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Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike Book 3) by [Galbraith, Robert]
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"Career of Evil is the third--and best--novel in the engaging Cormoran Strike private detective series. . . . [Galbraith has] invented a serial killer for the ages, one who chills us from the book's grim but riveting opening. . . . This perfectly paced mystery is packed with surprises, all of which play out with flawless crime-fiction logic."―Jocelyn McClurg,
USA Today (4/4 stars)


"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

"Strike and Robin are just as magnetic as ever."―Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"Another triumph . . . Its darkness is mitigated by its sparkling protagonists."―Kim Hubbard, People

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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2197 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (Oct. 20 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0106E2CO6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This book is the 3rd installment in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K Rowling).
The story begins essentially where the last novel left off in relation to the characters personal lives. Strikes is still dating the beautiful Elin and Strike's secretary- turned - partner Robin Ellacot is busy planning her wedding to her fiancé Matthew (one of the most unlikable characters in the series). The Detective Agency is doing reasonably well after the published success of Strikes last case.
While on her way into the office in the morning Robin receives a package from an unknown delivery man that turns out to be the severed leg of a woman. Both Robin and Strike are horrified by the grisly discovery but Strike narrows down his list of suspects to three possibilities of men who hate him and would be capable of such a thing; his ex-stepfather, a serial pedophile who escaped jail time and an ex convict who Blames Strike for his imprisonment.
All three suspects are equally unlikable and could possibly be the culprit of this, and other murders that happen as the story progresses. Readers are kept guessing until the very end who is responsible.
We learn a lot more about Robin's personal history- still my favorite character in the series- as well as see the further development of the Robin-Strike relationship. It could have definitely used just one more chapter for a satisfying ending, but instead I will anxiously await the next book in the series.
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This novel is a way better that the two previous. Once the characters have been described the story development is smooth and faster, which keep me interested to continue reading to see what happen next. I like the two main characters and their personal/working relationship. I recommend it.
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3.5 stars

This is the third book in Robert Galbraith's (aka J.K. Rowling) series about grizzled private detective Cormoran Strike - a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who lost his leg during the hostilities, and his former secretary, now partner - pretty, strawberry blonde Robin Ellacott.

As the story opens Strike and Robin are working on a couple of cases and getting on with their private lives: Strike is dating beautiful (almost) divorcée Elin and Robin is planning her wedding to Matthew - a handsome but insensitive guy who resents Robin's job and her friendship with Strike. (As before, most readers probably wonder how Robin can continue her relationship with this irritating guy.)

Robin receives a package at the Detective Agency and - thinking it's some wedding doodads - opens it to find the severed right leg of a young woman. Not only is this horrifying but it seems to be sending a message because Strike is missing his right leg. Strike concludes that the package was most likely sent by one of three men who hate him:

Jeff Whittaker, Strike's former stepfather - a loutish, abusive, would-be rock star that Strike believes murdered his mother.

Donald Laing, a vicious man who once bit Strike's face during an Army boxing match. Later, when Strike was in the Military Police, he arrested Laing for horrific wife abuse and helped imprison him for 16 years.

Noel Brockbank, a serial pedophile who escaped prison because Strike struck him during an arrest. Brockbank blames Strike for his brain injury and epileptic fits.
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By Alison S. Coad TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 12 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
A brutal serial killer is on the loose in London as Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith, begins, but nobody is really aware of it. That is, until Robin, Cormoran Strike’s assistant, takes delivery of a gruesome parcel at work: the severed leg of a young woman. The police have their own theories about the case, which very much clash with Strike’s ideas; he has three suspects in mind, all of whom are connected to him in one way or another, and he is afraid that the killer might be targeting Robin in order to get to him…. This is the third Cormoran Strike novel by Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling, and it’s quite a shudder of a read, in places very difficult indeed. Squeamish people would do well to steer clear, but if you have the stomach for it, there are more psychological insights and interesting characterizations to be found here, not to mention more lyrics than you ever knew you needed from Blue Oyster Cult! Recommended.
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I enjoyed the first book in the series, kind of so-so on the second one, but this book returns to the promise of "The Cockoo's Calling". Best so far in the series, and promises more to come.
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Once again, left with post-novel depression a Robert Galbraith has published yet another well-written Strike/Ellacott novel. I have felt each book in this series has grabbed my attention more than the previous one and leaves me craving another.

The novel is set in 2011 during the time of the royal wedding, the story opens with the ramblings of a serial killer who's identity is a mystery to the reader. Robin Ellacott has been sent a severed leg in the mail and Cormoran has 3 suspects in mind and they spend the entirety of the book bouncing back and forth all 3 while keeping us in suspense until the very last pages. Simultaneously, Robin and Strike's relationship takes a new turn as Robin and her fiancé take a break to decide if the wedding will take place at all.

I loved how the author develops Strike and Robin's relationship deeper than both the previous novels together. I was just as engrossed in this aspect as I was in the suspense of the killer. There was a really nice twist at the end involving the identity of the killer which I did not see coming…I am anxiously awaiting the fourth novel in the series!!!
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