The Silk­worm by Robert Gal­braith

Friday - - Great Reads -

( JK Rowl­ing, 2014) Last year’s Cuckoo’s Call­ing saw Rowl­ing’s pri­vate-eye Cor­moran Strike limp into our Pot­ter-less lives. Strike’s sec­ond out­ing ar­rives as a cracking crime thriller set in the world of pub­lish­ing. Leonora Quine hires Strike to in­ves­ti­gate the dis­ap­pear­ance of her nov­el­ist hus­band Owen, who is later found mur­dered in a copy-cat slay­ing from his new book. The sus­pense ratch­ets up as Strike and faith­ful fe­male side­kick Robin El­la­cott sift through sus­pects, each em­body­ing a stereo­type of the lit­er­ary world. The crisp, sar­donic prose and tight struc­ture make it a page­turn­ing who­dunit worth spend­ing your sum­mer on.

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