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ISBN13: 9780316206846
ISBN10: 0316206849
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Staff Pick

J. K. Rowling scores a big hit with her incognito foray into the mystery genre. No, she was not happy to be outed as Robert Galbraith, but her cantankerous, grumpy P.I. and excellent story will make you happy that she was. Here's hoping she continues making inroads into adult literature.
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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, 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.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Review:

"Combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime....A stellar debut." Publishers Weekly, starred review

Review:

"Instantly absorbing, featuring a detective facing crumbling circumstances with resolve instead of clichéd self-destruction and a lovable sidekick with contagious enthusiasm for detection. Strike bears little resemblance to Jackson Brodie, but Kate Atkinson's fans will appreciate his reliance on deduction and observation along with Galbraith's skilled storytelling." Booklist

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"Plenty of twists....Totally engrossing....Galbraith's take on contemporary celebrity obsession makes for a grand beach read." Library Journal, starred review (Mystery Debut of the Month)

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"A page-turner featuring an uncommon hero....This engrossing story boasts a fascinating cast of fast-track suspects....Robert Galbraith has added a singular new voice to the genre of crime fiction with his engaging debut novel." BookPage

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"The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place." Val McDermid, bestselling author of The Vanishing Point

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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

Review:

"Robert Galbraith's debut is as hardbitten and hard-driving as its battered hero. Cuckoo's Calling scales the glittering heights of society even as it plumbs the dark depths of the human heart. A riveting read from an author to watch." Mike Cooper, Shamus Award-winning author of Clawback

Review:

"The private eye novel is not dead. It was merely waiting for Robert Galbraith to give it a firm squeeze, goosing it back to bold, new life. Hardboiled crime fans are going to go cuckoo for this one. I haven't had this much fun with a detective novel in years." Duane Swierczynski, Shamus and Anthony Award-winning author of Fun and Games

Review:

"A remarkably assured debut. Robert Galbraith's portrayal of celebrity-obsessed modern London is at once beautifully written and utterly engrossing, his characters so real you could eat dinner with them, his ever-coiling plot guaranteed to keep you up past your bedtime. I couldn't put it down." Owen Laukkanen, author of The Professionals

About the Author

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
Oh I have such a strange relationship with this book. Overall, I really enjoyed it and was utterly enthralled by the plot and characters. However, I also fought tooth and nail to get through it, spending an entire week reading it-something that very rarely happens to me.

The writing is intricate, with a well-paced plot and wonderfully developed characters. I really enjoyed the fact that we actually see the investigation progress, step-by-step, having the clues laid out in front of us as Cormoran pieces it all together. We get every bit of information that he does, which kept my opinion of the murderer constantly shifting. I really thought I had it figured out about half-way through, but I changed my mind again about six more times and still got it wrong. The surprise at the end was the most wonderful and utterly brilliant twist, I could never have saw it coming. Given that the reader does get all the same information as Cormoran, I like to believe that if I focused on the clues and taken notes I might have figured it out too.

Creating realistic, fully fleshed out characters is a special talent of Rowling’s, and this novel does not disappoint in that regard. Cormoran himself is a new favorite of mine. A little bit mysterious, a whole lot of funny, and unconventional, I was rooting for him from our first introduction. He’s also got a brilliant mind, a knack for noticing the little details and comes across as just a genuinely good person, which was refreshing. I particularly enjoyed his interactions with his half-sister and Robin. The other characters, from his temp-secretary Robin, who is smart, tactful and surprisingly funny, to the victim, Lula, are all just as well-developed. Although dead, Lula came to life again across the pages, as Cormoran pieced together the details of her life and death. Each character added something new and interesting to the story, keeping it from becoming tedious and repetitive.

If you couldn’t already tell, the plot and characters are what made me fall in love with this book and kept me reading. What didn’t work for me was how overly verbose the prose could be. As I told a friend on Twitter, I felt that at least 1/4-1/3 of this book could have been cut without damaging the plot or characterization at all. For example, I really did not need to read an entire paragraph describing a staircase. It just isn’t necessary. I also was not a fan of the scenes where Cormoran would be interviewing someone, and then suddenly start making random internal observations about the environment in which the interview is taking place. These details added nothing to the story, and were unnecessarily distracting. This made it difficult for me

For the most part though, I thought this was a wonderful, interesting story and I really do hope there is another Cormoran Strike book.
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Dulcimer Writer, September 12, 2013 (view all comments by Dulcimer Writer)
This book was an unexpected surprise! The Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling are among my favorites, so I was thrilled to learn that she had written this book. If you're a fan of Agatha Christie books, or of modern mystery authors such as J. A. Jance and Michael Connelly, you'll probably enjoy this book. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more books by J. K. Rowling about Cormoran Strike in the future!
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La corota, August 7, 2013 (view all comments by La corota)
My hopes for something spectacular were deflated by mid-book. With most murder mysteries, I anticipate a particular movement and cadence from cover-to-cover. There were very brief moments the story moved along; other time several chapters slogged along. The author's command of structure is superb. I enjoyed Rowling's proper use of semi-colons throughout the narrative. Character development: eh, blah. She may've employed the Harry Potter approach with these characters and it failed for me. My only returning interest with each session was the relationship between Strike, and Robin. It came through as genuine and human in the landscape of wealthy musicians, models, and attorneys. Perhaps I fell in with the Rowling groupie crowd expecting each and every work to meet five-star expectations.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316206846
Author:
J. K. Rowling as Robert Galbraith
Publisher:
Mulholland Books
Author:
Galbraith, Robert
Author:
Rowling, J.K.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Mulholland Books - English 9780316206846 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

J. K. Rowling scores a big hit with her incognito foray into the mystery genre. No, she was not happy to be outed as Robert Galbraith, but her cantankerous, grumpy P.I. and excellent story will make you happy that she was. Here's hoping she continues making inroads into adult literature.

"Review" by , "Combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime....A stellar debut."
"Review" by , "Instantly absorbing, featuring a detective facing crumbling circumstances with resolve instead of clichéd self-destruction and a lovable sidekick with contagious enthusiasm for detection. Strike bears little resemblance to Jackson Brodie, but Kate Atkinson's fans will appreciate his reliance on deduction and observation along with Galbraith's skilled storytelling."
"Review" by , "Plenty of twists....Totally engrossing....Galbraith's take on contemporary celebrity obsession makes for a grand beach read."
"Review" by , "A page-turner featuring an uncommon hero....This engrossing story boasts a fascinating cast of fast-track suspects....Robert Galbraith has added a singular new voice to the genre of crime fiction with his engaging debut novel."
"Review" by , "The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Robert Galbraith's debut is as hardbitten and hard-driving as its battered hero. Cuckoo's Calling scales the glittering heights of society even as it plumbs the dark depths of the human heart. A riveting read from an author to watch."
"Review" by , "The private eye novel is not dead. It was merely waiting for Robert Galbraith to give it a firm squeeze, goosing it back to bold, new life. Hardboiled crime fans are going to go cuckoo for this one. I haven't had this much fun with a detective novel in years."
"Review" by , "A remarkably assured debut. Robert Galbraith's portrayal of celebrity-obsessed modern London is at once beautifully written and utterly engrossing, his characters so real you could eat dinner with them, his ever-coiling plot guaranteed to keep you up past your bedtime. I couldn't put it down."
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