Title: Career of Evil
Author: Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Series: Cormoran Strike
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Cuckoo’s Calling
2. The Silkworm
Date Started: February 1
Date Finished: February 4
Format: Hardcover from local library
With two high profile cases solved underneath Cormoran’s belt, his private detective agency is slightly flourishing. So much so that he has employed his secretary Robin to help him cover a few of them and things seem to be going great. After postponing her wedding due to her fiancé’s father’s death, Robin and Matthew are getting married now in July and wedding preparations are full steam ahead. Even if things between the couple are strained because of Robin’s work. But things things are about to get weird.
It starts with a package delivered to Robin at the detective agency’s office. She doesn’t think much of it because she has been having a lot of mail being delivered there lately. However, when she opens the box she’s in for the shock of her life because inside is a severed human leg. Strike thinks he knows who the killer is – or at least he has a few suspects – and tells the police, but they are only focused on one of the suspects who has connections to the mob. Strike and Robin – despite his best efforts to persuade her off the case – work together to figure out which suspect is responsible, which leads to some very interesting moments that deal with not only Stirke’s past, but Robin’s as well.
So, this book series seems to get better with every book. While The Cuckoo’s Calling was very lagging in parts, The Silkworm had better moments between Robin and Strike and the same thing happened again in Career of Evil. You get to know Strike and Robin more while also dealing with an intense case. Unlike the previous two books, this time around you also get chapters that were done in the killer’s POV and I have to admit that there were a few times I found myself pulling away from the book and checking to make sure that this was actually a Cormoran Strike novel. This isn’t anything like the Harry Potter novels kids, things are very, very dark.
Also, let’s take a minute to talk about Matthew – Robin’s fiancé. The guy is very insecure, I already sensed that in the last book and felt even more confirmed about it in this one. He’s mad at Robin for staying around a private detective agency and working for Strike when she could be earning more money working somewhere else. And then when he gets into fights about it with her, he gets very catty, and when he finally reveals that he cheated on her back in their university days I honestly though that was it for them. I was supremely disappointed when she not only got back together with him but also married him at the end of the book. I honestly will be surprised if that marriage lasts.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The most disturbing, but probably the best book so far of the series. Again, Galbraith/Rowling has a knack for making me believe that the killer was one person, but totally making it someone else and having the clues lead back to that person all along. Although, I do have a feeling that one character who wasn’t guilty in this book is going to have some impact on the next one…
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