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The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith

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Series: Cormoran Strike (2)

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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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    The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (Eowyn1)
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Cormoran Strike gets hired by Leonora Quine to find her missing husband Owen Quine. He is an author that has a tendency to disappear from time to time. But Strike soon learns that there is more to Quine's disappear when he finds out that he has written a book where he pretty much insult everyone around him.

This book was so much better than the first book. The story in this book; the case was much more interesting and I didn't know in the end was the culprit. The only thing I can think of that bothered me with the book felt a bit long sometimes, not that I was bored by it, but I felt sometimes it could be a bit long-winded and my interest dropped a bit because of all the characters that Strike had to investigate and all the past history between them that Strike needed to figure out. But it could be because I really wanted to know who did it!

Strike and Robin are such a great team and I'm looking forward to reading more books with them. (without Matthew of course) ( )
  MaraBlaise | Feb 20, 2017 |
I recently read and reviewed The Cuckoos Calling and really enjoyed the lead character Cormoran Strike. I was looking forward to getting the next book and lo and behold, someone gave it to me after reading the blog. Ahhhhhhh, book lovers.

Just like the first book, it started a little slow but quite suddenly I was involved and had a difficult time putting it down. This time, Cormoran has actually moved into an apartment above his office but is living as austerely as ever. His business has taken an upturn due to his first case and he is considering getting another detective.

Robin, his girl Friday is back. Her boyfriend is less than enthused about her staying on as a permanent and is also very pissy about Cormoran because he has failed to meet Matthew and Robin for dinner on multiple occasions.

Robin grows more in this book. She is given greater investigative responsibilities and is able to earn Strike’s trust and admiration by showing off some of her skill set that Strike does not realize she has. Her story is also fleshed out a bit more.

This time, the crime is gruesome. A writer is murdered by being disemboweled and having acid poured on him. There are plenty of candidates who may have done the deed as the writer in question was both obnoxious and had written a book that skewered almost everyone he knew in a scathing way.

Just like the last book, the twists and turns are not broadcast and just when you think you have it solved, you don’t. Now I am bummed because Rowling aka Galbraith is busy publicizing the new Harry Potter novel and that will take her away from writing the next Strike novel.
I believe Galbraith/Rowling is a more complex Agatha Christie. The characters are well drawn and appeal to both male and female readers. Great book!! ( )
  ozzie65 | Feb 20, 2017 |
Second outing for Cormoran Strike, Galbraith's (a.k.a. J. K. Rowling) private investigator, and Robin, his feisty female assistant. Strike ends up taking on the case of a missing husband, an obnoxious second-rate author who had made many enemies in the the publishing world. When the author is found murdered in the same way as in his unpublished manuscript, the police jump to all the wrong conclusions, and Strike has to save the day. While the plot was perhaps far-fetched, in this 2nd instalment the 2 main protagonists of this series, Cormoran and Robin, are very well developed and we begin to get ideas about what drives both of them in what seems to be a mis-matched pairing. J.K. Rowling is a consummate story teller and kept me glued. ( )
  sianpr | Jan 15, 2017 |
Good detective novel. ( )
  essjay1 | Jan 11, 2017 |
Poisonous and gossipy writer Owen Quine is missing. Many of his subjects might wish him dead. Cormoran Strike, ex-military police, sometime hero, and always rebel, will find the answers.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jan 2, 2017 |
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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, Robertprimary 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
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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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QUESTION
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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A missing author
turns up murdered – Cormoran
Strike investigates.
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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)

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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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