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Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike Novels) Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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"Gripping . . . A step forward for the series . . . An absorbing book, pulpy, fast and satisfying."―Charles Finch, New York Times Book Review
"Pure pleasure. . . . That's what makes these novels so good: They are clever, tightly plotted mysteries with all of the most pleasurable elements of the genre (good guy, bad guy, clues, twists, murder!), but with stunning emotional and moral shading."―Annalisa Quinn, NPR
"Hugely entertaining . . . This gifted storyteller has taken full command of the new turf. . . . Career of Evil succeeds powerfully on its own terms."―Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Tribune
"Another triumph . . . Its darkness is mitigated by its sparkling protagonists."―Kim Hubbard, People
"Strike and Robin are just as magnetic as ever."―Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"Sparklingly witty [and] unexpectedly moving"―Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times
"Bloody good . . . The author's trademark plotting has lost none of its propulsive readability."―Daneet Steffens, Boston Globe
"Satisfying . . . Strike and Robin are as powerful a fictional pairing as any in recent memory. . . . Galbraith demonstrates a breezy command of the intricacies of both the central mystery and of the form itself."―Robert Wiersema, Toronto Star
"A refreshing change to the genre . . . Every bit as impressive as [The Cuckoo's Calling] . . . Let's hope the sardonic Cormoran Strike is here to stay."―Barry Forshaw, Independent [UK]
"An entertaining novel . . . The denouement is violent, unexpected and satisfying."―Marcel Berlins, The Times [UK]
"A deliriously clever plot"―Christobel Kent, Guardian [UK]
"As readable and exciting as ever . . . Fans of the intrepid duo are in for some shocks."―Jake Kerridge, Telegraph [UK]
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- Robin, one of the most interesting and likable characters JKR has ever created, co-stars in the novel and her identity is superbly defined
- Strike's backstory is addressed in more detail, and it's very compelling
- The settings are vividly depicted, with excellent descriptions of sites all over seedy and posh London and Northern England
- Heavy topics like rape, child abuse, and mental illness are thoughtfully considered and woven into the narrative without being overly preachy
- The relationship between Robin and Strike continues to develop in a complex, unpredictable way
- The dialog is consistently excellent and realistic
- Much less emphasis on Strike's disability, which plagued the last novel
- The reveal, unlike the first two novels, is not an endless explanatory monologue -- it's thankfully short and sweet
**These positives far outweigh the following negatives, definitely making Career of Evil a worthwhile read. Nevertheless...
- Many of the characters are one-dimensional. While Strike and Robin are increasingly depicted as complicated, multifaceted protagonists, most others are portrayed without any significant depth. The bad guys are REALLY bad; the victims are hopelessly innocent, others just occupy space.Read more ›
This story is wonderful blend of suspense, humor, an intrigue as Cormoran and Robin continue their subtle dance as detective and assistant; and perhaps something more. At the same time, tension between Cormoran and the police investigating the crime continues as, unfortunately, his past successes in solving crimes have highlighted their failures.
The best thing about every one of these books is that Rowling brings her great gift of storytelling to a new realm of fiction. The characters are vivid, the plots intricate and believable. The worlds Rowling builds are so well woven, you feel yourself pulled into the story. You become one of the characters. To me, it seems the "Harry Potter" series was just the opening act for one of the most gifted writers of my generation..
The first thing that needs to be said for regulars - `Career of Evil' is so far the best installment in series. Either seen from the perspective of good guys that are becoming even more profiled characters, or villains that are not flat characters, but more than ever complex and terrifying persons that will make you think about the book long after the last page is closed.
The story starts as usual –the Big Bang from the page 1 when package is delivered to Cormoran’s office containing severed leg of unknown woman. Soon we are going to find out few more secrets from Cormoran’s dark past, mainly of his mother Leda Strike who is obviously connected with this morbid incident. Or at least it seems because of common motive - lyrics of song called "Mistress of the Salmon Salt" by band Blue Oyster Cult, a title that Strike's mother had tattooed on very intimate place is found as note inside the package.
Cormoran could think of four men that are part of his troubled past, each of them horrible in their own way. But though it may sound straightforward to eliminate one by one until coming to the true suspect, this severed leg will be trigger for many things from distant past to present that are coming to surface, even the question are Robin and Cormoran more than just colleagues?
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The plot is convoluted in the extreme, the several unseen suspects are hard to keep straight, and Robin’s continuing subservience to the odious Matthew (her fiancé) is tiresome and out of sync with what we otherwise know of her character. I put the book down in either boredom or disgust several times. It took me weeks to finish it, which I eventually did more out of curiosity about where the author was going with it, than out of any feeling of being compelled by interest in the plot or the characters.
On the positive side, the plot reveals some important information about Robin’s history that helps to explain her otherwise inexplicable devotion to Matthew. These developments open up the possibility that Robin will resolve her frustrating relationship with Matthew, but, sadly, the story does not deliver on that promise.
The clue that finally provides the key to the slasher’s identity is so obscure that only a specialist in the flora of Cornwall could reasonably be expected to have noticed it. The mystery is solved by an out-of-the-blue brainstorm, rather than developing from any careful detective work. This is dangerously close to the dreaded "Deus ex machina" and is distinctly unsatisfying to this reader, who likes his mysteries to be solved by means of investigative skills.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Getting better but the element of romance is irrelevant and tiresome.Published 1 hour ago by Debra Ernest
I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. I honestly had my doubts. I wasn't comfortable with hearing the killer's thoughts, and I never did get comfortable with that but it... Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Gennell
I've read all the Strike mysteries, and this is the best yet. The characters are so well developed, involving the reader in their complex lives with interesting and evil bad guys. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by I. Gribble-Neal
This is a great book. It ties in characters from the first 2 and the ending leaves it open for the next! These have to be made into movies, right?Published 16 hours ago by Allison
Great book to add to the previous two books about Strike. I really enjoyed this addition and was kept guessing until the end. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Miss Mom