I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling
Length: 15 hours and 54 minutes
Genres: Crime, Mystery
on April 30th 2013
Narrator: Robert Glenister
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Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
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 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.
Here is what I thought
I found this to be a pretty decent crime novel but I also felt it was a tad bit to long and drawn out.
Cormoran Strike is a Private Investigator who only has one leg after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan. He is verily scraping by and has a temp secretary that he can’t afford. Then a man comes and ask for his help, John Bristow wants him to find out who killed his sister because he doesn’t believe it was suicide. His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, jumped to her death. The police are pretty sure it was a suicide and case is closed.
Cormoran doesn’t want to take the case but he is in need of some cash she he tells him he will look into it and starts talking to those who knew Lula, and those in the apartment building. Cormoran is plunged into the seedy world of multimillionaires, models, rock star boyfriends and a lot of other things. The more he talks to people about Lula it seems that everyone thought she was just fine and not depressed or anything. Nobody would have really thought she would commit suicide. There was a witness who seen her fall and is pretty sure she was pushed but nobody believes her and Cormoran has to really dig into her comments and things to piece things together.
I really kind of like Cormoran, he is kind of gritty and really sort of your typical PI type. He has his issues but don’t we all. I also liked Robin, the temp secretary. He really wants to keep her but doesn’t have the money but I am sure he will find a way.
I thought it had a good mystery and there was a lot things going on with everyone from those she worked with to her own family. I had figured it out way before Cormoran did but it was still a good mystery. My only real problem with it is that I felt like it could have been cut down by about 75 pages. I mean it was 455 and to me that is way long for a crime novel and I got to the point where I was drifting and was like oh just figure it out all ready. 🙂 I did like it though and I will be checking out the next one as soon as I get a chance.
Cloak and Dagger
This was my first book with narrator Robert Glenister and I really enjoyed him.