Saturday, August 16, 2014
Book Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Author: Robert Galbraith
Enjoyment Rating: ****
Content Alert: disturbing violence, sex, swearing
Cormoran Strike is still basking in the glow of solving the Lula Landry murder when a woman walks into his office. Most of his clients are going after rich, cheating husbands, but this woman looks different. She's unattractive and nervous, and she wants Strike to find her husband, the novelist Owen Quine, who has been missing for several weeks. Strike and his assistant, Robin, soon discover that Quine has been brutally murdered, and the police think Mrs. Quine committed the crime.
This second novel in the Cormoran Strike series, written by JK Rowling, delves deeply into the publishing world, and capitalizes on a knowledge of how agents and assistants and publishers work with and sometimes struggle with their authors. The novel is well-paced and the characters are fascinating. I really like both Cormoran and Robin, particularly as Robin works to navigate her family responsibilities and her work roles, but the secondary characters. There are lots of literary references which might be annoying in another context, but really work in a book about publishing. And, as is rarer and rarer these days, I didn't figure out who the murderer was until the great reveal, which was a beautiful a-ha moment. The novel is gritty and tough to read, but also really great for those who enjoy the genre.