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The Cuckoo's Calling

by J. K. Rowling, Robert Galbraith

Little, Brown And Company | April 30, 2013 | Hardcover

The Cuckoo's Calling is rated 3.5714 out of 5 by 14.
A brilliant debut 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, thelegendary 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.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.5 × 6.32 × 2.12 in

Published: April 30, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316206849

ISBN - 13: 9780316206846

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed! Agree with other review -- this was boring-- lost interest halfway through -- wouldn't recommend it. Don't understand the hype other than it's JK.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Loved the story line! I bought this book a month ago as I enjoyed the Harry Potter Movies, although I haven't read the books, which I plan on doing now. I found the story slow at times, but still couldn't put it down and kept on reading until the wee hours of the morning. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the language. I don't believe people really talk this way all the time! I willl be following Robert Galbraith books in the future and since I have read all that has been printed I want more as I find him very interesting.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful Christie style of mystery! I picked this up originally without knowing the actual author and read the first two chapters. I was intrigued by the characters and their relationship development. Went back for the book later (have to consider seriously before buying new hardcovers) and was very glad I did. I thought the format was rather along the lines of an Agatha Christie novel, developing the characters in detail and then working through the mystery. I found both of the leading characters, Cormoran Strike and Robin, very likeable. Cormoran Strike comes off as genuine character haunted by a few demons and yet making an effort to do the right thing. Robin comes off as a character I could identify with, has to work for a living but would genuinely enjoy the opportunity to try something different and exciting. The evidence and clues were there to reveal the answers to the mystery, but the author did a good job in leading me down the garden path and making me second guess my conclusions. This is not heavy reading, but a thoroughly enjoyable book with light humour throughout. Perhaps not for fans of graphic, violent mysteries, but I think it would be excellent for someone who enjoys lighter fare. I will be looking forward to the next installment in the series.
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. Like one other reviewer I am hoping it is the beginning of a series I read a lot of mystery/detective/police fiction and this book Is definitely one of the best. I bought the book because it was JK Rowling and I had really enjoyed the Harry Potter books but I didn't know what to expect as her previous fiction effort had received fairly poor reviews. I was very pleasantly surprised. I read it as quickly as any of the books I read and it is certainly one that is hard to put down. Once I had finished it I was left wishing that there was another to read. Really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start, confusing finish I was totally into this book for like the first 3/4's and then for some reason I just started getting confused and lost interest. I know mystery novels are supposed to keep you guessing, but geeze I couldn't keep track. Also found that I didn't really get the point of some of the characters, for example, Deeby Mac. It was like the story kind of made a big deal about him, but he really and truly wasn't needed. I like the idea of this book and would probably read another if it turned into a series, but I hope it would provide more suspense then confusion.
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good I must admit, if the identity of Robert Galbraith had not been exposed, I probably would not have picked up The Cuckoo's Calling. And that would have been my loss, as it's a really good book. I was disappointed with J. K. Rowling's first book after Harry Potter - The Casual Vacancy, but was curious to try this latest. Cormoran Strike (love the name) is a veteran who was wounded both physically and mentally in the service of his country. He's returned to London and is now working as a private investigator. However, he's behind in his bills, has just one client on the books and has broken up with his long time girlfriend. That's when John Bristow turns up. John's sister, a famous model, has died. The death has been ruled a suicide, but John doesn't believe it and hires Strike to prove otherwise. The second person through the door that day is Robin - a personable young woman from the temp agency. The plot in Cuckoo is good, with the final whodunit being not what (or who) I had expected. The journey to the solution was a great trip, with lots of legwork and connections to be followed. It's an intelligent, believable plot. Galbraith chooses an interesting setting - the world of celebrity and has fun exploring (and sometimes skewering) the world of the rich and famous. Galbraith has created two wonderful characters that I can't wait to see more of. Strike is intelligent, proud and yet vulnerable. I quite enjoyed Robin, who harbours a secret desire to be a sleuth herself. Her careful handling of Strike and his demons is well written. Galbraith lays the foundation for future books with these characters (the sequel is underway). I chose to listen to The Cuckoo's Calling in audio format. Robert Glenister was the reader and he quickly firmed up the mental image I had built for Strike. His voice is rough around the edges with a bit of a growl that suited the character. His voice for Robin was just as suitable and easily conveyed a female character. British accents suitable to all the classes/characters portrayed were spot on. Glenister's reading speed and tone were excellent and I often felt like I was in the room, listening to conversations. This reader will be watching for the next in this series!
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from like pulling teeth finding motivation to finish this book is, well, like pulling teeth I find the characters not very well developed, it is slow like molasses in January as the old saying goes. blah
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bumbling or sleuthing?? This book was very slow to start, very quick to end and really only picked up for me between pages 300-400. I never really cared enough about Strike (the detective), even though his life was portrayed as rather complicated, sad and trying. However, I did very much enjoy his relationship with his temp, Robin, and her character was much more approachable. Regrettably, the reader isn't inspired enough to care about the murder/suicide victim, nor the litany of characters that may or may not have facilitated, assisted in, or committed the act leading to her death. I felt like the author did a rather poor job at pointing the finger at so many potential villans, that it became blatantly obvious (to me at least) who the real antagonist was. Accordingly, the great reveal in the final 30 pages just felt like a bunch of suppositions, accusations and guesses that revealed the mystery ... which leads me to wonder whether Strike was bumbling along, or actually sleuthing it out. I'm not sure that I would read a sequel, as this installment was just ok.
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can You Figure Out The Cuckoo’s Calling? Let’s start with an obvious joke. I hope Robert Galbraith puts out a whole lot more books because he is really great at it. Okay, that is out of my system now, mostly, and we can now get down the serious business of murder. For those Muggles who are incredibly out of the loop, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a very thick murder mystery book that just came out a few months back. It was labeled as authored by newcomer Robert Galbraith and was receiving rave reviews. But due to a colossal blunder, it was revealed it have actually been written by Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling. Cue media frenzy. Which is where I come in, having quickly acquired The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling, and having recently completed it, I can now proclaim my love for this book. The Cuckoo’s Calling stars Cormoran Strike, a very down in the dumps private eye who on a particular day gets a new temp receptionist, the young, intelligence, and newly engaged Robin Ellacott. That same day, another guest arrives, an actual paying customer, named John Bristow. He wants Strike to re-investigate the death of Bristow’s famous celebrity sister, world renowned fashion model Lulu Landry, who three months earlier had taken a plunge off of a balcony on a cold winters night. The police have ruled it suicide. Bristow is convinced it is not. And so begins an epic journey of Strike, ably assisted by the clever Robin, of tracking down the details of not only Lulu’s death and final days, but also so many parts of the rest of her life. From the interviews with Lulu’s driver and building security guard to tracking down her homeless friend to meeting her modeling colleagues, a portrait is gradually filled in by Strike of who Lulu was. And that concept of her shows a young lady with various problems, thrust into instant fame, and living in the shadow of constant hounding by the gossip rags. Everyone Strike talks to gives a slightly different version of you they consider Lulu to be, and also offers their opinions on all her friends as well. Truths, half-truths, rumours, and innuendos are spread out to Strike, by some trying to dazzle him, others to confuse the investigation. As the tons of information slams in, Strike and you the reader, must filter all through the debris of Lulu’s life in order to find out if she really was murdered. Along the way of this probe we also get a very indepth look at her avenging angel himself, Cormoran Strike. J.K. pulls together a complex character, one with a tumultuous past, lots of emotional baggage, and a very messy love life. And to make Strike’s present day abit more complicated, he is trying to navigate professional waters with Robin. This delicate balance can definitely be explored more in future volumes, which J.K. has promised. Be forewarned, this is a mature read because of language and subject matter, and has a rather large cast to keep track of. But for J.K. fans that later part should not be a problem, since we are used to a big canvas. I completely enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling and was constantly guessing as to if and who the murderer was. Some predictions were proved correct, others were not. How would you fare with The Cuckoo’s Calling?
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! The start may have been a tad slow, but I loved the plot and the character development. The story has the expected twists and turns of a detective novel, and is intelligently written. By the last few chapters, I couldn't put it down, but I didn't want it to end. I hope it is the beginning of a series.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring! This book is absolutely boring. I normally finish a book within a couple of days, I am over a month and half. I have such a hard time trying to finish a chapter because it just drags on!!! I would not recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm Hoping this is the Beginning of a Series I liked the characters, and found them believable. I liked the carefully set up surprises. I simply devoured the novel.
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Cuckoo's Calling Is Excellent Thought this book was fantastic. Wasn't boring or difficult to read at all. I read this through in two nights trying to put all of the clues together and decide who the killer would turn out to be and I was happily proven wrong by an unexpected, excellent ending.
Date published: 2013-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Detective fiction is definitely not her forte. I was thrilled when I learned that J.K Rowling had published a new book under the pseudonym "Robert Galbraith." The story line is rather unique and creative, and character development is also succinct and done very well. However, I find it slightly boring and it took me longer than usual to read (usually any book I read will only take 2-3 days), but this one took about 2 weeks. I read it when I was bored or whenever I felt like it. It's good to see J.K Rowling still publishing, but I think she should continue with writing science/fantasy books.
Date published: 2013-08-18

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The Cuckoo's Calling

by J. K. Rowling, Robert Galbraith

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.5 × 6.32 × 2.12 in

Published: April 30, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316206849

ISBN - 13: 9780316206846

About the Book

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein. After an injury in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. But then opportunity walks through the door--and he must investigate a supermodel's suicide.

From the Publisher

A brilliant debut 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, thelegendary 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.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


About the Author

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

Editorial Reviews

"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 & Judy, Daily Express
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