The Silkworm

The Silkworm : Cormoran Strike Book 2

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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 Ellacott.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio | 14 pages
  • 134.62 x 144.78 x 48.26mm | 344g
  • Hachette Audio
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1478980907
  • 9781478980902
  • 269,175

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"A gritty, absorbing tale." --"People" "Cleverly plotted... Rowling serves up a sushi platter of red herring, sprinkling clues along the way, before Strike draws a confession out of the killer in a climax straight out of Agatha Christie." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Highly entertaining [with] a team whose further adventures the reader cannot help eagerly awaiting." --Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times" "[Rowling's] literary gift is on display in this work. She crafts an entertaining story [and] comes up with an ending that I'll admit I was surprised by. . . . A fun read, with a main character you can care about and one you'll want to see again in other adventures." --"The Washington Post" "'The last line of "The Silkworm", which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for her and for us." Charles Finch, ""USA Today "(3.5/4 stars)"" "Robert Galbraith... has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Corcmoran Strike to follow last year's stealth hit, The Cuckoo's Calling.... Astutely observed, well-paced... "The "Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel." Sue Corbett, ""People""" ."..why is "likable" the first word that comes to mind upon finishing "The Silkworm"? Surely, that has something to do with Rowling's palpable pleasure in her newly chosen genre (the jig may be up with her Robert Galbraith pseudonym, but the bloom is still on her homicidal rose) and even more to do with her detective hero, who, at the risk of offending, is the second husband of every author's dreams." Louis Bayard, ""The Washington Post""" "The Silkworm" is fast-paced and entertaining... Strike is heroic without intending to be and has a great back story. He's the illegitimate son of a rock star whose half-siblings grew up in privilege... And he's brooding, but not annoyingly so. Strike has all kinds of potential. It'd be a crime not to keep up with him." Sherryl Connelly, ""Daily News""" "Having just the better part of a day and a night making my way through the 455 pages of "The Silkworm" ... I must say, I don't mind at all... The murder mystery at the heart of "The Silkworm" is a genuine mystery with an altogether satisfying resolution." Malcolm Jones, ""The Daily Beast""" "Cormoran Strike is back, and so is his resourceful sidekick, Robin Ellacott, a gumshoe team that's on its way to becoming as celebrated for its mystery-solving skills as Nick and Nora Charles of "Thin Man" fame, and Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander (a.k.a. the girl with the dragon tattoo)." Michiko Kakutani, ""The New York Times""" "Strike shares a trait with many great fictional detectives: He is darn good company..."The Silkworm" is a very well-written, wonderfully entertaining take on the traditional British crime novel...Robert Galbraith may proudly join the ranks of English, Scottish and Irish crime writers such as Tana French, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, John Connolly, Kate Atkinson and Peter Robinson." Harlan Coben, ""The New York Times Book Review""" "The plot zings along...Swift and satisfying" Carolyn Kellogg, ""The Los Angeles Times""" "A compulsively entertaining yarn." Thom Geier, "Entertainment Weekly"" "Why is "likable" the first word that comes to mind upon finishing "The Silkworm"? Surely, that has something to do with Rowling's palpable pleasure in her newly chosen genre (the jig may be up with her Robert Galbraith pseudonym, but the bloom is still on her homicidal rose) and even more to do with her detective hero, who, at the risk of offending, is the second husband of every author's dreams." Louis Bayard, ""The Washington Post""" "The story is enthralling, not only for its twists and turns, but for the fun of the teamwork.... [It's] a cast of characters who you'll want to meet again and again." Ashley Ross, ""Time""" "["The Silkworm "is a] swift-paced, suspenseful mystery....Robert Galbraith has announced himself a fresh voice in mystery fiction: part hard-boiled, part satiric, part poignant, and part romantic." Tom Nolan, ""The Wall Street Journal""" "Bring on the next one, please....Galbraith writes with wit and affection for detective-novel tradition (it's impossible not to see her central duo as a modern-day Nick and Nora, minus the marriage), and races us through a twisty plot so smoothly that you won't notice as the hours tick by." Moira MacDonald, ""The Seattle Times""" "'The last line of "The Silkworm," which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for her and for us." Charles Finch, ""USA Today "(3.5/4 stars)"" PRAISE FOR THE CUCKOO'S CALLING "The master is back. . . [Rowling] returns to the strengths that made Harry Potter great--the beautiful sense of pacing, the deep but illusionless love for her characters--without sacrificing the expanded range of "The Casual Vacancy"." --"USA Today" (3.5/4 stars)
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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 Vacancy.
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Rating details

149,446 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 31% (46,156)
4 47% (69,603)
3 19% (27,868)
2 3% (4,459)
1 1% (1,360)
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