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)
just very nice, good characters, great story. I enjoyed every minute! I can't wait for nr 3...
yes, the clues were nicely hidden..
yes, both were very good
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
A good enjoyable series! Sometimes a little complicated with names and references and I wished I could rewind and pick up what I had missed or forgotten. but overall a good mystery detective series.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
The first Comoran Strike book was a truly surprise where a well-known writer like JKR could establish herself as a credible and engaging thriller writer. A solid and interesting plot, well carved out characters and a great atmosphere made the The Cuckoos Calling a very enjoyable reading experience.
This second book meets only partially the expectations raised by the first episode of what appears now to be a series. The plot is unduly complex and not so credible; all the characters –with the exception of Comoran and his assistant – could potentially be the killer (so there are really no clues to pick up here and there and it feels like the author choses him through a lottery at the very end of the story). The main character, Comoran Strike, comes across a bit pedantic and mousy with a continue self-pity for his physical condition and the unresolved end of relationship with his ex.
Do not get me wrong: this is still a reasonably good book and I had no difficulty in finishing it; however the expectations were (too) high and have not been matched…
Comoran - He is real and I can relate
The best Narrated book I have listened to. He makes JK Rowling's story comes to life like not many others can.
Classic detective story
When is the next one
I liked the story and the characters. Strike and Robin make a great team and I am looking forward to more books and see their work evolve.
I think the most memorable part was when Strike entered the house and found the body.
Strike was my favorite, but that is understandable, since he is the main character. Another good charcter was Christian Fischer.
Oh, only everything.
It's hard to single anything out as most memorable. The whole book is a pleasure from start to finish.
Robert Glenister is a fabulous narrator. In fact, if they ever make movies of these books, I hope he plays Strike. There isn't one characterisation that is not spot on.
Is wanting to get back to listening to it as often as possible extreme?
I read the other day that J K Rowling (Galbraith) is planning a longer series than Harry Potter for Cormoran Strike. That makes me very happy.
yes, the book is great
The surprising ending and disclosure of the murder.
The narrator is absolutely flawless. His characters never jar, he never over-eggs his narration and always gives them detail and definition without 'acting' them out.
The 'whodunnit' story is set in the world of publishing and you know Rowling is an expert witness in telling us what it's like there.
Yes. But the next book better be good, or I might drop the series.
It was edgy towards the end, until they started looking for evidence and there was bigger sense of danger.
He does the British accents really well which bring out the characters a bit more.
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.
Robert Glenister adds a certain something to this reading, his voice fits perfectly with the characters.
Recommend this to everyone! Ripping yarn!
"A worthy second episode"
Bought this immediately after reading book 1. Again superbly narrated with the odd slip up, some seriously credible swearing and plausible development of the protagonists for the most part. The author takes the opportunity to air her obvious dislike of the press and, it seems, the more literary end of the publishing spectrum and weaves in a disturbing clutch of characters who are uniformly unsympathetic, indeed unpleasant. Ironically, given much of the focus of the story, it could have done with some sharp editing. As with the first book, the narrative does carry you along and it's not difficult to become immersed in the plot (again not the tightest) which although a bit creaky is plausible even if it could have been handled better.
I did enjoy it and will listen again soon. Am looking forward to the next installment
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.
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.
Not the genre but I would think twice about listening to another Robert Galbraith
It was all of a muchness
Stick to writing about wizards!!!!
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.
"Ponderously slow and often dull"
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.
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.
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.
There will no doubt be a film, sadly. Boil a Silkworm not a bunny..
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.
"Very Enjoyable Story"
Well drawn characters
The garden scene
Yes, but as it was over 17hrs, I had to listen over 2 days
Looking forward to the next book in the series, so nd will pre-order it when details released.
"Neither Fantasy nor Crime Fiction"
If this book even slightly hints at how the author sees her world of publishing and wealth, I feel sorry for her.
It is set in a London we are familiar with but it reads like a fantasy. The characters (except our two heroes) are all one dimensionally nasty.The plot has no time for the realities of forensics, police work or London life in general. Fantasy for me works best when the story is set apart from the real world. Neil Gaiman uses London Below very effectively.
The format is a bit like an Agatha Christie in that loads of characters are introduced and given a motive. Unlike an Agatha Christie the Characters are not sufficiently developed to allow easy differentiation between them or their motives.
The direction of the Matt, Robin, Strike triangle is not exactly hard to predict, it lacks the complexities of real relationships. Do we think Robin will marry Matt in the forth coming books ...
Most annoying are the quotes from the A level English Lit reading list. These are shoe horned in like tenuous links from an amateur DJ trying to impress the cool kids.
The first book was great, this was not so good. I wouldn't recommend it to fans of Crime Fiction or Fantasy.
I enjoyed the author’s first book, Cuckoo Calling, so was surprised at how poor this second in the series has turned out to be. It’s tedious, with far too much irrelevant description with numerous unmemorable characters: flaws that emphasize the thinness of the central detective story. Hours of listening go by filled with details about authors and publishing houses before there’s any real action. The murder victim isn’t developed as a character other than that he was obnoxious and so I didn’t really care who murdered him. Most of the characters are unpleasant and the book is pervaded by nastiness. The actual crime is preposterously gory and, from all the references to the Revenge Tragedies of the likes of Webster and Kidd, I think the author was trying to write a modern version, though I’m not sure what the author was trying to create: the book isn’t pacey enough to be a good detective novel and the revenge element in a modern setting is unconvincing. Relationships are dissected in mind-numbing detail and don’t add much to the book already bloated with too much detail. I felt that the author no longer restrained by writing for children overdid the violence, sexual foibles, and swearing, but at the same time seems to need to show her literary credentials by prefacing every chapter (and there are a lot) with a quotation from the likes of Thomas Dekker; Congreve and Webster that rarely seemed relevant, just irritatingly pretentious. I was tempted to give up after about 30 of the 52 chapters but ploughed on in the hope that the book would improve: it didn’t, if anything it got worse. The detective element petered out replaced but endless speculative conversations among the characters most of whom I’d forgotten. The final denouement a damp squibb pulled out of the hat with no discernible detective work but merely gave me relief that this mess of a book was over.
The narrator was the only good thing about this book. I had pre-ordered this book, but won’t be for the next in the series.
Not sure... I would definitely listen to Robert Glenister again
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...
Nothing sticks in my memory sadly.
After a really great "first" book I eagerly awaited the next book. This offering, in my opinion is just too long and disjointed...
"Disappointing after first novel"
The book was too long and with far too many dead ends.
Not as good as first novel but Robert's reading totally perfect.
As excellent as others
I hope next Cormorant book will be as good as the first.
It is inconceivable that the murderer could have butchered the victim in the way described. And to find the evidence in the sea? Really? There was too much padding, in my opinion, leading to many dead ends which did not advance the plot and I got bored with the quotations at start of each chapter. Sorry as I know I am going against the trend of the lyrical reviews of others.
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