Author: Robert Galbraith
Provided Synopsis: 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…
Review: A year after the release of The Cuckoo’s Calling comes another crime fiction novel about the private detective, Cormoran Strike. Eight months have passed since he solved the case of Lula Landry, and the notoriety he has gained from the press has elevated Strike’s struggling agency to one that is nearly afloat. Until Leonora Quine appears in his office, Strike had been booked for cases dealing with frivolous investigations, such as spying on roaming lovers or spouses. But Leonora asks for something different: she asks for Strike to find her missing husband, an author named Owen Quine, and bring him home.
Quine has been missing for days, yet in the past it had not been uncommon for him to walk out on his family for periods of time due to his attention-seeking nature. However, things are different this time around now that his disappearance coincides with the uproar that has taken the publishing world by storm as the first draft of his newest novel is passed to agents and leaked to others. In the pages of his work are damning caricatures of the people around him, and none of them are pleased with what has been said about them and all of them could have sought revenge. In order to solve this mystery Strike, his assistant, Robin, and a cast of supporting characters who are in close confidences with Cormoran must delve into the pages of Bombyx Mori with critical and textual analysis. I don’t know about others that have read this book, but I did not see it coming…
And I love that!
If you are a reader who is interested in a slow-burning story then this is the book for you. From the very beginning the author lays out clues very clearly, but you have to continue to read for them to begin to form a bigger picture. After being so surprised with the murderer of The Cuckoo’s Calling I was determined to go through this book slower in the hopes that I would beat Strike to the punch; I’d flip back to previous chapters to re-read information, I’d form theories in my head. But I never guessed the killer or the motive behind the act, and in the end I am glad for my failure because it adds so much more to the reading experience to go on this ride all the way to the end. This case draws Strike into the world of publishing to display it for the good and the bad, and I cannot help but wonder the motivation for that as well. After her trust is betrayed she comes out with a story like this: is it brilliant or ironic? All I can say is please, please, please let J.K. Rowling continue to write more installments in this crime fiction series because she has a total knack for it.