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Career of Evil

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, 2016

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751563597

Price: £9.99

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‘Deliriously clever’ GUARDIAN


Now a major BBC drama: The Strike series

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.

*** The latest book in the thrilling Strike series, TROUBLED BLOOD, is out now! ***



‘One of the most unique and compelling detectives I’ve come across in years‘ MARK BILLINGHAM

‘The work of a master storyteller’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Unputdownable. . . Irresistible’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Will keep you up all night’ OBSERVER

‘A thoroughly enjoyable classic’ PETER JAMES, SUNDAY EXPRESS


[A] smart and addictive thriller
Sunday Mirror
The real joy of this series comes from the originality of the characters
Morning Star
Strike is a compelling creation . . . this is terrifically entertaining stuff
Irish Times
Strike and Robin are just as magnetic as ever
New York Times
Thoroughly enjoyable
Mail on Sunday
A confident hold on a deliriously clever plot
A book that abounds with ideas
Scotland on Sunday
Fans of the intrepid duo are in for some shocks . . . as readable and exciting as ever
Daily Telegraph
Quirkily different... let's hope the sardonic Strike is here to stay
The denouement is violent, unexpected and satisfying . . . [an] entertaining novel
The Times
Oozes atmosphere . . . a rollicking good story
Criminally good stuff
This one gripped
Evening Standard
A page-turner with legs that will keep you up all night
Robert Galbraith . . . again demonstrates that rare, inexplicable and indefinable gift: once started, one simply can't put [his] books down
Literary Review