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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2016 Audie Mystery Award

Now a major BBC drama as part of the Cormoran Strike series.

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....

A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to switch this audiobook off.

©2015 J. K. Rowling (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Teems with sly humour, witty asides and intelligence... A pleasure to read." ( The Times on The Silkworm)
"Huge credit is due to Galbraith in portraying [Strike] so vividly.... Galbraith has pulled off a thoroughly enjoyable classic and I'm already looking forward to Strike's next outing." (Peter James, Sunday Express on The Silkworm)
" The Cuckoo's Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place." (Val McDermid on The Cuckoo's Calling)
"The novel is the work of a master storyteller." ( Daily Telegraph on The Cuckoo's Calling)

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Good but far from the 2 first boks.

It is a good book, unnerving and lots of suspense but I found the relationship between Robin and Strike exagerated a little silly. I really dont understand why they workshop to getter anymore. I also was not very keen on the "ripper" story. To much gore and hate for my taste and the theme is "old".

Great job by the narrator. ..

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Wonderful!

I enjoyed this series very much and am quite upset that there are no more books to follow. I listened to all 3 in a row. Robert Glenister was absolutely fabulous as the narrator. Please write more of them !

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can't get enough of Cormoran Strike!

I feel so connected to the characters in this gripping novel. Would listen to this any chance I got. The suspects start to blur in this edition so it was a bit harder to follow, but still excellent. Genuinely hope there is a fourth book!

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These books just get better

I've listen to all three books in this series & this last one I couldn't stop listening! Lots of late nights to bed. Can't wait for another book in this series to be released.

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Well write book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this book is excellent. The only problem is after you read the books of Robert Galbraith, you do not be satisfy with many writers. This writer bring you since the first page inside the book. The characters are very well develop, the stories are good and the style of writers are the best.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

He has a great voice for the kind of books of Galbraith.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sometimes I laugh. I just listen careful I did not want to lose any part of the book. This serie is the kind of books I will listen several times.

Any additional comments?

I know the series will continue, and I will listen to each of one of this writer book.
I did not like Harry Potter books. I do not like fiction books.

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Brilliant & Brutal !!

Can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that j.k Rowling wrote such fantastic yet dark storyline!! Must read

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Good but not the best

A 3.5 stars for the book. It was good as expected but a little stretched to an extent that somewhere in the middle I started losing interest. I did not feel disinterested anywhere with first two books of the series. In the end 'The Silkworm' still remains my favourite of the Cormoran Strike series.

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Fantastic read

a Brilliant novel by a brilliant artist - pure pleasure from start to finish. I loved every bit of this book.

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crimefan

If you could sum up Career of Evil in three words, what would they be?

engrossing believable and entertaining

Who was your favorite character and why?

all characters are realistic and interesting

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no i enjoy a daily treat of listening to a very good book

Any additional comments?

the reader is a well known and excellent actor whose skill enhanced an enjoyable listening experience

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  • Luke
  • Tuam, Ireland
  • 01-22-16

Good Villan Guessing

What did you love best about Career of Evil?

I really liked the whole "Who done it?" aspect of the book. The three villans suspects were well fleshed out through Strike's flashbacks. They each had reasons to be the main suspect.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot got better as the book went on. I started lisening slowly, and then for the second half of the book, I was listening to it in my car and while making dinner, to find out what was going on.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

I have a real soft spot for Shanker. I really liked how his voice was virtually unreckonisable from the other characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The second half of the book was better than the first half.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to the next book, there's still some unanswered questions about the main characters.

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  • Bernadette
  • 10-22-15

Another gripping story.

I enjoyed everything about this story from beginning to end. Everything knitted together like an Arran sweater.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 11-17-15

Great listen

I have read all three of Robert Galbraith's novels and I have enjoyed this one the best. The book keeps you gripped.

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  • Ally
  • 11-01-15

The best of three!!

absolutely loved it. I waited in anticipation for the release of this audio book and have not been disappointed. on the contrary, I have listened to all three books in this trilogy and this one tops the others. Cormorant and Robyn are part of my life and I am so going to miss them until another story is written. Also read that this is to a BBC mini series in 2016. Can't wait. I have already casted it in my own mind. Great work Jk, I never really got Harry Potter but Cormoran Strike has my devotion.

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  • Kirsty
  • 11-19-15

Masterful

Stunning story well told and written. Completely captivated by the unraveling story. Brilliant, thrilling and full of humour!

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  • Charlott
  • 10-26-15

I loved it

I could not stop reading it. This is one of my favorite books.

I can't wait for the next one:)

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  • Jackie
  • 10-26-15

Great story brilliantly read!

Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) is an exceptionally gifted story teller and must be a dream to read for particularly for someone as talented as Robert Glenister. Between them the characters are rendered totally believable and the story (though rather ghoulish) completely absorbing.

Pity there won't be another one out for a while as I'm keen to hear what happens next to Strike and Robin.

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  • Mikey
  • 10-25-15

Galbraith/Rowling's best so far

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I found it intriguing and intensifying listening to this book and watching the story unfold written by one of the master storytellers of my generation. It is thrilling to watch Rowling's work in adult storytelling evolve. For instance, this book is a lot more revealing and a tad more gory than her previous novels - it pulls no punches.

Cormoran Strike is at his finest in yet another gripping edition to the entertaining detective series, full of action and suspense with more twists than a formula one racing track. Rowling is evolving (this is only her 3th adult novel) and as I mentioned previously this book; parallel to her career, just keeps getting better and better.

I love Strike, I love his assistant and I loved the storyline. This is definitely Strike at his most vulnerable and the most he's been in danger so far. It will be hard to top this.

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  • Jo
  • 10-25-15

Another stunner!

Another brilliant adventure for Strike and Robin. The characterisation just gets more interesting and intriguing as we learn a little more about their past lives!
Please hurry and write the next!!!

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  • j c yorkston
  • 10-26-15

Amazing!

Best story yet. When's the next one out? Really enjoyed listening to it and desperate to know what's happens...

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  • susan harper
  • 10-25-15

Brilliant

Have so enjoyed listening to the 3 Cormoran Strike novels.....cannot wait for the next ...
I would recommend them to anyone, the characters have become like friends.

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  • sarah
  • 12-15-15

brilliant

jk please spend the next 6 months writing 10 Robert Galbraith books, so I can read them all while I'm waiting for you to write 10 more.

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  • V
  • 10-24-15

My favourite Cormoran Strike novel thus far

I zoomed through this book. Wonderful narration as usual. Perfectly fitting the character and tone.

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  • Michelle
  • 11-09-15

Fabulous!

I was really looking forward to this release and it didn't disappoint. The characters are wonderful, the plot is interesting and Robert Glenister's narration is just outstanding.

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  • rhys
  • 06-06-16

Read It!!!

I wish I could thank JK in person, for such a wonderful piece of writing, or listening in my case, I could not recommend this series highly enough.

I hope that this is not the last in the series (fingers crossed )

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  • Swetha
  • 12-24-15

Just WOW!

Would you consider the audio edition of Career of Evil to be better than the print version?

I think they were both great. I actually bought the book to read after listening to it- if that doesn't tell you how great the story was then.....

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Amazing book, highly recommend it and all of the other novels- cuckoo calling and silkworm...Robert Galbraith please make another book fast!

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  • Phillip
  • 12-13-15

Cormoran Strike! ...a superb creation

All three of Galbraith's 'Strike' novels are highly listenable...exciting and with very well developed main characters. Glenister's audio performance is quite outstanding. 'Career of Evil' is surely about evil... well told and full of momentum. I truely hope JK continues with this series and Glenister stays on board. My eyes are peeled looking for the next one.

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  • Roderic
  • 12-11-15

Decent read but a confusion of villains

I was lured to this third Cormoran Strike novel by a continued interest in the two main characters. The plot is a little fragmented and the villains not that interesting, and the developing relationship between the main characters has taken on an air of stereotype.

However, it is still, overall, worth the read and I will try the next in the series... if such appears.

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  • Myron Speed
  • 11-23-15

Engaging story well performed.

Excellent story with a fantastic performance. Loved hearing parts of the story through the eyes of a misogynist serial killer; definitely added to the creepiness of the perpetrators crimes.

Cormoran and Robyn continue to be engaging and fascinating characters who I've enjoyed learning about over these three books.

Can't wait for the next installment!

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  • Amanda
  • 11-20-15

Another fantastic read...can't wait for the next.

Loved it. I'd you liked the others you'll like this too. Excellent narration as always.

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  • Mary-Alice
  • 11-09-15

Loved it!

Another great book in this series! The story was enthralling, and was enhanced by the narrator's variety of voices/accents for the dialogue!

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