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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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  1. 10
    The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (Eowyn1)
  2. 10
    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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After the successful conclusion of the case in The Cuckoo's Calling, the services of private detective Cormoran Strike are in big demand. Most of the cases are the usual estranged husband and wife with one suspecting the other of cheating. The story of a middle-aged woman whose husband has gone missing takes Strike's fancy. Her husband is an obscure writer, whose latest novel has caused consternation with his agent and publisher. The latter refuses to publish the novel because of the potentially libellous content. After some initial investigation, Strike stumbles on the body of the writer, who has been murdered in horrific fashion. The police accuse the wife of the murder, but Strike is not convinced they have the right person. So with the aid of his assistant, Robin, Strike follows the clues to establish the identity of the killer.

I think this book is a great follow-up to The Cuckoo's Calling. The twists and turns kept me guessing all the way to the end. In my opinion, Rowling has improved her mastery of the genre, which augurs well for future instalments to this series. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  Bruce_McNair | Apr 29, 2016 |
Read first in this series and liked it well enough, Last week read the third and thought it a bit infantile. Already had the second on my shelf so started it last night and can't read it. While the cases may be interesting the behavior between Cormoran and Robin is like a high school relationship.
  bogopea | Apr 4, 2016 |
I enjoyed the second in the series much more than the first the characters especially Robin were more developed and Robin begins to play more of a role in Strike's detective agency.

Loved how the author (JK Rowling) used the publishing industry as her antagonist and the pettiness and politics of the literary community. Looking forward to more of Strike and Robin especially Robin becoming more important to future storylines.

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  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
As entertaining as The Cuckoo's Calling - an enjoyable crime novel. ( )
  cazfrancis | Apr 2, 2016 |
Brilliant. So much more than I was even hoping for. The author wove a story that had me guessing till the very end. ( )
  mashiaraqcs | Mar 29, 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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