Career of Evil

Career of Evil

Book - 2015
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When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible--and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...
Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.
Publisher: New York :, Mulholland Books,, 2015
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9780316349932
Characteristics: 497 pages


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Feb 19, 2018

WARNING LOTS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE. I can usually take a few moments of this sprinkled into a book, but in this novel, it occurs many times to many people, of all ages, in disturbing ways. Please be aware of this if you prefer to avoid reading such descriptions.

Jul 03, 2017

I confess I’m an unabashed fan of PI Cormoran Strike. With CAREER OF EVIL author Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling) has once again written a smart, intricate plot - this time involving a grisly serial killer who not only threatens the community at large and Strike’s business but poses an immediate danger to Strike’s assistant and partner, Robin Ellacott. During the investigation Strike encounters multiple suspects, shadowy figures from his past. Just as in the series’ previous books (THE CUCKOO’S CALLING and THE SILKWORM), the crime takes a backseat to the characters - specifically Cormoran and Robin whose witty banter and sharp repartee remind me of Nick and Nora Charles from the classic novel and film series, The Thin Man. Attention fans of fast-paced action storylines: these novels are NOT for you. As a reader of the Strike series, I’ve come to revel in the slow but tense unraveling of the mysteries and also to care about Strike and Robin and about how their personal and professional relationships have evolved over time. I would definitely advise reading this series in order. CAREER OF EVIL concludes with a final twist and a cliffhanger ending which left me wondering where the author will take Robin and Strike next - hopefully I won’t have to wait long to find out!

Apr 19, 2017

I can't get enough of the Cormoran Strike series. I still think The Cuckoo's Calling is the best of the three she's written but Career or Evil was really good and I liked it more than The Silkworm. Loved it and I can't wait for the next one!

AL_TIEGAN Jan 26, 2017

1/26/17: Found out through Robert Galbraith's page on Goodreads that there is going to be a BBC show for these books!!

Jan 05, 2017

Such a great crime series. It is a little dark. However, I usually skim read but I read this word for word! Can't wait for the next one!!

Dec 28, 2016

Disappointed by the subtle but repeated reference to satanic sources and people.
Disgusted at the language and blasphemies, used.

samdog123 Oct 03, 2016

This is a wonderful mystery series, I can't say enough good things about it! Robert Galbraith (alias J.K. Rowling) does a wonderful job with the plot, character development and setting. Main characters Cormoron Strike, detective and ex British Special Service and assistant/partner Robin Ellacott, just get better and better. The book, although very long, went by in a flash. I tend to be what I call a 'skim' reader, but I read each and every word here. Old grudges from Strike's past re-surface and affect his business and relationship with Robin. Well done and I can't wait for the next in the series!

bkalbe Sep 11, 2016

I have read all three in the series and I am not crazy about how lurid the crimes are becoming. They are too dark and graphic for me but I am torn because I like the Strike and Robin characters and enjoy the storytelling.

Sep 08, 2016

Not as good as the first but better than the second. Very long and drawn out. I like the characters in the book.

Aug 23, 2016

It was a bit too long. I would not call it a page turner. It was kind of predictable once you were able to remember all the characters strange/uncommong names. It was entertaining and a little dissapointing at the same time.

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