Poetry Madness

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Original Essays | April 6, 2015

    Mary Norris: IMG Voracious

    In the summer of 2012, I got a contract for a book about language, based on my experiences of more than 30 years as a copy editor at The New Yorker.... Continue »
    1. $17.47 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

Qualifying orders ship free.
List price: $28.00
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
5 Burnside Mystery- A to Z
5 Hawthorne Mystery- A to Z
12 Local Warehouse Mystery- A to Z

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Novel)


The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Novel) Cover

ISBN13: 9780316206877
ISBN10: 0316206873
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details



Staff Pick

An alluring mystery written in a classic style, the new Cormoran Strike novel from J. K. Rowling (Galbraith is a pseudonym) is utterly satisfying. Gritty, well-paced, and peopled with compelling characters, The Silkworm is a compulsive, clue-driven read.
Recommended by Ted, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling.

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 poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives — meaning that 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.

About the Author

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 5 comments:

selective reader, September 2, 2014 (view all comments by selective reader)
I enjoyed this book very much. I have not read The Harry Potter Series and because of that came to this book with a fresh attitude without that prior knowledge of comparison. The writing I found to be very well done. I enjoyed reading this mystery book because a lot of the characters here are flawed in some way including the main character. I tend to enjoy books more when the characters are flawed in some way just like real people. It somehow makes the characters easier to relate to.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)
writermala, August 17, 2014 (view all comments by writermala)
How such drivel could get on the bestsellers list is a total mystery to me. 454 pages of trash is how I'd describe it. Owen Quine, a novelist goes missing and his wife hires detective Cormoran Strike to hire him - a good start; but it's downhill all the way after that.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 3 readers found this comment helpful)
dmard, July 13, 2014 (view all comments by dmard)
I loved the Harry Potter books and have been reading JK Rowlings newer books expecting that same humor and detail. They are not there.

Her later books read as though they are by a completely different author. There really isn't much in the way of humor to them at all. So do not read this book expecting Rowling's Harry Potter style of narrative.

That said, this is a solid mystery novel. The pacing gives you the feel of the life of a real detective. It's not action packed, but moves at a steady pace where things happen because Strike, the lead character, works at it unrelentingly. Silkworm is full of humanly realistic characters with plenty of flaws to go around. The story also depicts of the life of an amputee in a way that shatters the stereotypes of the classic war hero as depicted in the media. These veterans often experience frequent pain and discomfort rather than being none the worse for the loss of a limb as many may assume.

Overall, he content is pretty dark and disturbing at times. It has much more in common with The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo series than the Harry Potter series.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy dark, even grisly murder mysteries. I would not recommend it to those who prefer lighter or more humorous fare.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(2 of 4 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 5 comments

Product Details

Galbraith, Robert
Mulholland Books

Other books you might like

  1. California
    New Mass Market $13.50
  2. The Cuckoo's Calling
    Used Hardcover $10.95
  3. Bad Monkey
    Used Hardcover $7.95
  4. All the Light We Cannot See
    New Mass Market $13.50
  5. Flying Shoes
    Used Hardcover $10.50
  6. The Long War (Long Earth) New Mass Market $9.99

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » General
Featured Titles » Genre
Featured Titles » Literature
Featured Titles » Staff Favorites
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » Featured Titles
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Contemporary Thrillers

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Novel) Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$19.95 In Stock
Product details pages Mulholland Books - English 9780316206877 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

An alluring mystery written in a classic style, the new Cormoran Strike novel from J. K. Rowling (Galbraith is a pseudonym) is utterly satisfying. Gritty, well-paced, and peopled with compelling characters, The Silkworm is a compulsive, clue-driven read.

  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.