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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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Slow start, but interesting twists.

Slow start, but interesting twists. I will consider this author for future listens. Well done.

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A fan of Rowling

I chose this book because I'm such a huge fan of J.K. Rowling. I was so disappointed in her first adult book, The Casual Vacancy, that I didn't even finish it. But I like mysteries, so decided to try her again. Cuckoo starts slow. For me, characters drive the story and if I don't care about the characters, I'm not interested in the story. It took me a long time to care about Coroman Strike, but I got there and will probably listen to more in the series.

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  • Lauren
  • RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
  • 03-14-15

Tightly plotted, fast-paced, excellent narration

Character is king, with Rowling and with me. I picked it up since I was looking for something closer to the genre I'm writing right now and I loved it. I don't read many mysteries, but I'm definitely picking up the next book--I grew to really adore the central duo.

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  • Julie
  • Gladstone, OR, United States
  • 03-10-15

Loved this book!

The story was great and the reader was awesome!

I can't wait to read the next in the series. Thanks!!


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  • blake
  • Fort Lee, NJ, United States
  • 03-07-15

Rowling does it again!

Is there any genre this author can't master? This book was utterly thrilling, masterfully plotted and full of the witty, gritty realism that is usually underserved in most contemporary crime drama. I hope this will become a series.

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Engaging

This is my first listen of a Strike mystery. It was good enough that I would listen to another. The book was also narrated well overall.

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First audiobook I listened to - awesome

Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

Definitely! I started it over a year ago, but didn't really get into the audiobook format; however when I restarted it a couple of months ago, I couldn't stop listening. Great mystery, great characters, great storytelling, great depiction of modern London.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely. I've read a tonne of mysteries and even though Galbraith hinted throughout the novel at key clues, I didn't catch on, and the final twists and turns were great. Listened almost non-stop through the second half of the book.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

Cormoran. He was great. His voice, his acting. Spot on. There can never be another Cormoran so I hope Glenister has signed on for all 7 books.

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Captivating!

I couldn't stop listening! I loved the narrator as well. If you like whodunits, you will definitely enjoy this book.

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A great read!

A slow start but want to picked up it was hard to stop listening. The author kept you guessing until the end.

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Great mystery

Book was unpredictable. The author uses new perspectives from which to weave a great mystery. It is a well thought out mystery that does not follow the cookie cutter theme of almost catch the bad guy-not yet-almost catch again.....