Career of Evil

Career of Evil

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

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Title:Career of Evil
Author:Robert Galbraith
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Career of Evil Reviews

  • Mohammed Arabey

    It's

    No matter how you imaged

    ,

    Here you'll get more into him, into his

    specially toward his precious engaged partner,

    ..his friends,

    ..

    ِ..into his past, During his..

    & No matter whether you read the previous ones or not, you'll adore the Remarkable, excellent written, relation of Strike & Robin..

    It's

    No matter how you imaged

    ,

    Here you'll get more into him, into his

    specially toward his precious engaged partner,

    ..his friends,

    ..

    ِ..into his past, During his..

    & No matter whether you read the previous ones or not, you'll adore the Remarkable, excellent written, relation of Strike & Robin..

    And this time their relation facing a really hard time, some maniac blood and body parts craving murderer is set to sabotage Strike's career and reputation, and then..finish him.

    and this murderer made clear that he's targeting Robin as a main mean to do so.

    And not to mention the approaching of Robin's Wedding date to her Strike's hater fiancée, Matthew..and a huge fight that may stop the wedding that will increase the complications.

    Because hard times make people more vulnerable emotionally, and relations usually get deeper. And this case made Strike and Robin face the darkest, hardest time..all that made this book the one with all the mixed feelings and emotions that very great written , as Rowling's best story telling usual..

    And it's not only the feelings of Strike and Robin, You'll get more into Robin's personal life in this one since she have bigger part, and not only her... it has larger scale of Feelings..

    The feeling of the amputees , and a strange mental disorder that made some healthy wanna be so. -first time to hear about this community-

    Robin -instead of Wedding party cameras- received a served woman's leg addressed to her in Cormoran's office.

    It's seem to be someone want to bring Cormoran Strike's businesses down and he made a satisfying success..

    Strike could think of 4, or 3 main suspect capable of doing so, they're from his past..and one of them is his late 'stepfather' who Strike already suspect he has murdered his mother..

    And that's not all..now this bloody murderer not only want vengeance of Strike, but also made it clear that he's targeting what seems to him Strike's weakness...Robin.

    Why this murderer need vengeance will lead Strike to think more into his past, his

    being in the Special Investigations Branch..

    also will lead him into more thinking of Robin, who endanger her life keeping her work with him.. also thinking of her fast approaching Wedding to Matthew, who may take her off his life..

    The life of a lone wolf..

    It was great How Mr. Robert Galbraith described the deep feelings for a lone wolf, who had a broken heart before , not that social, haunted by his past and infamous life of his mother..and has this complicated relation with his businesses partner 'Robin'..

    you can clearly see how he defend himself of admitting he truly loves her without writing direct lines, you will observe that through his actions with Robin.

    Strike is really interesting character, and so is Robin..so is all the characters that been mentioned before but get bigger role this time..

    And it's why I really don't care much about the not-related-to-the-case stuff that the books usually full with.

    -I am writing this review by the last 15% of the novel, with a cliffhanger dangers the continuation of Robin in the next stories.-

    The novel is obsessed with the many references

    , which is have a base in the core of the novel's mystery since the murderer seems obsessed with this band as well.

    You can see the phrases of their songs' lyrics in every chapter..

    And, as the rest of the series, it's like a detailed

    into England..you visit many places, interesting ones..

    such as -for example here-:

    Barrow-in-Furness and it's gloomy streets and nuclear submarines bunkers.

    The interesting Market Harborough

    The Sweet entrance of Catford Shopping Centre

    And many many more..

    And also living the atmosphere of the time the novel taking place, here in the April-June 2011, the major thing in GB was the Royal Wedding..

    And, this time, interweaving all these places and events with the main core of the story is more than marvellous.

    -As the Royal Wedding and Robin Story for example-

    I guess one of the advantages of using a man , an Ex-SIB officer and actually a man, is being free to do all these bloody scenes some of it Stephen King's bloody type.

    As well the great description of the murderer mind, it was also super insight into the feelings of women who suffered rape or sexual abuses..it was very realistic and even the reaction of the ones near the sufferer or the toughness of some police officers is very well stated in the novel.

    SO, it's still her, the Queen of Magic, master storytelling elements, getting deep into characters and their feeling, analysing body language and actions without waiting for explanations..

    Now I must go to read the last 75 pages to see what will happen to Robin...and who the bloody murderer will be...

    ِ,

    Without giving much , as a dear friend has said "Bloody Hell" or as Robin says "Bugger"

    An Ending that will leave you grinning, sad a bit, feeling you wanna know more, you wanna more pages ,you don't want to leave them..

    The ending...so tense..more excited I was really on the edge of my seat ,literally holding my breath..

    Oh God the Ending...

    these 2 last points about the ending really pissed me off, but not with the novel of course...it is really one of my best reads

    well, I had the symptoms of loss by finishing the novel, after about 12 days of reading as slowly as possible to not end it.....

    1-I was really deep thinking ,kinda haunted with the story and keeping the details in mind..,how long did it pass since we 'Strike,Robin and me' received the leg..and who will be the real murderer of the three suspects..

    2- The waiter in the cafe I read at told me today "you've been in this book, for few days you've been tensed sometimes and widely grinning many times" , hell yeah I did :) ... I caught myself grinning a lot despite controlling so while I'm in public cafe, siting alone..

    3- I Don't know what can I read next although I had a plan for 3 big horrors.I can't see myself committing with big novels now, may be even any novel for a day or two...

    Mohammed Arabey

    From 27 Oct. 2015

    To 10 Nov. 2015

    First pre- review in the

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  • Alex

    Jesus, what a rollercoaster! I have been looking forward to this book for such a long time with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. What if this wasn't as good as the other two in the series? What if I had somehow built up the other two books in retrospect, leaving only disappointment in the third? Would I ever stop with the rhetorical questions and get on with the review?

    Let me tell you: this was fucking good. Like REALLY GODDAMNED GOOD. Like I-stayed-up-way-past-my-bedtime-to-finish-th

    Jesus, what a rollercoaster! I have been looking forward to this book for such a long time with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. What if this wasn't as good as the other two in the series? What if I had somehow built up the other two books in retrospect, leaving only disappointment in the third? Would I ever stop with the rhetorical questions and get on with the review?

    Let me tell you: this was fucking good. Like REALLY GODDAMNED GOOD. Like I-stayed-up-way-past-my-bedtime-to-finish-this good. The book starts off at a sprint and just keeps going, and I think this is my favourite out of all three of Robert Galbraith's books. There's something about the murder mystery in this book that I really, REALLY enjoyed. It wasn't as heavy with exposition as The Cuckoo's Calling (anyone else remember the paragraphs of dialogue from that book?), nor as outlandish as The Silkworm. This serial killer was creepy, realistic, sadistic, and the question of who he actually turns out to be is set up so well that I couldn't figure it out until the last third or so.

    Speaking of the last third - OH MY GOD. SHIT GOES DOWN. I realise this isn't my most coherent review but I'm currently coming down from my Career of Evil-induced high. I was alternately laughing like a maniac, screaming at a book and jumping up and down in excitement. People thought I was possessed. Note to self: don't scream with all the windows open or the neighbours will think you're weird.

    In terms of characters, Cormoran is back being his usual awesome self, and there are some great new characters introduced in this book (hi, Shanker!), but the real badass is Robin. I love her. She is so fucking awesome that I can hardly form coherent sentences. What a badass. What. A. Bad. Ass. She is the heart, soul, and central nervous system of these books, which took me a while to figure out, but now that I realise this I love and admire her as a character even more. She goes from strength to strength and I cannot wait to see how she develops in future books. I'm officially crushing majorly on her. WHAT A BADASS.

    If you liked the other Cormoran Strike books, you will like this, or at least I assume you will. I loved it. I haven't had a book keep me up all night in a while, and this did that and more. It had my heart racing. It made my neighbours think I am some sort of super excitable psychopath who screams at poor inanimate books. And it reaffirmed my love for Robin, who is as great a female character in any book I've ever read.

    *** UPDATE ***

    Ok so I've had a few more days to think about this book, and there is one thing in particular that I really need to get off my chest. My family hasn't read this book yet, so I'm forced to unleash my feelings upon my fellow Goodreaders.

    Ah I had to get that off my chest. It's all I've been thinking about since I finished the book.

  • Lindsey Rey

    Best one in the series yet!

  • Ashley

    : This review is mostly going to be me responding to some of my own thoughts from my first review, with some extras thrown in; for example, how I was considering raising this to five stars because I loved Robert Glenister's narration so much. I love the dead tree versions of this book, but the audio adds another level. Highly recommend if you are so inclined. (I'm leaving my rating at 4.5, rounding down, for now, because of the ending. See below.)

    Spoilery discussion of several plot poin

    : This review is mostly going to be me responding to some of my own thoughts from my first review, with some extras thrown in; for example, how I was considering raising this to five stars because I loved Robert Glenister's narration so much. I love the dead tree versions of this book, but the audio adds another level. Highly recommend if you are so inclined. (I'm leaving my rating at 4.5, rounding down, for now, because of the ending. See below.)

    Spoilery discussion of several plot points below.

    So firstly, having now re-read this, I can state with approximately 99% surety that

    .

    I pretty much stand by the rest of my thoughts. I love Robin in this book. She and Strike make some significant errors with one another, and become terribly communicators by the end of the book. They also let their personal feelings for one another and what's going on in their lives affect all their decision making. It's just a big clusterfuck of emotions, basically. Robin doesn't want to become that useless, scared person again, and resents anyone trying to protect her, because of that. She never explains to any of them, not her mother or Matthew or Strike, just exactly why she's so adamant about remaining at work. Maybe it's too difficult for her to articulate. In addition,

    And Strike doesn't explain his reasons to Robin, for the most part. He's so worried about keeping her safe, he just tells her what to do and doesn't think about any of his requests will affect her. His heart is in the right place, but it's patronizing as hell. With the Zahara situation,

    And lastly, there's the ending. This is the reason I can't up this to five stars until I read

    . What the heck is that ending even going for? It's very unclear. Is Robin going to leave Matthew at the altar? Was Strike just going to get his partner back or did he have something else in mind? (He's very clearly attracted to Robin, but knows he should keep it professional, at the same time his attraction to her definitely magnified his rage with the firing incident.) Will Robin stay married to Matthew until his thing with the message deletion and the rest of his asshattery is revealed? It's just, that smile at the end, it's so open-ended! It could just be a little happy ending tip of the hat, letting us know they will mend their relationship, or it could be more. I don't like the ambiguity. So, 4.5 stars it remains.

    is in the can, so here's hoping for a late 2018 release date. I need some answers.

    : Oh, man, I have so many thoughts. And I'm also not entirely sure what I think about some of what happened in this book. On the one hand, I LOVED IT. The case and Robin and Strike's personal lives dovetailed beautifully. So much of this book was character shiz, which is my favorite kind of shiz. And I've been saying for the past two books that I wanted MORE ROBIN and MORE ROBIN is exactly what I got. Robin backstory. Robin frontstory. Robin Robin Robin.

    And the mystery itself was good and different from the last two. In the first book, it was really procedural. Lots of interviews, pounding the pavement, and the central question of whether or not Lula Landry killed herself. It was also an examination of fame and the press. The second book started off as a simple missing persons case that turned into a murder mystery, but it was really a satirization of the publishing industry. But to really make it the trifecta of things JKR is obsessed with, likely because of her own fame in the publishing industry as a woman, this book and its central mystery are all about misogyny and violence against women. The book opens with Robin being sent a woman's severed leg in the mail, and it doesn't let up from there.

    This case is personal for both Strike and Robin. Strike, because the leg was sent to Robin, the killer is targeting Robin, to get at Strike. There are three men from Strike's past who would be violent and unhinged enough to do something like this. And Robin because of her own history. We finally learn why she dropped out of University. I know that some people have had (and will have) trouble with Robin's backstory, but I don't. Firstly, because it doesn't feel cheap. It feels earned. JKR has clearly been setting it up since day one. And secondly because of Robin herself. Beautiful, complicated, strong and vulnerable Robin. Certainly what happened to her was terrible and traumatizing, but it's not the event itself she has trouble with, but how her friends and family (and Strike) treat her and her ambitions afterwards that she has the most trouble with.

    Which brings me to Matthew. Motherfucking Matthew. He's just terrible. But this book sheds light on why Robin is with him, despite his terribleness.

    The stress of the case also works on Strike and Robin's relationship, and a large portion of the book is spent on

    , just as the killer intended (although I don't think he's smart enough to have foreseen the psychological nuances of the situation he created--he was going for the blunt force option, framing Strike for murder and taking something away from him, not knowing that the more subtle approach was almost as hurtful). The depth of their conflict and interpersonal relationships is what makes this book so great.

    The two things I do feel conflicted about were:

    1) The decision to have POV chapters from the killer. I'm not sure those were entirely successful. Maybe I'm just not bad enough, but they seemed overly evil to me? I don't know. They didn't work as well for me as I wanted them to. The villain himself when seen from Robin and Strike's POV was great, and I liked the way his POVs kept leading me in opposite directions. I was CONVINCED that one guy had done it, but then it turned out to be something totally unexpected, but obvious in retrospect. It's just, those POVs were so . . . blunt? They served their purpose, though.

    and 2)

    I think I'm going to have to just wait for the next book, and hope for the best. For now, this gets 4.5 stars. And hopefully by this time next year we'll have book four.

    [4.5 stars]

    : A girl could get spoiled with a new JK Rowling book every year, I tell you what.

  • Kaora

    DAT ENDING!

    WHY?????

  • Raeleen Lemay

    SOLID.

    This series is definitely my favorite when it comes to the audiobooks... They're just so well done! The narrator perfectly does all of the different accents, and he sounds exactly how I would picture Cormoran Strike to sound. Audiobook comments aside, this book was pretty great! I really look forward to rereading these books in the future so I can see all of the foreshadowing I'm sure is sprinkled throughout the books, which is something Rowling is notorious for.

  • Jayson

    | Very Good

    Wherein accents abound, people play pretend, men hurt women in many different ways, and Robin is really Batman.

  • Adina

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since my last review. I had two hectic weeks at work and home and had no time to read and even less to review. I hope to be able to catch up with my challenge and reviews in the following days.

    Career of Evil is the third volume in Cormoran Strike series and in case you did not know, written by wonderful J.K. Rowling under the pen name of Robert Galbraith. If you haven’t read the other two books do not start with this one. They are to be read in order as the

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since my last review. I had two hectic weeks at work and home and had no time to read and even less to review. I hope to be able to catch up with my challenge and reviews in the following days.

    Career of Evil is the third volume in Cormoran Strike series and in case you did not know, written by wonderful J.K. Rowling under the pen name of Robert Galbraith. If you haven’t read the other two books do not start with this one. They are to be read in order as the personal life of the characters is mingled with the murder mystery.

    I am not going to write anything about the story as the blurb is pretty well done. I am just going to make some comparisons with the other two and talk about what I liked and what I did not.

    What I love about is series are the two characters, Robin and Cormoran, and the dynamic of their relationship. They are both complex and this volume is the one where we get to learn more about their past which was ta part I was looking forward to explore. However, there was a bit too much drama between the two of them and it took a bit away from my satisfaction.

    There is a big difference between Career of Evil and the first two books, namely, the duo is chasing a serial killer this time. I prefer mysteries where the killers have complex reasons for acting violently and serial murders are not fully my type. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the small chapters where we were given a glimpse inside the madman’s mind. The pace was a bit slower than in the other novels and the focus was made on surveillance rather then on discussions with potential suspects which I found less interesting.

    Although it was my least favorite of the Strike’s adventures, I still enjoyed every page and I can’t wait to read the next one. Hurry up, J.K, please.

  • Emily

    If the first two Cormoran Strike books can be summed up as "celebrity" and "publishing" respectively, then this book is "misogynistic violence," which is possibly my least favorite subject to read about.

    This is a closed circle mystery in which Robin and Strike investigate a serial killer whose past is linked to Strike. Due to the fact that there are only four real suspects that are provided by Strike - and that the killer gets his own POV sections in which you see some of the murders happen - t

    If the first two Cormoran Strike books can be summed up as "celebrity" and "publishing" respectively, then this book is "misogynistic violence," which is possibly my least favorite subject to read about.

    This is a closed circle mystery in which Robin and Strike investigate a serial killer whose past is linked to Strike. Due to the fact that there are only four real suspects that are provided by Strike - and that the killer gets his own POV sections in which you see some of the murders happen - this mystery isn't particularly interesting or fun to solve. The Strike/Robin relationship is further developed in this book, which is good because otherwise this would have been 400 pages of stakeouts interspersed with scenes of horrific assaults. In short, it's boring. J.K. Rowling can still propel me through a story, but I'm amazed that this particular story took so many pages to tell.

    As a disclaimer before I keep writing: I understand that sexual violence is an extremely important topic to continue discussing openly, both to remove stigmatization of victims and because it's so prevalent:

    . But I personally do not enjoy reading graphic depictions of sexual violence. (I'd rather read the discovery of the body of Owen Quine several times than read some of the descriptions in this book again.) And it's always hard to tell if its inclusion is titillating or not. If I didn't already trust J.K. Rowling as a writer, I probably would have abandoned this book near the halfway point.

    My least favorite part about this book was the use of rape as a backstory. When a female character needs a life-altering turning point in her past that explains her decisions and current trajectory, rape gets slotted in as the most traumatic event possible.

    There is exploration of victimhood here, and what it means to be a victim. It comes up again when

    . And when Strike goes to see Hazel Furley, he thinks to himself that it's natural that the cops should have questioned her boyfriend Ray so intensely: "most women's rapists and killers were not strangers in masks who reached out of the dark space under the stairs. They were the father, the husband, the mother's or the sister's boyfriend ..."

    But I believe that exploration is undercut by the frequent and extremely graphic scenes of rape, dismemberment, and assault. It's one thing to recognize the horror that these acts recur too frequently in the world, and to explore how resilience can play a part in moving on and not letting that experience define you. It's another to have a mother (Rhona Laing's mother, to be exact) explain that one of the suspects

    - and that's not even close to the first-person scenes from the murderer's perspective, where he talks about women as objects who are better to him dead before killing them.

    Does every book that involves sexual assault have to have an underlying moral or point? No, of course not. But if I am expected as the reader to make my way through these various scenes, there should be some sort of payoff. Given that this mystery is not interesting, novel, or fun to read, this book completely failed for me.

  • Alejandro

    I was quite excited to read this third novel in the

    book series, since I had enjoyed plenty enough, however I think that this third novel was like a retrogression in what the book series was able to accomplish and to develop so far.

    was slow pacing, drifting to irrelevant sub-plots, over detailed filling scenes and repetitive situations, along with having more pages than necessary,

    I was adamant

    I was quite excited to read this third novel in the

    book series, since I had enjoyed plenty enough, however I think that this third novel was like a retrogression in what the book series was able to accomplish and to develop so far.

    was slow pacing, drifting to irrelevant sub-plots, over detailed filling scenes and repetitive situations, along with having more pages than necessary,

    I was adamant to any reader of my review that they should keep at it since the climax was superb and making worthy all the effort to read the novel, also the use of the fashion/modeling industry was a real plus.

    became a fresh air to the rising book series, since it was like magic (yep, pun intended!) due that all those negative elements in the first book were gone. The second novel was intense, focused on the case, each scene was different, even the book was thinner, adding the use of the book publishing industry, easily this book turned to be the best in the series (clearly having in mind that there were only two in the series, so far) but also a “must-read” to any J.K. Rowling fan (yes, it’s her, just in case you are the last one to know that “Robert Galbraith” is just a pseudonym), since I felt it as a very personal book by her, showing light to many feelings from her about the craziness amd intrigue involved in the industry of publishing books. Moreover, since there weren’t any spoilers about the first case, you could easily engage this second novel (without having read the first book) and you wouldn’t be any lost in the reading.

    fell in all the mistakes found the first book and even worse, since this time you don’t have a specific industry involved in the story (I thought earlier that it would be about the music industry that it could be real cool, but no), also it’s not a case per se, since there isn’t anybody who hired Cormoran, but it’s a personal vendetta by some mysterious person but clearly someone from Cormoran’s past, which made quite dumb that he needed so much time to deduce the culprit since he knew quite well all the suspects, and where Cormoran looked as a brilliant detective in how he cracked the previous two cases and how the climaxes were developed, however here (I won’t make any spoilers, don’t worry), let’s just say that his key evidence is something so trivial, so small, along with a non-climatic resolve, that after reading almost 500 pages I felt cheated.

    Realizing that it’s a book by J.K. Rowling, which is the alive female writer that I respected the most, it just made more disappointing the whole reading experience of this third book in the series.

    Commenting about the good side in the book... mmh... well, there is... mmh... aah!... mmh... no... wait!... mmh... nope... Really, I can’t say anything good about the third book.

    Still, I guess that some basic expected elements in the construction of a book, by such accomplished writer, helped to get at least two stars for my personal rating.

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