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The Silkworm

Trade Paperback, 6/2/2015

ISBN 9780316206891

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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…

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.


“Strike shares a trait with many great fictional detectives: He is darn good companyThe Silkworm is a very well-written, wonderfully entertaining take on the traditional British crime novel…Robert Galbraith may proudly join the ranks of English, Scottish and Irish crime writers such as Tana French, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, John Connolly, Kate Atkinson and Peter Robinson.” —Harlan Coben, New York Times Book Review

“Appealing detective hero Cormoran Strike is back,and so is his resourceful sidekick, Robin Ellacott, a gumshoe team that’s on its way to becoming as celebrated [as] Nick and Nora Charles [and] Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.” —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“The plot zings along…Swift and satisfying” —Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

“A great detective novel: sharp, immensely readable, warm-hearted but cool-headed.” —USA Today

“A compulsively entertaining yarn.” —Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly

“A pleasurably wicked literary murder mystery…Unnerving and good fun…Only two books in, and Galbraith’s characters already feel like familiar—and welcome—friends.”—Daneet Steffens, Boston Globe

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