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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
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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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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 When the author is found murdered in the same way as in his unpublished manuscript, the police jump to all the wrong conclusions, and Strike has to save the day.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 |
4.5! ( )
  Danyspike | Jan 14, 2017 |
Good detective novel. ( )
  essjay1 | Jan 11, 2017 |
Excellent! Cormoran and Robin are genuinely likeable characters and make for a wonderful murder mystery solving duo. I'm sure, one day, the BBC will turn these into a miniseries. I keep imagining a younger Robbie Coltrane playing Cormoran Strike, and then remember that mystery series was called Cracker. ( )
  Virginia-A | Dec 21, 2016 |
3.5
There is no doubt about it, Rowling has mad writing skills, her descriptions of characters, settings and situations are second to none.
Having said that I have to acknowledge the fact that this second Strike mystery is lacking the snap, crackle, pop that usually go hand in hand with her stories. I found myself bored reading this book, and struggling to finish it. The repetitive scenes involving Strike's leg pain, the "slippery" roads and sidewalks, and his assistant Robin's namby pamby way of never being able to speak her mind to her whiny fiancé Matthew were bogging down the main plot and mystery. I wanted to shout at the author, "get on with it already". The concentration on the recurrent characters at the expense of the plot is great but only if there is some kind of major progression in their story lines which there was not. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 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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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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