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.
To say that I was looking forward to the release of this third installment in the Cormoran Strike series, would be a massive understatement. In my excitement to read Career of Evil, I actually pre-ordered it twice, only realizing my mistake when two gorgeous hardback copies arrived in the mail one day.
Once again 'Robert Galbraith' shows an amazing in-depth understanding and insight in the minds of his characters, who are as diverse and colourful as ever.
I love seeing the dynamics between Cormoran and Robin evolve over time. I'm still not sure what this 'chemistry' is that they have, but the fun thing is that they don't seem to know it either. They just click.
Career of Evil isn't 'flashy' or loud. There's not a gruesome murder or a shocking new development every five pages, but it's thrilling and exciting to read all the same. The numerous twists and turns and possible leads, the detailed thought processes of both the villains and the investigation and the in-depth background stories of all characters involved make this an incredible read. The story doesn't need to "shout". The genius writing and brilliant story-speak for themselves.
My only hope is that installment #4 is coming soon.