Synopsis from Goodreads:
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…
“…Writers are a savage breed, Mr. Strike. If you want life-long friendship and selfless camaraderie, join the army and learn to kill. If you want a lifetime of temporary alliances with peers who will glory in your every failure, write novels.”
I really enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling, so I was waiting (not very) patiently for the release of the second book in J. K. Rowling’s (or Robert Galbraith) “Cormoran Strike Series:” The Silkworm. For most of the second half of the book, I was convinced that I had figured out who the killer was in this story. (I hadn’t.) But I was so hooked on the story that I just had to keep going. There are so many twisted, intertwined details in this book. Instead of an outright flashy case, as in the previous book, Strike chooses the case that no one thinks he should…finding a missing author who frequently disappears for weeks at a time. The story in The Silkworm is a good bit darker than the one from The Cuckoo’s Calling, and the descriptions of the crime scene can be a little intense. This series has really reminded me how much I enjoy a good PI/Mystery novel. (I was the kid that read all the Mary Higgins Clark books that I could find in the middle school library.) If you’re a fan of a good private investigator mystery novel, this series is for you. I gave The Silkworm four stars on Goodreads.