When I saw Career of Evil in a soft cover edition at the airport I was so hyped and practically ran to the till to buy it. There is a special place in my heart for crime fiction and books by J.K. Rowling (even if this is under a pseudonym). It follows Strike, as the two previous books do, but also incorporates the story of his secretary more often, and on the rare occasion, the culprit, which offers a nice twist to the way the story plays out.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read, especially on trips where you read to pass time and you’re surprised how much you read. Also, it’s very engaging, with different plot holes and turns on every page. It is not exactly the most fast paced piece of text, however most definitely a page turner in many cases and so worth the read jsut to find out who the antagonist was. The ending seemed to suggest another book in the series, and I am so hopeful of that (and as far as I know, another one is indeed in the works).
Memorable quotes from the text;
…gliding behind them like a ghost or a god. (3)
Alcohol buoyed you up and it washed your eyes clean. (145)
…sometimes he could drive himself into an onanistic frenzy … (373)
The small coffee shop smelled of warm wood and espresso. (453)
…the sky over the rooftops blazed with color as bright as a parakeet’s wing: scarlet, orange, even a faint trace of green. (466)