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 listenable 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.
Please note: This audiobook contains explicit language
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“A damn good read … It’s a book to gulp down, and although Rowling may now be a bona fide Olympic-opening-ceremony-level celeb, the skill with which this book is written tells you as much as its subject-matter does that writing is the core of her life. 5 stars.” (Telegraph)
“A pacey detective story… a tightly stitched updating of the classic tale of the dishevelled but brilliant private dick, smattered with references to 19th-century French literature and pre-Levenson sleuthing tactics, alongside well-realised characters... moreish” (Independent)
“‘Strike felt a sudden weariness wash over him. What was this mania to appear in print?’ But no such question arises about JK Rowling’s second career as a crime writer. She’s really hitting her stride here.” (Evening Standard)
“‘Writing as Robert Galbraith has been a pure joy,’ Rowling has said. So has reading him…. The last line of The Silkworm, which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for her and for us.” (USA Today)
“Astutely observed, well-paced and full of Rowling's trademark acerbic wit, The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel. But it might be even more enjoyable to read between the lines in search of what Rowling has to say about fame, publishing, and the modern writer's life.” (People)
“Why is ‘likable’ the first word that comes to mind upon finishing The Silkworm? Surely, that has something to do with Rowling’s palpable pleasure in her newly chosen genre (the jig may be up with her Robert Galbraith pseudonym, but the bloom is still on her homicidal rose) and even more to do with her detective hero, who, at the risk of offending, is the second husband of every author’s dreams.” (Washington Post)
“Rowling’s fans will find the novel - which isn’t in stores until next Thursday - worth the wait.” (Daily News)
“The Silkworm is a deeply satisfying work of crime fiction, more complex and darker than its predecessor. Yet Rowling has a lot of fun, too, especially in her knowing depiction of the incestuous worlds of publishing and the media. She also brings London to life in all its grimy glamour” (The Australian)
"One of the most unique and compelling detectives I've come across in years." (Mark Billingham on The Cuckoo's Calling)
"Just once in a while a private detective emerges who captures the public imagination in a flash. And here is one who might well do that... An auspicious debut." (Daily Mail on The Cuckoo's Calling)
"The novel is the work of a master storyteller." (Daily Telegraph on The Cuckoo's Calling)
"The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place." (Val McDermid)
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"I was riveted!"
This wa a really good listen. The plot was fast moving with a complexity that kept me thinking. It all made sense in the end. A modern day Agatha Christie.
"Mr Glenister, Esq."
Robert Glenister is absolutely terrific, a superstar! Huge, talented performance, subtly nuanced. I hope he does #3 as well.
"Sequels are tricky!"
The premise of this story was a good one. The egocentric author found murdered in a horrific way only to be sensationalised that he had written the death.
Even though the suspects were aplenty I found it quite obvious whom the perpetrator was. Robert Glenister read the novel very well once again I'm glad he is the narrator for the series. I must say his delivery kept me listening.
Currently on the 3rd instalment and must say I'm quite disappointed the promise of the Cuckoo's Calling isn't a promise fulfilled.
Doubt after the third instalment I will return to the series, even if a fourth instalment comes along.
I would recommend the 1st book but would give those looking to read the rest a bit of a warning not to get your hopes up. I doubt it will have the same hysteria the Harry Potter series caused in its wake.
great narrator ! couldn't turn the book off ! go ahead download !
I cannot wait to hear the next Cormorants strike book !
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. I don't know if it was supose to be a scary story, it didnt strike me as being in that category though.
"Not as good as the first one"
A good listen and I didn't tire of Robert Glenister's narration.
The story wasn't as good as the Cuckoo's Calling. The ending was a little disappointing, but on the whole an enjoyable listen and I'll certainly be getting the Career of Evil.
A thoroughly good read. What a tonic Galbraith is. I couldn't put it down for the two days it took me to get through it.
"Great Book Great Listen"
In anticipation of Career of Evil I listened to The Silkworm again. Heard a lot of details I had missed the first time round. Absolutely loved the story and the plot and again enjoyed the superb narrating by Robert Glenister. I really hope he will be the narrator of any subsequent Cormoran Strike novels.
"Thoroughly enjoyable. Great characters."
I have very much enjoyed the first two Cormoran Strike books. I like the fact that the main character isn't bullet proof like so many others. Normally called Jack.
Looking forward to the next instalment.
Excellent reading. A great story teller. Made a good story live. I should like to hear more stories read by him.
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