My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think I liked this best of all the Cormoran Strike mysteries so far. I read The Cuckoo’s Calling long enough ago that don’t remember it, and I found The Silkworm to be a fairly intricate mystery and queasy-making beyond anything I’d ever read, including any of Stephen King’s gorier stuff. Career of Evil has topped both of them, with a brain-tugging mystery and the deeper development of both Strike and Robin as people. We get more of their backstories, see more of what made them into the people they are. BIID and “transabled” — I’d had no idea there were such things. The Blue Öyster Cult lyrics were a fun incorporation, and I love an ambiguous ending.
Matthew. Ugh. I know he’s there for a reason, and Robin’s personal history makes his presence in her life much more understandable, but I still spent the entire book wanting to punch him in the throat, which says he’s written very well. I see we have some time to wait for the next installment in this series; I will spend it hoping Robin wises up and dumps Matthew’s ass.
Career of Evil was #10 on my 2017 Reading Challenge, a book by an author who uses a pseudonym. Everybody knows Robert Galbraith is really J.K. Rowling, right?
Bookshelves: brit-lit, crime, detective, i-am-an-anglophile, mystery, multiple-povs, pseudonym, reading-challenge
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