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The Cuckoo's Calling (2013)

by Robert Galbraith

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Series: Cormoran Strike (1)

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I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery. It had interesting characters. Enough people to keep you intrigued and trying without success to identify the killer. There was a bit of an extra twist revealed at the end.

Model falls to her death, brother does not accept it as suicide, hires Strike to investigate. ( )
  AstridG | Oct 20, 2017 |
Made me more intrigued by tr non agatha Christie murder genre. Interested to a we what the next book in the series has to offer ( )
  Abbey_Harlow | Oct 5, 2017 |
I usually don't read many crime or mystery novels but I thought I would try this one since it was written by J.K Rowling. To my surprise, it was an excellent read about a beautiful, mega-celebrity named Lulu Landry, also known as Cuckoo. After Lulu falls off her balcony to her death, the police quickly rule it a suicide. However, months later, the private detective Cormoran Strike is approached by Lulu's brother who wants the case to be reinvestigated for murder. The books delves into the secret life of celebrities, and investigates what really goes on within their worlds, which I loved. I think Cormoran Strike is an unlikely detective with unconventional methods, but that is what makes him a likeable character. Pick up this book if you are looking for a good mystery that gets you hooked and keeps you guessing until the very end!

LeeAnn K. / Marathon County Public Library
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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
I shame-faced admit to not knowing Ms Rowling had this entirely alternative writing life going on. How bad am I? But now I do and will avidly seek, devour and share these titillating delights. In the first of the Cormoran Strike series, we are given the minimal background of our PI lead. A hulking man of prime stature who, somewhat cliche, is down on his luck... both in employment and love. Using a temporary service for a front desk worker, the beginning of a perfect duo begins. Robin Ellacott proves to be just as intuitive and concise as Strike and they begin their investigation into the supposed suicidal jump of a super model. Hired by the adopted brother of purported wealth, they snoop, cajole, fib and foil to find what really happened the night Lula Landry fell to her death from her luxurious apartment. With a cast of could be's, I was sure I had it figured out midway through. But that's just good mystery writing for you. Of course I was totally wrong and the climatic ending left me eager for the next case and a whole different form of magic. ( )
  CherylGrimm | Sep 19, 2017 |
A crime fiction novel by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym of J. K. Rowling) and the first in the Cormoran Strike series. Hired by her brother, Strike is investigating a supermodel's apparent suicide. He has just broken up with his longtime girlfriend, is fending off creditors, having problems with his prosthetic leg, ignoring death threats and Robin, his newly engaged temporary secretary, suspects he is living in his office. His latest case takes Strike into the world of the rich and deluded, the world of his rock star father. The supermodel's brother has hired him both because he thinks his sister was murdered, and because Strike was best friends with his younger brother who died in an accident when he was ten. Enjoyed this, an interesting detective character and storyline. Will read the next in the series. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Sep 16, 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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Galbraith, Robertprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glenister, RobertReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jørgensen, Henrik HartvigReader/Fortællermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wunder, DietmarReader/Erzählermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Šenkyřík, LadislavTranslator/Překladatelsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Daly, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ragusa, AngelaTranslator/Traduttoresecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekiaro, IlkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rossetti, Christina GForewordsecondary 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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