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Product Details

  • Series: A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316206849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316206846
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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"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

More About the Author

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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Interesting characters, a good story, well written.
kate jaeschke
A great read by Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.
Middle School Orchestra Teacher
I liked the main characters, I liked the plot, but the language is too much for me.
anneli

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2,163 of 2,368 people found the following review helpful By Karen on July 7, 2013
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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749 of 843 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 15, 2013
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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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573 of 658 people found the following review helpful By jordan on June 24, 2013
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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 By Michael Tavella on 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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85 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Bri on July 15, 2013
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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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