The Silkworm, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


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 ...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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751549263



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Is it as good as The Cuckoo's Calling? Of course not, nothing is, but it's still a superb novel. Believable characters and an interesting plot. The pacing is just superb. It never bogs down. Seriously, just look at the bit where Robin goes to the funeral. In the hands of every other author you'd get a family scene interlude but here you have character and plot development rolled into one.In the first book a lot of the characters were reminiscent of real famous Brits, never close enough to be libellous. I don't know enough about publishing to judge if that is going on here but I hope it is. I did notice that two of the characters are called Kathryn Kent and Pippa Midgley and I wondered if this was a very cheeky (and perverse) reference to the Middleton sisters.And the whole thing just feels real. I've spent some time in London and she really captures the size and variety of the place.

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