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The Cuckoo's Calling (2013)

by Robert Galbraith

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Series: Cormoran Strike (1)

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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" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)
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Robin is a brat
a moody cardboard cutout
just forbidden fruit. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
My full review can be found on my blog!

The Cuckoo's Calling did not disappoint. We follow lead character and private investigator, Cormoran Strike, as he investigates the suspicious suicide of a famous model. He is a war veteran with a disability, but he is also described as a large guy. He is tough and strong, and a little bit intimidating. To me, he seemed like the quintessential tough guy who isn't afraid to ruffle some feathers to get shit done. Not to mention people will tell him more than usual because they are almost afraid of him.

Our other main character is Robin, a temporary worker who stumbles upon a position at his job. Although distant at first, Strike and Robin have good chemistry and play well off of each other in all kinds of crazy situations. Robin doesn't do much at first except give Strike a bit of stability at the office, but she loves the sense of mystery and cunning, and eventually starts contributing to the investigation.

I enjoyed these characters a lot, and the minor characters were very enjoyable as well. As the investigation progresses, you meet more people who were part of Lula Landry's life and her world. They are each unique and you have reasons to suspect them all a little bit. ( )
  hopebarton2014 | Jun 15, 2020 |
3.5 stars. Seemed long in a few places. The way Galbraith describes Strike, though, makes me think he smells like bad BO and is generally unkempt all the time. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
I hope hope hope that this is the first in "Robert Galbraith"'s Cormoran Strike Detective series. It was a great read with fascinating characters and a great story. I've tried to read other Rowling books and never could get latched on. I was hooked on this one in 10 pages. Sold. Bring me more!!
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  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
This was a decent read. If I could, I think a score of 3.5 would be exactly where I'd place it, because it is a solid mystery, but wasn't an easy read by any means.

I'm not quite sure what it was about this book (and it's hard for me to put in to words), but the "flow" was different. Like I said, really hard to put into words...

Unfortunately, had I not known that JK Rowling wrote this book, I would have likely been harder on it. I had a hard time really identifying with many of the characters...and the more I reflect on it, the worse I liked it. ( )
  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
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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
Šenkyřík, LadislavTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ballester, AuroraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergner, WulfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bindervoet, ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caball, JosefinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Casella, AlessandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daly, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Divjak, DarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dorph Stjernfelt, AgneteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Göhler, ChristophTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gralak, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grinde, HeidiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hjukström, CharlotteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jørgensen, Henrik HartvigNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kurz, KristofTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macaulay, HarveyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McDermid, ValForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mutsaers, SabineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Pulice, Mario J.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ragusa, AngelaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekiaro, IlkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosso, FrançoisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saarinen, EeroNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Torre, Jesús de laTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, SianCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wunder, DietmarNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
רולינג, ג'. קsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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"
To the real Deeby with many thanks
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The buzz in the street was like the humming of flies.
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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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?

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