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

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

by Robert Galbraith, J. K. Rowling
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The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike Series #1) by Robert Galbraith, J. K. Rowling

When a troubled supermodel falls to her death from the balcony of her London home, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate.

Strike is a war veteran—wounded both physically and psychologically—and his private life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's world, the darker things get and the closer he comes to terrible danger.

Published to huge acclaim from readers, reviewers, and writers everywhere, The Cuckoo's Calling is a compulsively readable crime novel, the first in a series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316206846
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Cormoran Strike Series , #1
Pages: 455
Sales rank: 116,959
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

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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The Cuckoo's Calling 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1326 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Sebastian_Booker More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
panzy11 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Shauna19 More than 1 year ago
It was slow at times and a bit repetitive but, the overall plot was interesting and it did keep me guessing who the murderer was until the end.
Skitty06 More than 1 year ago
The book was OK and an easy read. That is what disappointed me. JK Rowling in the HP series aways used rich description and multi-layered plots. Her previous novels were well researched and interesting. The Cuckoo's Calling was rather light weight.
Jo710 More than 1 year ago
I was not impressed with this book. I purchased it because of the great reviews it had gotten. JK Rowling did a much better with her Harry Potter books. This is her second attempt at writing an adult book. Not impressed with either of them.
MeiLin More than 1 year ago
I am about 75% of the way through this book. As was the case with the later books in the Harry Potter series, I am itching to get out my editor's blue pencil and delete many paragraphs and/or pages. Rowling includes too much detail. I was patient at first because I thought the details were integral to the mystery. At this point, it just seems like the author is in love with her own words. The detail slows down the pace of the book and I have started to lose interest in the characters. I will finish because I have plowed through the majority of the book, but unless all that detail falls into place and I am truly wow-ed by the ending, I won't be buying another Rowling mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow an interesting book, I prefer for my age Too Crazy To Live Too Beautiful to die By G,E, but this was good too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe it's because the characters are English; unfortunately, I haven't been hooked on the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Rowling, Please make The Cuckoo's Calling the first in a series.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
Hagrid Goes Detective. While this novel does have its issues, I am awfully glad Rowling seems to have found some footing as an 'adult' author. 'Harry Potter' is probably my favorite series of all time, and some of my favorite books, period. I have read them all endlessly and will continue to do so. I was under no illusions about 'Casual Vacancy' and was excited she was writing for adults--but I truly loathed the novel. Ugh. So I jumped in here with great trepidation: if you are like me, then I can say this--read this book. A hard-boiled detective thriller with some humor, a truly unique main character in Strike, a charming sidekick in his 'Girl Friday,' Robin, a twisty mystery centered in the world of social media and celebrity--this tale skims along in an engrossing way Rowling fans will appreciate--and which 'Casual Vacancy' absolutely did not. There are even some subtle nods to our boy Harry in here: namely Strike's large, lumbering and very hairy person who sounds an awful lot like our beloved gamekeeper. Rowling's signature play on names pops up ('Lula Landry' sounds like the name of a Hogwarts student), and for those of you who remember the despicable Professor Umbridge's tacky kitten obsession: pay attention to Strike's mail. All that being said, however, anyone who thinks Rowling is still writing for a YA audience MUST get over it. This is very adult just as 'Casual Vacancy' was--but not quite to the same extreme. There are LOTS of four letter words; characters make prolific use of the 'f-word' and while I have no problem with language and realize she was trying to establish character, I still think the excessive use of the word is over the top here. I also wish Rowling's continual attention to grossness in her adult books would stop: details of bodily functions and gross lack of personal hygiene just aren't that necessary and there is plenty of that here. As for story, a great deal of the novel is overly 'talky' and not action; tons of pages are just Strike interviewing witnesses and details of the case. Some definite editing would have helped some places that tend to drag. The resolution has flashes of brilliance but IS convoluted: a reread of the last few chapters or some skimming will be necessary for many. But, overall? A terrific read that , much to my surprise, kept me up to the wee hours until I forced myself to stop--ah, the memories of crashing into my Potter books. This novel will not be for everyone, and it is still rather jarring to put Rowling into the context of such adult work--but THIS one is worth it. This has all the earmarks of a possible series--count me on board.
BandTeacher More than 1 year ago
"The Cuckoo's Calling" was a pleasure to read. Rowling's work reminded me of a cross between British writer P.D. James, and American writer Michael Connelly--the grittiness being like the latter's. And, of course, Rowling's, careful but frank style. Other reviews will give you the skeleton of the plot, so I will not. Rowling's writing in the Harry Potter series has prepared her well for mystery/crime writing. She always had her Potter plots worked out ahead of time, and when reading those books, you learned to never ignore a detail, or to not pause when something a character did seemed, well, out of character. A tiny tidbit would turn out to be relevant 2 books later. "Cuckoo" is similar, and very enjoyable. I thought of Rowling's previous adult effort, "The Casual Vacancy" as a comment on society, and while I really liked that book, I could not 'enjoy' that book. "Cuckoo" has more of Rowling's sly wit, and slow revelation of characters. I must admit, I am grateful that Rowling's identity was leaked. It was a rotten thing to happen, but this book may have taken 2 years to gather steam for popularity by word of mouth. I'm happy I got to read it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read the Harry Potter books. I enjoy a good mystery; unforntunately this was not good. Quite boring and continuosly defragmented. Poor story telling. Rawlings should stick to wizards and leave the mystery writing to those that can .
Christian_Wolf More than 1 year ago
I find it interesting that another reviewer was surprised to find out that this book wasn't for children. Is it because you bought it after you found out who it was really written by?  A simple 20 second read of the inside of the front dust jacket could have saved you some time.  As for saying JK could do better, I disagree. I think the story is a good one and I think it's sad that people want to compare this to her huge successful Hollywood movie spawning series. However, my main problem with it, is that unfortunately it's written in such a way that I found it hard to read. Sure it's English, but it's UK English. Some of the slang and wording is confusing to me. I dislike having to search for word or phrase meanings. Luckily the story is strong enough to have kept me reading and I imagine that's the case for most. I will be reading The Silkworm soon, expecting good things from it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the worst books I have ever read. I don't understand why there are so many positive reviews. I think there were too many characters that didn't add anything to the story. I would skip from chapter to chapter, just to get to the end. I found I didn't miss anything by basically skipping to the end to find out who-dunnit! I wish I hadn't wasted any money on this. I didn't read any of the Harry Potter books, so I was looking forward to reading this. It started out okay, but then after the first few chapters got boring and, unfortunately, never did get better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. Anyone who likes mysteries should pick this up and escape for a bit. People who.complain.about cursing in books really annoy me. In the.real world people curse. Get over it
Edweird More than 1 year ago
This book is killing me! I'm over halfway through it and nothing has happened. I'm so bored reading this but I hate to not finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up the book because it was J.K.Rowling. 25% into the book and it drags on and on and on. Good thing she made her millions on Harry. I quit reading because it literally put me to sleep each time I started reading. Save your money. What a waste.