The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert GalbraithThe Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

byRobert Galbraith

Hardcover | August 19, 2015

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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.

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.
Title:The Cuckoo's CallingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.5 × 6.32 × 2.12 inPublished:August 19, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316206849

ISBN - 13:9780316206846


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book ! I read this book a little while ago and have been devouring them. They are fresh, savoury and full of exciting spices. JK is a fantastic author and I can't wait for "Lethal white" to come out .
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mystery An enjoyable mystery novel. I'll definitely pick up the next novel when I feel the urge for another crime novel
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sooooo interesting !! This book really kept me interested the whole time! everytime i would think the action was done, something new would happen! It is definately worth it !
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! It never got boring. It makes you wanna keep on reading. The ending is not expected. It's a good book but it's not great. I'd still recommend.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected... I definitely came reading this book with some reservations as the author's more notable novels were targeting a younger crowd (im 27yrs old). I enjoyed it a lot, took a little for the momentum to build but the reveal was amazing. The BBC mini series also does the book a service, compared to many book to screen adaptations.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OK It was ok, I didn't love it, I won't rush out to tell my friends to pick up a copy. Having said that I will read the other two in the series ... but mainly because I already purchased them.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read I loved the Harry Potter books, and knowing that this was written by JK Rowling, I was excited to read this. It was suspenseful, and I couldn't put the book down. Overall, I really enjoyed it and will be looking forward to the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read! I had high expectations of this book because I knew it was J.K. Rowling but she didn't disappoint. In no way like Harry Potter.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! I had no idea this book was written by J.K Rowling! I enjoyed it so much and loved Robin and Strike as a team!
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from She does it again Even though this is a major shift away from HP, Rowling's knack for detail can weave a story in any genre.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Do not expect the same writing style as HP It is a nice book. The main character is not exactly likable, at least not at first. The style (and the choice) of words is very different from HP series so if you are just looking for another book by J.K. Rowling you might be disappointing. But overall it is a nice detective book.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I absolutely adore what JK Rowling is capable of doing with words... but I've read better mysteries. It was enjoyable enough that I'll be reading the other books in the series.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Really enjoyed reading 'The Cuckoo's Calling'. Did not see the killer coming, which to me makes for a great novel to read. Cormoran Strike, what a great name for a P.I. Looking forward to book 4, coming out 2017.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I really struggled getting through this... JK Rowling is an incredible writer, but for some reason I really struggled getting through this book. I forced myself to finish it and it did get a lot better near the end, but I was still disappointed in the plot line that seemed to be dragged on forever. There's just too much unnecessary "fluff" which makes it difficult to get through the book, which is why I wouldn't recommend this one.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Easy book to put down The book was good but I found it to be much too long, some parts really dragged, boring, and seemed unnecessary a lot of skimming was done. It was an easy book to put down.
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Great read I look forward to reading more in the Strike series
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I really enjoyed this murder mystery. I was engaged and didn't want to put this book down.
Date published: 2015-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cuckoo's Calling Engaging characters and a plot that grabs you from the start. Kept me guessing right to the end. Looking forward to Strike's next adventure.
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Cuckoo's Calling What a fabulous, page turning, plot twisting mystery!! Kept me up reading til the wee hours. This is one book I would recommend to all my friends.
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining I hope this will be the first in a series. Great characters and plot. Love the Cormoran and Robin duo!
Date published: 2015-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't finish This book was very slow paced. I lost interest and didn't end up finishing it.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cuckoo's Calling Couldn't put it down! I thought n0thing would top Harry Potter but I am overjoyed to be proven wrong.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Cuckoo's Calling I rarely write a review but this was a most enjoyable book. It's takes me back to my first crime fiction books 30 years ago. A great job JK. Keep it up.
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book, not for everyone I bought this book because I am a fan of Harry Potter. I myself loved the plot, from the slight developments to the many tiny details that pointed to the answer. I managed to figure out who had done it only half a chapter before it was revealed. However, I can see that to others, this book might not be as fast-paced as they would want. This has also happened to me when reading books such as Reached and Insurgent ( neither of which I managed to finish). To anyone looking to read I recommend having patience for the ending is very much worth the long book, as everything is explained to a t ( the full explanation of the crime takes several pages), and to not expect Harry Potter. The reason many have been disappointed with Rowling's newest books is that they were expecting another phenomenon. I look forward to reading the rest and watching the speculated tv series based on the books.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Cuckoo's Calling Fantastic, gripping from the start. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent A good read! Good character development. Excellent plot development with a bit of her usual sense of humor that is the only connection to her previous series.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Cuckoos Calling This book had been in my library for a long time. So long in fact that I didn't recall anything about the story line and especially not the identity of the real author. I buy a lot of discounted books by obscure authors, mist of which are really quite good so I assumed this was one if those as I was swept up in the fast paced action of this book which made it impossible to put down. The ending where everything was revealed was so mind blowing I kept thinking to myself what an amazing author this was and couldn't believe "he" wasn't a household name. Wasn't until I got to the very end when they revealed that the author was a pseudonym for JK Rowling that it came to me and that upon learning she had penned a book under these circumstances I must have purchased it and then forgotten about it as I'd been busy and hadn't read, I'm ashamed to say, for about six months. I just randomly chose it from a bunch of books I knew nothing about and dug in for a wild ride. So I consider myself double blessed. Not only did I get a fantastic read but a big chuckle at the end. Although I bought the book after the authors true identity had been revealed, my poor memory proved to be a blessing as I got to experience the same surprise that initial readers did. JK is truly one if the best authors of our time and this book is a work of genius!!! Kudos!!!
Date published: 2014-09-26
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 5 out of 5 by from Not Harry Potter but very good Just finally finished this book. I really enjoyed it despite its length. I then discovered who wrote it!
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Cuckoo's Calling Typical murder-mystery but very well written. Entertaining.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The cuckoos calling I enjoyed the characters very much. I look forward to more stories about them.
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cuckoo Calling I cannot wait to read the second book in this series. Brilliantly done!
Date published: 2014-08-04
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 Retired Excellent read. I will be getting the next book.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Cuckoo's Calling A good read, took a while for it grab my interest but once there found the book to be a page turner. Good storyline with a very credible and surprising ending.
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bring on the next one! Great crime novel. Strike is a wonderful character & perfectly written. Can't wait to read about his next case.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Great read, got my attention and wouldn't let it go. I will be looking for more of Comoran Strike.
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different but good It's definitely a break away from her original series. Looking forward to more
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The cuckoos calling Not great. Very slow.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Starts slow great ending I had a hard time getting into book but it did get suspenseful towards the end. Enjoyed it overall
Date published: 2014-06-05
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 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

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