The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2)
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"Strike shares a trait with many great fictional detectives: He is darn good company." -- Harlan Coben
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine thinks her husband has just gone off by himself for a few days, as he has done before, and asks Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, he discovers that Quine has just completed a manuscript revealing poisonous secrets about almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are lots of influential people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, Strike and Robin, his determined young assistant, embark on a race against time to understand the motivations of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any they've encountered before...
A compulsively readable novel in the highly acclaimed Cormoran Strike series, The Silkworm has unforgettable twists at every turn.
The second book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Shortlisted for CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2015.
An unputdownable tale of malice and murder in a toxic literary world ... this almost preposterously compulsive page-turner is irresistible summer reading Sunday Times Teems with sly humour, witty asides and intelligence ... A pleasure to read The Times A damn good read ... It's a book to gulp down Telegraph Huge credit is due to Galbraith in portraying [Strike] so vividly ... Galbraith has pulled off a thoroughly enjoyable classic and I'm already looking forward to Strike's next outing Peter James, Sunday Express A superb and polished thriller ... an ingenious whodunit Sunday Mirror Pacy, unputdownable ... I can't wait for the next one Daily Express An enticingly macabre whodunit ... taut and believable Metro You are absolutely carried along ... Well written, exciting Front Row, BBC Radio 4 A great detective novel: sharp, immensely readable, warm-hearted but cool-headed ... populated with dozens of memorable characters USA Today Enthralling, not only for its twists and turns, but for the fun of the teamwork Time Magazine An atmospheric, propulsive narrative Metro An entertaining novel in which the most compelling characters are not the killer or the victim, but the detectives charged with solving the crime New York Times A pacey detective story ... moreish Independent Fast-paced and entertaining ... Strike has all kinds of potential. It'd be a crime not to keep up with him Daily News Galbraith brings flair and wit to [his] reflections on the state of contemporary publishing ... [He] takes the existing strengths of the genre and uses them as the building blocks for [his] own considerable storytelling gift, crafting books crammed with memorable characters that make irresistible reading ... There are aspects of the traditional English crime novel reaching right back to the golden age of Christie, Sayers, Allingham and Marsh ... The Cuckoo's Calling was a calling card for a series that has legs Val McDermid, Guardian If [Galbraith] had as much fun writing The Silkworm as I did reading it, [he] had a blast LA Times An absorbing puzzle with vivid characters ... Robert Galbraith deserves the inevitable bestseller Scotland on Sunday An intelligent and captivating drama driven by fascinatingly real characters. This is storytelling at its very best Heat Bring on the next one, please ... [Galbraith] writes with wit and affection for detective-novel tradition ... and races us through a twisty plot so smoothly that you won't notice as the hours tick by Seattle Times The Silkworm is a deeply satisfying work of crime fiction, more complex and darker than its predecessor The Australian A gimlet eye for detail and beautifully crafted plot make it a delight from start to finish, and a perfect summer read Daily Mail A properly addictive whodunit. And in the unlikely pairing of ungainly Strike and his clever young assistant, Galbraith has created an investigative duo with spark and empathy Financial Times
Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy and the first Cormoran Strike novel, The Cuckoo's Calling.