The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

By Robert Galbraith

  • Release Date: 2013-04-18
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
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Description

Now a major BBC drama: The Strike series

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .

A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Reviews

  • The cuckoos calling

    5
    By Quif25
    A really good read. Haven't been able to put it down. Love the characters and didn't know whodunnit till the end.
  • Fabulous

    5
    By Blacksky47
    Very fast paced and hard to keep it down till you finish the book. Loved it to bits. Getting the next one now.
  • The Cuckoos Calling

    4
    By Bennik1
    A great read!
  • Rowling Back With a Bang

    5
    By caphat5
    And Rowling is back with a bang! As she slowly distances herself from the fantasy world of Harry Potter, the reader finds that she still succeeds in this new genre, and manages to impress the reader throughout. An absolute compelling tale about the murder of a wealthy and beautiful murder, that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Moreover, Rowling has once again succeeded in developing and carving her characters thoroughly, with backstories that intertwine and mingle, to create an endearing tale. Her genius once again returns in the form of a pitiable, yet still loveable character, Cormoran Strike, and his plausible assistant, Robin. This fantastic book, which is just impossible to put down once you start reading, is a must-read. J.K. Rowling has flaunted her talent again, this time throughout a more realistic genre. While murder mysteries do tend to be very cliché, Rowling has once again proven her unique style, and why she is one of the bestselling authors ever. Hats off to her. Can't wait for the next book!
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    4
    By River2girl
    Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling hits the mark again in her second work of adult fiction. A classic whodunit with a great main character, a yet to come into her own sidekick and a sound plot, I enjoyed reading this and resented any interruptions, ie life in general, always a good sign. JK has an acerbic wit and can create well rounded characters. Cormoran Strike, what a great name, has the makings of an awesome new leading PI (Private Investigator for the uninitiated) think Inspector Frost, Hercule Poirot, VI Warshawski and you get the picture. Cormoran has a suitable pedigree, he is ex military police and has good contacts and can pull in the odd favour or two. He has an interesting back story, a physical affliction and a tumultuous on/off relationship with his at the moment ex fiancée. I look forward to seeing how his character takes shape and where the relation with his sidekick will go or not... I'm loathe to say too much more as I wouldn't want to spoil the story for anyone. Take a chance, read and enjoy. It would be a great shame if a second in the series doesn't materialise. I very much enjoyed The Casual Vacancy too. JK can write a fast paced, laugh out loud story. She has a good eye for characterisation and captured the provincial English village/small town mentality to a tee. In my opinion JK's greatest attribute is to not be afraid to be politically incorrect, examples of this in both books, and in this crazier than ever world we live in I found that to be a very refreshing approach. Great reading. Great writing JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith.
  • Good up until the end

    3
    By Izzyreviewedabook
    As usual for JK Rowling, the characters in this book make it captivating and hard to put down. A brilliant mystery right up until the very end. One gets the feeling Rowling tried a little too hard to surprise the readers with the big reveal and it ended up unbelievable. It's a pity because the psychology of the various characters and the way they interact is what makes her stories so interesting. However the rest of the book was extremely well-written and I'm not sorry I read it. I grew very fond of the main character and I'd definitely read another Cormoran Strike mystery if it came out.

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