The Cuckoo's Calling (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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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, ...

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The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike Series #1)

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606361675
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Cormoran Strike Series , #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Who Done Wrote It? I read The Cuckoo's Calling before all the h

    Who Done Wrote It?

    I read The Cuckoo's Calling before all the hype and truthfully, I found it to be enjoyable and have an enticing mystery. But
    I never would have guessed Rowlings had written it because it is such a different style than her Harry Potter series. in fact
    I was under the impression for a split second she was behind the Holy Ghost Writer books, especially after reading The Boy
    Who Played with Dark Matter.

    Anyway, it starts off as any classic crime noir book, with a down on his luck, (who wouldn't be after losing a limb) P.I. not
    getting much work and then in walks a client that wants to know the truth behind his supermodel sisters death. Funny enough I
    just watched another film noir act on Warehouse 13, which was no where near this caliber, such a mediocre show.

    Back on task, also along comes Robin who is an assistant that he had requested before everything went to pot. She is
    everything that embody's a P.I. and really helps get Cormoran back in the game. They then delve into the world of Supermodels
    and the rich and famous, digging into every nook and cranny to find out whodunnit.

    You will be enthralled from the get go and enjoy the subtle humor. Also another strong point is there is no forced sexual
    tension between the two, like you see in so many other books, ie. crap like fifty shades of grey. Impressive first debut was
    what I thought when I was done reading. Now I think it is even more impressive, not the writing or story, but the fact that
    she was able to keep it a secret for so long. Makes me continue to wonder about the Holy ghost Writer. Probably another
    famous face hiding behind a mask to embarrassed over the writing to come out of hiding. Heck, could be another Rowling's pen
    name, maybe this one is just the tip of the iceberg. Global warming could cool the iceberg off and show more.

    Alas I am done going off track, read it, enjoy it and just forget the name. Heck, maybe we readers should make up fake names
    while reading. I'll be Jack Bauer. Taken? Crap! Or is that Damn it!

    219 out of 252 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I've read two good books so far this summer. This one and Cryoni

    I've read two good books so far this summer. This one and Cryonic: A Zombie Novel.

    Rowling doesn't disappoint with her first foray into the world of mystery novels. She keeps you guessing right until the end as to who the guilty party is. A good mystery is a lot of fun regardless of your preferred genre of books.

    I read somewhere recently that Agatha Christie has outsold every author (other than the Bible) and she has sold more than a billion books. Like the works of Christie, Cuckoo's Calling is a classic British whodunnit.

    Robin is a strong, intelligent woman who works alongside Strike without any forced sexual tension. As they uncover more and more about the victim (a murdered supermodel) you really begin to care for the characters' discovery process.

    I won't say much more about the mystery because I don't want to spoil, but you can imagine a book about a murdered socialite and supermodel offers plenty of interesting suspects. Perhaps the only silly thing with the novel was Rowling's overuse of smoking as a character trait. It's laughable how often her characters would light up a cigarette.

    200 out of 240 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Fantastic. Read it!!

    I noticed there was no review when I purchased this - and had to come back to leave one because this book was BRILLIANT!
    Set in London which is a plus, great characterisation - in fact, really ORIGINAL characters which is refreshing - and really well tied in storylines. Just loved it - wish it wasn't a debut novel, and hope he writes more. One of the best books I've read in a long time.

    177 out of 217 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    The Real Deal!

    This debut mystery by pseudonymous author 'Robert Galbraith' certainly lived up to the hype - and then some. The only surprises for me in reading it was: 1) it is a first book and 2) it's been described as hardboiled and crime noir. While there are certain aspects of the story that may be dark, I didn't find the book to fall into that category at all.

    The author's previous career in England's Royal Military Police adds a genuineness to the story, especially with the main character, one Cormoran Strike, a war veteran injured during his latest tour in Afghanistan. Broken up from his wealthy fiancee and literally out in the streets, Cormoran takes to sleeping in his dingy and cramped office while trying to scrape by doing PI work.

    Into his life come two people who will have a significant impact. The first is a client who's seeking answers into the apparent suicide of his supermodel sister. The second is the appearance of a temporary assistant Cormoran requested prior to his abrupt downward spiral. The temp, Robin, turns out to be a perfect ying to Cormoran's yang. She's bright, tactful, intuitive, resourceful and shows a real knack (not to mention passion) for the work.

    How Cormoran - aided greatly by Robin- navigates towards the sordid truth of the supermodel's death, as well as coming to terms with his own situation in life,is a marvel to watch unfold.

    By turns humorous, poignant, clever and twisty, The Cuckoo's Calling is always engaging and rings with authenticity. I was astounded that this was a debut - in the author's assured hands, it is anything but.

    158 out of 212 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Recently read this and was blown away!! I love a good mystery an

    Recently read this and was blown away!! I love a good mystery and usually stick with a select group of mystery authors but gave this one a chance and LOVED it.. and to top it off I found out today when researching Robert Galbraith for other titles, that the true author is none other than J.K. Rowling! I was ecstatic to discover this as I love Harry Potter and quite enjoyed The Casual Vacancy as well, definitely looking forward to more from Ms Rowling!!!

    101 out of 164 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    This book grabbed me from the very beginning and I'm enjoying ev

    This book grabbed me from the very beginning and I'm enjoying every minute of it. I like my characters interesting and well developed so this meets the bill.. Let's hope that JK Rowling will continue to write under this pseudonym and continue this series.

    45 out of 90 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    This was very disappointing and definitely not recommended for c

    This was very disappointing and definitely not recommended for children. Too man F words on every other page . It starts out with promise then goes to Dragnet and drags on and on. By the middle I didn't care who dunnit and peeked to the end and it was not a surprise or very interesting. JK you can do better than this!

    34 out of 181 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    An amazing, thought provoking novel!

    An amazing, thought provoking novel!

    30 out of 80 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Great read

    I rarely feel compelled to review the books I read, but this was such an enjoyable story. I am so impressed with the author to be able to write in a totally different genre and yet completely captivate me yet again! I hope this will just be the beginning of a new direction for her writing, and I would love to see these characters continue on in a series. Really awesome!

    27 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    This is more like it!

    "Casual Vacancy" just didn't appeal to me, but this time the nail has been hit on the head. J.K. Rowling has offered up a terrific mystery with enough twists and turns to keep me interested and excited. It seems to me that there are angles aplenty for a long-running "Strike Investigations" series. (J.K., I hope you read this!)

    23 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Disappointed again! I couldn't get beyond the first chapters of

    Disappointed again! I couldn't get beyond the first chapters of A Casual Vacancy. I did finish The Cuckoo's Calling. The "F" word was used so many times that it took away from the reading of the story. Too many characters and sometimes hard to follow. The ending was good but for the most part predictible. Love Harry Potter..please go back to what you do best J.K.R. ...the world of fantasty. No one will ever compare to your writing of the Harry Poter series.

    14 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Love it by Cherry Linn

    Never read a Harry Potter. Heard about this on the news, looked it up, read the synopsis, bought it and immediately became hooked. Love the attention to detail, definitely not a book for speed read or skimming, was able to visualize locales and could see this as a series and vid potential. One of those books where you can't wait for the big reveal but also don't want it to end! Boring? Don't know what THEY were reading.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

    J K Rowling tries her hand at adult fiction. Under the pen name

    J K Rowling tries her hand at adult fiction.
    Under the pen name Robert Galbraith, Rowling actually wrote a fairly good crime novel.

    14 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    While I admit I am not a literary critic, I would like to say I

    While I admit I am not a literary critic, I would like to say I loved this book. There is humor and suspense and sorrow. I would haope the auther would continue to write using this charactor and his "Temp"

    I could not put this book down. I think I fell in love with Robin in the end!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Where did J.K Rowling go wrong????

    Let me cut to the chase. This is a bad book. Hate me all you want, but that's what I got while reading this. I got this book because I adored her writing and world building in the Harry Potter series, however, i was quickly dissappointed. The characters were great but the book and writing were not. The writing was overly descriptive and the story moved along incredibly slow. The events were easily predictable. A death sentence for a book. In honesty, I feel people are writing good reviews because of Harry Potter, because this certainly does not deserve such praise. Much like her first book after Potter ( I know it has vacancy in the title but i can't remember it) it was a chore to read and boring.

    12 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    this book is good even thiugh ive only reaf the sample

    I heard about this book on the today show and thought it looked like a good read and the sample is captivating. This is one book i am looking to buy

    9 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Two Thumbs Up!

    A great read! I would love to see a Comoron Strike series!

    8 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Great

    No wonder its awesome its J.K. rowling! But no offense Ms. Rowling, but why use a pseudonym? Everybody knows that its you! Still, amazing book.

    8 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

    It's JK Rowling! No wonder it's good.

    It's JK Rowling! No wonder it's good.

    5 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    JK Rowling is the real author

    She revealed she wrote it recently .

    5 out of 113 people found this review helpful.

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