The Silkworm

The Silkworm

Book - 2014
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When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days--as he has done before--and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced. When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before.
Cormoran Strike investigates the disappearance of a novelist who, in his most recent book, unflatteringly portrayed people from his life.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9780316206877
0316206873
Characteristics: 455 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Silk worm

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yasghanem
Mar 03, 2017

I liked The Cuckoo's Calling better. This one was a little harder to follow. There were a lot of characters and then their respective characters in the novel that's written by the victim. So it there were a lot of names to keep track of. But the story is still intriguing and I enjoyed the read, just slightly preferred the first one. Strike is possibly one of my new favorite detectives so I am excited to start the next!

AL_TIEGAN Jan 26, 2017

1/26/17: Found out through Robert Galbraith's page on Goodreads that there is going to be a BBC show for these books!!

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AKALange
Dec 07, 2016

I like the main character a lot in this book, he's complex and a well rounded character.
For some odd reason though it took forever for me to get into this book, for a long time I felt like I didn't want to finish.

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maggielo
Aug 23, 2016

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days--as he has done before--and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced. When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before.

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Jeanneknits2
Jul 08, 2016

I really enjoy the characters of Strike and his assistant Robin. I enjoyed the story but think it could have used some editing. I found it difficult to keep track of all the characters. So many were involved in the publishing industry it was hard to remember who was the writer and who was the publisher and who had a grudge from earlier days. Next time I'll download the list of characters from Wikipedia.

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rlabree
Jun 18, 2016

Can't wait to read rest of Cormoran Strike series. Don't put off reading this book, you'll be hooked if you enjoy a good murder mystery with characters that are so alive you want to meet them in the flesh.

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cknightkc
Jun 01, 2016

THE SILKWORM is the second entertaining installment of the PI Cormoran Strike series. Like it’s predecessor, THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, it contains all the elements of the classic British “whodunit”, but with themes that are relevant for today’s audience. This time, Strike finds himself in the cutthroat world of publishing with a particularly gruesome murder to solve. He is again joined by Robin, the Dr. Watson/Captain Hastings to his Sherlock Holmes/Hercule Poirot, and like his forerunners, Strike figures it out long before the culprit is revealed to the readers, but that was okay with me. I thoroughly enjoyed the slow unfolding of the intricate plot and the rich characterization. Author Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling) inserts plenty of red herrings and quirky (some despicable) individuals in the storyline that kept me engaged and guessing until the end.

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macrw3
Jan 13, 2016

First book in this mystery series was completely enjoyable. This one has the same great main characters, but the plot has reverted to revolting violence as its main theme.

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tkarlin
Jan 09, 2016

I am loving this 2nd installment in the Cormoran Strike mystery series by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith. Her writing, pacing, and character portraits remind me of P.D. James. Highly recommend to people who like mysteries with fully developed characters and a good story.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Dec 07, 2015

I've not given high marks so far to the Cormoran Strike series. In spite of that, I still find the books totally readable even when I want to hurl them across the room. In this novel, I found the unflattering portrait of the publishing world quite pointed and fascinating. But again, as in the first book, I was really troubled by the sexist characterizations. I'm not sure if Rowling is attempting to write in a noir style, and she thinks that is a requirement of the form, but I don't like it! I will keep reading in hopes Rowling finds her footing in this genre.

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Swinn3
Jun 21, 2015

If you haven't read Cuckoo's Calling, the first in this series, stop and read it before this one. You're going to want to read ALL in this fabulous detective series by the author of the Harry Potter books. These are for ADULTS, however. The sympathetic hero is an Iraq war vet with a heart that's both big and broken. Interesting tension with his attractive secretary. Good mystery. A hero to route for! (set in London).

DanniOcean Jul 15, 2014

Being released without the hype of her more famous Harry Potter series suits the protagonist of JK Rowling’s more mature novels to a T. The Cormoran Strike novels contain all the intrigue, plot-twists and attention to language that made Harry Potter so engaging and immersive, although the setting is contemporary London, rich in detail and atmosphere. Still very much a character-driven series, there is more revealed about Strike, his strained relationships with his family, and the growing detective skills of his assistant, Robin, both his secretary and foil. The other characters – mostly all suspects in a grisly murder – are drawn with the same deft pen, details slowly emerging to give them full depth, and this provides some clever trails to more than a few red herrings. Owen Quine is a legendary writer in his own mind who has gone missing after throwing a tantrum at his agent. His long-suffering wife has hired Strike to find him, and it isn’t long before Strike finds the author, gruesomely dead - Quine has suffered a very cruel fate. Strike cannot shake the case from his conscience, especially after the wife is arrested, and he and Robin begin a treacherous game of cat and mouse with a killer whose heart is made of pure ice. The Silkworm is grittier than the previous Strike novel, Cuckoo’s Calling, and the tone is as if Rowling is paying homage to the hard-boiled detectives of old – there is some profanity, some sex and a femme fatale lurking in the background, and not a small amount of dark humour. Readers of the Harry Potter series will note the offbeat flourish of seemingly odd detail here and there that is one of Rowling’s literary signatures, and for those who enjoy this series, there is a slight indication in the author’s notes that there may be more to come for Cormoran Strike. Isn’t it just like JK Rowling to leave a teaser?

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bixby
Jun 30, 2014

Private Detective Cormoran Strike seeks to solve the murder of an author in a case where there sure are a lot of suspects!
I never did suspect the right person!

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