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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"The narrator was amazing!"
Brilliant book. Narration was absolutely stunning.
I forgot it was just one man reading!
Definitely recommend this one. But don't forget to read the cuckoos calling first!
I heard this book first and got gripped went for The cuckoo calling next still in my blood so I am looking at the next one now.
"Not as good as the first but still enjoyable"
seemed to go a bit slow in the middle but still very enjoyable look forward to the next
"Another Great Book"
Great book, can't wait for the next to come out.
Superb narration once again by Robert Glenister.
"A gripping murder mystery"
Having read his first Strike novel, I just wanted more. Superb plot with twists and turns. Loved the characterisation by Robert Glenister, particularly Strike and Robin. Loved their relationship which included some humour in such a grizzly tale. I listened at every opportunity, even in the car.
Now to search for more of the same calibre :)
This was the second Robert Galbraith audio book I bought and I wasn't disappointed. I found the main character likable and convincing. The story keeps a good pace and is a nice length at 17+ hours. I often struggle to find both a story and a reader that I like but Robert Glenister has a slow, clear tone and manages a few different voices for the various characters. I can't wait for the next instalment of Cormoran Strike's interesting career.
"Another great crime story"
Really enjoyed the second book. Similar themes and good continuation of characters from the first novel. Really looking forward to the 3rd book.
Really enjoyed this book like the relationship between the two main characters.
Have listened to both books now and would thoroughly recommend them.
"Well read, entertaining"
Very high among the fiction novels. I wanted to know what was going to happen, and it was a perfect listen for long car journeys.
Strike - because I love the way he's managed to blend Cormoran's Cornish past with his London present.
I actually guessed whodunnit pretty early on, because of a massive clue (and my cynical nature), but the reasoning behind it was a surprise - and maybe a little disappointing. Anyway, despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed this - and, once again, in part due to Robert Glenister's reading.
"A good listen"
The narrator is excellent. Story seemed to postings way a bit in the middle but it rectifies.
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