The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike) Hardcover – 19 Jun 2014
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An unputdownable tale of malice and murder in a toxic literary world . . . this almost preposterously compulsive page-turner is irresistible summer reading (Sunday Times)
Teems with sly humour, witty asides and intelligence ... A pleasure to read (The Times)
A damn good read ... It's a book to gulp down (Telegraph)
Huge credit is due to Galbraith in portraying [Strike] so vividly . . . Galbraith has pulled off a thoroughly enjoyable classic and I'm already looking forward to Strike's next outing (Peter James, Sunday Express)
A superb and polished thriller . . . an ingenious whodunit (Sunday Mirror)
Pacy, unputdownable . . . I can't wait for the next one (Daily Express)
An enticingly macabre whodunit ... taut and believable (Metro)
You are absolutely carried along ... Well written, exciting (Front Row, BBC Radio 4)
A great detective novel: sharp, immensely readable, warm-hearted but cool-headed ... populated with dozens of memorable characters (USA Today)
Enthralling, not only for its twists and turns, but for the fun of the teamwork (Time Magazine)
An atmospheric, propulsive narrative (Metro)
An entertaining novel in which the most compelling characters are not the killer or the victim, but the detectives charged with solving the crime (New York Times)
A pacey detective story ... moreish (Independent)
Fast-paced and entertaining ... Strike has all kinds of potential. It'd be a crime not to keep up with him (Daily News)
Galbraith brings flair and wit to [his] reflections on the state of contemporary publishing ... [He] takes the existing strengths of the genre and uses them as the building blocks for [his] own considerable storytelling gift, crafting books crammed with memorable characters that make irresistible reading ... There are aspects of the traditional English crime novel reaching right back to the golden age of Christie, Sayers, Allingham and Marsh ... The Cuckoo's Calling was a calling card for a series that has legs (Val McDermid, Guardian)
If [Galbraith] had as much fun writing The Silkworm as I did reading it, [he] had a blast (LA Times)
An absorbing puzzle with vivid characters . . . Robert Galbraith deserves the inevitable bestseller (Scotland on Sunday)
An intelligent and captivating drama driven by fascinatingly real characters. This is storytelling at its very best (Heat)
Bring on the next one, please ... [Galbraith] writes with wit and affection for detective-novel tradition ... and races us through a twisty plot so smoothly that you won't notice as the hours tick by (Seattle Times)
The Silkworm is a deeply satisfying work of crime fiction, more complex and darker than its predecessor (The Australian)
A gimlet eye for detail and beautifully crafted plot make it a delight from start to finish, and a perfect summer read (Daily Mail)
A properly addictive whodunit. And in the unlikely pairing of ungainly Strike and his clever young assistant, Galbraith has created an investigative duo with spark and empathy (Financial Times)
The second book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.See all Product Description
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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.
`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.Read more ›
The central plot twists and drags the reader through the streets of snowbound London, but I will not give away the main tenet as I feel spoilers are a curse. Suffice to say I hope Ms Rowlings (aka Robert Galbraith) in her literary circle does not come into contact with the seamier side of the publishing world.
A word of warning to those of a sensitive disposition; the language is often ripe, as befits the characters, and description of the body, luridly graphic.
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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The principal characters are becoming more rounded and interesting. A convoluted plot and some stereotypes but on the whole a good fast paced read which I enjoyed.Published 15 hours ago by Bookworm53
In this second book we see the character of Robin developing from PA to partner as the story of a gruesome murder unfolds. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lance De Jersey
If the author wasn't famous I doubt this would have been published. It has taken me ages to read, as I fall asleep after a couple of pages.Published 3 days ago by CF
Not finished it yet but I have very high expectations as I have already read two of Robert Galbraith's novels (aka JK Rowling) and found them exceptionalPublished 4 days ago by Rosemary Clements
Excellent book, had to limit myself to a few chapters at a time or I would have got nothing else done. Great, full depth characters and an intriguing plot. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer