On Wednesday June 4th, J.K Rowling released a two chapter excerpt from her upcoming crime novel The Silkworm. Written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm is the sequel to last year’s best-selling novel The Cuckoo’s Calling. Both books feature British private detective Cormoran Strike and his ambitious secretary Robin Ellacott.
Rowling took the world by storm last July when it was revealed that she was the true author of The Cuckoo’s Calling. Though Rowling had written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith to return to her pre-Potter roots, she was quickly outed thanks to tweet from the wife of one of Rowling’s lawyers.
There had been rumors for years that Rowling was writing a crime novel, but those essentially went away when she released her first book since finishing the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy on September 27, 2012.
Here is a summary for The Silkworm that was released on Robert Galbraith’s official site:
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he 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 realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.
And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…
The book will be released on June 19, 2014. Unfortunately, due to the dispute between Hachette Books and Amazon, The Silkworm will not be available for purchase on the popular retail site.
You can view the chapter excerpts here.
I will be purchasing the book the day it comes out and write a review.