The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

Large Print - 2013
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A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

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.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books Little, Brown and Co., 2013
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780316330169
Branch Call Number: LP MYS GAL
LP MYS GAL
Characteristics: 756 p. (large print) ; 25 cm

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GladstoneReader
Jul 11, 2019

Some readers complain about the pacing of the book; however, it works for me. This is the first in a series and the backgrounds to Strike and Robin make their characters more interesting and I invested more as a reader in their development. Rowling has a style that I can't quite put my finger on nor explain well, but it works well with my grey matter. Will read the following adventures.

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SidheWrites
Jul 04, 2019

I am quite tardy to the proverbial party, so I knew going in that Robert Galbraith is JK Rowling's pen name. For those who are wondering... Yes, JK Rowling can write something other than HP and do it well.

I only recently realized how much I enjoyed crime/mystery novels, so I don't have a tremendous number of books to compare this one to. Having said that, I enjoyed it immensely. I found it really hard to put down, plowing through it in just two days. Very happy that there are three additional books in the series (thus far).

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7626dee
Jun 13, 2019

Rowling needs to stick with what she does best. The story is plodding and the characters wooden, Harry Potter would hate this muggles tale and would be amazed at how his creator has regressed. She is the richest lady in England, don't screw it up.

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sbvantilburg
May 09, 2019

Mystery recommended by Ann. Written by JK Rowling. First in a series of 4.

ArapahoeHannah Apr 09, 2019

A great first novel in a series with relatable characters and original detective work.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 16, 2019

Very slow moving, but good

Hillsboro_JeanineM Jan 23, 2019

Cormoran Strike has the extraordinary credentials for detective as a former member of the Special Investigation Branch (SIB) of the Royal Military Police but what is wonderful is how human Galbraith makes him as a vet from the war in Afghanistan, in which he lost his leg to an IED. His training gifts him with the rigor of a good investigative skills and the social connections for access to information; As a disabled protagonist, his injury is not a plot device but is ever present and you can feel his discomfort and pain.

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SallyHawkins
Jan 11, 2019

I noticed a lot of readers liked it but a few did feel similar to me. I've never read the Harry Potter series or watched the movies so have no comparison. This book initially felt like a "cute" and fun detective story with initially 2 interesting characters. But that quickly changed. The book is 455 pages long making it at least 300 pages too long because it's just a bunch of useless words saying nothing! An endless amount of words going nowhere and so many characters it quickly became annoying as in "get to the mystery part"! I'm a huge mystery reader and love "who done it" books and this is anything but. It felt like the author was showing off her ability to make a lot of words say nothing making me wonder if she gets paid by the word. And take note that Rowling actually gives Robert Galbraith a rather grand background of Royal Military Police, Special Investigations in RMP, and civilian security. I've not seen an author who writes under another name do that but then again haven't checked either. At any rate it was a huge surprise and kind of ridiculous and egotistical!

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annbiggar
Nov 08, 2018

Recommended by Lori Turner

Hillsboro_RobinD Oct 16, 2018

I was nervous to try my go-to genre written by J.K. Rowling. I am blown away by the masterful storytelling in this gritty mystery series! Strike and Robin have me hooked. I listened to this and found the narration top notch. If you are a mystery fan, this is a must-read series.

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JOSEPH POTTER
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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