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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike) Hardcover – 19 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408704021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408704028
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,748 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

Book Description

The second book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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Format: Hardcover
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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Having enjoyed "The Cuckoo's Calling" (not to mention all the other books of J K Rowlings) I was keen to see how the second book would fair. Although I found it darker, it was more enjoyable, possibly because I was familiar with the main characters. Once again the setting is atmospheric and beautifully observed while the characters, even the minor players, are carefully moulded to show depth and personality with all their idiosyncrasies, hang ups flaws and redeeming features.
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.
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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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