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The Cuckoo's Calling

Galbraith, Robert (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"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."--Dust jacket.
Authors: Galbraith, Robert
Title: The cuckoo's calling
Publisher: New York, NY : Mulholland Books, 2013
Edition: 1st North American ed
Characteristics: 455 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Robert Galbraith
Notes: Originally published: Great Britain : Sphere, 2013
Summary: "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."--Dust jacket.
ISBN: 9780316206846
0316206849
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GALBRAITH 2013
Subject Headings: Private investigators England London Fiction Afghan War, 2001- Veterans Fiction Murder Investigation Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Private investigators
Afghan War, 2001-
Murder
LCCN: 2013933193
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It's notable that this detective mystery received several really strong reviews when it was still thought to be a first book by an unknown author. Gailbraith (really J.K. Rowling) tells an exciting story and introduces us to a refreshing new sleuth and his secretary, in pursuit of an authentic wh... Read More »

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator.

"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.


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Jul 22, 2014
  • abookandacuppa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

J.K. Rowling has created another great series! The main character, Cormoran, is offbeat and complex, but likeable. His secretary, Robin, seems to be a sidekick in the making. I particularly enjoyed the imagery of walking through the streets of London. Very fun, and hopefully, a future Masterpiece Mystery on PBS!

Jul 13, 2014
  • julie101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

loved this book. the characters were terrific and i hope to hear plenty more from them.

Verdict: Throw out the novel with the garbage! Robert Galbraith a.k.a. J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter series has written "The Cuckoo's Calling" to share her filthy mind and mouth with her readers. Sneaky of her to use another name and know that this book will be read by children.

Jul 02, 2014
  • lisa9999 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved it. Great page turner -- couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next one.

Jun 26, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was a little hard to get into but once I was in I couldn't put it down. The ending was unexpected. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

The mystery was intriguing; the setting (London) was cool, and the characters are well-developed and interesting.

Jun 22, 2014
  • novabrite rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Slow going in the first part of the story which could be due to the author getting the readers acquainted with the coming murder "suspects" in the story..

Jun 16, 2014
  • pagetraveler rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I don't know that this the genre where J.K. Rowling shines, but it did keep me guessing until the end.

The book is okay. A bit slow going, and took awhile to finish. I give it two and a half stars out of five.

May 28, 2014
  • NFN rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Decent "beach read" - unchallenging, with a good plot. However, it reads like a soap opera, with exaggerated characters and too many farfetched scenes. You won't learn anything from this novel, but you will be briefly entertained.

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Aug 29, 2013
  • JOSEPH POTTER rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 12, 2013
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Unless you have been taking an extended tech and media vacation this summer, you will have heard that J.K. Rowling – author of the über-successful Harry Potter series - was outed as the true name behind Cuckoo’s Calling, using pseudonym Robert Galbraith. As any high-powered author would do, she sued the law firm that leaked her identity for a six-figure sum and then donated it, plus proceeds from the sale of the novel for the next three years, to The Soldier’s Charity, an organization that supports veterans and their families in Great Britain. She did this as a thank-you for those in the military who helped her with her research, leading her to create one of the most hard-boiled detectives to hit pages since Sam Spade, Cormoran Strike (how could he not be hard-boiled with a name like that?). A wounded veteran with an infamous set of rock parents, Strike grew up with his half-sister in care of his aunt and uncle. He joined the military as an investigator, went to Afghanistan and came back missing part of a leg (but is far too proud to admit it to those who don’t know him), and opens a detective agency. Unfortunately he has some hard luck with women and alcohol, until he literally runs into (and nearly knocks to her death) fresh-faced, and newly engaged Robin Ellacott, recently arrived in London from Yorkshire, who is assigned as his new temporary office worker. Robin, secretly thrilled to be working for a PI, by far the most efficient tem Strike has ever been assigned, and she proves herself both resourceful and intrepid as Strike gets his first big case – a model falls to her death and three months later her brother shows up, asking Strike to prove it was murder and not suicide. Strike is no hack – he is thoughtful, driven and methodical – much like his creator, Rowling. She slowly unveils the threads of the mystery with great care, precision, a host of fully-formed characters, more than a few red herrings and loads of wit. In fact, it is a far better book than Rowling’s last non-Potter novel, Casual Vacancy, and leaves the reader wanting to know more about Cormoran Strike. Let us hope that being outed as Robert Galbraith does not keep JK Rowling from creating further mysteries for him to solve. Cuckoo’s Calling is a first rate mystery, no matter who the author really is.

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Aug 29, 2013
  • JOSEPH POTTER rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Humans often assumed symmetry and equality where none existed.”

Aug 01, 2013
  • stclaireh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

How could the death of someone you had never met affect you so?

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