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The Cuckoo's Calling Hardcover – Apr 30 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars 173 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; 1st Edition edition (April 30 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316206849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316206846
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 173 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the books of the year."―USA Today

"Robert Galbraith has written a highly entertaining book... Even better, he has introduced an appealing protagonist in Strike, who's sure to be the star of many sequels to come.... its narrative moves forward with propulsive suspense. More important, Strike and his now-permanent assistant, Robin (playing Nora to his Nick, Salander to his Blomkvist), have become a team - a team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting."―Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Rowling switches genres seamlessly...a gritty, absorbing tale."―People (3.5/4 stars)

"[Rowling's] literary gift is on display in this work. She crafts an entertaining story [and] comes up with an ending that I'll admit I was surprised by. . . . A fun read, with a main character you can care about and one you'll want to see again in other adventures."―Washington Post


"An extravagant, alien, fascinating world for its characters to explore...great pleasures."―Slate

"a strong and enticing read ... It's a gripping tale set in bustling London, and the author - whether called Galbraith or Rowling - shows superb flair as a mystery writer"
Irish Examiner

"It's really, really good - beautifully written with a terrific plot ... It's a terrific read, gripping, original and funny ... Please, please give us more of Robert Galbraith and Cormoran Strike. I can't wait for the next"―Richard & Judy, Daily Express

About the Author

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.


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I read A Casual Vacancy, and quite enjoyed it. I thought Rowling contrasted two very different subcultures in British society well, wrapping a good story around the prejudices of both groups. When I read last week of Robert Galbraith being the nom de plume of Rowling for The Cookoo's Calling I thought
I would enjoy her writing despite the hype. And I did.

I did not expect to meet a riveting character in the form of Cormoran Strike...an ex British forces officer who had one leg blown off by an IED in Afghanistan...whose mother was considered a super-groupie...and whose lover Charlotte has dumped him. Nor did I expect to be so intrigued by this man who is described as mammoth-like, tall and hairy, a ginger with unruly hair and a penchant for details. I didn't expect to actually care, and now wonder when I will get to learn more about Cormoran...or to see if the relationship between Cormoran and Robin, his temp secretary will blossom...Will Robin leave the stable Mathew for the thrill of the unknown? Rowling presents the young working woman well in the figure of Robin who is efficient, smart and compassionate.

This book is better that a Casual Vacancy - much much better. Rowling has entered the brain of an "all man" action figure whose sensitivities and emotionalism are powerful and evocative drivers. She has brought to life this very nice young man (young to me as I am the age, although do not have the same inclinations, as his mother)who is simply decent but equally complex. She presents the story in the contemporary context of technology, particularly in the art of detecting.

The issue for Rowling/Galbraith is that the challenge now is to bring on book two in a series of Cormoran Strike!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first novel in the Cormoran Strike series of detective novels, this investigation of a model's death takes us to the flashy world of multimillionaire movie producers, socialites and rock-stars.

In following up on the suicide of famous supermodel Lula Landry, we are introduced to an extremely wide range of characters from a homeless woman to a famous rapper to an eccentric designer. And for me, this was the highlight of the narrative. First we get a description of the clothes. Then come the mannerisms. Then they start speaking ... and slowly the characters come to life. The driver. The security guard. The make up girl. The store assistant. The poor birth mother. The rich adoptive mother. The actor. The model. I really felt like I was watching these characters move and speak.

I also really liked Cormoran Strike and his "temporary" secretary Robin - both individually, as well as their relationship. Robin's fast-paced, clever means of follow up formed such a perfect foil to Strike's slow but tenacious unearthing of clues.

The plot itself was generic. Very early on, I had correctly predicted who the perpetrator was, and I attribute that to a very standard mystery.

Still, it was an enjoyable read. Despite the simple plot not once did I find the reading to be a drag.
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Format: Kindle Edition
It's a mystery book you can't put down. The characters are intriguing and very realistically written, as is the dialogue, and the twists and turns at the end are definitely both surprising and satisfying to the reader.

At times, the main character's life description got a bit tedious (I wanted to get back to Lula and the mystery!) but my guess is that Rowling wants to continue this as a private detective series in the future (I'm hoping), so she wanted the readers see Strike as a familiar and endearing character.

Great summer read- I finished this in 2 days!
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The writing is brilliant as it should be from a hugely successful author. The 3 stars is on me as I admit I am used to more action in a detective novel (albeit PI and/or police detectives). To me the buildup was slow but the result satisfying. As this is the 1st in the Strike series I assume a lot of back stories was needed to introduce the series characters leading to for me, a slow moving story. I already have the next one in line and am looking forward to it.
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A brilliant debut mystery novel. Beautifully plotted, extremely interesting characters, and a beguiling relationship between detective and secretary. I jumped right into the next book in the series immediately.
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Let’s start with an obvious joke. I hope Robert Galbraith puts out a whole lot more books because he is really great at it.

Okay, that is out of my system now, mostly, and we can now get down the serious business of murder.

For those Muggles who are incredibly out of the loop, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a very thick murder mystery book that just came out a few months back. It was labeled as authored by newcomer Robert Galbraith and was receiving rave reviews. But due to a colossal blunder, it was revealed it have actually been written by Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling. Cue media frenzy.

Which is where I come in, having quickly acquired The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling, and having recently completed it, I can now proclaim my love for this book.

The Cuckoo’s Calling stars Cormoran Strike, a very down in the dumps private eye who on a particular day gets a new temp receptionist, the young, intelligence, and newly engaged Robin Ellacott. That same day, another guest arrives, an actual paying customer, named John Bristow.

He wants Strike to re-investigate the death of Bristow’s famous celebrity sister, world renowned fashion model Lulu Landry, who three months earlier had taken a plunge off of a balcony on a cold winters night. The police have ruled it suicide. Bristow is convinced it is not.

And so begins an epic journey of Strike, ably assisted by the clever Robin, of tracking down the details of not only Lulu’s death and final days, but also so many parts of the rest of her life. From the interviews with Lulu’s driver and building security guard to tracking down her homeless friend to meeting her modeling colleagues, a portrait is gradually filled in by Strike of who Lulu was.
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