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'Teems with sly humour, witty asides and intelligence ... A pleasure to read' TIMES
Now a major BBC drama: The Strike series
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he 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 realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.
And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he 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.
*** The latest book in the thrilling Strike series, TROUBLED BLOOD, is out now! ***
PRAISE FOR THE STRIKE SERIES:
'One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years' MARK BILLINGHAM
'The work of a master storyteller' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Unputdownable. . . Irresistible' SUNDAY TIMES
'Will keep you up all night' OBSERVER
'A thoroughly enjoyable classic' PETER JAMES, SUNDAY EXPRESS
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In her second crime novel written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, J. K. Rowling demonstrates her gift for capturing the small details and drawing you head over heels into her story. After solving supermodel Lula Landry’s murder in The Cuckoo’s Calling, private investigator Cormoran Strike has become a minor celebrity, hired by the rich and called upon to do their dirty work. But when a harried woman enlists the gargantuan detective to find her missing husband—a famously nasty novelist—Strike and his assistant Robin are pulled into a case with substance: a murder where the suspects are all members of the literary elite. Kudos to Rowling for finding such an entertaining way to ruminate on her personal experiences with the dark side of fame. The Silkworm is a superb detective novel that balances grit, mystery and action with engrossing details about Strike’s biography and the growing chemistry between Galbraith’s unlikely—and immensely likable—crime-solving partners.
Once again writing under the pseudonym Galbraith, J.K. Rowling begins her new fair-play whodunit a few months after the conclusion of The Cuckoo's Calling (2013). Here, London private eye Comoran Strike and his almost aggressively efficient assistant, Robin Ellacott, are searching for the murderer of novelist Owen Quine, the author of a scurrilous roman clef certain to damage the careers of an assortment of publishing power players if printed. Popular British actor Glenister (MI-5, Hustle) takes on a highly-charged crime puzzle, peopled by a panoply of mainly vile suspects as well as a totally engaging pair of detectives. Matching Rowling's praiseworthy ear for dialogue, he catches the subtleties a touch of snark in cocktail party chatter, the arrogance in the voice of the overprivileged, the fear almost hidden in the raspy croak of a chain-smoking literary agent. His Strike shifts from a weary attitude when dealing with his personal life to an air of vitality and confidence when on the job. Robin, too, is at her best when working, sounding bright and on top of things; while at home, her conversation is dulled by her increasing uncertainty about marriage to fianc . This developing doubt seems justified, since the husband-to-be, as Glenister's interpretation perfectly captures, is a demanding and humorless bore. A Little, Brown/Mulholland hardcover.