Other Books in Series
This is book number 2 in the A Cormoran Strike Novel series.
When J.K. Rowling debuted
Cormoran Strike in Cuckoo’s Calling she used the pseudonym
Galbraith to give the book a chance on its own merits rather than be
overshadowed by the fame of Rowling. An
attorney let the secret out yet Rowling continues to use the moniker Galbraith
in writing this excellent series. Silkworm
is a bit more violent than Cuckoo’s Calling but all of the
good stuff is still there; great characters, beautiful writing, intricate
plotting, and a witty turn of phrase. Cormoran Strike is a likeable detective;
intent on doing a good job, caring, intensely private, and carrying an
interesting array of private demons. His
years in the military give him a gravitas that lends itself well to his trade. He
is ably assisted by Robin, a gorgeous strawberry blond engaged to an uptight
young man employed in the financial sector.
Robin started out as a temp in Cuckoo’s Calling where she
proved her worth, now she wants a larger role and is upset when Cormoran seems
to see her more as an uber competent secretary than a budding detective. Silkworm begins with Lenora
Quine seeking Cormoran Strike’s help in tracking down her erstwhile husband,
author Owen Quine. It isn’t unusual for
Owen to leave the family for parts unknown, but usually he is not away so
long. His absence is causing
complications at home and Lenora wants him found. Owen is the sort who delights in ruffling feathers;
his latest book is blazing a trail of upset players in publishing. Agents, other authors, editors, publishers
are portrayed in humiliating detail and most are furious. Cormoran finds Owen, murdered in the same horrific
manner as the character in his book.
Suspects abound, yet the police seem most interested in the wife.
Rowling has great fun skewering the world of publishing. I enjoyed reading Silkworm and
look forward to reading more of Cormoran and Robin in future.
In this "wonderfully entertaining" mystery (Harlan Coben, The New York Times Book Review), private investigator Cormoran Strike must track down a missing writer -- and a sinister killer bent on destruction.
About the Author
Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potterseries and The Casual Vacancy.
"Strike shares a trait with many great fictional detectives: He is darn good company...The Silkworm is a very well-written, wonderfully entertaining take on the traditional British crime novel...Robert Galbraith may proudly join the ranks of English, Scottish and Irish crime writers such as Tana French, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, John Connolly, Kate Atkinson and Peter Robinson."—Harlan Coben, The New York Times Book Review
Ellacott, a gumshoe team that's on its way to becoming as celebrated for
its mystery-solving skills as Nick and Nora Charles of "Thin Man" fame,
and Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander (a.k.a. the girl with the
"'The last line of The Silkworm, which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for her and for us."—Charles Finch, USA Today (3.5/4 stars)
"Robert Galbraith... has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Corcmoran Strike to follow last year's stealth hit, The Cuckoo's Calling.... Astutely observed, well-paced... The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel."—Sue Corbett, People
The Silkworm is fast-paced and entertaining... Strike is heroic without intending to be and has a great back story. He's the illegitimate son of a rock star whose half-siblings grew up in privilege... And he's brooding, but not annoyingly so. Strike has all kinds of potential. It'd be a crime not to keep up with him."—Sherryl Connelly, Daily News
"Why is "likable" the first word that comes to mind upon finishing The Silkworm? Surely, that has something to do with Rowling's palpable pleasure in her newly chosen genre (the jig may be up with her Robert Galbraith pseudonym, but the bloom is still on her homicidal rose) and even more to do with her detective hero, who, at the risk of offending, is the second husband of every author's dreams."—Louis Bayard, The Washington Post
"[The Silkworm is a] swift-paced, suspenseful mystery....Robert Galbraith has announced himself a fresh voice in mystery fiction: part hard-boiled, part satiric, part poignant, and part romantic."—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
"Having just the better part of a day and a night making my way through the 455 pages of The Silkworm ... I must say, I don't mind at all... The murder mystery at the heart of The Silkworm is a genuine mystery with an altogether satisfying resolution." —Malcolm Jones, The Daily Beast