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The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2 | [Robert Galbraith]

The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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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    SharonJen 07-14-14
    SharonJen 07-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Really enjoyed - as good as last"

    Interesting characters and enjoying watching the detective get off the ground.. I'm sure there will be more and I'm waiting..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 07-10-14
    Jane 07-10-14

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "The second in this series did not disappoint"

    Book One, The Cuckoo’s Calling, deftly, convincingly, introduced detective Cormoran Strike and his offsider, Robin (of course). The Silkworm smoothly continues this narrative and with a new ‘case’, though referring to, and building on, the previous one.

    This time, the contrast between Robin’s unwavering decency, echoed ponderously by her tedious fiancée, and Cormoran’s life-induced cynicism and capacity for the self sacrificing pursuit of social and legal justice, is further underlined by characters who take these two to the seamy, low life, indecent under-belly of society.

    This side of life got to be bit much for me! I’m not a fragile flower: I was just edging on the bored because involving the reader in vile humans can edge towards the gratuitous – and Galbraith was coming pretty close to that line, much closer, I suggest, than in Book One.

    But nothing would deter me from following the lives of these two detectives, who were more interesting.

    The book was structured with the skill of a consummate and successful author (AKA Rowling).

    The reader, Robert Glenister, complemented the material flawlessly: his acting was superb.

    Bring on the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GS 07-03-14
    GS 07-03-14 Listener Since 2006
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    "Above average novel, but the polish doesn't shine"
    Would you try another book from Robert Galbraith and/or Robert Glenister?

    Yes. But the next book better be good, or I might drop the series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was edgy towards the end, until they started looking for evidence and there was bigger sense of danger.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does the British accents really well which bring out the characters a bit more.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    50-50


    Any additional comments?

    This is a middle novel, if this is a triology and clearly a weaker book.

    It's not bad, but it dragged in some sections (not for long though). I do hope JK Rowling picks up the game in the next book, otherwise it might be my last for Cormoran Stryke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne 06-30-14
    Joanne 06-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Marvellous"
    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Robert Glenister adds a certain something to this reading, his voice fits perfectly with the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend this to everyone! Ripping yarn!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm 06-25-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "Eccentric masterpiece"
    If you could sum up The Silkworm in three words, what would they be?

    Eccentric, macabre, masterpiece


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Robert Glenister gives an excellent performance. His reading of the characters and various British accents are performed well. An enjoyable listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This surpasses The Cuckoo's Calling for mystery and intrigue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • BRMBDS
    7/7/14
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    "A rather plodding story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The character Cormoran Strike was nicely created and established in Robert Galbraith's (aka JK Rowling) first volume. Unfortunately the second outing is a rather slow and plodding story with little or no highlights.
    Robert Glenister makes a sterling effort to bring it to life alas he cannot compensate for the lack of a good plot.
    I do hope that Book 3 builds the character with a pacier narrative.


    What will your next listen be?

    An Astronaut's Guide to life on Earth by Chris Hadfield


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • S
    7/3/14
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    "Disappointing"
    What did you like best about The Silkworm? What did you like least?

    The book was long winded and the ending unbelievable. It felt like the author (JK) got lost and bored and rushed though to the end.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Galbraith? Why or why not?

    Don't think I will, it's to much time to waste on a very average book.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

    Strike


    Did The Silkworm inspire you to do anything?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    7/2/14
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    "Not great"

    Having devoured the Cuckoos Calling (prior to the reveal!) with great relish, I eagerly anticipated this book.
    The narrator Robert Glenister did a masterful job and I very much enjoyed the reunion with the main characters Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacot. However that's pretty much all I enjoyed.
    I didn't like the setting in the world of publishing but I think the main problem was the pompous posturing with the names of the suspects and I almost gave up before anyone had even been murdered! I felt that things began to almost veer into the realms of Harry Potter but I persevered with it and things seemed to get back on track.
    I would only give this book 3 stars and hope that the author has had her revenge on the publishing world and doesn't lose the plot again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J C Jarvie
    7/2/14
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    "Very Disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story lines was overly complicated and the names and actions of the characters over the top. I loved the Cookoo's Calling but this book was overly long with overly convoluted and frankly unrealistic plots to the point where it did not matter whodunit. If it wasn't for Robert Glenister's narration I would have given up at chapter 30.

    The abundance of characters with ridiculous names only matched the disjointed story lines. There seamed to be a lot of characters that did not bring anything to the book. Situations that were not explained and an unbelievable resolution at the end The totally unneccesary quotes at the beginning of each chapter began to get annoying by half way through the book. The constant repetition of Strikes leg pain began to seam like it was just filling blank space.


    Has The Silkworm put you off other books in this genre?

    Not the genre but I would think twice about listening to another Robert Galbraith


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    It was all of a muchness


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    Stick to writing about wizards!!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Helga
    Aviemore, United Kingdom
    6/25/14
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    "Meeehhh"

    The problem with writing a thriller nowadays is that the seasoned reader knows to suspect everyone and expect the unexpected. This leaves the writer with the problem of having to have a unique twist or two (plot) and/or writing so well that the reader will follow on a convoluted journey (narrative) which they can easily circumvent by reading the last chapter. The plot was ridiculous and over-complicated and the narrative was - well, not well enough written to hold my attention. And so very, VERY long!

    It went on for so long that I even started to get a bit fed up of Robert Glenister's voice - and I'm a huge fan.

    Not absolutely awful but if this had been written by an unknown writer it would never have been published.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Australia
    6/24/14
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    "Ponderously slow and often dull"
    Where does The Silkworm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Only about the middle of the range. Although the story was not difficult to listen to, if you stayed awake, the characters remained distant, impossible to know as extant, functioning individuals. They resembled fairy tale constructions which were not quite bad enough to emanate from a Brother's Grimm tale but in fact deliberately " cleaned up" so they would be suitable for an 8.30 pm TV audience.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Galbraith? Why or why not?

    I am ambivalent now after having at first quite enjoyed the first Strike centred novel. It is disappointing to see a potentially interesting series that might be, stumble and fall.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    He is most earnest in his attempts to do justice to a quite narrow range of characters. Although they may have been intended to parody? reflect? some literary types juxtaposed with worthy, less privileged types, their written speech only illuminates an author's scarcely controlled prejudice and bias. Mr Glenister does his best to keep the differentiation interesting.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There will no doubt be a film, sadly. Boil a Silkworm not a bunny..


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps because this novel was listened to not read, many, many phrases and descriptions were repeated until it became embarrassing. How many times need a character cough to signal, " she has breathed in acid!"? How many times do we need to be told a character has " heavy features?" Or that their knee is hurt? We get it.
    Blame the old dog or old, dried up hag, and avoid a long, long listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. Swann
    Sunderland UK
    6/21/14
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    "Very Enjoyable Story"
    If you could sum up The Silkworm in three words, what would they be?

    Well drawn characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Strike


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The garden scene


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but as it was over 17hrs, I had to listen over 2 days


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book in the series, so nd will pre-order it when details released.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    6/23/14
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    "Really disappointing"

    I was so disappointed with this eagerly awaited book. The character of Strike seems to have deteriorated since book one, making him much more profane and less likeable.
    the story was basically unpleasant with such spiteful characters I found it totally unbelievable. I also found that I frequently had to rewind as I had stopped listening because it was rather less than sparkling, consequently I missed bits of the story.

    I will think twice and await reviews before I plunge into another Cormoran Strike book.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Kofi
    Leek Staffordshire
    6/24/14
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    "Can't wait for this to end"
    What would have made The Silkworm better?

    Really loved the first book , I recommended it to friends. Was looking forward to this but it's dreadful. The story is long and boring, about the world of publishing, and characters of no interest at all. I didn't care about the victim or any of the potential murderers. Got 2 hours to go and I couldn't care less how it turns out. The only exception is the stuff about Strike's assistant and her relationships with her boss and fiancé


    What was most disappointing about Robert Galbraith’s story?

    The reader has no emotional connection to the protagonists. You literally couldn't care less about any of them. No pathos, no sense of danger or threat.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Can't think of one


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Liked, no loved the stuff about Robin and her boyfriend and strike. There's loads of potential there for the future


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is superb, he's main reason that I've got through this awful book. Such a shame I loved the Harry Potter books over the years although I thought they were limited in literary terms being aimed at kids. I was pleasantly surprised by the first book in this series which was excellent. This however is terrible and is even affecting how I think of Cuckoo calling

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • sandra
    Warwickshire, England
    6/23/14
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    "How Disappointing...."
    Would you try another book written by Robert Galbraith or narrated by Robert Glenister?

    Not sure... I would definitely listen to Robert Glenister again


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I just found this book so long winded.... I got to the stage where I could not care less who dunnit! Also the incessant use of Latin quotes (which Robert Glenister clearly struggled with) extremely tedious...


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Nothing sticks in my memory sadly.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Robert Glenister


    Any additional comments?

    After a really great "first" book I eagerly awaited the next book. This offering, in my opinion is just too long and disjointed...

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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