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The Cuckoo's Calling

Galbraith, Robert (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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.
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: 9780316206846
0316206849
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Report This Apr 23, 2014
  • lesliejeanie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This mystery by JK Rowling made me smile and laugh on the train many times! Detective Cormoran Strike and his temporary secretary Robin have a hilarious dynamic. Robin's emotional responses to the job and the careful and respectful way they tread around each other is lovely. Strike's dignity under humiliation and ultimate ascendance reminds me of the satisfaction of orphan Harry's entry into the magical world after a sad and neglected childhood.

Report This Apr 12, 2014
  • SophieMontague rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved it. Good read, page turner. Highly recommend.

Report This Apr 09, 2014
  • spesh100 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic and fun read. Some of the most creative cursing I've ever read!

Report This Mar 30, 2014
  • Memawrayne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

J. K. Rowling can write for young people and adults. Very good detective story. Complex and interesting individuals.

Author J K Rowling aka Robert Galbraith truly knows how to write for adults. I loved the Harry Potter series and you can see her maturity and progression as a writer in this new book. The story begins with a pace set by other British crime writers such at P D James. When you curl up with this book, you feel you can settle in and enjoy the unfolding of the story and getting to know the characters. Next thing you know, the story takes on surprising turns and you can't put it down. The detective Strike is my new hero and his sidekick Robin is a jewel in a green dress, bursting with crime-solving potential. Put me on hold for the next in this series.

Report This Mar 10, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book got off to a slow start with lots of detail and I really had a hard time slogging through it. But, all of a sudden it just took off and I was so interested. I loved the book, the plot and the characters! Cormoron Strike, detective and his temporary secretary, Robin, are great characters. I look forward to more in the series.

Too many swear words, but overall, good.

Report This Mar 04, 2014
  • Basileus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I knew it was Rowling when I started reading it, but even if I hadn't I would have still liked the novel. Stike and his assistant were appealing characters, the mystery was engaging and the writing sharp. The ending wasn't a disappointment (it was a good twist) but it never really made sense. Still liked it and looking forward to more in this series.

Report This Mar 02, 2014
  • Tachikoma rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have to admit up front that I read this book largely out of intrested in what Rowling was going to do with a mystery novel. The story is somewhat simple a young supermodal dies and the cops rule it a suicide. Her brother who believes it's murder hires Cormoran Strike a down on he's luck PI with a missing lag. Strike along with he's new secertary Robin fallows the clues to find out the truth. The story was well written and pretty good for a first book to a series. Although the story is a bit more gritty and dark like a Raymond Chandler story there is also as strange as it sound Agatha Christie feel of it. I say this because unlike our hard-boiled friend Chandler Rowling goes for more of a stream line story telling. It's largely about the mystery and the characters. She never forgets that which reminds me of Christie. On one last note it should be noted there is a bit of Holmes and Watson vide when it comes to Strike and Robin with Robin or so I thought when I read the book, but you can judge for yourself. With all those thoughts in place I would highly recommend this book for those looking for a solid but some what old fashion mystyer.

Report This Feb 28, 2014
  • longlivesmilies rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

An adult whodunnit murder mystery. Don't expect it to be anything like Rowling's other work.

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

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

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

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  • 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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