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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Robert Glenister's narration is excellent once again. He really brings the story to life.
I enjoyed The Silkworm immensely and I hope there'll be yet another Cormoran Strike novel, with just as much if not more of Robin. She's a great character and I'm glad there was a lot more of her this time around.
I didn't see the end coming at all and was thoroughly entertained throughout.
"A fast paced story"
Fast paced and very long - excellent value. Glenister narrates beautifully bringing to life the story and letting you create your own mental image. I can't wait for the next Cormorant Strike novel.
"Weird but highly enjoyable"
Highly enjoyed this especially as its not one i would normally try. Very strange but very much worth a go!
"Ok but not as good as first book."
I was disappointed by the second instalment in the series, I don't feel like I could connect with the characters as well I felt there many so the characterisation was lacking in areas.
I also found that because there's quite a few suspects it slowed the plot and the story down found a little hard to follow at times. I did like the fact that we learn more about Robbin and her professional relationship with strike and Matthew.
Can't Fault the performance and narration overall I would say its worth listening to.
Well worth listening to,wasn't at all bored with story.Robert Glennister is one of my top5 readers very good voice
"I really enjoyed this book"
I didn't guess the end and that's always a very good sign.
Cormoran Strike, he is a brilliant invention. I also enjoyed listening to Robert Glenister.
His previous book was so good I was really looking forward to this and now I can't wait for the 3rd
Please get the next installment in the adventures of Cormoran Strike.
"Surprisingly good follow up book."
Clever plot with good descriptions of people and place.
The Cuckoo's Calling, also by 'Robert Galbraith'.
Lots of good characters in this book as well as the main one: Cormoron Stike.
Success is no protection from greed.
I was very surprised when I discovered the true identity of the author.
The narrator for this audiobook is the best aspect. The story line is weak and I wished I had not chosen the three books written by J K Rowling..
"An endurance test"
Disappointed in this, the second in the series featuring Cormoran Strike and Robyn. Cormoran degenerates into an oaf who is hard to like sometimes. The plot is overcomplicated, or is the the plethora of cardboard characters who are difficult to either distinguish or empathise with. Oh! And those tooth -grindingly irritating chapter headings from various Jacobean tragedies. After the first few chapters, I had had more than enough. Determined to stick it out, I ground on through this novel, and have finished it, but I can't say I enjoyed it. Even Robert Glenister's narration failed to overcome the essential tedium, the unpleasant nature of the story - too gruesomely explicit - yes, I know, it's a modern day Jacobean tragedy, but I didn't like it. Swiz. Liked Cormoran in the previous book, and Robyn too. How often can you say that about the female protagonist? But it didn't save the story.
Loved it more than the first Strike Book. Very well read, great story, well plotted, very enjoyable.
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