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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

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Brian Anderson
  • 04-07-16

Gripping - Keeps you guessing to the end

The second in the Comorant Strike series. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Robert Galbraith - always two steps ahead of you and seems to know what your thinking answering the questions you ask just as you ask them as you work you way through the book.

Classic never seen it coming ending. Loved that,

Breezed through the book effortlessly.
Will be onto the next in the series.
Recommended.

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  • T. Hendrie
  • 04-05-16

i lost all interest and couldn't finish

struggled to finish this audio book. This is the first time I haven't finished an audio book. i couldn't have cared how it ended.

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  • Ginger
  • 04-04-16

Clever

Liked: well written, well plotted, beautifully read. Disliked: grisliness and deeply unpleasant characters. Would NOT recommend to anyone who does not like graphic murder scenes etc.

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  • Amanda23
  • 04-03-16

Even better than the debut

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

Exciting, suspenseful, interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Strike. Previous reviews have said that he comes across badly but I think he's a good guy and a great character.

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

Hard to choose. Robert Glenister does a fantastic job with them all, including the female characters.

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  • Josie
  • 04-03-16

Gripping

A Fantastic story, loved every minute of it. Great performances really bring the story alive.

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  • M A Aris
  • 04-03-16

gripping. well narrated. great story telling.

gripping. well narrated. great story telling. characters flew off the 'page'. wonderful description and fantastic scene setting - you could feel the atmosphere.

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  • Mary Henderson
  • 03-31-16

very enjoyable.

Enjoyable romp of a story. The relationship between the two main characters, Robin and Strike has evolved since thw first story, and adds a touch of humour, familiarity and depth. Loved that the speaker assumed diffetent voices.

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  • Miss V.
  • 03-29-16

Not as good as the first but great!

I found it harder to get into this book compared with the first in this series but I loved the second half!

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  • Carl
  • 03-27-16

Great book, Glenister fantastic in telling the story.

Second book in the series, just as compelling as the first. Glenister's story telling brings to life The Silkworm & makes it a novel you just want to listen to more.

Recommended.

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  • Jim
  • 03-21-16

Just Brilliant

Brilliant story, main plot, sub plots, characters, narration, and an unexpected twist at the end. I was finding reasons to drive or work in the garden so I could carry on listening to the story. Loved it even more than the first Cameron Strike story, now I've bought number three, can't wait to listen to that