Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Cormoran Strike #3 Career of Evil

Presenting Cormoran Strike #3 Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling.

Here is the summary of the book:

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.

Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.


The Cuckoo called us in and then the Silkworm spun its web to keep us tethered but Career of Evil is different. Career of Evil draws us to a stand still. Written of course by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, 'Career of Evil' is the third book in the third book in the 'Cormoran Strike' whodunit series. Its is also in my opinion quite slow in the catching, compared to its predecessors.

Career of Evil in a way different than the first two books. Of course as usual Rowling's style of writing and idea behind the case are very well executed. This time, the author included the killer's point of view as well. A common occurrence in almost every crime fiction story but a first for this series effectively serving to confuse us about the identity of the perpetrator.

Unlike the Lula Landry and the Owen Quine cases this time its is personal, when Robin receives a severed leg in the post. Cormoran Strike immediately suspects 4 people from his past who could seek to do him harm. What follows is a cat and mouse game of chase the lead, with the killer's malicious intents for both Cormoran and Robin enunciated in horrific details. We wanted to know more about Robin's past and really this book gives it to us wrapped in a bow.

Because the plot veered more towards personal history for the majority of the plot. So did it drag a lot as well. Where in the first two books the cases kept us intrigued and invested with timely and sometimes surprising reveal of clues. And Cormoran Strike's unique way of thinking and that eidetic memory at play connecting the dots in the spur of the moment. But this time the actual decisive clue was such a minuscule fact that the detective almost missed it until at the end.

Really is its understandable because tis time the matter was a personal attack from the past and really you can't expect the detective to always solve the cases in the same manner. A change was expected and while I expected it in some form. I wasn't expecting it like this.  I did like the story mind you ... I am definitely eager to sample more of Cormoran Strike & Robin Elacott's cases but I also felt as I mentioned this one dragged.

"A Rhapsody of wit, tension, crime and suspense"
Genre :      Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense


Release Date: 22nd October, 2015

My Copy: bought (paperback)

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Other Books from the Author:
                Cormoran Strike #1 #2
                The Casual Vacancy
               Harry Potter (i read the series before 
                   I began blogging, so I never put up 
                     a review for them)
Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository


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