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Publisher's Summary

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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Mind numbing detail of every scene

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book was too slow paced for me. I found myself dreading the start of a new scene as it would be endless description of every irrelevant detail of the scene, down to the dandruff on the medical examiner's coat. If you like a lot of flair and artistic scene setting, this may be the book for you. However, if you want a plot that moves along without telling you how worn the carpet is, or what color shoe laces a passer by has, this would not be the book for you.

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The performer of this book was fantastic.

42 of 58 people found this review helpful

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Wordy wordy wordy....wordy wordy

Excessive unnecessary details, too much description that is ordinary, not vivid, and the plot drags along so that I wished the story was a long short story or novella rather than its present length. The main character is interesting, as are one or two other persons....but the book is loaded with so many people who pop in and out that you had better keep an alphabetical list to remember them....or maybe you should just ignore them once you figure out who is important to the story...which is not easy the first half of the book. The author's style seems to be that of a first-time novelist....as I said but must repeat: wordy wordy wordy. Were the reputed author not JKR, this book would not have been published. And I do wonder if JKR did write it or if she is boosting someone else's effort to break in to publishing...but if JKR is doing that, did she even READ the book?

20 of 29 people found this review helpful

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not compelling enough, disappointing

I apologize, I couldn't finish this one. I'm a huge fan of JK Rowling and really enjoyed The Casual Vacancy, but this was disappointing. I made it about 6 hours in and found it much too descriptive without enough of a reason to care. While I liked Strike and his character was well-developed, the central source of his plight (finding out who killed Lula Landry) is something I found myself not really caring about as her character falls by the wayside. Admittedly, this may have become more compelling with time, but if I'm not drawn in after 6 hours, I find it hard to believe it would have changed drastically.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Pleasantly surprised

I was unsure what to expect having unfortunately found out who the actual author is. I was worried that I would somehow expect a work similar to her previous masterpieces and be disappointed. I did not and I was not. I thought it was funny at times and very well written. I enjoy it very much. More than I thought I would. The narrator was excellent as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Slow start but a great character

The performance was great. I thought the book started off really slow, some of the characters could of been better developed. However, as the book progressed the story became captivating and although mildly predictable, the ending did throw some surprises which I was grateful for. I would definitely recommend!!!

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Loved it!!

Loved every minute. Story and narration were great from start to finish. On to book 2.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Best Detective Mystery on Audible

Within minutes of beginning this page-turner, I was hooked! Rowling's prose here is flawless (much better than in Harry Potter series), her characters richly drawn and interesting, and the plot riveting. I couldn't wait to discover what would happen next, and the final revelations were NOT what I had suspected and anticipated, so the ending, while believable, was a complete surprise. Grade: A+. Bechdel test: Pass, I think (if Robin's conversation with a shopgirl about clothing counts). I'm beginning the next volume in the series as soon as possible.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Nope....it's nothing special

I almost think that JK Rowling felt she had to prove something writing primarily for adults, and so she dipped too many times into the thesaurus and ran on too long with her set dressing and descriptions. It is rather distracting, without adding anything worthwhile to the story. There's also a strange kind of prejudice exhibited in the description of people's appearances: With the exception of the narrator and protagonist, everyone on the "good" side of the line is described as good looking, if not beautiful, and everyone on the "bad" side of the line is described as having physical or sartorial defects in very blatant and unsympathetic terms (after all, is sweating really only limited to unpleasant people?). In fact, that's one of the ways I came to figure out who dunnit, even though I could never have conceived of the strange and unbelievable details of how it happened. Seriously, some of the things he claims to have realized happened and helped him solve the crime are simply unbelievable.

The set up of the characters is ordinary.........war vet, injured and down on his luck, is a private detective in a shoebox office up a rickety staircase, with minimal furniture or employees. Unexpectedly, he gets a wealthy client and, with the help of his plucky new secretary (both share a hidden affection for the other) solve the crime and breathe new life into the worn down detective agency. When I write it like that, it seems a little bit like The Maltese Falcon in some ways.

I put off reading this one for a long time, but I finally gave in in the face of sequels and great reviews. Not a good choice, and I won't be listening to any of the others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Crime Fiction

Crime Noir makes a re-appearance.
Hard Boiled detective (named Harry?) no, Cormoran Strike, is a down-on-his-luck, but good-at-his-job Private Dick. The story starts exactly at the right time, and moves at a steady clip, with fine writing, and atmosphere.

Its just the kind of detective story we all want to hear, but the current lot of hack writers seems incapable of writing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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An engaging page turner.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I probably wouldn't have purchased this book if its writer weren't famous. But I'm glad I did. The plot kept me engaged throughout. I did recommend the audio to a friend and bought a hard copy for another friend.

What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought the reader was rhythmically perfect for the book. This is a mystery, not a thriller, and Glenister set the scene very well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful