Author: Robert Galbraith, J.K Rowling
Link: Career of Evil
The books in this series (Cormoran Strike series) are like an opiate drug, making one addictive, one book at a time. This addiction works so ingeniously that by the time it is done with you, you end up on the street in front of a book store, snorting the old books and waiting for the next one for that high you desperately crave.
The first book in the series, Cuckoo’s Calling, was quite boring and unnecessarily long. But Robert Galbraith (a.k.a J.K Rowling) gave the readers something to look for; the sensational chemistry between Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. So, eventually one had to go for the second book in the series, Silkworm, which was interesting, fast paced, and continued the enchanting tale of Robin and Strike.
The third book in the series, titled Career of Evil is a thrilling and gripping tale of Robin and Strike standing at crossroads of their professional and personal feelings as Robin’s wedding draws near.
Even though the story is a suspense thriller, for me, it will always be a forbidden love story of a man struggling to keep himself in check from crossing that work boundary and of a woman torn between the admiration towards her boss and endearments towards her fiancé.
As for this novel, the plot is quite interesting. A mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott. She is horrified to discover a woman’s severed leg in the package. Strike can think of four people from his past who could be responsible for this. When the police, as usual, chase the wrong suspect, Strike takes the matter into his own hands as body parts keep on turning up.
As a tale of personal vendetta, this is, by far the most thrilling Cormoran Strike mystery. Continuing the tradition of previous novels, this one too peeks into Strike’s troubled past and goes one step beyond, by revealing a shocking secret from Robin’s past.
This would be the first novel in the series that I would call a page-turner. Even the sheer length of the novel did not discourage me at any point. Often, I found myself awake way past midnight, not able to stop reading further and further. The Matthew-Robin-Strike triangle continues with much ado. Rowling kept the readers hanging by the edge of their seat till the last page with an ending that would either shock you or bring a smile to your face.
I have to admit, that I am hooked to Cromoran Strike series not for the gruesome murders, suspense or investigative work. I am neck deep in the series for the thrill and joy that it brings while reading about the uncharted tribulations of robin and strike and for precisely this reason, I for one is eagerly waiting for the fourth book.
P.S. I wish Rowling would keep the next novel fewer than 400 pages.