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, 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.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym 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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