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Title:
Career of evil
Author:
Galbraith, Robert, author.
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Edition:
[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Physical Description:
752 pages (large print) ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1000 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780316352451
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Book

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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym used by J. K. Rowling, who was born on July 31, 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. She is the author of the Harry Potter series. She also wrote the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and The Casual Vacancy using her real name. She has won several awards over the years including British Book Awards for Outstanding Achievement, British Book of the Year for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and the Hugo Award for best novel for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Under the name Robert Galbraith, she has since written The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil which are part of the Cormoran Strike series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* It's no secret that London PI Cormoran Strike has met his share of disreputable characters. What is alarming is that when a serial killer sends Strike's assistant, Robin, a severed leg, Strike can name at least four acquaintances capable of both the murders and the grotesque communique. The unflappable Robin refuses to step back from her sleuthing, but the violent message does reopen some old emotional wounds, making her particularly intolerant of a stunning confession by her fiancé. Perhaps the darkest of the Cormoran Strike mysteries, Career of Evil tackles misogyny, pedophilia, murder, rape, and body integrity identity disorder. Readers familiar with the popular series written by Galbraith's alter ego, J. K. Rowling, will recognize the author's skill at creating complex tales with immensely rewarding payoffs. She pulls it off again here. The plot involves catching an obsessed slasher before he kills again. The real appeal here, on the other hand, is Robin and Strike's relationship. A contemporary thriller with characters whose emotional journey is just as page-turningly gratifying as the most high-stakes manhunt.--Keefe, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

More thriller than whodunit, J.K. Rowling's captivating third novel written under her Galbraith pseudonym (after 2014's The Silkworm) further deepens her lead characters, Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. Strike, who lost a leg during his military service in Afghanistan, was struggling in his career as a London-based PI until, serendipitously, Robin was assigned to him as a temp. The emotional intelligence she brought with her helped him solve some high-profile cases and turn him into a celebrity. But now their partnership faces two serious threats: Robin's fiancé suspects she wants a romantic relationship with her boss, and a serial killer has targeted her as his next victim. The murderer, who has a deep hatred for Strike, begins a campaign of terror by delivering a parcel to Robin at the office, which she assumes contains supplies for her upcoming wedding. Instead, to her horror, she finds a severed human leg inside. Maintaining a high level of suspense throughout, Rowling transforms Robin into a professional equal of Strike's and sets the stage for further complexities in their relationship in the next book. Agent: Neil Blair, the Blair Partnership (U.K.). (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Robin Ellacott is surprised, to put it mildly, when she opens up a package at work to find inside a woman's severed leg. Her boss, PI Cormoran Strike, can think of at least four people who might be angry enough with him to send him a human limb, plus there are numerous others eager to see his detective agency fail. Added to the complicated mix is Matthew, Robin's fiancé, who blames Cormoran for the dangerous situations into which Robin frequently finds herself. Could the ghastly package be connected to letters they've been receiving from people who believe Cormoran, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, voluntarily had his leg amputated? Determined to discover the truth, Robin is distracted by grim memories from her past and uncertain feelings about her impending wedding. Verdict Under the Galbraith pseudonym, J.K. Rowling continues to develop interestingly flawed characters and compelling stories. This time around, the grisly murders take a definite backseat to an exploration of interpersonal relationships and the dramatic revelation of Robin's backstory. A must buy and great for readers of contemporary British mysteries.-Laurel Bliss, San Diego State Univ. Lib. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.