Other Books in Series
This is book number 2 in the Cormoran Strike Novels series.
- #1: The Cuckoo's Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel #1) (Large Print / Hardcover): $43.00
- #3: Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike Novel #3) (Paperback): $21.99
- #4: Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel #4) (Paperback): $18.99
- #5: Troubled Blood (A Cormoran Strike Novel #5) (Paperback): $18.99
- #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.
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 poison-pen portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives meaning 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.
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, "The Silkworm" is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.