Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

by: Robert Galbraith (psuedonym JK Rowling)
published by:  Mulholland Books
publish date:  June 24, 2014

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.

This is the adult series written by J.K. Rowling in case perhaps you missed all the hoopla surrounding the release of the first book The Cuckoo's Calling.  I liked that book, particularly the characters of Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin.  

The Silkworm took me awhile to get into.  I had trouble with the story line for some reason.  I have this issue with books about authors for some reason.  There seems to be a lot of them lately and I'm just really tired of reading about authors and what a quirky lot they are.  Yeah, I get it, y'all are so tortured and no one gets you or your work or the deeper meaning of it or whatever it is you're trying to say about constantly writing about writers.  Anyway...enough about that quibble, I think what drew me into The Cuckoo's Calling was the character Robin.  She's Cormoran's assistant/secretary.  I really like her character and she seemed to take a bit of a backseat in this book.  I hope in the next book she's featured a bit more prominently, because her she's very enjoyable to read.  The tension between her and Cormoran and her fiance is good stuff!

I assume there will be a 3rd Cormoran Strike book at some time in the future.  I will definitely be reading it.  This is a great detective series by a great writer.

1 comment:

Dorothy Borders said...

I'm enjoying this series, also, and looking forward to the next one. Rowling really is a very good writer.