The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith

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

The Silkworm is rated 4.625 out of 5 by 8.
Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestsellerThe 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, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.72 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

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Toooo long "To each his own". This was not my type of book. It was much too wordy an it took me a while to get all the characters straight. Mystery is not my favorite genre, but I've read better
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait until the next one! I love Robert Galbraith's, aka JK Rowling, writing style. Her character development is outstanding and always draws you in. I have never followed a writer like I do her. She doesn't disappoint!
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't want to put it down! In the sequel to The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith doesn't disappoint! A real page turner from start to finish. Cormoran Strike is a great character.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a great read I bought this book to read at the cottage. It is an intense read. I really recommend it.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth a read When I heard JKR had been revealed to be writing under a pseudonym I was leery about reading the book since I didn't enjoy A Casual Vacancy. It took me until the release of The Silkworm to buy The Cuckoo's Calling. I was only through the first 1/4 of that before I went out and bought Silkworm. First, this is not a fantasy. Don't go looking for wands or quiddich. You will find an ex-British soldier with an amputation who runs a private investigation firm doing the usual spying on unfaithful lovers, etc. What the author does bring is her excellent ability to write, to get inside a character, to let characters interact realistically and all this in the real world of modern day London. Just because it isn't Harry and Hogwarts doesn't mean it isn't high quality writing. One of the things I especially enjoyed was her treatment of the main character, Strike, and the way he dealt with the everyday treatment of his prosthetic leg. He isn't anyone's superhero and he does a poor job of taking care of it but, knowing others who have daily physical issues, this is so realistic, I liked how she made you want to shake your head at him being such a twit at times yet you don't feel sappy sorry for him either. It is an excellent series so far, really worth picking up. I am glad it is JKR, in a way, because if it was just an unknown guy, we never would have gotten the book in so many formats. I bought the large print and now that I am finished, will donate them to my public library so others can enjoy them too.
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very character driven. Very character driven. J. K. Rowling just keeps getting better and better.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Loved it from cover to cover!
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than The Cuckoo's Calling I read this book in day, and loved it. It's fast-paced, definitely a page-turner. Lots of characters, lots of intrigue, very well done. I enjoyed it even more than The Cuckoo's Calling. Last time, I knew who did it right away, but couldn't figure out how or why, this time, I had no idea. I was kept guessing until the end. The depth of the story, the rich characters and great storyline kept me going until well past my bedtime. Strike, and his assistant Robin, are great characters, very well developed and enjoyable to read. I hope there are more books coming in the series.
Date published: 2014-06-24

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The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.72 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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Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestsellerThe 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 Potterseries andThe 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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