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The Cuckoo's Calling

Galbraith, Robert (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Galbraith, Robert
Title: The cuckoo's calling
Publisher: New York, NY : Mulholland Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st North American ed.
Characteristics: 455 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: "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.
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ISBN: 0316206849
9780316206846
Statement of Responsibility: Robert Galbraith
Subject Headings: Murder Investigation Fiction. Afghan War, 2001- Veterans Fiction. Private investigators England London Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Murder
Afghan War, 2001-
Private investigators
LCCN: 2013933193
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Sep 23, 2014
  • gvenkatesh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The subject matter and target audience is different enough that it really shouldn't matter who wrote the book. As a first book for the author in the detective novel genre, it is quite an accomplished novel, not as formulaic as the pop mystery writers like Val McDermid or as delicious as the classic authors like Agatha Christie. The setting and plot are well developed and the writing rich in details and so not the fast page turner one may be used to in contemporary mystery fiction. No cheap tricks like chapter ending cliff hangers. It is a novel which happens to have a mystery in its subject matter than the other way around and enjoyed as such. The only weakness is a rather too conveniently staged introduction of characters and their words which appear placed in their mouth for the convenience of the book. Consequently, the protagonist detective elicits more of a sympathy for his physical handicap than an admiration of his deductive skills. Hopefully, this will be refined in subsequent novels in this series.

Aug 26, 2014
  • greenjilly rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I have to admit I picked it up out of curiosity to see what JK Rowling's other work would be like (I was somehow clueless about "Casual Vacancy" until it was listed on the last page of this book), even under a pseudonym.
That being said, this is a great detective novel. For those who expected another young adult book of wizards, well, perhaps they should read the cover before opening the book. She also wrote under another name, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't a hook for young readers as some of these reviews state.
She developed the characters well and threaded the story nicely. Some parts were a bit easy to predict but having opened the book with no expectations, I was still happy with the end result.
I do hope she (though as Robert Galbraith) continues with Strike's character. I do love a good detective story.

This is a series (I believe 7 books are planned) and the first title is The Cuckoo's Calling. I loved this book. The main character Cormoran Strike is spot on, and I can't wait to start on the second book in the series The Silkworm - definitely next on my books-to-read list!

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling and I know some of my colleagues are not impressed with her foray into adult fiction, but I am most definitely a fan.

Aug 08, 2014
  • toby65 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very nicely done, JK!

This woman can write anything and write it well. Loved 'Casual vacancy' and this one is also a winner. Looking forward to a sequel and/or anything else this writer has planned.

Cormoran Strike is Jack Reacher's
older, wiser, and more likeable brother.
Slightly better dressed, as well.

Verdict: Throw out the novel with the garbage! Robert Galbraith a.k.a. J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter series has written "The Cuckoo's Calling" to share her filthy mind and mouth with her readers. Sneaky of her to use another name and know that this book will be read by children.

Jul 26, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Though the title of this book is "The Cuckoo's Calling," it is more about Cormoran Strike the detective hired to prove that Lula - the Cuckoo's - death is a murder not a suicide. The character of Strike is well sketched as also the numerous others. The plot is well thought out. I didn't fall for the red herrings but they're well defined. All in all an interesting book though a trifle long.

Jul 13, 2014
  • julie101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

loved this book. the characters were terrific and i hope to hear plenty more from them.

Jul 02, 2014
  • lisa9999 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved it. Great page turner -- couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next one.

Jun 26, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was a little hard to get into but once I was in I couldn't put it down. The ending was unexpected. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

The mystery was intriguing; the setting (London) was cool, and the characters are well-developed and interesting.

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Aug 29, 2013
  • JOSEPH POTTER rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 12, 2013
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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Aug 29, 2013
  • JOSEPH POTTER rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 01, 2013
  • stclaireh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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