The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith

A fast-paced, moderately gruesome and clever story about a missing writer who has been murdered in a macabre way that mimics the story of his latest, highly controversial book.

Cormoran Strike’s character is believable, and his relationship with his assistant, Robin, develops nicely in this second thriller by J K Rowling alias Robert Galbraith.

The characters (and there is a large cast) are interesting precisely because the majority of them represent a world that the author knows well: they are writers, editors, literary agents and publishers, as well as a couple of would-be writers. If any book was going to put me off any attempt at serious (= publishable) writing, this would be the one!