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The Cuckoo's Calling (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Robert Galbraith

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Title:The Cuckoo's Calling
Authors:Robert Galbraith
Info:Mulholland Books (2013), Hardcover, 464 pages
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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (2013)

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Cormoron Strike is a down on his luck private investigator, attempting to hide all this from his new and enthusiastic temp. When the brother of a famous model walks in, insisting that his sister was murdered, Strike throws himself into the case.

This is such a good book! It reads like a classic private detective book, with seedy characters, a brilliant detective with a troubled past, and twists and turns galore

The ending completely shocked me, which is always a bonus.

The book didn't lag at all either, which is impressive considering its length.

There really isn't anything not to like about this book-it's a great, fun, read.

I would definitely recommend this book. It flies by for being over 400 pages, and will keep you engaged and guessing the whole time. I already have the next book in the series and can't wait to get started on it! ( )
  seasonsoflove | Jun 25, 2017 |
It took me a while to get through this one. Slow, with a lot of detail, but ultimately worth it in the end. I really enjoyed the two lead characters and hope to read more in this series. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
Arrivata a un terzo del libro avevo deciso di abbandonarlo,fortunatamente ho continuato. Un giallo vero, non un thriller come leggo di solito, per quello mi esasperava la lentezza, non sono più abituata. Ma si è rivelato un ottimo libro. Consigliato a chi ama i gialli. ( )
  Angela.Me | Jun 10, 2017 |
A fairly standard detective fiction novel revolving around British PI Cormoran Strike as he struggles to make ends meet while recovering from a war injury and recent breakup with his fiance. Strike is approached by the wealthy John Bristow and hired to investigate the supposed suicide of his sister, famous supermodel Lula Landry, effectively immersing him in the extravagant world of the wealthy and famous. Galbraith's writing style and dialogue seems at times forced and overly formal, but the flawed yet enthralling characters of Cormoran and Robin, Strike's adept assistant, make the novel worth reading. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
Slow...way too long... ( )
  redsnapdragons | May 1, 2017 |
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Ublodig, men ikkje blodfattig
Når Harry Potter-forfattar J.K. Rowling går til krimmen, satsar ho meir på person- og miljøskildring enn på å dikte opp utspekulerte drapsmetodar. Det er heilt ok.
added by annek49 | editNRK, Marta Norheim (Feb 24, 2014)
 
In “The Cuckoo’s Calling” Ms. Rowling — er, Mr. Galbraith — seems to have similarly studied the detective story genre and turned its assorted conventions into something that, if not exactly original, nonetheless showcases her satiric eye (most in evidence in the Potter books in her portraits of the bureaucrats and blowhards associated with the Ministry of Magic) and her instinctive storytelling talents.
 
The Cuckoo’s Calling and Harry Potter both feature dead or absent parents, adoptees, and family intrigue. They both imagine highly complex worlds that are nonetheless knowable—if you study their laws closely—and amusing, and beautiful, and dangerous. If I’m honest, though, I liked Galbraith just a bit better than late Rowling. (The first four Harry Potter books still reign supreme.) While both writers are funny, suspenseful, and sharp about race and class, he seems under less pressure to take himself and his story seriously. I wonder why.
added by zhejw | editSlate, Katy Waldman (Jul 16, 2013)
 
There is no sign whatsoever that this is Galbraith’s first novel, only that he has a delightful touch, both for evoking London and for capturing a new hero. It is an auspicious debut.
added by zhejw | editThe Mail, Geoffrey Wansell (May 2, 2013)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Galbraith, Robertprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bergner, WulfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Casella, AlessandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daly, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dorph Stjernfelt, AgneteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Göhler, ChristophTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glenister, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grinde, HeidiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jørgensen, Henrik HartvigNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kurz, KristofTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macaulay, HarveyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McDermid, ValForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mutsaers, SabineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pulice, Mario J.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ragusa, AngelaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekiaro, IlkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Why were you born when the snow was falling?
You should have come to the cuckoo's calling,
Or when grapes are green in the cluster,
Or, at least, when lithe swallows muster
      For their far off flying
      From summer dying.

Why did you die when the lambs were cropping?
You should have died at the apples' dropping,
When the grasshopper comes to trouble,
And the wheat-fields are sodden stubble,
      And all winds go sighing
      For sweet things dying.

                  Christina G. Rossetti, "A Dirge"
Dedication
To the real Deeby with many thanks
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The buzz in the street was like the humming of flies.
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The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.
The white-painted boutique stood on some of the most expensive acreage in London... To Strike, its colorful windows displayed a multitudinous mess of life's unnecessities. ... a gaudy celebration of consumerism he found irritating to retina and spirit. (page 184-5)
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Originally published: London: Sphere, 2013.
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Book description
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 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...
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Cormoran Strike is
asked to investigate a
suicide – was it?
(passion4reading)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316206849, Hardcover)

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.
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.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:26 -0400)

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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, the legendary 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.… (more)

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