Career of Evil

Career of Evil

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by Robert Galbraith, J. K. Rowling

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Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott.

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.


Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott.

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 one of the suspects, Strike and Robin 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...

Editorial Reviews

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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

Daily Beast - Malcolm Jones
The murder mystery at the heart of THE SILKWORM is a genuine mystery with an altogether satisfying resolution... And even if, like me, you don't read mysteries to solve the puzzle but to keep company with the detective on the cas... [Galbraith's] not too shabby in the character department either.
The Guardian [UK] - Val McDermid
Galbraith brings flair and wit to [his] reflections on the state of contemporary publishing... Galbraith takes the existing strengths of the genre and uses them as the building blocks for [his] own considerable storytelling gift, crafting books crammed with memorable characters that make irresistible reading.
New York Times Book Review - Harlan Coben
THE SILKWORM is a very well-written, wonderfully entertaining take on the traditional British crime novel...Robert Galbraith may proudly join the ranks of English, Scottish and Irish crime writers such as Tana French, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, John Connolly, Kate Atkinson, and Peter Robinson.
People - Sue Corbett
Robert Galbraith has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow last year's stealth hit, The Cuckoo's Calling... Astutely observed, well-paced and full of [Galbraith's] trademark acerbic wit, THE SILKWORM thoroughly engages as a crime novel.
Wall Street Journal - Tom Nolan
Swift-paced, suspenseful... Robert Galbraith has announced himself a fresh voice in mystery fiction: part hard-boiled, part satiric, part poignant, and part romantic.
Los Angeles Times - Carolyn Kellogg
The plot zings along... Swift and satisfying.
New York Times - Michiko Kakutani
Cormoran Strike is back, and so is his resourceful sidekick, Robin Ellacott, a gumshoe team that's on its way to becoming as celebrated for its mystery-solving skills as Nick and Nora Charles of 'Thin Man' fame, and Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander (a.k.a. the girl with the dragon tattoo)... An entertaining novel in which the most compelling characters are not the killer or the victim, but the detectives charged with solving the crime.
Boston Globe - Daneet Steffens
[Galbraith] weaves a pleasurably wicked literary murder mystery with all its attendant aspects of publishing politics, from the peevish to the pompous, into Strike's personal and professional lives... Only two books in, and Galbraith's characters already feel like familiar-and welcome-friends.
New York Daily News - Sherryl Connelly
THE SILKWORM is fast-paced and entertaining... Strike is heroic without intending to be and has a great back story. He's the illegitimate son of a rock star whose half-siblings grew up in privilege... And he's brooding, but not annoyingly so. Strike has all kinds of potential. It'd be a crime not to keep up with him.
USA Today - Charles Finch
A great detective novel: sharp, immensely readable, warmhearted but coolheaded... The last line of THE SILKWORM, which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for Galbraith and for us.
Time - Ashley Ross
The story is enthralling, not only for its twists and turns, but for the fun of the teamwork... Each chapter draws us further into Cormoran Strike's psyche, and makes us care more not just about the case getting solved, but about Strike being the one to solve it... [They're] a cast of characters who you'll want to meet again and again.
Entertainment Weekly - Thom Geier
A compulsively entertaining yarn.
Financial Times - Isabel Berwick
A properly addictive whodunnit. And in the unlikely pairing of ungainly Strike and his clever young assistant, Galbraith has created an investigative duo with spark and empathy.
Seattle Times - Moira Macdonald
Bring on the next one, please... Galbraith writes with wit and affection for detective-novel tradition (it's impossible not to see her central duo as a modern-day Nick and Nora, minus the marriage), and races us through a twisty plot so smoothly that you won't notice as the hours tick by.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Kathleen Guzzi
The Galbraith books have intricately woven plots, conveyed with good humor but underlying darkness... THE SILKWORM is a classic British mystery with a modern sensibility, written with intelligent humor and a very observational eye.

Product Details

Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
Cormoran Strike Series , #3
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. Career of Evil is the third book in the highly acclaimed Cormoran Strike crime fiction series. The Cuckoo's Calling was published in 2013 and The Silkworm in 2014.

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Career of Evil 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read. JK Rowling has done it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a real page turner and a joy to read. The only problem, it was over too quickly (couldn't put it down).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Galbraith (Rowling) continues to develop these characters rather than letting them stagnate. She isn't afraid of taking them into situations that may be uncomfortable for the reader, but the payoff is sweeter for it. There was less a noir feel to this book than the previous books in this series, and the subject matter was darker, but this will be the Strike story that will be remembered. We get new characters to explore, and loose ends to wrap up in future (I hope) installments. I can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy endearing and despicable characters involved in a harrowing murder mystery of whodunnit you will enjoy this book. This is the third of a series of books highlighting the adventures of private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin Ellacott. I promise you will enjoy this book and only crave for more books with these two characters. Keep 'em coming Ms. Rowling!
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ByTheSeaJJ More than 1 year ago
The book itself was interesting and held my attention throughout. I was surprised at the imagination of the author to put together a book that was so extremely violent. I truly enjoyed the development of the characters in the series, taking them in unexpected directions and this is the best part of the book. As for the writing style, J. K. Rowling had already proved her capabilities in this area with the Harry Potter series. It is no less enjoyable here.
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed all the books in this series so far and #3 didn't disappoint. I love a good whodunit! Loves about this book is not just great writing but character development which is phenomenal, I actually would want to know these people if they were real. And holy moley the sexual tension between Strike and Robin, oh geez, they just need to get together and put us fans out of our misery. The only thing that caused me lots of confusion was when they were hopping back and forth between the suspects in conversation for some reason I had a hard time remembering which was which, they were so much alike that they sort of just ran together in the prose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Cormoran series - the suspenseful who done it. Can't wait until the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. The characters are wonderful and the plot is engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are well developed and real. I love the quirks both good and bad! So well written. I usually don't like series books and try to avoid them but after reading the first in the series I was hooked and breathlessly wait for the next book to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait for the next book! Career of Evil had me up all night. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first 100 pages or so are quite slow , setting up the story. This was another good book in the series.
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DandySandy 9 months ago
I loved the first two Comoran Strike novels, and love this one just as much if not more. You get better acquainted with Cormoran, Robin, and Matthew. And the new charaacters (like Shanker and Linda) just add to the mix. I felt I was eavesdropping on their lives, getting immersed in their daily routines. And routing for Robin and Cormoran! Can't wait until the next book comes out to further their story! A genuine page turner, can't put it down until I read the very last word!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Had me riveted to the very end. I highly recommend this book
BookWorm221 11 months ago
Another intriguing book in the series, true to its predecessors, Career of Evil was full of twists and turns that had me guessing about the identity of the killer the whole time. I love how I can get so lost in these books, the story is very well crafted, and the main characters are flawed and real which makes them that much more interesting to read about. Sometimes I wonder how JK Rowling is able to come up with all of these ideas and plots for her characters, these books are so different from Harry Potter, these books are dark and show a side of humanity that is definitely not pretty, Strike and Robin aren’t entirely redeemable characters, they make mistakes and it costs them a lot. The ending was so so good, the final chapters were very difficult to put down, I can’t wait to see where the story goes now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of detective novels, I approached these with some apprehension, and was thoroughly surprised at how much I liked this series. I really hope we get more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Could not put it down and cannot wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful and full of the superb character construction that Rowling excels at.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read, and loved, the first two books in this series I was anxious for this book to arrive. I had pre-ordered and waited with anticipation for its release. However, once it came and I started reading it I was left rather dissatisfied. I had a hard time catching onto the story and kept finding myself putting the book down without much want for picking it back up again. It is much darker and more violent than the previous books in this series and I just didn't find myself all that invested in the story line until 75-100 pages from the end of the book. Considering this book is nearly 500 pages that's a long time to wait for me to feel interested. Not sure if I'll be so quick to buy the next book in the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Career of Evil is the best so far. I did not want it to end. I also did not want Robin to get married. Please write the next book quickly. One book per year is not enough.