The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith

Little, Brown And Company | June 18, 2014 | Hardcover

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Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo''s Calling.

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...

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 3.74 × 2.56 × 0.68 in

Published: June 18, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316206873

ISBN - 13: 9780316206877

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The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 3.74 × 2.56 × 0.68 in

Published: June 18, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316206873

ISBN - 13: 9780316206877

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question What dost thou feed on? answer Broken sleep. Thomas Dekker, The Noble Spanish Soldier “Someone bloody famous,” said the hoarse voice on the end of the line, “better’ve died, Strike.” The large unshaven man tramping through the darkness of pre-dawn, with his telephone clamped to his ear, grinned. “It’s in that ballpark.” “It’s six o’clock in the fucking morning!” “It’s half past, but if you want what I’ve got, you’ll need to come and get it,” said Cormoran Strike. “I’m not far away from your place. There’s a—” “How d’you know where I live?” demanded the voice. “You told me,” said Strike, stifling a yawn. “You’re selling your flat.” “Oh,” said the other, mollified. “Good memory.” “There’s a twenty-four-hour caff—” “Fuck that. Come into the office later—” “Culpepper, I’ve got another client this morning, he pays better than you do and I’ve been up all night. You need this now if you’re going to use it.” A groan. Strike could hear the rustling of sheets. “It had better be shit-hot.” “Smithfield Café on Long Lane,” said Strike and rang off. The slight unevenness in his gait became more pronounced as he walked down the slope towards Smithfield Market, monolithic in the winter darkness, a vast rectangular Victorian temple to meat, where from four every weekday morning animal flesh was unloaded, as it had been for centuries past, cut, parceled and sold to butchers and restaurants across London. Strike could hear voices through the gloom, shouted instructions and the growl an
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From the Publisher

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo''s Calling.

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...

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.

About the Author

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

Editorial Reviews

"[Galbraith] weaves a pleasurably wicked literary murder mystery with all its attendant aspects of publishing politics, from the peevish to the pompous, into Strike''s personal and professional lives....Only two books in, and Galbraith''s characters already feel like familiar-and welcome-friends."-Daneet Steffens, The Boston Globe
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