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The Cuckoo's Calling

By Robert Galbraith

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The acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .

A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Biographical Notes

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

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  • ISBN: 9781408703991
  • Publication date: 18 Apr 2013
  • Page count: 464
The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place — Val McDermid
One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years — Mark Billingham
One of the best crime novels I have ever read — Alex Gray
Everytime I put this book down, I looked forward to reading more. Galbraith writes at a gentle pace, the pages rich with description and with characters that leap out of them. I loved it. He is a major new talent — Peter James
Just once in a while a private detective emerges who captures the public imagination in a flash. And here is one who might well do that . . . There is no sign that this is Galbraith's first novel, only that he has a delightful touch for evoking London and capturing a new hero. An auspicious debut — Daily Mail
In a rare feat, Galbraith combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime in his stellar debut . . . Readers will hope to see a lot more of this memorable sleuthing team — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Laden with plenty of twists and distractions, this debut ensures that readers will be puzzled and totally engrossed for quite a spell — Library Journal
A scintillating debut novel . . . Galbraith delivers sparkling dialogue and a convincing portrayal of the emptiness of wealth and glamour — The Times, Saturday Review
Utterly compelling . . . a team made in heaven and I can't wait for the next in the series — Saga Magazine
The detective and his temp-agency assistant are both full and original characters and their debut case is a good, solid mystery — Morning Star
The plot could have come from an Agatha Christie novel and yet The Cuckoo's Calling is absolutely of today, colourfully written and great fun — Bookoxygen.com
Galbraith demonstrates superb flair as a mystery writer — Birmingham Post
This debut is instantly absorbing, featuring a detective facing crumbling circumstances with resolve instead of clich?d self-destruction and a lovable sidekick with contagious enthusiasm for detection . . . Kate Atkinson's fans will appreciate his reliance on deduction and observation along with Galbraith's skilled storytelling — Booklist
The most engaging British detective to emerge so far this year . . . An astonishingly mature debut from Galbraith, it marks the start of a fine crime career — Daily Mail online
Rowling is a formidable storyteller . . . the plot is tightly moulded and told — Mark Lawson, The Guardian
A sharply contemporary novel full of old-fashioned virtues . . . wonderfully fresh and funny. I hope this is the inauguration of a series that lasts long enough to make Harry Potter look like a flash in the pan — Jake Kerridge, The Daily Telegraph
The appeal of The Cuckoo's Calling doesn't depend at all on Rowling's prior status. All credit to her: she has created a really good series here. Strike will be back — Evening Standard
Rowling's descriptions of contemporary London are excellent — Mail on Sunday
It should come as no surprise that her first foray into crime fiction is so accomplished . . . a brilliant depiction of London life . . . at heart it's an engrossing and well-crafted who-dunnit. Unsurprisingly excellent — Sunday Mirror
It's probably best, for the moment, to forget Robert Galbraith's real identity; this is a very good book in its own right — Independent
Her crime debut beguilingly shows that she can renounce magic and yet be magical — Sunday Times
An accomplished piece that thoroughly deserves its retrospective success — Financial Times
A gripping, finely crafted and atmospheric mystery, and its charismatic hero, ex-solder-turned-private-eye Cormoran Strike, is a brilliant creation — Sunday Business Post
Beautifully written with a terrific plot ... It's a terrific read, gripping, original and funny ... Please, please give us more of Robert Galbraith and Cormoran Strike — Daily Express
The work of a master storyteller . . . This is a sharply contemporary novel full of old-fashioned virtues — Telegraph
Robert Galbraith has written a highly entertaining book ... Even better, he has introduced an appealing protagonist in Strike, who's sure to be the star of many sequels to come — New York Times
The master is back. In The Cuckoo's Calling, a detective novel that Rowling published under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, she returns to the strengths that made Harry Potter - the beautiful sense of pacing, the deep but illusionless love for her characters - without sacrificing the expanded range of The Casual Vacancy. In doing so, she's written one of the books of the year — Charles Finch, USA Today
Rowling moves through the polished world of fashion designers and rock stars with the same aplomb as she did when writing about wizards and witches — Vogue
Rowling switches genres seamlessly ... A gritty, absorbing tale — Ellen Shapiro, People
Cleverly plotted ... Rowling serves up a sushi platter of red herring, sprinkling clues along the way, before Strike draws a confession out of the killer in a climax straight out of Agatha Christie — Entertainment Weekly
One of the great pleasures of The Cuckoo's Calling, as with most detective stories, is observing the gumshoe's Aha! moments, without being told what they are ... Money and general fabulousness does for The Cuckoo's Calling what magic did for Harry Potter, creating an extravagant, alien, fascinating world for its characters to explore ... The Cuckoo's Calling is fun — Slate Magazine
It's terrific ... A brilliant achievement, mordantly funny and monumentally absorbing ... A masterful novel, the kind of big, noisy, busy, beautiful book in which it is so easy and so pleasurable to become enmeshed — Chicago Tribune
I wasn't disappointed. Whether she's writing about Dementors or detectives, Rowling is a pro — Daily Beast
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
by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

Little, Brown Book Group confirm that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, as reported in yesterday's Sunday Times. The book was published by Little, Brown's Sphere imprint on 18th April, 2013.

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The Silkworm (two-chapter extract)

Robert Galbraith

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.

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The Silkworm

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Reviews

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The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils... Pagford is not what it first seems.And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

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An interivew with J.K. Rowling

Best-selling author J.K. Rowling is interviewed about her first novel for adults, 'The Casual Vacancy'.

by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy in Paperback

Little, Brown Book Group is delighted to announce that the paperback edition of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling will be published worldwide in the English language on 18th July 2013, priced £7.99 in the UK. Ebook priced £4.99

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Confetti Cakes For Kids

Elisa Strauss

Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes has created confections as elaborate as a platter of sushi, a wine bottle in a crate and a designer handbag. Now she focuses her talents on her younger fans with this enchanting collection of cakes, cookies and cupcakes for kids. Strauss starts readers off with 20 delicious recipes and all the basic techniques needed to complete any project in the book. Then she offers step-by-step instructions for 24 jaw-dropping designs that can become the centerpiece of any celebration. Projects span the imagination - from a charming sock monkey, to an MP3 player, to playful hula gingerbread girls and boys - and will appeal to anyone looking for the perfect way to thrill a child with a delectable, spectacular creation

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The Casual Vacancy

Little, Brown Book Group announces that the new novel for adults by J.K. Rowling is entitled The Casual Vacancy. The book will be published worldwide in the English language in hardback, ebook, unabridged audio download and on CD on Thursday 27th September 2012.

by J.K. Rowling

The Cover Release for The Casual Vacancy

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The launch of 'The Casual Vacancy'

J.K. Rowling at the Southbank Centre

J.K. Rowling and Mark Dowling photographed at Southbank Centre for the launch of her first novel for adults, 'The Casual Vacancy'.

The Casual Vacancy is announced

Little, Brown to publish J.K. Rowling's First Novel for Adults

Little, Brown Book Group announces that the new novel for adults by J.K. Rowling is entitled The Casual Vacancy. The book will be published worldwide in the English language in hardback, ebook, unabridged audio download and on CD on Thursday 27th September 2012.

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The Last Detective

Peter Lovesey

A woman's naked body is found floating in the weeds of a lake near Bath, by an elderly woman walking her Siamese cats. No-one comes forward to identify her, and no murder weapon is found, but sleuthing is Superintendent Peter Diamond's speciality. A genuine gumshoe, practising door-stopping and deduction: he is the last detective.Struggling with office politics and a bizarre cast of suspects, Diamond strikes out on his own, even when Forensics think they have the culprit. Eventually, despite disastrous personal consequences, and amongst Bath's rambling buildings and formidable history, the last detective exposes the uncomfortable truth . . .

The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling Events

J.K. Rowling will be appearing at the following public events to discuss her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy.

for The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling Interviews and Scottish events

J. K. Rowling will be headlining this year’s Lennoxlove Book Festival on the opening evening, Friday 2nd November at 8.30pm. It will be the only public event she will be doing in Scotland for The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults. Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday 13th September.

for The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling Scottish event and interviews announced

J. K. Rowling will be headlining this year’s Lennoxlove Book Festival on the opening evening, Friday 2nd November at 8.30pm. It will be the only public event she will be doing in Scotland for The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults. Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday 13th September.

The launch of 'The Casual Vacancy'

J.K. Rowling Interviewed

27 Sep
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J.K. Rowling Event

J.K. Rowling discusses her first novel for adults, THE CASUAL VACANCY, in Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre. Tickets for the event are sold out but watch J.K. Rowling live-streamed here at 7.30pm, 27th September: http://www.youtube.com/southbankcentre.

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