Returning from the massive success of character Cormoran Strike in The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for the gargantuanly successful writer J.K. Rowling, crafts yet another murder mystery tale of a writer, Owen Quine who goes missing in The Silkworm. His wife hires Strike in the capacity of a private detective and was under the impression that he has gone away for a few days, as he has before, but this time seems different. This time he hadn’t returned.

When Strike does a little digging on where his client’s husband has disappeared to, he soon realises that the meaning of it all goes a lot deeper than the client realises. 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.

A brutal murder leaves Strike to deal with an unapologetic murderer, the kind he has never come across before.

By Pavan Premaney