Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
Mulholland Books, 20/10/15
Rating 4 out of 5
Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.
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 series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.
Career of Evil is the second book I have read in the Cormoran Strike series, having missed the first one. I’m not sure if I will bother going back to it as you don’t really need to read all of this series to work out what is going on.
JK has an amazing way of dropping subtle details into the story that help build up the back story and aren’t annoying for anyone who has read the other two books.
This story is fast moving. The delivery of the severed leg really jolts the story forwards and instead of it being an investigation into someone else’s lives, you learn a lot about Cormoran and his life before. You find out more about his mother, his education and his service in the army.
The murderer, in this case, could be one of three men Cormoran has crossed paths with in his past, including his step-father, whom he thinks murdered his mum, although he was cleared at a trial of any involvement.
Again JK had me guessing right until the end. Some crime stories you can guess “who done it”, but as there were three very believable suspects and the way she wrote about each of them, she kept me off the scent.
The relationship between Cormoran and Robin is an interesting one too. As with many crime stories, be them in books or on the screen, having a working relationship with the opposite sex adds a certain amount of will they won’t they chemistry to carry the series forward. In this case, JK again has got it right.
If you are looking for an immersive, bloody murder investigation, then Career of Evil is for you.
- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Mulholland Books; 1st Edition edition (20 Oct. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316349933
- ISBN-13: 978-0316349932
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