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 from Robert Galbraith.

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
‘Every time 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…
a delightful touch for evoking London and capturing a new hero’

Daily Mail
‘a scintillating debut novel… Galbraith delivers sparkling dialogue and a convincing portrayal of the emptiness of wealth and glamour’

The Times
‘astonishingly assured’

The Independent (Radar)
‘In a rare feat, Galbraith combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime…
Readers will hope to see a lot more of this memorable sleuthing team’

Publishers Weekly
‘It’s really, really good – 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. I can’t wait for the next’

Richard & Judy review, Daily Express
‘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…. its narrative moves forward with propulsive suspense. More important, Strike and his now-permanent assistant, Robin (playing Nora to his Nick, Salander to his Blomkvist), have become a team — a team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting.’

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

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