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5.0 out of 5 stars She's Back, 19 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike) (Hardcover)
Ever since the end of the Harry Potter days, I always sensed Ms. Rowling's wish to get back into writing simply for the pure joy of composing an interesting and artfully written story. The Silkworm is her 3rd attempt (post Harry P) to grab a loyal following of adults worldwide. Reading the Silkworm has convinced me she is going to succeed with her fresh series of whodunit crime mysteries.

The Silkworm is her second book (following the Cuckoo's Calling) featuring the wounded military veteran turn detective Cormoran Strike and his trusted young assistant Robin Ellacot. The crime fighting dual get caught up with the murder of a known novelist. The victim a (self-centered) author named Owen Quine disappearance and murder is tied to a scandalous novel he was composing that would reveal hidden secrets of almost everyone he knew (mostly people in the publishing business). Quine's murder is grisly to say the least and very twisted.

The victim's novel is a gothic like fiction that implicates his rivals, editor, publisher, and even his own wife & mistress. The collection of suspects is therefore small, and the author gives you intervals of hints for each character's motive to keep the story moving and interesting. The murder case blends well with the lead character Cormoran Strike as he pursues the murderer. Defective Strike a former Royal Military Police investigator fits well with this dark tale. Strike is a rough and tumble bruiser who is no stranger to the bizarre and wicked. His recent success with solving the murder of a former supermodel (The Cuckoo's Calling) has been a tremendous uplift in his career, and it's opportune to solve the crime that will evolve into the meaning of the title "The Silkworm". Strike will probe deep into the dead author's book for elements of proof to solve the crime; therefore, this is a book within the book. Silkworms are boiled alive for their silk, and the reason for the title will become apparent.

I really like this book for several reasons: 1) It is artful - meaning it has a unique structure and mix of old English literature - each chapter begins with a quotation from mostly past Jacobean plays & Rowling's English style of writing places you in the London/Westminster area accurately. 2) It was written by a very famous author and you will gain a realistic perspective of the strangeness of fame. 3) Ms. Rowling has further developed her led character Detective Strike brilliantly by revealing more of the personal struggle in his life. Lastly, the book is a page turner with a very clever unexpected ending - the key requirement for a crime mystery novel.

I haven't really got my arms around the pseudonym "Robert Galbraith", but JK Rowling is a genius author & you will find every page masterfully crafted. I have no doubt that her book series (or other future projects) will continue and grow in popularity. This 2nd of a Series pulls you in. I have a feeling we all will be watching Detective Strike movies in the not so distant future.
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2014 22:36:50 BDT
How could you read this book in one day?!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 00:01:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2014 00:14:22 BDT
BookBob says:
No took me days.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 08:08:29 BDT
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