In "The Silkworm" private investigator Cormoran Smith and his ambitious assistant, Robin, search for a missing author. Robin is a tall, young woman with a goal of becoming a private investigator herself.
Cormoran is an intelligent, kind hearted investigator who lost part of his leg in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
The captivating story begins with a scene that makes the reader root for his success.
When Leonora Quine comes to Strike's office requesting his help. Strike is about to start a meeting with an arrogant client. Strike was a bit late for the meeting and when the client gets huffy, Strike tells Robin to give the man his file. When the client isn't sure of what is transpiring, the client who had been waiting, Leonora gloats, "He's sacking you."
The author paints a picture of how difficult it is to be a successful P.I. It is explained when Strike explains to Robin that dedication to an investigation is more important than financial benefits.
The missing author had written a novel, "Bombyx Mori" which is a parody of man of his compatriots in the literary world.. It's a demeaning novel that gives many of these literary notables enough reason for wanting him, Owen Quine, dead.
Strike's heroic action in Afghanistan included him reaching across the back seat of a military vehicle and pulling another soldier out of the auto as it exploded. The end result cost Strike his lower leg, the man he rescued had some facial scars but the driver was mortally wounded.
I also enjoyed the way the author described the difficulty a person missing part of a leg, would have attempting to get around London in the Snowy surroundings.