I would like to watch The DVD Adaptation of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K.Rowling). It features Cormoran Strike, a private investigator who is an ex-SIB investigator who has lost part of a leg after a bombing in Afghanistan. He has no money and is also the illegitimate son of a famous rock star (as the result of an affair with a notorious groupie). Cormoran Strike is approached by Leonora Quine with a plea to locate her husband, the notorious writer Owen Quine, who has disappeared without a trace. Quine, was once hailed as one of the original literary rebels and was presented as the literary world’s version of music’s punk rock scene however he never repeated the success of his original novel.
Strike discovers that his disappearance coincides with the leak of the manuscript for his latest novel, Bombyx Mori, which The London literary community consider to be unpublishable; due to its unpleasant mix of rape, sadomasochism, torture, necrophilia and cannibalism. With the hero being tricked and eaten alive by various characters who all sound suspiciously like people in Quine’s life
Meanwhile Strike’s relationship with his assistant Robin Ellacott deteriorates, after a disastrous meeting with her fiancé Matthew. Robin is dissatisfied stuck in the role of secretary when she aspires to be an investigator herself. Strike makes a disturbing discovery when he finds Quine’s body in an abandoned house, bound, disembowelled, doused in acid and posed like the centerpiece of a meal, in a grotesque parody of the final scene in Bombyx Mori. Strike’s investigation focuses on the seven people portrayed in the manuscript: his wife, Leonora; his lover, Kathryn Kent; his transgender protégée, Pippa Midgley; his harsh agent, Elizabeth Tassel; his alcoholic editor, Jerry Waldegrave; his publisher, Daniel Chard; and his former friend and fellow literary rebel, Michael Fancourt. Gradually the suspects begin to turn on one another, accusing and counter-accusing each other of not only murdering Quine, but of ghostwriting part of Bombyx Mori. Then Matthew’s mother dies suddenly and Strike’s relations with Robin get strained even further and Strike cautions Robin that if she chooses to become an investigator, she may have to do things that her fiancé Matthew will not like.
Leonora becomes the Main suspect and Strike focuses on Quine’s relationship with Michael Fancourt, which grew icy after Fancourt’s first wife Elspeth wrote a novel which was panned by critics and caused Elspeth to commit suicide, with Fancourt accusing Quine and Tassel of causing her suicide. Then Inconsistencies are discovered between the original draft of Bombyx Mori and the final manuscript. Kathryn Kent and Pippa Midgely, also begin acting suspiciously. Then Strike discovers something else important about Bombyx Mori. Then At a party for another Author, Strike discovers that, Elizabeth Tassel was also an author before she became an agent and learns who actually wrote the parody of Elspeth Fancourt’s novel. Strike then discovers a convoluted trail of blackmail, conspiracy and murder Involving Owen Quine, Elizabeth Tassel, Michael Fancourt and Leonora Quine.
Career of Evil
I would also like to watch The DVD Adaptation of Career of evil. This begins a year after The Silkworm an sees Robin Ellacott, assisting Cormoron Strike as a full-time investigator. However The increasing closeness between the two coworkers creates tension between Robin and her longtime boyfriend/fiancé, Matthew, who disapproves and is very jealous of her relationship with Strike. Strike is meanwhile beginning a new relationship with Elin, a beautiful ex-musician and BBC radio presenter. Meanwhile Robin receives a rather gruesome package from a courier, containing a woman’s severed right leg and accompanied by a note quoting from the Blue Öyster Cult song “Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)”.
Strike believes the package was sent by someone with a grudge against him and names four suspects to the police; Terrence “Digger” Malley, an infamous gangster with a history of mailing severed body parts, The second is a paedophile named Noel Brockbank, The third is an ex-squaddie, Donald Laing, whom Strike had investigated for severe physical abuse of his wife and child and The fourth suspect is Strike’s ex-stepfather Jeff Whittaker whom, despite his acquittal, Strike still believes to have murdered his mother. Strike also investigates a young woman who had once requested Strike’s help in amputating her own leg as a result of body dysmorphia.
Meanwhile Robin and Matthew’s relationship becomes further strained after Matthew sleeps with his university friend Sarah Shadlock so Robin calls off her engagement. Heartbroken drunk and miserable Robin reveals the horrific truth behind her dropping out of University to Strike who later travels to Edinburgh, where one of his former SIB colleagues is now stationed. Strike discovers that Noel Brockbank’s pension is being sent to Barrow-in-Furness. Strike then visits Melrose, where Donald Laing’s mother still lives. Hoping to gather information about Laing’s current whereabouts, sadly Laing’s mother is unable to help However her neighbour is good friends with the parents of Rona, Laing’s ex-wife whom he was convicted of abusing, and agrees to arrange a meeting. Rona’s mother expresses continuing gratitude to Strike (as he was the person who rescued her daughter, and offers to assist Strike. Strike discovers that Laing recently attempted to visit his mother in Melrose but was unable due to his history of violent behavior.
Strike learns that, during Laing’s childhood, a field owned by a farmer who dismissed Laing from his employ was mysteriously burned down, that several girls in the area had accused him of rape, and Rona also suspects Laing of killing their family cat. However None of these suspicions were ever confirmed. Strike discovers that Laing visited Rona once since leaving prison, and threatened to kill her in retribution for his son (who had died of neglect while Rona was chained to the bed).
So Strike returns to London. Meanwhile The police discover that the leg sent to Robin matches the recently discovered body of the would-be amputee who had written to Strike. Then Robin is sent another gruesome package This time it contains a toe from the left foot of the same corpse, along with more Blue Öyster Cult lyrics. Strike and Robin journey through England to track their three suspects, with mixed results. They travel to Laing’s last known address in Corby and meet Lorraine, a middle-aged woman whom Laing had been living with. Strike discovers that although Laing was moody and robbed her he now suffers from psoriatic arthritis. From Corby, Robin and Strike travel to Barrow-in-Furness to seek out Holly Brockbank, the person who has been cashing Noel’s military pension checks.
Robin discovers that Holly is Noel’s twin sister who had been left to care for him following his discharge from the army following a brain injury that also left him physically disfigured. Holly reveals that Noel was prone to violent outbursts, and reveals that their stepfather had been molesting them for their entire childhood and that she is completely aware that her brother is a paedophile. Strike learns that Holly finally Evicted Noel after After a particularly violent outburst, and threatened to tell the police of his sexual proclivities. Noel blackmailed Holly to keep silent and Strike’s worst fears concerning Noel are confirmed. On the trip to London Strike reveals more about his step father Jeff Whittaker who displays all the symptoms of being a narcissist sociopath, with an unhealthy obsession of death, who used to quote Satanic lyrics to Strike regularly, especially those glorifying death and decay. Strike also reveals that Whittaker was found to have kept a dead woman’s body with him in a flat for over a month some years after Leda Strike’s death. Strike discovers that Whittaker is currently pimping and possibly selling methamphetamine. Meanwhile The killer strikes twice more during the investigation, cutting two fingers from one victim and the ear lobes from another, leading to the killer becoming known as the Shacklewell Ripper.
Then Wardle’s brother is struck and killed in a hit-and-run motor accident, necessitating his departure from work. He relinquishes the case to Roy Carver, the lead investigator on the Lula Landry case. Carver is still furious that Strike solved the case instead of the Police and threatens Strike to stay away. Strike and Robin find Whittaker, cohabiting with a young woman he is pimping. So Robin attempts to help her under the guise of Venetia Hall, Robin’s undercover alter-ego. She reveals that, that Whittaker had forced her to have sex with his entire band in a van. Robin concludes that, while Whittaker is abominable, he is not the Shacklewell Ripper and suspects Brockbank is responsible and takes action against him, but instead of thanking her, Strike fires her for gross misconduct concerning Brockbank, then Robin finds herself in real danger when she encounters the real Ripper…