The Cuckoo's Calling, Paperback Book

The Cuckoo's Calling Paperback

Part of the Cormoran Strike series

4 out of 5 (9 ratings)


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.


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Galbraith aka JK Rowling is an excellent narrator - here she introduces Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private eye. Strike is a flawed by likeable character who gets caught up in the sordid world of the rich & powerful after being called in to investigate the suicide of a super model. A gripping plot but the ending was too engineered for my liking.

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From the first chapter, I was enthralled. While the blurb on the back appeared clichéd and tired, the book held vivid characters and a tight tense plot without giving itself over to the overly dramatic.<br/><br/>I particularly welcomed Galbraith's portrayal of mental health problems, and her psychopath was particularly well done - outside the "Hollywood" mould and actually tending towards psychiatry!<br/><br/>I look forward to the next in the series.

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The controversy surrounding the exposure of Robert Galbraith being J.K. Rowling kind of put me off the book. When there’s buzz like that, I am skeptical that the quality of the read is lost in the gossip. I was pleasantly surprised when I did listen to the book. It’s a great British mystery, one that values characters and plots as equally important.The characters are easy to root for, and yet somehow full of their own pain and quirks. If you like a to follow as the sleuth uncovers the truth, and you’re not too worried about characters who are deeply flawed, this one is for you.

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I wasn't too impressed by the first quarter of this book. The writing was laboured as characters were introduced, sketched very broadly in clichéd terms. I'm glad I gave it the benefit of the doubt, though, telling myself it would be an untaxing summer read if nothing else, because it turned into a very well plotted, gripping mystery. Once past the hurdle of establishing the characters, the writing flowed. Cormoran Strike is a comfortable character, and the rest of the book made me feel that Rowling has found her new voice post-Potter with him. I'm even looking forward to the next in the series. It isn't writing that will set the world on fire, but it is intelligent escapism.

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This is the first in the series of Cormoran Strike crime novels. Strike is a down on his luck private detective he gets a temp called Robin he cant really afford her and request to investigate the death of a Super model. Good ok easy to read book this as its the first in the series its about getting to know Strike and his past ex army, leg blown off, son of an old rocker, his mother was a super groupie. Well written book I will look out for the next installment when it comes out in paperback.

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