From the Publisher
"Career of Evil is the thirdand bestnovel 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.