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ISBN13: 9780316206846
ISBN10: 0316206849
Condition: Standard
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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

Review:

"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)

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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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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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StormyWolf, August 5, 2013 (view all comments by StormyWolf)
The Cuckoo's Calling was an interesting foray into the world of detectives and investigation. I'd recommend it for those familiar with the mystery genre and detective stories enthusiasts or those looking for a calm and steady investigation with elements of noir. It contains strong language, drinking, allusions to sex, and violence (apart from the original crime), so it's safe to say it's probably not meant to be on the shelves of schools. That being said, I don't think some older high-schoolers would be completely out of range, though the pacing might be a bit too slow for them. So if you're looking for the magic that is good old-fashioned logic and curiosity, you'd have to be cuckoo not to give The Cuckoo's Calling a look.

Approximate Reading Time: 8 hours
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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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