The Silkworm


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 . . .

The Silkworm is the second book in the Cormoran Strike series. It was published on 19th June 2014 under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Since J.K. Rowling had already been revealed to be the true author of the series, the second book in the series sold better than the first book within its first few weeks.

J.K. Rowling mentioned in an interview with Val McDermid that she gave the character Owen Quine the same typewriter that she used to write Harry Potter with in the early days.

You can explore the details of The Silkworm via the links below:


Read about the first novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, here.

Read about the third novel, Career of Evil, here.

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