Career of Evil

Career of Evil

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780316349932
0316349933
9780316349895
Characteristics: 497 pages ; 25 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Nov 03, 2018

We Used To Have Such Good Times Together -- The Everly Brothers, "So Sad"

I enjoyed the first two Strike books, but found myself wishing this one would end sooner. Book Two's chapters were headed with obscure quotations from obscure (at least to me) books. This one had chapters headed by quotes from songs by Blue Oyster Cult - also obscure to me (like many, I suspect "Don't Fear the Reaper" is the only song of theirs to come to mind.) My favorite mystery book (Rim of the Pit by Hake Talbot) had such quotations at the head of each chapter, but they were germane to the chapter's content - although some were probably fabricated for effect.

The chapters narrated by the mysterious killer stalking Robin quickly grew tedious, took you out of the main story line, and were skimmed by me after a while. The evolving relationship between Strike and Robin kept my interest, but his obsession with his former antagonists almost grew tiresome. I would have preferred a more straightforward plot where the two main characters concentrated on solving the mystery, not chasing all over Britain looking for possible culprits who had a hateful grudge about Strike.

The ending wrapped things up (sort of, left a few things up in the air), and I suppose the next book in the series will fill in "what happened next" adequately, since this one sort of left you hanging.

VaughanPLDonnalee Jul 10, 2018

I like the Cormoran Strike books, written by J.K. Rowling under the name Robert Galbraith, very much. I really like the characters of Cormoran and his partner Robin. They are complex, interesting characters with a fascinating relationship. The mysteries are good and intriguing, with sufficient twists and turns. The books are well-written and engaging, but long and leisurely paced, so if you prefer short, fast page-turners you may find them too slow. The crimes in this particular book are quite gruesome and nasty, so this book may not appeal to all readers. These books do not have the fun and fantasy of Harry Potter at all, but Rowling has created new, complex and compelling characters and I'm looking forward to more books in this dark mystery series.

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delaneyk
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.

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cknightkc
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!

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yasghanem
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!

ArapahoeTiegan 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!!

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Harry_Potter_Fan
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!!

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RickfromNZ
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.

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