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The Cuckoo's Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel) Hardcover – April 30, 2013
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"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"
"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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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).Read more ›
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It took a bit to get into the story as the language and customs different than in the U.S. but was a very interesting mystery. Can't wait to read the sequel.Published 3 days ago by Lynnelake
Awful. Finally gave up on page 272. Do not waste your money or time! She should stick with Harry Potter.Published 5 days ago by susan
Good plot and characters. Looking forward to reading detective Cormoran Strike's next story. Enjoyed the writer's use of English, too.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very good story... But far too wordy. It's almost 500 pages and it felt rather unnecessary to me. The first 25% of the book was super slow. Read morePublished 6 days ago by BeckiMae
I wasn't overly interested with this. It lost my interest quite frequently and felt like a chore to finish.Published 7 days ago by DocHazzard
This book had been on my kindle for a while before I began reading it. At first, I was unimpressed - the typical beautiful people. Read morePublished 7 days ago by K. Adams
Enjoyed the story line and characters looking forward to reading the next one.Published 7 days ago by G. Ramsey