2015: Career of Evil

“He had not managed to scrub off all her blood.”

Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith

Oh, the new J.K. Rowling* book is so good.  Obviously, I love Rowling, and I love mysteries, so her writing mysteries is basically my favorite kind of book, but this one is legitimately great.  It’s another in her Cormoran Strike series, and I loved it.  I was a little trepidatious at first, because it starts from the prospective of the psychopathic killer, and I thought, here we go, it’s Ruth Rendell all over again.** But, no, it’s not like that at all. In fact, most of the book is from the perspective of Robin, Strike’s secretary/partner, and it turns out that I love Robin.  The books starts with someone sending Robin a severed leg.  As they try to figure out who could do that, Strike’s business starts to suffer (who would hire a PI who is the recipient of such a thing?). And the police aren’t too helpful - and we know that the psycho has Robin in his sights, and it’s very tense, and it’s entertaining.  I was worried at first that the solution of who was the bad was super obvious and I was a little disappointed - but I should not have mistrusted Rowling because I was WRONG and it was someone else entirely - and it all hung together at the end, too, which is harder to do than you might think. Most of all, I enjoy the Strike/Robin relationship - they seem real, and they are funny and oh my lord it ends on a cliff hanger and I need Rowling to write more RIGHT NOW, but of course she is so busy being the queen of the world I will have to be patient.

So, VERY highly recommended, especially if you like mysteries. 

*I know you know this, but in case this is read by some future civilization, Rowling writes these mysteries under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. 

** Obviously, I love Rendell, but I do get tired of her unrelenting psychopaths.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017