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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-19 13:47
Strike helped find a missing person and solved a murder
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

Carmoran Strike is more caring than he admit to himself. He taken up this case because the woman really need help.


The husband has gone missing, and this is not the first time. Owen, the writer, was a self-obsessed jerk. He did this disappearing act for attention and hope to get publicity. 


Now he was found dead. Who killed this person?


The detective who is on this case is a friend of Strike. More than friend as Strike has saved his life. 


The way the backstory given Strike a bit more dimension, or how he interacted with other characters. 


Also, the story involved his younger brother Al. Al is a rich kid being the son of a rock star. He wanted to stay connected to his brother. 


Robin is also better as a character. She really wants to be a detective in training. She had advanced driver training and has saved Strike and herself from a car accident. 


Really like the bit about Strike giving remarks on how pretty Robin is, how she needs to disguise herself. 

Matthew is loved by Robin and just not that likable, selfish bastard. 


He didn't like Robin to have this job and he dislike Strike. 


The story itself has some twists and turns. Keep the readers guessing. Good detective book. 


Really enjoyed this. 5 stars work. 



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text 2018-03-17 08:23
Reading progress update: I've read 320 out of 592 pages.
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

Strike investigating, first a disapparence, then a murder. 


The side story is actually a background story about his past ans how he lost his leg, and how he saved someone life. 


His disability is limiting him  in way that is frustrating. He has to drive automatic as his knee is injured and he is in pain. 


Robin offered to drive him and he finally taken up her offer. The driving itself is a turning point for Strike to put even more trust into her. She had advanced driving skill. 


Cool. Enjoying this. 

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text 2018-03-13 09:10
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 592 pages.
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

Strike has taken a client that he is not sure would get his fee back.


An arrogant writer has disappeared. And this is not the first time. His wife has asked Strike to find him and told him that his publisher would pay him.


Now the publisher is actually pretty pissed with the writer for written a scandalous book that is gross and sad and based on the who's who in the publishing industry. 


As the side story. Robin has set the date for he wedding and invited Strike.


It is known that Strike doesn't like Robin's fiance Matthew and vice versa. 


The book is a bit too much for most, but harmless enough to be publishable. 


Only at 160 pages and still not sure if we want this mean writer  

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review 2018-02-28 18:59
J.K. Rowling Does "Mystery"
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith


... and really, is there anything she can't write?


This may not be the most ingenious of plots (supermodel with "issues" falls to her death from the balcony of her high rise apartment; after the police have declared her death a probable suicide and closed the case, her brother shows up at the office of a down-and-out P.I. with a somewhat checkered past and pleads with him to reinvestigate; P.I. has a new temp secretary who gradually and reluctantly becomes his sidekick), but as always, it's all in the execution, and here, Rowling delivers on all fronts; from tone of voice to attitudes to every other aspect that's indispensable to creating well-rounded characters ... and what a cast of characters she's come up with, too.  She has an impeccable ear for dialogue, for the snazzy, street-wise language that few mysteries can do without, especially those published today -- all the more those set, like this one, in the demi-monde of fashion, film, rock (music, meth / cocaine, and whisky-on-the), modeling, moguls, and money both old and new -- and for endowing her characters with entirely credible human emotions.  All of her characters, that is, regardless how important they are to the story.  Even today, there are few mystery writers who manage that sort of feat.


And honestly, can you possibly think of a greater name for a protagonist, a run-down P.I. at that, than Cormoran Strike?


Count me in for book 2 of the series soon -- I wonder what took me so long to get to it in the first place.


Oh, and never mind that she published this under a male pen name (nice try, Joanne) ... the cat was out of the bag within weeks, if not days IIRC, and I am SO counting this book towards the "R" square of the Women Writers Bingo / Challenge.

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review 2017-12-19 01:13
Strike and Robin investigating a suicide
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

My latest load of books. 


In the attempt to get a VIP card from a local bookstore, a brand from Taiwan, I have to buy a lot. 


So I tried and tried to find enough books for me to buy in order to become member. This is in the pile. 


The surprise is how readable this is. I read the latest one Career of Evil when it went on sale. This one didn't got my interest so much as I have already watched the TV series it based on.


The story has a bit of problem, the detective Strike seems sad, yet didn't really have a temper. Man who had a father who hardly knows his existence, and a career cut short because of injury. One must get frustrated in life and probably has a bit of temper. He is just not a cheerful guy but didn't really take it out on anyone really. 


As for his detective skill, it is a bit procedural. Who was there and why? Interviewing witnesses and tried to confirm the police didn't missed anything. 


The problem of watching the TV series first is the spoiler. I tried to forget the end bits to enjoy the progression of the book more. 


The story itself didn't have enough interactive actions that I like in detective story. But this is just preference. The story itself is doing fine. I would have to find out if this is a suicide or if someone has harmed this young woman. 


The middle bit is a bit of running around with glues. If only Strike revealed some of the clues to Robin, then it would get even better. 


The ending is fine. 


4.5 stars read. 

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