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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)
  2. 21
    The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (Eowyn1)
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I like the characters. They are actually more interesting than the plot. ( )
  Lokileest | Apr 2, 2024 |
Private Detective Cormorant Strike must track down a missing writer-and a sinister killer bent on destruction.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days-as he has done I. The past.-and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, he discovers thatQuine’s disappearance is no coincidence. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published, it would ruin lives-meaning that almost everyone I. His life would have motives to kill him. When Qui e is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, Strike must find the ruthless killer. ( )
  creighley | Mar 11, 2024 |
Crime
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
I really enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling, even though I'm not a big fan of the mystery genre. The Silkworm is even better! Wonderfully written as always by J.K. Rowling, and I love that you know, but you don't know, what's going to happen at the end. Loved it! ( )
  BrandyWinn | Feb 2, 2024 |
I love Cormoran and Robin but this whole book revolves around a fake book called Bombyx Mori and the contents of that book is very, very dark and creepy. It is critical to the story and rehashed often and I wished it wasn't.

Otherwise it's a nice mystery. I was tricked about who the bad guy was and that's always nice. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
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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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