When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives ...Read MoreWhen a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his 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 complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger ...A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.Read Less
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This is one of the better books I have read in a long time. Knowing who the real author is made is easier to critique.
Aug 22, 2014
Brings back the classic PI tale
I'm a big mystery reader but only of well-written ones and I favor the old-time lone man or woman doing the legwork. I was skeptical of J.K. Rowling's ability to pull this off, talented as she is, but in a totally different genre, but she does it! Her PI is full-dimensional, a character you care about and he's trying to solve a mystery in London that pulls you in. Full-bodied characters, wit, careful plotting and a satisfying ending. What more can we ask for?
May 9, 2014
This book has a really good story to it, but there are a lot of moments while I was reading that I thought "Oh geez, yes this is definitely J.K. Rowling because it's so wordy" (For those of you that aren't aware Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym J.K. Rowling used)
Other than some wordy parts that made it sluggish it was a great story.
J.K. Rowling is a very good, literate writer but the book disappointed because it followed the well worn formula of the private eye who can't pay the rent, the unexpectedly interesting temp secretary who shows up, a wealthy new client who drops in out of nowhere. Plus, it relied on glitz to pull you in -- fashion models who make 10 million a year, high end fashion designers, rich corrupt movie producers and their empty wives, gorgeous clothes and apartments -- all 2 dimensional stuff. It's entertaining but I hope the author's next book in the series uses more interesting characters.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-02-25 In a rare feat, the pseudonymous Galbraith combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime in his stellar debut. When office temp Robin Ellacott reports for work, she's unprepared for the shabby office or the rude greeting she receives from London PI Cormoran Strike. Soon after, John Bristow arrives and asks Strike to look into the putative suicide of his adopted, mixed-race sister, supermodel Lula Landry. Strike reluctantly agrees, even though the police have concluded a high-profile investigation. A decorated Afghan vet with an artificial lower leg, Strike begins a meticulous reinvestigation that leads him into a world of celebrities and wannabes, as well as deep into Landry's sad rollercoaster life. The methodical Strike and the curious Ellacott work their way through a host of vividly drawn suspects and witnesses toward an elegant solution. Readers will hope to see a lot more of this memorable sleuthing team. Agent: Zoe King, the Blair Partnership (U.K.) (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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