Another fast-paced, well-written whodunit from JK Rowling. It’s been 8 months since Cormoran Strike solved the murder of model Lula Landry, and now an Owen Quine, an author of mild success, has gone missing. He ultimately turns up dead–in a gruesome scene that mirrors the ending of his latest to-be-published novel. That novel is a non-subtle attack on numerous celebrities in the publishing world, and the list of those depicted who may respond with murder is a long one. Strike and his assistant Robin meticulously gather the evidence in pursuit of a killer with an impressive ability for planning and forethought.
Rowling proved her meticulous plotting skills with Harry Potter, and The Silkworm is no exception. She leaves all the right clues to solve the mystery, for those smart enough to find them (I was not). I particularly enjoyed the way she developed the characters of Strike and Robin. There is a realness to their personalities, and just enough sexual tension between them to keep things interesting, as each deals with difficulties in their (separate) relationships. Rowling writes people well and without cliches.