Career of Evil


By Robert Galbraith

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A disturbing package leads Detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott to investigate four dangerous murder suspects in this "magnetic" British mystery (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) that inspired the acclaimed HBO Max series C.B. Strike
When Robin Ellacott opens an unexpected delivery, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but just as alarmed. He suspects that four people from his past could be responsible — and any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike has essentially ruled out, 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 J. K. Rowling's highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. 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.


  • Praise for The Silkworm:"THE SILKWORM is a very well-written, wonderfully entertaining take on the traditional British crime novel....Robert Galbraith may proudly join the ranks of English, Scottish and Irish crime writers such as Tana French, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, John Connolly, Kate Atkinson, and Peter Robinson."
    -Harlan Coben, New York Times Book Review
  • "Robert Galbraith has written a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow last year's stealth hit, The Cuckoo's Calling....Astutely observed, well-paced and full of [Galbraith's] trademark acerbic wit, THE SILKWORM thoroughly engages as a crime novel."
    Sue Corbett, People
  • "A compulsively entertaining yarn."
    Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly
  • "A great detective novel: sharp, immensely readable, warmhearted but coolheaded....The last line of THE SILKWORM, which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for Galbraith and for us."
    Charles Finch, USA Today
  • "Swift-paced, suspenseful....Robert Galbraith has announced himself a fresh voice in mystery fiction: part hard-boiled, part satiric, part poignant, and part romantic."
    Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
  • "Galbraith brings flair and wit to [his] reflections on the state of contemporary publishing....Galbraith takes the existing strengths of the genre and uses them as the building blocks for [his] own considerable storytelling gift, crafting books crammed with memorable characters that make irresistible reading."
    Val McDermid, The Guardian [UK]
  • "Cormoran Strike is back, and so is his resourceful sidekick, Robin Ellacott, a gumshoe team that's on its way to becoming as celebrated for its mystery-solving skills as Nick and Nora Charles of 'Thin Man' fame, and Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander (a.k.a. the girl with the dragon tattoo)....An entertaining novel in which the most compelling characters are not the killer or the victim, but the detectives charged with solving the crime."
    Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
  • "The story is enthralling, not only for its twists and turns, but for the fun of the teamwork....Each chapter draws us further into Cormoran Strike's psyche, and makes us care more not just about the case getting solved, but about Strike being the one to solve it....[They're] a cast of characters who you'll want to meet again and again."
    Ashley Ross, Time
  • "[Galbraith] weaves a pleasurably wicked literary murder mystery with all its attendant aspects of publishing politics, from the peevish to the pompous, into Strike's personal and professional lives....Only two books in, and Galbraith's characters already feel like familiar-and welcome-friends."
    Daneet Steffens, Boston Globe
  • "The plot zings along....Swift and satisfying."
    Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
  • "THE SILKWORM is fast-paced and entertaining....Strike is heroic without intending to be and has a great back story. He's the illegitimate son of a rock star whose half-siblings grew up in privilege....And he's brooding, but not annoyingly so. Strike has all kinds of potential. It'd be a crime not to keep up with him."
    Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News
  • "A properly addictive whodunnit. And in the unlikely pairing of ungainly Strike and his clever young assistant, Galbraith has created an investigative duo with spark and empathy."
    Isabel Berwick, Financial Times
  • "The murder mystery at the heart of THE SILKWORM is a genuine mystery with an altogether satisfying resolution....And even if, like me, you don't read mysteries to solve the puzzle but to keep company with the detective on the case...[Galbraith's] not too shabby in the character department either."
    Malcolm Jones, Daily Beast
  • "Bring on the next one, please....Galbraith writes with wit and affection for detective-novel tradition (it's impossible not to see her central duo as a modern-day Nick and Nora, minus the marriage), and races us through a twisty plot so smoothly that you won't notice as the hours tick by."
    Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times
  • "The Galbraith books have intricately woven plots, conveyed with good humor but underlying darkness....THE SILKWORM is a classic British mystery with a modern sensibility, written with intelligent humor and a very observational eye."
    Kathleen Guzzi, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On Sale
Oct 20, 2015
Page Count
464 pages
Mulholland Books

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Robert Galbraith

About the Author

Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. All six Strike novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil, Lethal White, Troubled Blood and The Ink Black Heart topped the national and international bestseller lists and the series has been adapted for television, produced by Brontë Film and Television.

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