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Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike Book 3) by [Galbraith, Robert]
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Book 3 of 3 in Cormoran Strike (3 Book Series)
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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""

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The third book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1994 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; 01 edition (20 Oct. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZFZCZXK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,577 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott. This by far and away the best of the three books so far. The title and chapter headings are taken from the lyrics of the US rock band Blue Oyster Cult. (I bought one of their albums in the 70's)

Career of Evil' written by J. K. Rowling, hidden under pseudonym Robert Galbraith is the third novel in Cormoran Strike series that continues to bring the exciting adventures of a great pair, the unusual London private detective Cormoran Strike with turbulent history and his sidekick, a woman Cormoran’s secretary, 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. At the end of the last book (The Silkworm) Robin was due to marry her boyfriend but the reader was left in no doubt she had feelings for Strike, and him for her. Neither will openly acknowledge their feelings and this theme continues into this book. In many stories I would consider this an unnecessary diversion but in these books I find it fascinating.

Career of Evil isn't 'flashy' or loud. There's not a gruesome murder or a shocking new development every five pages, but it's thrilling and exciting to read all the same. The numerous twists and turns and possible leads, the detailed thought processes of both the villains and the investigation and the in-depth background stories of all characters involved make this an great read. The story doesn't need to "shout".
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Definitely not up to her usual standard. I struggled to get through the book - it was poorly plotted,characters were not believable and even when they were, their actions did not appear credible or logical. Had this been the first book in the series I should not have bothered to read parts two and three.
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This author, despite her (his) reputation with the Harry Potter series, desperately needs a good editor. I suspect the drafts Rowling/Galbraith sends in are untouched and mainly unedited and the books read like that - drafts that have not been tidied up and streamlined to deliver a pacy story.
This last one is the worst - I had to force myself to plug away through the last 1/3 of the book - not really caring anymore whodunnit - I just wanted to get it over with!
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I really enjoyed the first two books in this series but what a let down this was. No atmosphere and thin plot. Be warned there is a huge amount of very graphic violence against women in this book. If it had been written by a man I would describe the author as being very misognistic. I will have think carefully before I read any more in this series. Sad really
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Rather creepy, really twisted new story from Galbraith/Rowling. Although the storyline and some seriously evil characters made me feel a bit sick, I couldn't put the book down until I finished it, a day and a half after I started it. I am not going to post any spoilers and will keep my review brief. The story starts with someone stalking Robin Ellacott, Cormoran Strike's assistant. She then receives a woman's leg in the post from the stalker, and things become more and more nightmarish for her and Strike as they try to identify the killer from a surprisingly large pool of likely suspects. The suspense never wanes throughout the book. Roll on the next Cormoran Strike novel!!!
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Excellent story line, continuing on well from the first 2 books, and introducing new insights into Cormoran's and Robin's working relationship. However the language throughout the book is quite simply appalling, is not necessary. and in my view does not add any depth or meaning to the story. It is almost as if "Robert Galbrieth" is using such offensive language repeatedly, to "show" that she can write an adult book. She describes the criminals so well that we realise what unpleasant characters they are, without resorting to the use of excessive foul language; and we also realise that Cormoran is no saint without the necessity to depict him as using such profanities so often. David Mark is another author that I enjoy who writes similar gritty storylines with excellent descriptive of the characters involved (many of whom are just as "low" as in Galbrieth's books), without resorting to such appalling and excessive language.
I'm wondering that if I wrote this review, using similar language, as to whether it would be printed........
Though I have enjoyed the story line in all 3 books, I am not sure that I will read a 4th one if she decides to write it in a similar way.
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By Chris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2015
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I thought this was the best book in the Cormoran Strike series so far. It had the hallmarks of the previous book - a good thriller, intelligent plot development, relate-able characters (especially the kick ass Robin, but both main, and side characters were very real to me) but it also had a lot more personal detail than previous.

This time it's extremely personal, with someone holding a grudge against strike and trying to destroy his life by sending a severed leg to his "secretary" Robin, and implicating Strike in the murder. We're given three main suspects and a real glimpse into Strike's life that we haven't seen before. Robin too becomes a much more detailed character, as we learn about her past, and the events that made her the strong, yet vulnerable person that she is today. These are deeply flawed but entirely believable characters.

I couldn't put it down. I loved every word of it. Even the couple that I had to look up! Once again Robert Galbraith (or J.K.Rowling if you prefer) has created a stellar detective novel that leaves me desperate for the next one. I often give out five stars as I enjoy a wide range of books, but if six stars were available, this would be getting it. After that ending, I can't wait to see what comes next.
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