The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
(Mulholland Books, 2014, 464 pages)
Cormoran Strike has had steady business since he solved the Lula Landry case months ago, especially divorcees getting dirt on their soon to be ex’s. But when Leonora Quine walks into his office asking for help finding her missing husband, author Owen Quine, who has a habit of disappearing for days, he has a gut feeling he needs to take her case. As Strike starts the investigation, he finds out that Quine’s latest unpublished novel is full of grotesque metaphors for the people closest to him. The unpublished manuscript started to circulate around the publishing world and Quine’s inner circle before lawsuits were threatened to keep the book from publishing. When Strike finds Quine murdered with the circumstances eerily similar to his unpublished manuscript, he knows the suspect list can only be a few people and nothing is adding up.
As the second book in Galbraith’s (J.K. Rowling’s) Cormoran Strike series, I found the sequel much darker then the first. Maybe it was how Quine was murdered and the details of the unpublished novel, but everything seemed to have a darker tone. I enjoyed getting a look into Cormoran’s life since he received all the publicity for the Lula Landry case, even though it took about 100 pages to get into the real mystery of the Quine case. The book also features Robin more this time around and the conflicts between her work and her relationship, wanting to be more involved in the investigations, and her frustrations with Strike. As for the mystery, it was a pretty solid mystery and Galbraith has a knack of letting the reader know that Strike is gathering more evidence without letting you know exactly what he’s on to. But I’m still curious of how he was able to solve the mystery with only the evidence he had available to him at the time. It seemed like a little stretch he was able to do that but maybe I’m just doubting how good of an investigator Strike really is.