Preview of “The Silkworm” available in the “Times” tomorrow

UPDATE: Since it is now June 4 for those in the UK, the preview is available for subscribers to the Times. If you are a subscriber, you can read the excerpt here!

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It’s still a few weeks until the official release of the second Cormoran Strike novel ,The Silkworm, and up until now the novel’s plot has been tightly under wraps. Earlier today, however, the Times of London tweeted a pretty big teaser:

In case you’ve forgotten since we first posted in February, here’s a synopsis of the novel:

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… A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

Besides the Amazon fiasco that The Silkworm has found itself caught up in, there has been very little news regarding the Cuckoo’s Calling sequel until now. Will you pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Times? Where do you think The Silkworm will find Cormoran and Robin?

Jessica J.

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