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The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith

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Series: Cormoran Strike (2)

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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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    Case Histories 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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Devo dire che meh, non mi ha convinto moltissimo: i personaggi al momento non riescono a reggere un libro di oltre 500 pagine. La relazione di Robin è troppo conflittuale perché non percepisca il tentativo di pilotarmi verso il tifare per lei e Strike (e no, non ci riesce). Anche Strike al momento mi sa troppo di personaggio mutuato dallo stereotipo americano (ex. soldato, un trauma fisico con cui fare i conti, integerrimo, burbero ma dal cuore d'oro che ha grande successo con le donne etc. etc.)

Vista la costruzione interessante del thriller, non escludo che potrei andare avanti nella serie, ma non sono libri che leggerei tutti d'un fiato.

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Libro del mese di Agosto 2016 ( )
  JaqJaq | Jan 7, 2022 |
Again. Very well written. Strong characters. But a very strong complaint on this one which was not true of the first in this series: more gore than I care to deal with, unnecessarily so. I almost gave it 3 stars on that reason alone. ( )
  PattyLee | Dec 14, 2021 |
Better than the first in the series. Very tricky mystery. Rowling skewers the publishing world and it's made all the more delightful when you think about what an insider she is. So much vitriol toward self published erotica writers! ( )
  readingjag | Nov 29, 2021 |
2nd Cormorant strike; publishing; K; read 2014; pretty good
  18cran | Nov 7, 2021 |
I found this Cormoran Strike novel to be more captivating than the first one, for some reason. The mystery held my attention better, and the characters had more flavor (or something), which meant I was more invested in what happened to them. I'm intrigued - very interested to see what the next book will bring! ( )
  bookwyrmqueen | Oct 25, 2021 |
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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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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.

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A missing author
turns up murdered – Cormoran
Strike investigates.
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