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Bird Families of the World A series of authoritative, illustrated handbooks of which this is the 15th volume to be publ The Midwich Cuckoos · The Midwich. Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. Joanne Rowling was born in July at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. London PI Cormoran Strike's final feud with his arguably The Cuckoo's Calling is a crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. A brilliant mystery in a classic .
She is enthusiastic about detective work, is very intelligent, competent and resourceful. She reveals a number of surprising talents as the story unfolds. Lula Landry Talullah Bristow , a model who died in a fall three months prior to the events of the novel.
The object of Strike's investigation is to determine how Lula died. John Bristow is Strike's client and Lula's adoptive brother. Charlie Bristow is John Bristow's brother and a boyhood friend of Strike's. Charlie died when he fell into a quarry when he was around nine or ten years old.
Charlie was about six years older than Lula Landry Bristow. Alison Cresswell is in a relationship with John Bristow. She works as a secretary for Tony Landry and Cyprian May in their legal practice.
Tony Landry is Lula and John's maternal uncle. He disapproved of Lula's lifestyle, and raised objections to Lula's adoption in the first instance. He has a difficult relationship with his sister. Lady Yvette Bristow is Lula and John's adopted mother. She is terminally ill during the events of the novel, and her relations with Lula were strained.
Sir Alec Bristow is Lady Bristow's late husband.
He founded his own electronics company, Albris. Sir Alec was sterile and could not have children of his own. Lula was adopted when she was four years old, shortly after Charlie's death. Sir Alec died suddenly from a heart attack.
Cyprian May is a senior partner at the law firm where John Bristow works. Lula's social circle[ edit ] Evan Duffield is Lula's on-off boyfriend, an actor with documented drug problems.
He was the initial suspect in the media at the time of Lula's death, but has numerous witnesses to an alibi. He argued with Lula before her death.
Rochelle Onifade is a homeless friend of Lula's, whom she had known since her teenage years in an outpatient clinic. He is the one who calls her 'Cuckoo'. He was in Tokyo in the week leading up to her death and is an astute character witness. Deeby Macc is an American rapper who was supposed to arrive to stay in the apartment below Lula's in Kentigern Gardens on the night of her death. Kieran Kolovas-Jones is Lula's personal driver who has aspirations of fame as an actor.
Ciara Porter is a model, and a friend of Lula's. Freddie Bestigui is a film producer and neighbour of Lula's. He is difficult to contact and has a reputation for being difficult and abusive. He and his wife Tansy are in the process of a divorce. Tansy Bestigui Chillingham is Freddie's wife and a key witness, claiming to have overheard some of the events on the night of Lula's death.
He is difficult to contact and has a reputation for being difficult and abusive. He and his wife Tansy are in the process of a divorce. Tansy Bestigui Chillingham is Freddie's wife and a key witness, claiming to have overheard some of the events on the night of Lula's death. Her plausibility is an issue for the police, and initially for Strike. She is the sister of Ursula May. Bryony Radford is Lula's personal makeup artist and one of the people she meets on the day of her death.
Lula's biological family[ edit ] Marlene Higson is Lula's biological mother. She sells her story to the press at every opportunity and lives in much poorer circumstances than Lula's adoptive family.
She had two sons after giving birth to Lula, but Lula was not interested in helping Marlene find them.
Both were taken away by social services. Dr Joseph 'Joe' Agyeman, Lula's biological father. He met Marlene Higson as a student. Later an academic, specialising in African and Ghanaian politics. He died five years before the events of the novel.
Cormoran and Robin's friends and family[ edit ] Lucy Strike is Cormoran Strike's younger half-sister, Strike attends her son's birthday party during the novel. Strike describes her as judgmental, and craving a desire for suburban stability.
He admits to being fonder of her than almost anyone else, though their relationship is often strained. Jonny Rokeby is Strike's famous pop-star father and has only met him twice in his lifetime. Leda Strike is Strike's mother, a 'supergroupie' of Jonny Rokeby's. Although an habitual drug user, she died of a heroin overdose a drug she had not previously used when Strike was He has always suspected his stepfather had something to do with her death, though few agree with him.
He proposes to Robin at the beginning of the novel. He does not approve of her working for Strike, whom he initially considers to be a shady character.
He is described as being tall and 'conventionally good looking'. Background[ edit ] Over the years, Rowling often spoke of writing a crime novel.
In , during the Edinburgh Book Festival , author Ian Rankin claimed that his wife spotted Rowling "scribbling away" at a detective novel in a cafe. The Sunday Times enlisted the services of Oxford University 's professor Peter Millican and Pittsburgh 's Duquesne University professor Patrick Juola , whose software programs ran multiple analyses of the novel and other Rowling works, comparing them with the works of other authors.
The firm has since apologised  and made a "substantial charitable donation" to the Soldiers' Charity as a result of legal action brought by Rowling. All three are fellow crime novelists, who deny having been told Galbraith's true identity. It was stated on the book's dust jacket that 'Robert Galbraith' was a pseudonym, but the adjoining biographical details provided about Galbraith's time with the Royal Military Police suggested that the pseudonym was employed simply to protect the identity of a government official, somewhat in the manner of John Le Carre.
The copyright page does not have a number line but simply states, 'First published in Great Britain in by Sphere'. The copyright page of the second printings of the first UK edition does not have a number line either, but in addition to the 'first published' line quoted above has a second line stating 'Reprinted twice '.
Trade paperback editions and hardbacks share the same imprint page, and this page lists the number of reprints; it is updated each time there is a reprint. In this case, the trade paperback reprinted prior to the hardback.
Full Name Comment goes here. Are you sure you want to Yes No. No Downloads. Views Total views. Actions Shares. Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. 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: 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 a classic crime novel in the tradition of P.
James and Ruth Rendell, and marks the beginning of a unique series of mysteries. Download Now! Morris I came across this novel when browsing the new releases and thought it looked interesting and worth a read. The private investigator Cormoran Strike is a terrific character: The other characters, from eccentric fashion designers to drug- addicted musicians feel real and the dialogue is believable.
The mystery is satisfyingly complex with a nice conclusion that I didn't see coming. One of the things that really set this book apart for me in the crowded genre of private investigator fiction was the quality of writing, depth of character and the wonderful sense of place Galbraith brings to the novel.
Galbraith's vivid descriptions bring the story to life and we feel like we are there with Strike and his temporary secretary Robin as they solve the mystery. I suppose I would describe this as quite an old-fashioned style thriller with an emphasis placed on interviewing witnesses and gathering clues rather than action and this really helped with the character development. I hope there will be more books in the series and I'll certainly read them if they are released.