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The Cuckoo's Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Galbraith , J. K. Rowling
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Book Description

The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

A brilliant 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.

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London PI Cormoran Strike’s final feud with his arguably insane fiancée leaves him camping in his office, wondering how his last two clients will keep him afloat and pay for his new secretary, Robin. When a childhood acquaintance asks him to investigate his supermodel sister’s apparent suicide, Strike finds a distraction from his problems that’s happily attached to a check. Lula Landry was surrounded by rabid paparazzi, a drug-addled social circle, a dysfunctional adopted family, and a shifty, newly found birth mother, making suicidal despair hard to dismiss. But with Robin’s surprisingly adept assistance, Strike dismantles witness statements, applying masterful deductive skills to find evidence of murder. This debut is instantly absorbing, featuring a detective facing crumbling circumstances with resolve instead of clichéd self-destruction and a lovable sidekick with contagious enthusiasm for detection. Galbraith nimbly sidesteps celebrity superficiality, instead exploring the ugly truths in Lula’s six degrees of separation. Strike bears little resemblance to Jackson Brodie, but Kate Atkinson’s fans will appreciate his reliance on deduction and observation along with Galbraith’s skilled storytelling. --Christine Tran


"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

Product Details

  • File Size: 784 KB
  • Print Length: 561 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751549258
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; First Edition edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AA20E5Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2,159 of 2,364 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! July 7, 2013
By Karen
This book is so well written that I suspect that some years down the road we will hear the author's name is a pseudonym of some famous writer. Lots of description made one feel like another occupant in the scene. You could feel the weather, the tension, the pain, the atmosphere in the gatherings. The Audible version had great accents. It is a wonderful mystery with a surprise ending, and I look forward to more by the same author.
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748 of 842 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars East End Girls and West End Boys April 15, 2013
It's hard to put your finger on exactly what it is that makes The Cuckoo's Calling such a terrific new Private Investigator crime fiction debut. On the surface it seems straightforward, unexceptional and unambitious, everything fits the established conventions, there's nothing immediately new that stands out, and yet it's an utterly compelling read with strong characters that wraps you up completely and thrillingly into the investigation.

There's certainly nothing significantly new in the nature of the Private Detective at the centre of the book and series. Yes, the circumstances are a little different and the family background a little more colourful than most, but at heart, Cormoran Strike doesn't stray too far from the template - ex-army rather than ex-police, with a complicated personal life, a detective business that is on its last legs (no pun intended on Strike's service injury), clients are drying up, the loan that has set him up in London's Denmark Street is being called in and he's in the middle of a messy break-up with his fiancée. Nothing particularly noteworthy so far, not even the fact that the temp agency has just landed him with a new partner - sorry, a new secretary, Robin, who is only supposed to be around for a few weeks, but of course ends up making herself quite useful, not to say even indispensable, creating the obligatory mismatched team in the process.

There's nothing particularly exceptional either about the high profile case - the death of a supermodel - that lands in his lap and keeps the wolves away from the door just that little bit longer.
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572 of 657 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars new writer worth watching June 24, 2013
By jordan
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I am a mystery book addict, so I am seldom wrong about an ending- many writers, Patterson in particular, have resulted in formula writing- predictable characters and plots- so I welcome a new writer with a new character and a great ending. Pull up a chair, turn off the TV and enjoy.
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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read -I really liked it August 8, 2013
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Ok, so I bought this book never having read a word of J.K Rowling in my life.I bought it because I love the detective genre. I have read almost all of Raymond chandler, and Earl Stanley Gardner and I was skeptical about what she could do. Well, I quickly found that she had selected a standard plot-a suicide that was being investigated as a murder. There were cliché's, but even the best rely on the cops being dumb and the detective being smart. She was not trying to turn the genre on it's head, just put a new example out there. Based on that, I was deeply impressed. Here was a well written meticulous work that built the pieces of the puzzle into a complex maze. I thought I had the ending, but I was wrong-and surprised.The way the details were developed was masterful. The characters were interesting and likable.

As for the book being "slow", I suggest that if you want to read slow books read J. R.R. Martin. They are 5 slow books. This book moved right along and had none of the filler I have found in some of the more modern novels I have recently read.

For those who complain about this being one cliché after another, that's like saying all landscapes are alike. It is not the framework of the plot that matters it is what the author does with that framework-and she has done a magnificent job with it! THe work is often -but the people she is portraying are often vulgar. Even through the ending was somewhat predictable (not the solution to the murder but what happens after the solution is delivered), it was good to have a happy ending-and at least the author knows how to end a story...unlike the aforementioned Mr. Martin.....

All around a great read. I want to read more from her in this genera.
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77 of 97 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Tedious and boring with a lacklustre ending." July 15, 2013
By Bri
Format:Kindle Edition
The Cuckoo's Calling wasn't one of those books I couldn't put down no matter what. Quite the contrary, even if it was written by JK Rowling. It's listed as a murder/mystery, and rightly so because there was a murder and the writer kept it a mystery because we didn't find out who actually did it until the last few chapters of the book, but in between I found it at times to be laborious, tedious, and boring. What made it difficult to keep my interest at times (and I don't usually skip pages like I did with this one), was the tedious description that followed some of the dialogue. So much of the dialogue was followed or interrupted with annoying long descriptive prose that it broke the momentum of the interaction between the characters to the point that one had to go back and pickup the dialogue from the previous character and then skip the descriptive prose that followed before continuing with the dialogue from the second person. I got the impression that the author was trying to dazzle me with her ability at writing prose when it wasn't necessary because it bogged down the story. It was just too long and too long winded for my taste.

As far as any twists or turns in the storyline, I didn't see or find any of these features until the author revealed who the killer was. It never had me guessing who I may have thought the killer could be because there wasn't enough information to make a good, qualified guess as to who it was because the character 'Strike' himself didn't really reveal much of what he thought of what he was discovering, either pro or con. Instead, his thoughts always seemed to be on something else because not one clue had that 'wow' factor that made you stand up and take notice (or maybe I just didn't care).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Never got into the book
I didn't finish this book.
Published 1 hour ago by BrendaH
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS BOOK
This book was wonderfully written. I hated to put it down. The characters were so interesting. You will be guessing whodunit until the very end.
Published 5 hours ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much stuffing
A very "verbose" story where nothing much happens. Too many words. Endless dialogue which sole purpose is to make a poor story longer than it deserves to be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well-written and thorough book
PLOT: The main character is a middle-aged, overweight detective, Cormoran Strike, who is facing severe domestic and financial crises. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Saritha Menon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Still reading it and loving it
Great book! Still reading it and loving it.
Published 23 hours ago by Fran LeClere
4.0 out of 5 stars good detective work
Couldn't really put the book down. Finished it in record time - great page turner. You feel like you are solving the mystery alongside Strike.
Published 1 day ago by Florence
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just didn't hold my enterest very well. Moved too slow
Published 1 day ago by Roger Beagle
5.0 out of 5 stars Comoran is my new favorite character
Entertaining. Just like the H.potter books, J.K. Rowling creates likable characters and interesting villains draped in a story that you are anxious to get to the end
Published 1 day ago by Peter D. Dunphy
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling
I really enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling, it was an interesting journey with plenty of intrigue & characters that I wanted to get to know. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Peta McCue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great condition. Shipped and Received quickly.
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Pen name used by J K Rowling, the British novelist best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

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motive? (contains spoilers)
Motive for hiring Strike was in fact a big problem with this book. I strongly suspected Bristow about 3/4 through the book, but could not figure out why he would hire a detective to stir things up. If all, including the police, were convinced that it was suicide, then he would have come out... Read More
Aug 15, 2013 by Marek |  See all 10 posts
Fiction in the Bio?
I don't like it either. If the author's credentials are a selling point, then one should not lie about them.

Fake name? Fine! Fake gender? A bit more iffy. Gender matters to some readers (hence the deception) but arguably it shouldn't matter, so it is hard to be outraged. Fake law... Read More
Jul 23, 2013 by J. Whelan |  See all 3 posts
Asia: Not available on Kindle eBook?
My daughter just bought the kindle version of this book for me, so it is available from Amazon.
Jul 14, 2013 by mwb-Virginia |  See all 5 posts
This is J.K. Rowling's book.
That's a reasonable guess, but as you may have read yourself in more recent reports, the release of her real name was unintentional. A guy at the law firm basically gossiped the info out. Rowling says she is disappointed the ruse got out so quickly, and I believe her. The last thing she needs... Read More
Jul 19, 2013 by Just Some Guy |  See all 12 posts
Amazon won't sell the sequel
Ummmm. I bought it from Amazon the first day it was out.
Jul 22, 2014 by loriltx |  See all 2 posts
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