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The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling (Author)

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Series: Cormoran Strike (2)

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    The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (Eowyn1)
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    Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson (keywestnan)
    keywestnan: Like Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling, Kate Atkinson excels at creating interesting, complex but believable characters in her series of novels about Jackson Brodie, a cop-turned-private detective. Case Histories is the first in the series -- not my absolute favorite but they're all really good and I think you should start at the beginning.… (more)
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a bit drawn out, resolution is much too abrupt ( )
  pepe68 | May 31, 2016 |

The Silkworm - Galbraith/Rowling
4 stars

Cormoran Strike, defender of the downtrodden underdog; I really like this guy. I also liked the convoluted machinations of his latest investigation into the slimy world of literary agents and publishers. It was a good mystery. I like the recurring characters. Cormoran’s secretary, Robin, is clearly headed toward a more active role. This isn’t a ‘body in the library’ murder. The description of the body is graphic and ugly. The rest of the book isn’t overly violent, but there are many very distasteful characters. It feels like Galbraith/Rowling might be having a bit of fun at the expense of the publishing industry.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
A fantastic progression from the first book in the Cormoran Strike series. We see more of the colorful characters that make up his world. We see more of & from Robin. And we get a proper mystery to slip into on a dreary afternoon.

Can't wait for the next one! ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
Unique, somewhat gruesome murder mystery that is sometimes quite engaging and sometimes too drawn out. ( )
  jaysbooks | May 24, 2016 |
The Silkworm
4.5 Stars

Following the resolution of his last case, Cormoran Strike’s PI business is thriving to the extent that he can pick and choose his clients. So when a down and out woman approaches him for help finding her wayward husband, Strike readily agrees. What starts out as a simple missing person case soon becomes much more complex and deadly when a body turns up and the motives for murder begin accumulating.

J.K. Rowling aka Robert Galbraith’s writing is so succinct, apt and smooth that once you begin turning the pages it is virtually impossible to stop. Although the case build slowly, the characterization is simply brilliant as each and every suspect comes to life in all of their grotesque glory. It is also interesting to see Rowling/Galbraith’s satirical yet insightful portrayal of the publishing industry.

The developments in Robin and Strike’s professional and personal lives are another excellent aspect of the book. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for both, they have terrible taste in significant others whether it be the arrogant and self-absorbed Matthew or the the manipulative and unfaithful Charlotte. It will be interesting to see what happens with the two in the next installment.

The mystery itself is very compelling with a slew of suspects and motives all connected to the victim’s latest “masterpiece”. It is to Rowling/Galbraith’s credit that she one again managed to hoodwink me with her incredible misdirection. I truly never saw the resolution coming.

Once again J.K. Rowling has written a gripping story with not a word, character or event wasted. Looking forward to reading the 3rd book ASAP. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 8, 2016 |
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In the case of “The Silkworm,” it’s clear that two narrow genres of literature have been the source of inspiration: the old-fashioned detective story with its careful parsing of evidence; and the Jacobean play, renowned for its biting satire and dark fascination with betrayal and revenge, death and cruelty and corruption.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Galbraith, RobertPseudonymprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rowling, J.K.Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bergner, WulfÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Font i Mateu, LaiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Göhler, ChristophÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glenister, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grinde, HeidiOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holland, JoelCalligraphersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jørgensen, Henrik HartvigNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kurz, KristofÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mutsaers, SabineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagy Gergely,Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekiaro, IlkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stjernfelt, Agnete DorphTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, SianCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wunder, DietmarErzählersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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...blood and vengeance the scene, death the story,
a sword imbrued with blood, the pen that writes,
and the poet a terrible buskined tragical fellow,
with a wreath about his head of burning match instead of bays.

The Noble Spanish Soldier
Thomas Dekker
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To Jenkins, without whom... he knows the rest
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What dost thou feed on?
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Broken sleep.
Thomas Dekker, The Noble Spanish Soldier
'Someone bloody famous,' said the hoarse voice on the end of the line, 'better've died, Strike.'
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316206873, Hardcover)

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband 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 realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives-meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:37 -0400)

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband 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 realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives--meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced. When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before.… (more)

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