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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 ›
The Cuckoo's Calling concerns itself with the apparent suicide of super model Lula Landry, who jumped out of her third floor balcony due to depression. Our detective is Cormoran Strike, a one-legged veteran-turned-private-eye, who finds himself randomly teamed up with a young woman named Robin, who was sent over by a temp service that he forgot to cancel. After receiving the assignment from a worried brother of Lula's, the two hit the streets of London to find out what actually happened the night the model died.
The plot is surprisingly feeble, especially for a murder mystery. From the first few pages of the novel, there isn't anything particularly gripping or suspenseful about what is going to happen. You know two things from the get-go: there is a mystery and we will get a resolution eventually. There never was a "how are we going to figure this out?" or "what will we do if we can't?" moment-- Strike lines up a list of suspects and witnesses and goes through them, one by one, for 400 pages.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book. I couldn't figure out the mystery and was surprised by how it ended. It is worth reading!Published 2 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I found the book entertaining. I gave it 3 stars because I felt it read more like a movie script, which added to the length.Published 21 hours ago by lucy
I have read it twice and really enjoyed it.
Well written and a fun read.
Ending seems a bit far fetched. It's not a read that I would go out of my way to recommend. Good writing but plodding plotting.Published 2 days ago by Bonnie Hollis
Cormoran Strike is new to the P.I. business, but not criminal investigation. After serving in Afghanistan as a Red Cap, he returns to Britain, leaving the war and part of one leg,... Read morePublished 4 days ago by lisa
Love this book, will definitely read it again once I complete the series.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the novel because I liked the setting of the story, it was catered to a more mature audience compared to her HP series. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Claire
An absolutely riveting trilogy in the serial killer vein, with an engaging rumpled detective, his smart and gifted partner, and suitably evil villains. Read morePublished 6 days ago by T. G. Gutheil