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The Cuckoo's Calling
The Cuckoo's Calling | Damar ASAM
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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, thelegendary 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. 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) "Instantly absorbing, featuring a detective facing crumbling circumstances with resolve instead of clichd 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) "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)) "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*) "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*) "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*) "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 with a detective novel in years." (Duane Swierczynski, Shamus and Anthony Award-winning author of FUN & GAMES) "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 After several years with the Royal Military Police, Robert Galbraith was attached to the SIB (Special Investigative 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 Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. 'Robert Galbraith' is a pseudonym.
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bookladyreads
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I finished my first read of 2020 three days ago. Have you finished your first book of the year yet?

Sleepswithbooks Yay!!! Yes 🙃 3y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Panpan

Oh for goodness sake.... I‘m glad that‘s finally over with 🙄
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm glad someone else didn't like it. It fell way to flat for me. 4y
catherine2 Ha ha. Exactly how I felt when I finally finished! 4y
Nessavamusic I totally dnf this one! 4y
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TheFunkyBookworm @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @catherine2 If this wasn‘t written by JK Rowling no one would know about it lol It was so so so so soooooo TEDIOUS!! 4y
TheFunkyBookworm @Nessavamusic i was really tempted to put it down many a time, BUT it was for my bookclub so I soldiered through 🥴 4y
catherine2 It would have been decent with good editing. Just waaaay too long. 4y
TheFunkyBookworm @catherine2 agreed.... by about 300 pages 😂 4y
Spencer_Labbe Better than the second book though! Lol 4y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Pretending like I‘m going to read while my hubby tapes his hockey stick in preparation for his first game tonight... at 10:45pm?!?! Here‘s to hoping I don‘t have to meet him in the ER later... 😖 🏒

Anyway- this book... ughhhh it‘s sooooo slowwwww.... nothing happenssssss 😫 I would abandon ship but it‘s for bookclub and I bailed on last month‘s book (to be fair, so did most everyone else lol). Blahhhhhh

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I've listened to all in audio. The narrator is fantastic!! They are too long sometimes but I've fallen in love with Strike. 😍 4y
TheFunkyBookworm @Penny_LiteraryHoarders sigh... I don‘t think I‘ll be reading any others in the series after this one lol I wish I had the attention span for audiobooks- maybe that would help this one along a bit! 4y
Amiable I felt the same way about this book. 4y
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TheBookStacker I didn‘t like this book but did love the rest of the books in the series 4y
Soubhiville Yeah I bailed on this. Good luck! 4y
cariashley The first one is slow but the series gets better and better. I switched to audio after book one and liked it so much more! 4y
Patchshank I just finished that book not too long ago. I wasn't impressed. I haven't read the rest of the series. 4y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Sigh... another evening of icing (with a frozen h2o bottle) and reading 😖 This book is.... fine. I‘m not super invested but I‘ll plod through for the 5min of actual book talk at Bookclub 😂
NBR PS- Any other Littens go to Orangetheory? 🍊

TheBookStacker I was considering orange theory but I ended up going to an indoor cycling studio near my house instead. 4y
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A glamorous evening of reading this month‘s Bookclub selection and icing my shin splints while my grumpy pup prays I offer up a piece of cookie (fat chance) 💁‍♀️

At first I wasn‘t very excited about this selection, but I‘m a little ways in and enjoying it more than I thought! Any opinions on this one?

QuietlyLaura I hope the ice helps! Shin splints suck. 💙 4y
rwmg I thought the plot was implausible even for the genre but I used to know the top of Charing X Road quite well, so enjoyed the description of Strike's haunts 4y
TheFunkyBookworm @rwmg I just love when I am familiar with the setting of a book I‘m reading! 4y
TheFunkyBookworm @QuietlyLaura thanks- I hope so too! I think I might have overdone it at the gym after two weeks off for holiday break! 4y
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kayo
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A friend lent me this book and I enjoyed it very much! An interesting detective story with well written characters.

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Bailedbailed

Meh. I made it to 62 and had to stop. I just couldnt get into it and didnt really care for the characters. It fell flat for me.

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RadicalReader Still can‘t believe the author is JK Rowling from HP 4y
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optimuscrime
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Solid detective novel. Well thought out plot, snappy dialogue. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Wooljunky
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I enjoyed it. It kept me guessing to the end. I did find it very slow to start though.

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