The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

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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, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Mulholland Books, 2013
Edition: 1st North American ed
ISBN: 9780316206846
Characteristics: 455 p. ; 25 cm


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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.

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.

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.

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.

Nov 20, 2016

I have not read any of the Harry Potter books so I cannot compare the writing between the genres. I definitely liked the two main characters, the detective and his new secretary, and the approach to the narrative was very reminiscing of Poirot and Holmes. However, the book felt too long, I didn't have any problem putting it away to finish later - no need to keep pages turning to see what happened next. I can only hope the next one in this series is better

Nov 08, 2016

The first book in the Cormoran Strike series

AL_TIEGAN Oct 26, 2016

1/26/17: Found out through Robert Galbraith's page on Goodreads that there is going to be a BBC show for these books!!

A very exciting mystery novel! I am not a person who tends to read mysteries, but I took a chance on this series and was hooked! Now I love to suggest it to everyone, even those who think they may not enjoy mysteries. It is not particularly gruesome and while the story does revolve around trying to solve a murder, there are also more intricacies within the story about relationships between people which is so well done it really makes the reader care about the characters involved.

Sep 23, 2016

Few people are aware of J.K. Rowling’s novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. This is because she wrote the novel under a pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. This novel is not one of my favourites, owing to the fact that the plot takes too long to get anywhere interesting. The character’s weren’t described well, except for Cormoran Strike - the detective, and Robin, his assistant. This novel is a typical crime fiction novel best suited for teens or adults who enjoy J.K. Rowling’s writing style or who enjoy mystery novels. The Cuckoo’s Calling is not anything outstanding or captivating however it’s not a bad book to read in your spare time.
- @BookLover of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

The Cuckoo's Calling is your typical mystery, but the characterization, pacing, and language make all the difference. It's written well. The story may lead with the whodunit, but it doesn't rely on it.

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Nov 28, 2014

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Aug 29, 2013

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Jul 16, 2013

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Aug 29, 2013

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

JCLHunterSt Aug 01, 2013

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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