After the successful first installment of J.K. Rowling’s (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) three-part detective story The Cuckoo’s Calling, Afghan War solider turned Private Dick, Strike is back in a new two-part story called The Silkworm.

While the first case from Cormeran’s universe saw him thrown headlong into a clash betwixt the social realism of London’s underbelly and the cause celebres of fashion world, the trailer for The Silkworm suggests a less youthful and more fantastic feel as Strike is tasked with tracking down Leonora Quine’s errant author husband within the dark, shadowy world of literature.

I only discovered this afternoon that there’s a second Strike story so soon and I’m so excited I might stay up til 4am to watch it live on BBC One.

The good news doesn’t end there. Tom Edge’s adaptation of third Strike novel – Career of Evil is in the can, is presumably being edited as we speak and will be released in the New Year. Beeb producers must have known they were on to a winner and decided to Strike while the iron was hot!

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On an unrelated point, it’s great to see some of my old haunts in Soho. The record shops and market of Berwick Street, where I used to be a runner when I first arrived in London. Robin’s house was located even directly opposite a house I rented for a year in Church Path, Chiswick!

Update: After staying up until 4 a.m. to watch it live on BBC One, The Silkworm showed more of Strike’s ex-girlfriend Charlotte. Quite a common name, nothing too cosmic in that, but in one of the scenes based in Hammersmith and Chiswick, Robin and her boyfriend walk directly passed the gate of my old house in Church Path, where I lived with an ex-girlfriend… named Charlotte. Strikingly spooky!

Strike: The Silkworm spins its silky, wormy web tonight, Sunday 10th September on BBC One at 9pm.