The Silkworm

The Silkworm

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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 readable 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 160 x 232 x 36mm | 499.99g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 140870403X
  • 9781408704035
  • 3,821

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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 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 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 Timesshow more

About Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith's highly acclaimed novel The Cuckoo's Calling was an international number one bestseller, garnering praise from critics and crime fans alike. The second and third novels in the series, The Silkworm and Career of Evil, also topped the bestseller charts. Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike series is currently being adapted for a major new television series for BBC One, produced by Bronte Film and Television. Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual more

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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 Timesshow more

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136,009 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 31% (41,537)
4 47% (63,612)
3 19% (25,515)
2 3% (4,089)
1 1% (1,256)
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