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    Published under a pseudonym, J. K. Rowling’s brilliant debut mystery introduces Detective Cormoran Strike as he investigates a supermodel's suicide in “one of the best books of the year” (USA Today).

    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, creditors are calling, and after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, he’s living in his office.

    Then John Bristow walks through his door with a shocking 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.

    Fast-paced and sharply drawn, this dazzling detective novel inspired Strike, the BBC crime drama series that has captivated millions of viewers worldwide. 

    ©2013 Robert Galbraith (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    • Tracey
    • 26/05/2013

    Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

    The protagonist, Cormoran Strike, is an ex-military policeman who lost a leg during service and is now trying to make ends meet as a PI in London. His "girl Friday", a temporary secretary named Robin whom he can't afford (but can't seem to turn away) arrives on a day his life's ebb hits a low point. I loved the rapport between these 2 characters.

    I can't overstate how much I enjoyed this novel. One would never know by the lyrical writing, the twisty plot line and well-developed characters that this is a debut for Robert Galbraith.

    My only disappoint is that the book ended and I didn't have anything else by Galbraith to read! I anxiously await his next book, which I hope continues Strikes' story.

    Robert Glenister's narration is perfect!

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    • Deborah Martinson
    • 23/06/2013

    took a chance--found a winner

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I never review--but I found this book by Robert Galbraith and found it terrific in every way. If you want excellent characters, a sharp, believable mystery, perfect pacing--go for it. After finishing it I immediately went to see what else Galbraith had written. This is his first, and Glenister did the perfect job. I am gushing. Sorry. But I loved the book. Title doesn't do it justice. I hope Galbraith is busy with his next.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Always interesting, always well paced--just good.

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    • Hassan
    • 16/07/2013

    A Great Book Robert Galbraith, or is it JK Rowling

    So I have never noticed this book before I found out that it was written by JK Rowling. But still I have never read her work before, but when i read the summary of the book, and understood that it is not a young reader book, i went for it. I was AMAZED!!!!

    This book is a mystery book based in London, and the case which is being investigated is very interesting. I was listening to the book non stop until i finished it, such a great story and so many twists through the whole book. And when I reached the ending I was shocked of the answer and couldn't believe it. Such a good ending for a great book. The characters are well developed and you can feel that each one has their own story and life which they are going through. Every time i thought the book came to its ending I find that still couple of hours left. Nothing better than a book which you are not looking forward to reach its ending from its quality.

    Lets talk about the narration here, the narrator Robert Glenister did a fantastic job with this book. His narration gave life to the characters and made it simple to know which character you are listening to., such a good job with the narration.

    Looking forward for the next book, don't be late

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    • Colleen
    • 16/07/2013

    Download JKR's newest “with renewed optimism”!!

    If you tried Casual Vacancy and that makes you reluctant to try JKR’s newest adult offering, this one line from the story should make you change your mind! Unlike the depressing, vacant, jaded pacifism so common throughout CV, The Cuckoo’s Calling is filled with vibrant and engaging characters, exciting story lines and yes, OPTIMISM!
    The central character is Cormoran Strike- Private Investigator, Afghan war veteran, lower leg amputee who had a peripatetic (my new favorite word!) childhood and a love life that screams trouble. He has an appealing new sidekick named Robin: a short term temp who lucks into a gig that fulfills her childhood dream of solving crimes and making a difference. While the plot is intriguing, the best part about the book is the characters. They are rich, detailed and fascinating! You'll want to get to know Cormoran! You would even agree to be in Robin's upcoming wedding- even though being a bridesmaid- especially in one ups-man-land London- would be a nightmare!
    The criminal story line starts out dramatic and quick- engrossing you completely from the first chapter. It quickly evolves into a complicated Gordian knot of twists, lies and secrets.
    This novel feels very British, but not so London-y like Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series. It is nice to read a book that covers aspects of the glam life without being enamored of it.
    In many ways this series feels to me like a British Jack Reacher. Not as violent! As Rowling makes a point of mentioning even the police don't carry guns and that Corm had to give his guns back when he stopped being a soldier. I do hope she writes as many books for Strike as their have been for Reacher. I want to know so much more about his past and future!!

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    • Calliope
    • 30/11/2015

    Nope....it's nothing special

    I almost think that JK Rowling felt she had to prove something writing primarily for adults, and so she dipped too many times into the thesaurus and ran on too long with her set dressing and descriptions. It is rather distracting, without adding anything worthwhile to the story. There's also a strange kind of prejudice exhibited in the description of people's appearances: With the exception of the narrator and protagonist, everyone on the "good" side of the line is described as good looking, if not beautiful, and everyone on the "bad" side of the line is described as having physical or sartorial defects in very blatant and unsympathetic terms (after all, is sweating really only limited to unpleasant people?). In fact, that's one of the ways I came to figure out who dunnit, even though I could never have conceived of the strange and unbelievable details of how it happened. Seriously, some of the things he claims to have realized happened and helped him solve the crime are simply unbelievable.

    The set up of the characters is ordinary.........war vet, injured and down on his luck, is a private detective in a shoebox office up a rickety staircase, with minimal furniture or employees. Unexpectedly, he gets a wealthy client and, with the help of his plucky new secretary (both share a hidden affection for the other) solve the crime and breathe new life into the worn down detective agency. When I write it like that, it seems a little bit like The Maltese Falcon in some ways.

    I put off reading this one for a long time, but I finally gave in in the face of sequels and great reviews. Not a good choice, and I won't be listening to any of the others.

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    • E. Anderson
    • 16/10/2016

    Not worth the credit or price

    This book was a standard detective novel, and not a very good one at that. Plot was basic and predictable. Characters were dull and obvious. Narrator was good though. The book was filled with foul language and a ton of "F" bombs. I would avoid this book.

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    • connie
    • 16/07/2013

    Please be a series!

    I admit that I bumped up this in my listening cue only after the author was revealed, but I'm glad I did. What Rowling did with the traditional Brit novel of manners in Casual Vacancy, she now does for the traditional Brit detective formula, but with a detective in almost stereotyped US classic noir circumstance (although a leg wound from Afghanistan is a nice nod to the Brit tradition and situation). There is a sort-of-dark male lead character with hints of a mysterious past who has a prickly relationship with a new, younger perkier female sidekick. Rowling enlivens both the formula characters and genre conventions. The dialogue is good - livelier than most UK crime fiction but not "screenplay" like some North American.

    The world of celebrity doesn't interest me but the fictional world of London crime, created by generations of crime authors, does. This is not a masterpiece but highly enjoyable, and isn't "enjoyable" the gift that Rowling brings to adult fiction?

    If you enjoyed Casual Vacancy and traditional Brit detectives, you'll love this. Like most Brit detectives, this is PG listening -- but I'd still not give it to the kids -- content is similar in tone to Casual Vacancy. I felt cheated that I did not have Harry Potter when growing up, so perhaps Rowling will now create a detective series for my generation.

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    • Eric
    • 04/02/2014

    An engaging page turner.

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I probably wouldn't have purchased this book if its writer weren't famous. But I'm glad I did. The plot kept me engaged throughout. I did recommend the audio to a friend and bought a hard copy for another friend.

    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the reader was rhythmically perfect for the book. This is a mystery, not a thriller, and Glenister set the scene very well.

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    • Brett
    • 17/07/2013

    Rowling makes it look easy! What a GREAT writer!

    I must admit when I read the summary of this book I was like "ehhh, I guess I'll give it a try". I was pulled in almost immediately and never wanted to put it down until the end. I was completely impressed. This story was gripping and the characters rich and intriguing. I LOVED this book and it is one of my favorites of the year. By the way, not to ignore the performance - the reader was excellent. I had never heard one of his performances before but I will look for him again. The subtle differences in English accents were excellently performed so that each character was vivid and believable. The pacing was nice too.

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    • Michelle
    • 11/08/2013

    Mind numbing detail of every scene

    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was too slow paced for me. I found myself dreading the start of a new scene as it would be endless description of every irrelevant detail of the scene, down to the dandruff on the medical examiner's coat. If you like a lot of flair and artistic scene setting, this may be the book for you. However, if you want a plot that moves along without telling you how worn the carpet is, or what color shoe laces a passer by has, this would not be the book for you.

    Any additional comments?

    The performer of this book was fantastic.

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    • papercuts1
    • 24/11/2018

    J.K. Rowling kann auch Krimi

    Der Auftakt zur erfolgreichen old school Detektivreihe von Harry Potter-Schöpferin J.K. Rowling unter dem Pseudonym "Robert Galbraith". Mit Cormoran Blue Strike erschafft sie eine denkwürdige Figur - einen angenehm retro wirkenden, klassisch ermittelnden Bär von einem Kerl, der auf seiner Beinprothese durch London trottet und mit Geduld und vielen Befragungen seine Fälle löst. Galbraith stellt ihm mit Robin Ellacott eine sonnige, clevere und sympathische Assistentin an die Seite und lässt es zwischen ihnen knistern - aber gaaaanz langsam und umso schöner.
    Der Kriminalfall spielt sich im mit scharfer Feder portraitierten Milieu des Model-Business ab, und Galbraith beweist einmal mehr ihr Talent, bis in die Nebenfiguren hinein runde und spannend geschriebene Charaktere zu erschaffen. Die Sache ist hoch komplex, die Auflösung ein diffiziles Puzzlespiel.
    Für Freunde unblutiger, geduldiger Whodunits eine wunderbare Serie - und ebenso geeignet für alle, die eine slow burn Romanze und sorgsame Figurenzeichnung mögen. Über ein paar Längen und zu viele Informationen hilft spielend Sprecher Robert Glenister hinweg. Der verpasst Cormoran Strike einen tollen, brummeligen Cornwall-Akzent, Robin eine sanfte Yorkshire-Einfärbung und auch sonst jeder Figur eine eigene Nuance. Dazu perfektes Erzähltempo und ein Feeling für subtile Stimmungen beim Blick in die Köpfe - einer der besten Hörbuchsprecher, die ich bisher erlebt habe!

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    • NRW
    • 25/06/2020

    Brilliant, complex as Harry Potter, and close

    Even if you have read the novel, the performance of characters in this audiobook by one actor is a class of its own.

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    • Joshua
    • 25/07/2014

    Great Reading!

    Welche Figur hat Robert Glenister Ihrer Meinung nach am besten interpretiert?

    The drunk Strike... Glenister's performance in this audio book is fantastic. A true actor's interpretation. Highly recommended reading.

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    • Jennifer
    • 25/09/2013

    who thought....

    I really enjoyed listening to this fine criminal story. I confess, that I wasn't expecting much, for I am no Harry Potter fan. But this book kept me listening to the end. And it really didn't bore me.
    A solid story, logical plot and a good voice, reading it.

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    • fioballa
    • 12/05/2021

    Nichts besonderes

    Nicht der große Wurf in meinen Augen. Es dauert sehr lange bis die Handlung in Gang kommt, und selbst dann bleibt es nur mäßig spannend.
    Mit dem Ende der Story kam in mir die Frage auf: warum hat "Robert Galbraith" diesen Krimi überhaupt geschrieben? Irgendwie erschloss sich mir der Sinn nicht - langweilige Krimigeschichten gibt es doch schon genug...

    Das wirkliche Highlight ist nur der Sprecher, der seine Sache wirklich gut macht. Ihm ist es auch zu verdanken, dass ich bis zum Ende durchgehalten habe. Auch wenn ich grundsätzlich der Meinung bin, dass nicht jeder Charakter im Geschehen eine extra gespielte Stimme braucht, weniger wäre da für meinen Geschmack mehr.

    Ich glaube, ich brauche keinen Krimi dieser Autorin mehr.

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    • Harry Pasiak
    • 26/07/2013

    Cormoran Strike und Robin

    Cormoran Strike ist wirklich eine interessante Figur und ich war gespannt, wie die Autorin, welche hinter dem Pseudonym Robert Galbraith steckt, eine männliche Charakterfigur markant und treffend darstellt. Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Cormoran Strike und seine, vorerst nur temporäre, Sekretärin Robin passen sehr gut in die Szenerie dieser Geschichte. Ich freue mich schon jetzt auf weitere Detektivgeschichten mit Mr Strike.