Career of Evil, Hardback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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. 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 put this book down.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751562279



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My favorite novel in the series so far. Things start off with a bang when Robin is gifted a leg in the mail. Strike knows way too many unsavory people so there are plenty of suspects to choose from. What I loved most about this book is how much more is revealed in the personal lives of Robin and Cormoran. The mysteries were always secondary for me but I think this book steps that up too. What I enjoy reading about is the personal lives of the characters. Will or won't Robin get married. And if she doesn't will she finally hook up with her boss. That question at least seems to have finally been answered with this book. There were parts of this book where I didn't want to put it down which hadn't happened with the previous novels. Besides the advancement of personal relationships, JK did quite the exploration of nasty topics such as, pedophilia, murder, and body integrity identity disorder. All of this makes for a very dark book filled with nasty characters.

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I really enjoyed this third of the Cormorant Strike novels. Reminded me a little bit of Michael Connelly's "The Poet" as we also follow the thoughts of the killer at intermittent points. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the will they / won't they aspect but it was still a great read.

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