by Robert Galbraith
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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.
Best book I've read all year!
Rowling continues to top herself! The Cuckoo's Calling was a refreshing and imaginative mystery novel and The Silk Worm follows that tradition perfectly. The characters come to life and the plot carries you along to the end. I highly recommend this book!
Very well done.
I found the first 1/3 of the Cuckoo's Calling to be a bit longwinded, but after that it REALLY gained its stride. Silkworm was great from the start (I started it they day it was released). Parts of it ARE disturbing because they deal with not very pleasant subjects, but I don't think there was anything gratuitous about the gross bits. All in all a very worthy and well written story. I hope "Galbraith" writes more soon as I'd love to see a series and a TV adaptation would be nice too.
Fun and engaging
Nice little mystery. And fair. Sometimes the emotional foibles of the main characters can get a little tedious, but all in all very entertaining.