The Silkworm
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The Silkworm


Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling.

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...

Title:The Silkworm
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:455 pages

    The Silkworm Reviews

  • Mohammed Arabey
    Nov 02, 2013

    Welcome back to 12 Bar Cafe.. to Cormoran Strike's.Welcome back in London,and to actually Being Strike.I still see him as "Hugh Jackman" :),with some hair style to match, & Emma Watson as his adorable...

  • Alejandro
    Jun 24, 2014

    Wicked brilliant! ( Yes ;) Pun intended! ) HERE COMES CORMORAN & ROBIN AGAIN! If you are respectably active on the reading community, it will be no surprise that this "Robert Galbraith" is really th...

  • Aisling
    Aug 27, 2013

    J.K Rowling releases a novel under a pseudonym? Then announces that said novels sequel is already written and will be released in 2014??This is how I imagine she looks right now.Edit Feb 2014: We have...

  • Roch
    Feb 17, 2014


  • Raeleen Lemay
    Feb 19, 2014

    I FINALLY FINISHED THIS THING. And it was great! I actually liked this book more than the first one, but just by a hair. Highly recommend getting the audiobooks for these. ...

  • Nataliya
    May 31, 2014

    "...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 wi...

  • Ferdy
    Jun 25, 2014

    2.5 stars - SpoilersDisappointing, it wasn't awful but it wasn't good either. It was all rather predictable and generic, I wouldn't have minded the cliches and obviousness of it all if the main charac...

  • Jill
    Aug 03, 2013

    The Silkworm is the tenth J.K. Rowling novel I’ve read. I believe that after ten often gargantuan novels I can make fairly accurate generalizations about her writing. And it saddens me to say that s...

  • Adina
    Apr 25, 2017

    4.5* When I finished The Silkworm two weeks ago I was planning to give it 4* for reasons that I will discuss later. I decided to upgrade my rating when I went to visit my mum and I saw the novel on th...

  • Karl
    Jun 25, 2014

    As much as I enjoyed the first Strike book this second venture was rather a let down. What we have in "The Silkworm" are alternating chapters of the main character lamenting about the pain he is suffe...

About Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith

This is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. NOTE: There is more than one author with this name on Goodreads. Robert Galbraith - Marine BiologistRowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling (née Volant), on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Bristol. Her