‘Career of Evil’ is the 3rd novel in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). I think my only problem with this series is that it takes me about 2 days to read the books and then I have to wait about 363 days for the next one.
Despite all the publicity of Strike’s two earlier cases, his detective agency is still struggling. He is continuing to pay his assistant Robin Ellacott a meagre salary, and Robin’s fiancé Matthew is continuing to gripe about her job, her low pay and her friendship with Strike.
Then a woman’s severed leg is sent to the office – addressed to Robin. Strike can think of four men from his past who are deranged enough to send him a leg but is upset that the person has involved Robin. The police quickly turn all their attention to the suspect that Strike has already dismissed, so Strike starts to investigate the other three. At every turn he tries to ensure Robin’s safety but this only leads to her feeling dismissed as a serious detective.
The tension is also high for Robin in her personal life with her rapidly approaching wedding (I was hoping that the killer would conveniently get rid of Matthew). For a while it seems that Robin can maintain her relationship with Matthew or Strike but not both.
Part of the story is given from the point of view of the killer, so the reader gets to form their own ideas about each suspect’s guilt. And we also know throughout the book that Robin is his next planned victim.
Eventually with both Robin and Strike facing crises in their personal and work lives, the identity of the killer is revealed.
This story was totally gripping from the first page. I think it is the best in the series so far. I loved finding out about Robin’s background – why she dropped out of university and why she is so interested in detective work. I found her final words in the book absolutely heartbreaking.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series to see where Strike and Robin go from here.
Book Published 2015