The Cuckoo's Calling

By Robert Galbraith
Read by Robert Glenister

The Cormoran Strike Series: Book 1

15.90 Hours 08/27/2013 unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $20.00

    ISBN: 9781478983675

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 now 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.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A #1 USA Today bestseller

Winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013

A #1 Publishers Weekly bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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 now 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime...A stellar debut. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A remarkably assured debut. Robert Galbraith's portrayal of celebrity-obsessed modern London is at once beautifully written and utterly engrossing, his characters so real you could eat dinner with them, his ever-coiling plot guaranteed to keep you up past your bedtime. I couldn't put it down. Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals
Plenty of twists...Totally engrossing...Galbraith's take on contemporary celebrity obsession makes for a grand beach read. Library Journal, starred review (Mystery Debut of the Month)
It's really, really good - beautifully written with a terrific plot ... It's a terrific read, gripping, original and funny ... Please, please give us more of Robert Galbraith and Cormoran Strike. I can't wait for the next Richard and Judy, Daily Express
a strong and enticing read ... It's a gripping tale set in bustling London, and the author - whether called Galbraith or Rowling - shows superb flair as a mystery writer Irish Examiner
“The private eye novel is not dead. It was merely waiting for Robert Galbraith to give it a firm squeeze, goosing it back to bold, new life. Hardboiled crime fans are going to go cuckoo for this one. I haven’t had this much fun with a detective novel in years.” Duane Swierczynski, New York Times bestselling author
“Rowling switches genres seamlessly...A gritty, absorbing tale.” People (3½ out of 4 stars)
“A highly entertaining book...its narrative moves forward with propulsive suspense. More important, Strike and his now-permanent assistant, Robin (playing Nora to his Nick, Salander to his Blomkvist), have become a team—a team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting.” New York Times
“I couldn't stop myself from thoroughly enjoying The Cuckoo's Calling…The book’s real magic is in Rowling's distinctive descriptive prose.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Robert Galbraith’s debut is as hardbitten and hard-driving as its battered hero. The Cuckoo’s Calling scales the glittering heights of society even as it plumbs the dark depths of the human heart. A riveting read from an author to watch.” Mike Cooper, Shamus Award–winning author
The Cuckoo’s Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place.” Val McDermid, CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award–winning author
“Combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime…[A] stellar debut.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Plenty of twists…Galbraith’s take on contemporary celebrity obsession makes for a grand beach read.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Murderous muggles are up to no good, and it’s up to a seemingly unlikely hero to set things right…A quick, fun read. Rowling delivers a set of characters every bit as durable as her Potter people, and a story that, though no more complex than an Inspector Lewis episode, works well on every level.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Instantly absorbing, featuring a detective facing crumbling circumstances with resolve instead of clichéd self-destruction and a lovable sidekick with contagious enthusiasm for detection…Strike bears little resemblance to Jackson Brodie, but Kate Atkinson’s fans will appreciate his reliance on deduction and observation along with Galbraith’s skilled storytelling.” Booklist
“Cormoran Strike is an amazing creation and I can’t wait for his next outing. Strike is so instantly compelling that it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. I hope there are plenty more Cormoran Strike adventures to come. A beautifully written debut novel introducing one of the most unique and compelling detectives I’ve come across in years.” Mark Billingham, author of The Demands
“A remarkably assured debut. Robert Galbraith’s portrayal of celebrity-obsessed modern London is at once beautifully written and utterly engrossing, his characters so real you could eat dinner with them, his ever-coiling plot guaranteed to keep you up past your bedtime. I couldn’t put it down.” Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals
“This is [J. K. Rowling’s} second book for adults. Narrator Robert Glenister is the star. The book is a delicious mystery that begins with the alleged suicide of a supermodel. Glenister infuses gruff charm and a poignant edginess into Rowling’s wonderfully original detective hero, Cormoran Strike. Glenister’s character accents are terrific, and he’s a genius with women’s voices, which he softens without caricature. Glenister is just rightin this noir-ish mystery with a hard-boiled softie at its center. Don’t miss it. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 15.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English