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The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike) (original 2013; edition 2014)

by Robert Galbraith (Author)

Series: Cormoran Strike (1)

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A brilliant 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 now 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. 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.… (more)
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Title:The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
Authors:Robert Galbraith (Author)
Info:Mulholland Books (2014), 480 pages
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The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (2013)

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I never really got into this. It just never pulled my interest in. I kept reading cause I knew I was reviewing it.
unfortunately I couldn't get a free copy and the preview I got only had a few chapters so I wasn't able to finish reading the whole book.
I was aware of the author but have never read nor gotten into any Harry Potter books so there is no comparison for me to do.

I will need to get this at my public library

but I am only going to review by what I had read. ( )
  dtilt1 | May 1, 2024 |
The kudos for this completely engaging story go to author, Robert Galbraith, AKA J.K. Rowling. My husband (who listened to this book with me) and I agree that she is every bit as good a crime writer as she is a fantasy writer. And narrator, Robert Glenister, is up to the task. As with the fabulous Potter series narrator, Jim Dale; Glenister's characterizations are so well delineated that you know who is speaking before you are told. If I knew when I put this book in my "want to read" list that Galbraith was actually Rowling, I didn't remember it by the time I was listening to it, so I had no expectations for it, and was just enthralled with how good it was. ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
Gelungener Einstieg in diese Serie! ( )
  Katzenkindliest | Apr 23, 2024 |
This is the first book about private detective Cormoran Strike, an ex-soldier who is in a difficult private situation. His secretary/assistant Robin starts working for him and they solve their first case together.
A supermodel falls from her balcony in an apparent suicide, but a few months later her brother approaches Strike because he is convinced that his sister was murdered.

I must say that the action moved far too slow for me and I never really warmed to Strike and Robin. I enjoyed the case and the London setting, and towards the end, when the plot finally picked up, I was excited, but all in all I found it a bit boring. To me, it is an odd crossover between cosy crime and a city setting with grim aspects, and the narrative perspective is not what I like in a crime novel - it is too detached, which creates an imbalance between the plot and contents and the style. ( )
  MissBrangwen | Mar 29, 2024 |
I'm sorry, but I didn't enjoy this book. I didn't like neither the characters nor the plot. Normally I would give it two stars, but I added one for the author. I'm sorry, because I really wanted to enjoy it. I'm not going to read the rest of the series. ( )
  Donderowicz | Mar 12, 2024 |
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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
Glenister, RobertNarratorsecondary 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
Nagy, GergelyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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
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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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A brilliant 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 now 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. 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.

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Cormoran Strike is
asked to investigate a
suicide – was it?
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