The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
ISBN: 9780316216111
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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katbee Oct 15, 2017

I thought this was a well done mystery. I listened to the audio version and I would give the narrator 5 stars! This book was different from other mysteries I've read because there were so many characters that the detective had to question. At times I found it a little difficult to keep everyone straight in my head. However, I really liked the end because Galbraith threw in some good twists that I would never have thought of. I liked the characters Cormoran and Robin, so I am eager to listen to the next book in the series.

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BusterMoma
Sep 26, 2017

I enjoyed this book. It moved well and kept my interest. It was a nice change from what I usually read. The characters were well developed and the story had some twists that kept my interest and attention. Looking forward to the next Strike book!!

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pmstirling
Aug 13, 2017

Just finished this, after hearing about the upcoming TV series on NPR. I loved the book! As in the Harry Potter books, I became totally immersed in the world of the story. The author created real characters who I got to know as the story progressed; you might even say that the plot is the MacGuffin on which the character development is built. I loved the author's use of English - no problems with vocabulary here, which I think really enriches the story. If you're expecting fast action, car chases or explosions, look elsewhere; here the story moves at a leisurely pace with plenty of small side trips and interesting minor characters.
But, it's not a 5-star read, imo. A cell phone plays an important part, and the way it's worked in seemed overly complicated - JKR must know about burner phones! But worse than that the whole Agatha Christie style ending was a let down (our hero explains the crime in minute detail). Reminded me of movies that start with a text crawl to explain what's happening, it's lazy. And in the lead up to the ending there were too many times where the protagonist is obviously concealing details from the reader, which I also think is lazy writing. Nevertheless, I was completely gripped for the first 2/3 or so of the book, sucked in and could not put it down. Not by the excitement (no car chases, remember?!) but by the writing and character interaction. I look forward to reading the next one!

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wendyheath
Aug 11, 2017

Cormoran Strike - HBO series coming 2017

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Rubicat
Aug 06, 2017

This was entertaining but a bit longer that I thought it needed to be. Also, quite dark and depressing - life is hard enough without reading about depressed, broke and heartbroken detectives who live in squalor. I think I was not in the best frame of mind for this book. I hope Rowling's next C. Strike book.

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abe28
Jul 16, 2017

I thought this was a good read. Would have liked to see more of a relationship between Cormoran and Robin though and thought all the swearing was unnecessary.

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DavesReadings
May 11, 2017

I enjoyed this book immensely. Such a superb writer: vocabulary, style, character development, plot, tension/conflict, and keep you guessing detective story. Some may be disappointed by the lack of "action-explosions-fights", but if you like a well developed story, characters that come alive, and a whodunnit suspense this is for you. Strike takes on flesh, as do the other characters. I can picture them, hear their voices, watch their facial features, their eyes, the nuance of who they are. Though I do not know London, I was made to sense I am walking the streets and seeing the city through Strike as he plods along relentlessly pursuing truth and justice. The supporting characters are all essential, adding to the story/suspense. Not subtracting. And I had my guess at whodunit, and was surprised, yet is was credible and I didn't to feel there was a switch. The clues and story held together credibly. Enjoy.

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loudem
Mar 09, 2017

The book is way too long. Too much detours about nothing. The best thing about this book is the interaction between Cormoran Strike (what a mind blowing name) and Robin Ellacott. She, Robin, should have been more involved. As it is, she had only a minor role in it, but even so, I thought these were the best (funny) parts.

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yasghanem
Feb 27, 2017

Loved it! JK's writing is so special and she is able to create a great mystery but even better characters. Very poetic and eloquent. When I first started reading it, I thought that the story was way too long for a murder mystery. But it goes quick and I enjoyed every bit of it. This is a "no frills" old fashion detective story and I seriously loved it. I started the second book as soon as I finished this one

Timmeh4248 Jan 19, 2017

This is a pretty darn good mystery even if it was originally written on the back of napkins collected from Starbucks. If Harry Potter failed to impress upon you Rowling's prowess as a writer then perhaps this would do the trick. I mean how can you pass up a book where the hero, a decorated war vet, beats the murder suspect with his prosthetic leg? The answer is that you can't.

The plot is smart, the characters are fantastic, the writing is sharp. Did I mention that I was impressed? Really, really well done.

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JOSEPH POTTER
Aug 29, 2013

“Humans often assumed symmetry and equality where none existed.”

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How could the death of someone you had never met affect you so?

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DanniOcean Aug 12, 2013

Unless you have been taking an extended tech and media vacation this summer, you will have heard that J.K. Rowling – author of the über-successful Harry Potter series - was outed as the true name behind Cuckoo’s Calling, using pseudonym Robert Galbraith. As any high-powered author would do, she sued the law firm that leaked her identity for a six-figure sum and then donated it, plus proceeds from the sale of the novel for the next three years, to The Soldier’s Charity, an organization that supports veterans and their families in Great Britain. She did this as a thank-you for those in the military who helped her with her research, leading her to create one of the most hard-boiled detectives to hit pages since Sam Spade, Cormoran Strike (how could he not be hard-boiled with a name like that?). A wounded veteran with an infamous set of rock parents, Strike grew up with his half-sister in care of his aunt and uncle. He joined the military as an investigator, went to Afghanistan and came back missing part of a leg (but is far too proud to admit it to those who don’t know him), and opens a detective agency. Unfortunately he has some hard luck with women and alcohol, until he literally runs into (and nearly knocks to her death) fresh-faced, and newly engaged Robin Ellacott, recently arrived in London from Yorkshire, who is assigned as his new temporary office worker. Robin, secretly thrilled to be working for a PI, by far the most efficient tem Strike has ever been assigned, and she proves herself both resourceful and intrepid as Strike gets his first big case – a model falls to her death and three months later her brother shows up, asking Strike to prove it was murder and not suicide. Strike is no hack – he is thoughtful, driven and methodical – much like his creator, Rowling. She slowly unveils the threads of the mystery with great care, precision, a host of fully-formed characters, more than a few red herrings and loads of wit. In fact, it is a far better book than Rowling’s last non-Potter novel, Casual Vacancy, and leaves the reader wanting to know more about Cormoran Strike. Let us hope that being outed as Robert Galbraith does not keep JK Rowling from creating further mysteries for him to solve. Cuckoo’s Calling is a first rate mystery, no matter who the author really is.

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