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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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For me there was nothing not to like in this book. We see consistency with the main characters and progression in their relationship. Other genre works like this tend to have the characters in a fixed relationship with no real changes, which is no real bad thing given that the main event is the mystery to be solved.

But I do find that the added interest of the relationship deepens the reading pleasure. It reminds me of the sexual tension between Mulder and Scully and contrary to other comments I hope they never get together!

I have the next one in the series and am looking forward to that. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
good but not like first one ( )
  devendradave | Sep 1, 2020 |
Good mystery aside, I could do with fewer references to Strike's "pube-like hair." ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
I was quite absorbed by this page turner.
An involved plot and many characters.
It is set in London in the publishing world.
I like how Galbraith (Rowling) gets the story across with minimum of words/description.
I also like how all the places are real, you can find them in Google, and look at the decor of the pubs etc she describes.
She has a good understanding of people, describing emotions, fears as you have felt.

The following extract perhaps reveals her experience of the publishing world

'But writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike, If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels.' p501 ( )
  GeoffSC | Jul 25, 2020 |
A missing writer’s wife sends private investigator Cormoran Strike on a hunt for the man. Strike discovers that the author’s agent is desperately trying to recall the manuscript of his most recent novel from the publisher because she’s realized that it’s a potentially libelous roman à clef that attacks both her and his publishers, his friends, his family—in fact, almost everyone he knows. Then Strike discovers his gruesomely mutilated corpse in a house jointly owned by the author and a former friend who’s become a bitter enemy. But now many people in the literary community feel grievously hurt and betrayed by how they’re betrayed in the manuscript. Which one of them took this vicious revenge?

Galbraith’s giant Cornish detective struggles with wounds suffered in love and war, as he and his young assistant persistently struggle to unwind the tangled trail that led to the bizarre death of a minor literary figure. Glenister does an excellent job of narrating this riveting revenge tragedy themed whodunit. ( )
  MaowangVater | Jul 21, 2020 |
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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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