The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

Book rating: 05 Paperback Cormoran Strike

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

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  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 36mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 13 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0751549258
  • ISBN 13: 9780751549256
  • Sales rank: 116

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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. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike's 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 ...A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair, to the backstreet pubs of the East End, to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable debut. Introducing Cormoran Strike, it is a classic crime novel unlike any other book you will read this year.

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Born in 1968, Robert Galbraith is married with two sons. After several years with the Royal Military Police, he was attached to the SIB (Special Investigation 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 protagonist Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who have returned to the civilian world. 'Robert Galbraith' is a pseudonym.

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By Lyvia Gautier 19 Apr 2014 5

I hesitated a lot before ordering this book because even if I loved Harry Potter, I didn't really enjoy "the casual vacancy". But I was really transported by this one, I loved how you discover bit by bit the characters, and the suspens lasts till the end of the book !

By Hilary Bishop 28 Feb 2014 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the way in which the plot wound around them until finally the perpetrator emerged.
An engaging and enjoyable read.

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The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place Val McDermid One of the best crime novels I have ever read Alex Gray One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years Mark Billingham Everytime I put this book down, I looked forward to reading more ... I loved it. He is a major new talent Peter James