Other Books in Series
This is book number 2 in the A Cormoran Strike Novel series.
- #1: The Cuckoo's Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel #1) (Large Print / Hardcover): $43.00
- #3: Career of Evil (A Cormoran Strike Novel #3) (Large Print / Hardcover): $43.00
- #4: Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel #4) (Paperback): $18.99
- #5: Troubled Blood (A Cormoran Strike Novel #5) (Hardcover): $29.00
- #6: The Ink Black Heart (A Cormoran Strike Novel #6) (Hardcover): $32.00
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.
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, he discovers that Quine's disappearance is no coincidence. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published, it would ruin lives -- meaning that almost everyone in his life would have motives to silence him.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, Strike must race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in J. K. Rowling's highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.
About the Author
Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potterseries and The Casual Vacancy.
"Cormoran Strike is back, and so is his resourceful sidekick, Robin
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
dragon tattoo)."—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"'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
"...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 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
"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
PRAISE FOR THE CUCKOO'S CALLING:
"The master is back. . . [Rowling] returns to the strengths that made Harry Potter great--the beautiful sense of pacing, the deep but illusionless love for her characters--without sacrificing the expanded range of The Casual Vacancy." --USA Today (3.5/4 stars)
"A gritty, absorbing tale." --People
"Cleverly plotted... Rowling serves up a sushi platter of red herring, sprinkling clues along the way, before Strike draws a confession out of the killer in a climax straight out of Agatha Christie." --Entertainment Weekly
"Highly entertaining [with] a team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"[Rowling's] literary gift is on display in this work. She crafts an entertaining story [and] comes up with an ending that I'll admit I was surprised by. . . . A fun read, with a main character you can care about and one you'll want to see again in other adventures." --The Washington Post