Audie Award, Mystery, 2016
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 whom 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.
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"Robert Glenister is the man in this fine performance of Robert Galbraith's (aka J.K. Rowling) most recent detective thriller. Having narrated the first two books in the series, Glenister knows the main characters...." (AudioFile)
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
Its true, at least for me, that great characters are enough to make a good book great. In this series and most especially in Career of Evil the two msin characters were so charasmatic and engrossing for me the mystery, good as it was, mattered little.
It seems I have a constant following of folks who fail to find my reviews helpful. I dont mind, in fact I understand. I don't type well and most of these reviews are written via my iPhone. On the other hand listener reviews are extremely influential to my choices of books. So if you dont get anything else from this, know Career of Evil is well worth your time.
Cormeron Strike and his assistant/partner Robin run a defective agency in London. Their relationship creates a synergy where the sum is greater than the parts. The romantic and professional tensions between the two overwhelm a gritty and clever mystery. That is not a bad thing. I found myself on edge regarding their relationship more than figuring out the mystery. But as I think about it, it was indeed a great story.
Robert Glenister is remarkable again. Every voice is distinct and his timing is impeccable.
You don't need to read this series in order, but you really should read at least one of the three books by Rowling.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
Wow! I can't believe I have just devoted 18 hours to one audio-book, and now I wish it was longer. Let's face it -- J.K. Rowling (aka Robert Galbraith) is one of the most entertaining authors on the planet. The narrator, Robert Glenister, does an amazing job throughout the series with each character's voice. He really gets it.
Speaking of characters, they have been so well developed that I feel like I am watching a story in my head rather than listening to one with my ears. I know audio-book lovers will know how rare that is, but when it happens, the experience is perfect. This book is the third in the "Cormoran Strike" series. You have to listen to them in order to get the full effect. Fortunately, all of the books are very good. I do admit, this one is my favorite so far. I hope Rowling never tires of writing about Cormoran and his assistant, Robin.
Regarding the mystery, I thought I had figured out the solution a dozen times and still didn't get it correct in the end. There were plenty of clues, I just was not clever enough.
I generally stay away from mysteries that tend to the gritty and violent, preferring a "cozy" or something set safely in the past. It was mainly out of curiosity on the whole Rowling/Galbraith thing that I tried The Cuckoo's Calling. I fell in love with both Strike and Robin (a heroine with my name!). I thought the narration was terrific, and Robert Glenister manages especially to capture Strike and make him relatable even though he's totally unique. His missing leg is an interesting challenge, as he can't outrun or outfight every one on strength alone. He has to use his considerable brain power. He also has emotional scars that contribute to his defensiveness and sometimes offensiveness.
In the 2nd book, The Silkworm, the setting is one that Rowling must have known, the book publishing world, and there's some dark humor. We get a lot more hints about Robin.There is some pretty dramatic violence but it's one scene. In this 3rd book, we find out even more about Robin as well as some other parts of Strike's past. Some people complained about the length of the book, but the 18 hours flew by for me. I even cleaned out my basement, which I had been putting off for months, because I could listen at the same time.
There were 2 main things that bothered me about this book. It starts with the point of view of the murderer, which is often the case with a mystery. But those chapters return regularly, interspersed with the story, I guess to give a sense of menace. And this murderer is very gruesome. I would have preferred not to hear so much from him. The other thing is that Robin, who shows more talents in every book, including this one, at the same time acts like an idiot girl in a horror movie who goes into a haunted house, while the audience is yelling "NO, don't open that door!" A minor quibble is the somewhat abrupt ending. Although I really liked the final scene, I would have liked a bit more debriefing, as I had some questions about what things were deliberate or chance.
Although more violent than the first two in the series, the development of the characters is superb. We learn a lot more about Robin's background in this book.
The mystery was wonderfully done and I didn't figure it out although it is fair play. Many will enjoy the references to Blue Oyster Cult rock lyrics.
The narration of the audible book was fantastic.
I couldn't imagine reading this book without having read the first two in the series and would recommend the books be read in order.
I have to say that these get better and better as they go (this was my favorite of the series so far). Cormoran and Robin are getting more and more likable and, since the threat/mystery came closer to home in this case, they (and you) are more invested in the outcome. The twists were plausible (although I should warn readers who are new to Galbraith that there's a definite--but enjoyable--cartoonish quality to all these stories so expect some exaggeration both in the character development and in the plots). Until the end, you are guessing who the murderer is right along with them and the resolution is quite satisfactory . Definitely reading the next one when it comes.
I loved it, now what will Robin do? The twist and turns of this mystery kept me listening, Robert Glenister is a wonderful Mr. Strike, and Robin, and the 50+ other characters. When will the next book be out, I will pre-order today...got to go listen to this book again. ~Suzi
I really enjoy this series by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling. This one kept me guessing, which is always a good thing in a mystery. A couple times, I thought I had it figured out, then the story unfolded a bit more and maybe I didn't have it figured out at all.
The characters continue to develop nicely. I like the at times complicated relationship between Cormoran and Robin. It was nice to have read the first 2 in the series. Having said that, this book easily stands on its own. You could read it first and be thoroughly entertained.
Finally, the narrator, Robert Glenister, is terrific.
Yet another series by J.K Rowling that I will read over and over again always noticing new secrets and connecting the foreshadowing to the big reveal. My only complaint is a small one, this is not a good book to fall asleep to. I was was to engrossed in the plot to even close my eyes at times! I can't wait to see what happens next.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all three books in this series - both Roberts excel. The plots are great, well written, well paced and with some cracking characters, all given voice excellently by the excellent Robert Glenister. Robert Galbraith cannot write them fast enough and I look forward to what I hope will be a good few more books in this series.
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