The acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. When a model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to investigate.
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.
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)