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The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2 Audio Download – Unabridged

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This, Robert Galbraith's second excursion into the dark, seedy world of the down at heel P.I. on one leg, is outstanding. Even better than his(!) first sojourn into this territory.

I don't profess to have the literary knowledge to understand the relevance or meanings behind the quotes at the beginning of each chapter but they had no bearing on my enjoyment of the book. I dare say they held important clues. But I was clueless.

The principal characters have developed since the first book. Understandably. They are more rounded; human even. Robin is the perfect foil for the limped gait crusader. She has become as important as the main protagonist. Hard to imagine one without the other now.

The plot here isn't complex but the main event - the murder - is certainly not run of the mill. The author uses all her experience of literary circles - agents, writers, publishers - to weave her tale and few come up smelling of roses. I dare say some may recognise themselves in the book. The irony in that is crystal clear and you can see that parallel as the story develops.

Fast paced and full of oddball characters, all of whom are suspects till the finale, this is a glorious trip round a strangely wintry London as Strike attempts to track down a murderer whose motive in the end is not as it appears throughout.

A first class detective story once again reminiscent of Chandler and Hammett at their best. Wit and grime come thick and fast in equal measure. Roll on the third Vet-man and Robin adventure. By far and away my favourite writer at the moment. Just terrific.
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Another excellent read from 'Robert Galbraith'. I really like the character of Cormoran Strike who seems to me to be very real, making the mistakes we all make and also running from parts of his past. We learned more in this novel about the incident that led to the loss of his leg and meet D I Richard Anstis whose life was saved by Strike when their Viking came under fire in Afghanistan. Robin's relationship with fiancé Matthew is as strained as ever, though moves towards some acceptance on his part of her ever increasing role in Cormorans business. Matthew is deeply suspicious of Cormoran who is certainly aware of Robins femine charms! She becomes less secretary and more bagman and is key to unravelling this mystery along with help from a friend of Strikes from childhood and his half brother Al. This novel centres around Owen Quine, an author and a manuscript called Bombyx Mori - Latin for silkworm. We learn that Quine is a rather unpleasant, self centred man who has woven people he knows into this novel in a shall we say a less than flattering light. Owen disappears and then is found murdered in bizarre circumstances, mirroring the story of Bombyx Mori. As Cormoran attempts to solve the crime we meet writers, agents, publishers, a long suffering wife and daughter, a lover and so on all who had a reason to want Quine dead. The characters are well written and easy to picture - some are likeable and some are not. I must admit I had worked out the killer but not the twist which I will not reveal as it will spoil the enjoyment of the novel. All in all, a very good, well written read.
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I read and enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling and so was looking forward to this follow-up. As with the first book I was much more taken by the characters than the plot. Strike is extremely likable and very well-rounded and the relationships between the main characters are really believable. Location too is great; I know that corner of London very well and it was lovely to read it brought to life so evocatively.

Sadly, it’s the plot that lets the whole book down; it reads like a crime novel written by someone who hasn’t read much crime. It lacks the pace of a Val McDermid or a PD James novel and so my main reason for finishing the book was because I was enjoying the character development.

I’d read another one, but hopefully it will be about a hundred pages shorter and have a bit more pace behind it.
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Eight months after the Landry case and Strike is back. Inundated with rich clients wanting their adulterous spouses tailed, the private detective is relieved to receive a likeable visitor with a quandary actually worth investigating. The wife of not-quite-famous author, Owen Quine, Leonora Quine wants her missing husband found. Cormoran takes on the case and quickly finds himself in and amongst London's squabbling literary circle, caught up in the mess created by Quine upon circulation of his latest manuscript; a libellous book in which he viciously attacks almost everyone he's ever worked with.

`Write what you know' is the age old adage and, where Rowling dipped into her experience of fame for The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm deals with a publishing world going through an identity crisis. Traditional publishing, self-publishing and the internet's influence are all fleetingly examined, and you can't help but wonder how many of Cormoran's suspects include portions of the real-life people Rowling encountered during her remarkable rise to superstardom. But then, given the repercussions of Quine's own manuscript, Bombyx Mori (Latin for silkworm), borrowed traits might well have been too ironic an inclusion for even the most cavalier of writers - an enjoyable conundrum to deliberate whilst reading.

A literary yet accessible crime thriller, The Silkworm is, like its predecessor, an excellent read. The mystery is moreish, the characters well-crafted, and the side plots - particularly the continuing animosity between Strike and his assistant's fiancé - are genuinely enjoyable.
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