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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Galbraith Narrator: Robert Glenister Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cormoran Strike Series Release Date:
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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 poison-pen portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning 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.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike…Astutely observed, well paced…The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel.”


  • “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, 3½ out of 4 stars

  • “Why is ‘likable’ the first word that comes to mind upon finishing The Silkworm? Surely, that has something to do with Rowling’s palpable pleasure in her newly chosen genre 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

  • “Rowling proves once again that she’s a master of plotting over the course of a series; you can see her planting seeds, especially when it comes to Robin, which can be expected to bear narrative fruit down the line. It will be a pleasure to watch what happens.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Popular British actor Glenister takes on a highly-charged crime puzzle, peopled by a panoply of mainly vile suspects as well as a totally engaging pair of detectives. Matching Rowling’s praiseworthy ear for dialogue, he catches the subtleties—a touch of snark in cocktail party chatter, the arrogance in the voice of the overprivileged, the fear almost hidden in the raspy croak of a chain-smoking literary agent.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “This is a wonderful listen! Once again, talented narrator Robert Glenister brings detective Cormoran Strike from the printed page to full life…Glenister captures the likable but flawed Strike with a voice as gritty and heavily accented as London’s North End. Yet he transitions easily to more refined accents and softer tones to convincingly portray all the memorable characters…and gives each character a distinct voice by merely varying tone and pace. Fans of Rowling’s previous works and listeners who simply like a good mystery will be hoping Rowling and Glenister continue their partnership. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books of June 2014
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Chicago Tribune Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice of 2014
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • An AudioFile Best Book of the Year for 2014
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014
  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2014
  • On the 2015 ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration
  • Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration
  • Longlisted for the 2015 CWA Gold Dagger Award
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