by Robert Galbraith
Hardcover, 456 pages
Let me put to bed the first mystery. I enjoyed this novel quite a bit. It reads like a highway drive. The pages almost turn themselves. The story has a nice, confident flow that allows you to relax knowing you are in good hands. And more importantly, Robert Galbraith plays fair with the clues. None of those outta-the-blue last-minute tricks some mysteries lazily throw in to quickly wrap up the story. The author plays on the level.
The protagonists are Detective Cormoran and his assistant Robin, both likable with their own backstory that's interesting, but never takes over. As for "The Silkworm" plot...word has gotten out that author Owen Quine is planning to release an extremely offensive and spiteful book about a small circle of authors and publishers he runs with. Each one is included in his book in the most unflattering terms. Needless to say, Owen Quine is on everyone's shit list. But who has the biggest dog in the fight? "Dun...Dun...DUN!" But what do I know? I don't know anything. I'm not a mystery connoisseur. "The Silkworm" mystery fooled me and that's all I know.
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