Private investigator Cormoran Strike must track down a missing writer -- and a sinister killer bent on destruction -- in this "wonderfully entertaining" mystery (Harlan Coben, New York Times Book Review) that inspired the acclaimed HBO Max series C.B. Strike.
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, he discovers that Quine's disappearance is no coincidence. 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 -- meaning that almost everyone in his life would have motives to silence him. When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, Strike must 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 J. K. Rowling's highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In her second crime novel written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, J. K. Rowling demonstrates her gift for capturing small details and drawing you head over heels into her stories. 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 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 in which 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.
Take out the detailed descriptions of Strike's travels on foot, by bus, subway, train and car, the problems with his leg, his living conditions and the gloomy London weather and this 450 page book would shrink to half.
Having enjoyed Cuckoo Calling was looking forward to this but found it tiresome reading.
Slow doesn't hold my interest. Tooooo much time spent on trivial, uninteresting details.