Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Anyone who has ever read a Harry Potter book will know what a brilliant author J K Rowling is, but if you think she just got lucky or she could just write children’s books, you’ve obviously never read The Casual Vacancy or the Robert Galbraith Cormoran Strike books.

Robert Galbraith is Rowling’s pseudonym she uses to write her Cormoran Strike detective novels and, even though she was ‘found out’ well before the publication of the second book, she has stuck with the persona.

Cormoran Strike is her one-legged private detective who, with the assistance of his secretary-cum-business-partner, Robin, has solved a couple of high profile cases. In the third book in the series, Career of Evil, Strike has become something of a celebrity and is starting to be recognised. But with recognition comes jealousy and even hatred.

Set against the backdrop of the Royal Wedding of 2011 and Robin’s own nuptials, the bubble of success is well and truly burst when Robin opens a package at work containing a woman’s severed leg. Strike is pretty sure that he was the intended recipient. He thinks someone is trying to frame him and has a list of four suspects. Is the same man also responsible for the spate of murders of prostitutes and drunk women on nights out?

Told to stay off the case by the police, and with their own paying work drying up, Strike and Robin can’t resist doing their own bit of detective work.

In this book, we learn a lot more about Robin’s past and why she is so determined to continue her job as a detective, despite the danger and fiancee Matthew’s concerns.

Career of Evil paints a dark and vivid portrait of Britain and some of the nastier characters that inhabit it. In keeping it completely real, there is a lot of bad language that would never be heard at Hogwarts!

If you’re looking for an exciting detective novel, with a real human heart, you couldn’t do better than Career of Evil. And if you haven’t read about Strike and Robin before, I would highly recommend The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm too.

The Harry Potter story ran across seven novels. I’m really hoping the Cormoran Strike story does the same!

Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith, Book review

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13 Comments

  1. Ooh this sounds good. I don’t usually read books like this but I’d make an exception for JK Rowling.
    Nat.x

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    • It is amazing! Well worth a read. You would never know it was the Harry Potter author as it is such a different sort of story, but she is such a brilliant write and comes up with such incredible plots. x

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  2. I’ve never heard of these, I’ll admit I never got on with Harry Potter but these sound more to my liking. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    • Wow, I’ve never heard of anyone who didn’t get on with Harry Potter before! These are so different, you would never guess they were by the same author.

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  3. Well, I didn’t like Casual Vacancy and, like Chantelle in the previous comment, I never got on with Harry Potter … And I don’t know why. In theory, HP was my sort of book. Was it all the hype surrounding them that turned me off?
    But these sound interesting. Maybe if I come across them in the library, I’ll give them a go.
    Thanks for sharing #readwithme

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    • I would definitely recommend them! I’m amazed at people not getting on with Harry Potter! They’re not my sort of book at all, yet I fell in love from the very first paragraph. I had wondered how good a book about a boy wizard could really be and I was astounded at how good they were! I know Casual Vacancy divided opinion though!

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  4. I’ve just read the first Cormoran Strike story and loved it. I’m so glad to hear that there are more – I didn’t know that! I had read half of the book before I realised it was J. K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym! I enjoyed her Casual Vacancy too :o)

    #readwithme

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    • I loved Casual Vacancy! It’s amazing that you read half the book before realising it was actually J K Rowling. They are such brilliant books, I hope she keeps writing them for a lot longer.

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  5. These were recommended to me this week. Must have a look. Great review 🙂 #readwithme

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    • They’re well worth a read! You can read them as a series, but they also work well as stand-alone novels.

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  6. I love the Harry Potter books but never thought of reading one of these. I’ll definitely have to give them a go. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    #readwithme

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    • I would definitely recommend them, they’re brilliant! So different from Harry Potter, but just as good.

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  7. I’ve learnt something new as I didn’t know about other books by JK Rowling. I shall add this to my wishlist. We’ve bought a copy of the new Harry Potter book, but the rest of the family are all above me in the queue to read it #readwithme

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