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The-Silkworm-by-Robert-Galbraith-aka-JK-Rowling-book-coverName: The Silkworm

Author:  Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)

Genre : Detective fiction

Series: Cormoran Strike, #2

Pages : 454 pages

Publication Year:  June, 2014

Is Review Spoiler: No

Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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What do you need in a detective story? Or let me put it in another way, what do you expect in a detective story? A brutal murder, usual and unusual suspects, crime scene, clues leading to the murderer and a detective along with his side kick running against time to catch the real killer. Isn’t that all we expect in a detective fiction? You will find all this and more in J. K. Rowling’s (a.k.a Robert Galbraith) book #2 in Cormoran Strike series.

Cormoran Strike is an ex-military who lost his leg in Afghanistan now turned to a private investigator, after solving the Lula Landry case, his business has improved and getting steady stream of divorce cases and the occasional job on behalf of a tabloid journalist.

Strike one day gets an unexpected visit by  Leonora Quine with plea to locate her missing husband, a well-known author Owen Quine, who has disappeared without a trace. While investigating the disappearance of Owen, Strike finds out that this not the first time he disappeared and he has a habit of going out or vanishing for couple of weeks and suddenly returning one day. That’s the reason Owen’s wife contacted Strike not police because once she did contact police but he came back the other day and both police and Owen was very angry with her.

As Strike progress with the investigation of Owen, he comes across with the latest unpublished novel Owen wrote before his disappearance named “Bombyx mori” which if made public will reveal the dark and hidden secrets of almost everyone he knew in the publishing industry including some very big authors and publishers.

When Strike finds the mutilated and horrifically murdered body of Owen and from the way he has been murdered, it’s pretty clear that murder has to be one of the guys who’s secretes Owen tried to reveal in his gothic like fiction “Bombyx mori”.  Hence the number of suspects are being reduced to very few persons and Rowling reveals all the facts as we progress in the story – the relations of Owen with authors and publishers, his sadistic sex life and his passion for getting media attention.

In this book the flow of story has become smooth and characters looks matured and confident and as we all know J.K. Rowling is pretty good story-teller. The story has depth and good plot with some great twists and turns. Apart from investigating Owen case, we also see that both the main character Strike and Robin are struggling in their personal live’s. Strike is broken-up with his girlfriend charlotte who is not getting married to another guy and Robin is having troubles with her fiance Matthew – who doesn’t like her working with Strike whereas Robin constantly trying patch-up between his fiance and strike.

Rowling’s The Silkworm has all the ingredients one need in detective fiction and I am looking forward to next novel in Cormoran Strike series. I will recommend this book to everyone who loves crime/mystery/detective fiction.

Excerpt from book:

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he 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 realises. 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 – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .

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