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Career of Evil

On sale

25th October 2018

Price: £10.99

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, 2016

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751563597

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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


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