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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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I love a great mystery and this one again kept me guessing. Cormoran is a fun character to read and I am constantly relating to his partner, Robin. I can't wait to see this duo's adventures continue. ( )
  dingesa27 | Dec 6, 2016 |
Really disliked this book! The murder involved is disgusting and too well-explained, many of the characters are not believable and I got tired of Cormoran mooning so much about his ex-girlfriend. ( )
  400mom | Nov 23, 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 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Cormoran Strike is asked by the wife of a missing author to investigate his whereabouts and urge him to go home to his family. Strike takes on the case and soon finds the author, Owen Quine, gruesomely murdered, and there's no lack of potential suspects in Quine's literary circle. With the help of his assistant Robin, Strike once more beats the Metropolitan Police to the solution of the case and the finding of the real killer.

The second volume in the Cormoran Strike series of private detective novels set in London, it is set about eight months after the Lula Landry case featured in The Cuckoo's Calling, and while it is not essential to have read the first novel (repeated references are made to the case but without giving anything away) in my opinion it is advisable to read them in order as characters' personalities, motivations, back stories and personal developments become so much clearer. As with the first volume, there is an awful lot of talking going on when Strike interviews contacts and later possible suspects, so the reader is required to pay attention; even so, I thought that it was quite possible that readers may be switched off by the amount of talk and tempted to skip ahead (maybe not surprising as most of the interviewees are quite self-absorbed), and Strike's revelation as to the identity of the killer could have been explained better, involving the reader more in Strike's thought processes. I didn't entirely buy the final solution or the fact that the killer had made a relatively simple error, but this was a very satisfying and entertaining read, added to by the fact that each chapter was preceded by a short excerpt from Jacobean revenge tragedies which play a part in the narrative, and I'm looking forward to laying my hands on Career of Evil, the third volume in the series. ( )
  passion4reading | Oct 24, 2016 |
Rowling continues to impress me. She's got a good set-up for her series: Cormoran has an elaborate backstory, Robin has an elaborate backstory, and they both have somewhat complicated romantic lives during the events of the book (by way of contrast, we never learn much about Marple or Poirot as people outside of their detection). And then she comes up with a complicated plot about publishing, a white male dominated business about which she surely knows a great deal, at all levels. And on top of that, she has this Dickensian interest and sympathy for characters of all classes and circumstances, most especially, perhaps, for those who aren't normally treated with compassion.

While I'm handing her props for her mastery of the form, I should mention that even though I guessed the murderer pretty early on, the way she set up her final confrontation kept me riveted. As a work of genre it's quite good, really richly developed, atmospheric, but it should also appeal as a novel to readers who aren't otherwise particularly interested in mysteries. Casual Vacancy didn't really grab me, but this series shows that Rowling isn't just a one-trick-pony.

Library copy. ( )
  Kaethe | Oct 16, 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, 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
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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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.

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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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