.
But after seeing STARS & more STARS, I had to listen to it.
Unfortunately it was a letdown because of the rave reviews.
The story as is the narration are good but not outstanding.
It's an average detective story.
It's pretty rare, since I am an English teacher, that I will put down a book - for good - before I am finished. I try to give it the benefit of the doubt, that I will connect with the characters or story at some point, even if it is the very end, but in this case, I just could not make myself listen to such a negative story. Perhaps it lightens up or has positive turns further down the road, but after reading "A Casual Vacancy," where every single character was horrid and selfish, I have serious enough doubts that I just stopped.
The tone was on the monotonous side; I found my mind drifting away as I was listening. However, his pronunciation and diction were flawless!
Yes, it has well developed characters,
I have not listened to or read many crime or detective books. My favorite fiction book prior to this has been Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. The story did not reveal "who dunno it"early on, if indeed there was a culprit, but kept me guessing until the climactic end when the puzzle pieces were woven together very well. I particularly liked the various characters in the story, the fashion industry environment and the way the individual character stories all came together satisfactorily without breaking credibility.
No, I have not listened to other books performed by Mr. Glenister.
I did not have an extreme reaction. I commonly listen to books while I work out on the exercycle in the health center. I did laugh out loud a number of times. As the climax of the story came together I found myself on aux in 'driveway moments" and on earbuds while working around the house because I abandoned my routine as I "could not put it down".
I hope J. K. Rowling plans a second book with Cormoran Strike to continue with his detective work! Fun that the entire book is written sprinkled with current British slang and culture.
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