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.

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…

J.K. Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith, talks to fellow crime writer Val McDermid at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate (July 18th 2014).

The full version of the event is available to download (£3) at the festival’s website.

“Strike is a hero for our times, a British Philip Marlowe for the 21st century.”

Geoffrey Wansell, The Daily Mail
“[Galbraith] renders London in the grip of winter so well I kept thinking I needed a blanket. But the mystery, twisted as Quine’s book, drives The Silkworm.”

Tampa Bay Times
“terrific narrative pace… this almost preposterously compulsive page-turner is irresistible summer reading”

Sunday Times (Culture magazine)
“…readers of the first will not be disappointed…huge credit is due to Galbraith for portraying [Strike] so vividly, allowing him to flourish in a world that is both alien to him yet one he fits into like a slightly clumsy chameleon…deliciously wicked descriptions and dialogue… profound insights too.” 5 stars

Sunday Express
“Strike also shares a trait with many great fictional detectives: He is darn good company.”

Harlan Coben, New York Times Book Review
“Swift-paced, suspenseful mystery….Robert Galbraith has announced himself as a fresh voice in mystery fiction: part hard-boiled, part satiric, part poignant, and part romantic.”

Wall Street Journal
“You are absolutely carried along… Sophisticated stuff… Well written, exciting”

BBC Radio 4 – Front Row
“An enticingly macabre whodunit… taut and believable. A franchise set to run and run”


“The last line of The Silkworm, which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for her and for us.”

USA Today

“Robert Galbraith… has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow last year’s stealth hit, The Cuckoo’s Calling…. Astutely observed, well-paced… Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel.”

“…why is “likable” the first word that comes to mind upon finishing The Silkworm?… (the jig may be up with her Robert Galbraith pseudonym, but the bloom is still on her homicidal rose) and even more to do with her detective hero, who, at the risk of offending, is the second husband of every author’s dreams.”

Washington Post

The Silkworm is fast-paced and entertaining… Strike is heroic without intending to be and has a great back story. He’s the illegitimate son of a rock star whose half-siblings grew up in privilege… And he’s brooding, but not annoyingly so. Strike has all kinds of potential. It’d be a crime not to keep up with him.”

Daily News
“Cormoran Strike is back, and so is his resourceful sidekick, Robin Ellacott, a gumshoe team that’s on its way to becoming as celebrated for its mystery-solving skills as Nick and Nora Charles of “Thin Man” fame, and Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander (a.k.a. the girl with the dragon tattoo)…. an entertaining novel in which the most compelling characters are not the killer or the victim, but the detectives charged with solving the crime.”

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
“Having just the better part of a day and a night making my way through the 455 pages of The Silkworm… I must say, I don’t mind at all… The murder mystery at the heart of The Silkworm is a genuine mystery with an altogether satisfying resolution.”

The Daily Beast
“A damn good read . . . A book to gulp down” 5 stars

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph
“a pacey detectine story…a tightly stitched updating of the classic tale of the dishevelled but brilliant private dick…moreish”

Charlotte Philby, The Independent

“Galbraith has a lot of fun caricaturing London’s publishing milieu…it’s an old-fashioned mystery in a positive sense…the novel teems with sly humour, witty asides and intelligence…Galbraith knows how to tell a story.”

Marcel Berlins, The Times
“Please, please give us more of Robert Galbraith and Cormoran Strike. I can’t wait for the next.”

Richard & Judy

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