Set in present day London and vicinity, this is the second mystery featuring private investigator and Afghanistan war veteran Cormoran Strike. His assistant, Robin Ellacott, has a larger role in this book and we learn more about Robin’s back story and her relationship with fiance, Matthew. The murder victim this time has written a disturbing novel titled “Bombyx Mori,” which is the scientific name for the silkworm. The book is a Roman a clef of his friends and business associates in the publishing industry and it is filled with poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knew, so the suspects are numerous. Galbraith is the pen name of one of the most successful authors alive today so he must know many of the faults, backstabbing and petty behaviors portrayed here. Cormoran is again helped by friends and relatives, especially his half-brother Al, from the wealthy side of the family. I listened to the excellent book on CD narrated by Robert Glenister.
RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh
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