The Silworm

The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith

Wanda Cohen (07/21/14): In The Silkworm we meet Cormoran Strike again. He first appeared in Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling. Although you should read that one as well, it is not necessary to read it first to enjoy this second novel featuring Strike as it's main character. The writing is well done as you would expect. (Galbraith aka R. K. Rowling author of the Harry Potter series) The novel keeps your interest and keeps you guessing. It can be graphic but not just for shock value. Strike is a flawed but brilliant Private Detective. His secretary/assistant is wonderfully bright and able but with her own issues. They fit together like well cut puzzle pieces to create a highly functioning and astute pair. These two characters are so well developed and so wonderfully approachable that I was left with the feeling that I would love to meet them for tea and chat for an afternoon or better yet wine and dinner and hear about their current cases. No Sherlock Homes arrogance or high brow wit but you don't want or miss it with Cormoran Strike's no nonsense, level headed, pay attention to detail and get the job done, approach to his profession. Finding the missing, and not so well loved, or popular author, Owen Quine, would seem like a boring and easy to solve case. Wrong. In the course of the investigation, many times in conflict with the local police, Cormoran shows his abilities at their best. He uses his unfailing memory and the ability to look beyond the obvious like other's use artistic skills to create a work of art. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a wonderful "who done it" written with a creative pen. 4+
Rating: ****+

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