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The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Robert Galbraith, By (author) J. K. Rowling

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  • Publisher: Mulholland Books
  • Format: Hardback | 455 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 46mm | 676g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316206849
  • ISBN 13: 9780316206846
  • Sales rank: 9,498

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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.

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After several years with the Royal Military Police, Robert Galbraith was attached to the SIB (Special Investigative Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. 'Robert Galbraith' is a pseudonym.

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By Chrissy 29 Sep 2013 4

Did I enjoy this book: Overall, I did enjoy this book.

The Cuckoo�???�???�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢s Calling is written in the third person and begins with the unlikely meeting of Robin, a secretary working for a temp service and a burned-out, overweight, recently dumped by his girlfriend, nearly bankrupt private detective, Strike.

Strike gets an extraordinary and unexpected opportunity to investigate the much hyped, sensational story of a lovely supermodel that has tragically fallen to her death from a balcony in her upscale, secure London apartment building. Police rule it a suicide. But her bereaved brother is confident they are mistaken.

The book has all the necessary elements of a murder mystery: beautiful, famous, wealthy victim as well as an unlikely protagonist solving the crime against all odds, sexual tension between co-workers, and power hungry millionaires who stop at nothing to derail the investigation to protect their own interests.

J.K. Rowling is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant literary artists of our time. She unfolds the story layer by complicated layer with meticulous detail, realistic character portraits, plot twists, and unexpected villains.

All the elements are present, but(for me) fell a bit flat. The investigation seems to drag on, the sexual tension fails to sizzle, and the villains are more annoying than menacing.

But she is J.K. Rowling and I�???�???�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?�?�¢m . . . well �???�???�???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?? not. So all things considered . . .

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. The level of artistic writing and the story are compelling enough to recommend it not only to murder mystery fans but book lovers in general.

Will I read it again: I will not.

As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.

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`Cormoran Strike is an amazing creation and I can't wait for his next outing. Strike is so instantly compelling that it's hard to believe this is a debut novel. I hope there are plenty more Cormoran Strike adventures to come. A beautifully written debut novel introducing one of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years.`--Mark Billingham, author of `The Demands`