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
©2014 Robert Galbraith Limited (P)2014 Hachette Audio
“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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"Every bit as good as the first one - Cuckoo Calling"
I wanted "More" at the end of the first novel and now I got it....... I hope there is a third book in the works.
"Not as good as the first but still a good listen"
Good but didn't totally explain everything.
I think the narrator's voice is too old for the main character unfortunately. It makes the suggested flirtations between the leads seem more creepy than romantic unfortunately.
Overall a good read. Plenty of red herrings. a bit slow to start with but in the end I was sorry to have finished it. Would recommend it to any one who enjoys crime fiction. Will there be a sequel with Strike and Robin?
"Loved it! Life long Fiction Phobic"
Highly addictive novel it was interesting and kept me wanting more and more. I was captivated and sucked into the story by amazing articulate narrator. Thank you I'm moving to fictionville.
"Totally loved it!!"
Was so disappointed when I finished it, still wanted more. Kept me guessing rite up until the end. I can't wait for the next book.
I had already listened to his first Comoran Strike book - Cuckoo Calling - also narrated by the fab Robert Glenister. I wasn't disappointed. This was just as gripping with such clever writing and brilliant narration. Excellent.
"Absolutely loving this series so far!"
I love the way the author paints such a vivid picture of the characters & settings of the book.
The voices were excellent & his performance just drew you in.
this book just made me want more! I couldn't wait to get back into it.
"Robert Glenister is brilliant!"
Great build of characters and the growing relationship between Strike and Robin. Robert glenister is delightfully perfect for this book!
"It's brilliant. better than the first one. "
Loved the twists and turns. Gripping Storyline. Loved the way the story winds it's way into the finale.
"Great who done it"
Liked the first book and this one tops it. Looking forward to Cormoran's next case
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