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The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

‘The Cuckoo’s Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place’ VAL MCDERMID

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Now a major BBC drama: The Strike series

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.

*** The latest book in the thrilling Strike series, LETHAL WHITE is out now! ***

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PRAISE FOR THE STRIKE SERIES:

‘One of the most unique and compelling detectives I’ve come across in years‘ MARK BILLINGHAM

‘The work of a master storyteller’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Unputdownable. . . Irresistible’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Will keep you up all night’ OBSERVER

‘A thoroughly enjoyable classic’ PETER JAMES, SUNDAY EXPRESS
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 18th April 2013

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781408704042

Reviews

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 clichéd 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