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The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling

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The Cuckoo's Calling

by Galbraith, Robert
Cormoran Strike is the new 'best' thing!

I had no plan of reading this book until a review 'Career of Evil' third in the series, caught my attention and I'm nerdy enough that I couldn't just read a series out of order. It was no secret that mystery author, Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. While the 'Harry Potter" series was totally fabulous, her adult outing, 'The Casual Vacancy' was not. 'The Cuckoo's Calling' changed that thinking! I actually listened to it and it's sequel, 'The Silkworm' on audio, unabridged, of course. Here, the author addresses issues of race, class and sex--well done! The main character, private detective Cormoran Strike, is tasked with proving a police-ruled suicide is really murder. Strike is an honorably flawed man; damaged body and soul, but you can't resist him or the story he tells. It's a compulsive read.

 
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When a troubled supermodel falls to her death from the balcony of her London home, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate.Strike is a war veteran--wounded both physically and psychologically--and his private 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 world, the darker things get and the closer he comes to terrible danger.Published to huge acclaim from readers, reviewers, and writers everywhere, The Cuckoo's Calling is a compulsively readable crime novel, the first in a series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Greenbriar
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780316348645
  • ISBN: 0316348643
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Edition: Reprint


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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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HPB condition ratings
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  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
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