The Cuckoo’s Calling

By Robert Galbraith
Read by Robert Glenister

The Cormoran Strike Series: Book 1

15.90 Hours 04/30/2013 unabridged
Format: Digital Download
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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

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013

A #1 Publishers Weekly bestseller

Winner of an 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

“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.” Duane Swierczynski, New York Times bestselling author
“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
“Rowling switches genres seamlessly...a gritty, absorbing tale." People (3½ out of 4 stars)
“One of the books of the year.” USA Today
“[Rowling’s] literary gift is on display in this work. She crafts an entertaining story [and] comes up with an ending that I’ll admit I was surprised by…A fun read, with a main character you can care about and one you’ll want to see again in other adventures.” Washington Post
“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)
“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
“Plenty of twists…Totally engrossing…Galbraith’s take on contemporary celebrity obsession makes for a grand beach read.” Library Journal (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
“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)
"A page-turner featuring an uncommon hero…This engrossing story boasts a fascinating cast of fast-track suspects..Robert Galbraith has added a singular new voice to the genre of crime fiction with his engaging debut novel.” BookPage
The Cuckoo’s Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place.” Val McDermid, bestselling author
“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

Reviews

Reviews

by Omnireader 9/13/2017
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Great New series to look forward to...

Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling) has written the beginning of what I, for one, hope will be a new series. Complex, multi-layered and profane, The Cuckoo's Calling is a far cry from Harry Potter, which I also loved. Some might think it moves a little slowly but I enjoyed the gradual unfolding of the characters and Rowling's take on the celebrity culture. Cormorant Strike is a flawed but intensely human character. His super-capable and somewhat naive office sidekick, Robin, makes the perfect foil for his bleakness. The supporting cast is equally well drawn. Narrator Robert Glenister does a great job bringing the characters to life on this audio book as well. Highly recommended.
by Alan 9/13/2017
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Interesting Modern Mystery

The Cuckoo's Calling takes you on a modern mystery ride that I was pleasantly surprised by. You follow the main character, Cormoran Strike, through his debts and personal issues, along with him forgetting that he had a temp secretary showing up.

He is hired by John Bristow to investigate the suicide death of his famous model sister, Lula Landry. Bristow is his first big time paying client so he takes the case. With the help of his new secretary he goes on an interesting adventure.

There are some dry moments here and there and it's definitely not a thriller by any means. Over all it is a good listen and I would easily recommend it to anyone.

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 : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 15.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English