Mr. Ruhland Recommends “Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

Mr. Ruhland Recommends

Robert Galbraith (AKA, J.K. Rowling) has done it again with this third book in her excellent Cormoran Strike series. This time, the story ensues when Cormoran’s assistant and detective-in-training, Robin Ellacott receives the severed leg of an unknown woman in a package delivered to the office. Cormoran and Robin begin their hunt for the killer, but it’s hard to know at times who is the hunter and who the hunted. A ruthless killer is out there, and Cormoran’s life is not the only one on the line.

This story is wonderful blend of suspense, humor, an intrigue as Cormoran and Robin continue their subtle dance as detective and assistant; and perhaps something more. At the same time, tension between Cormoran and the police investigating the crime continues as, unfortunately, his past successes in solving crimes have highlighted their failures.

The best thing about every one of these books is that Rowling brings her great gift of storytelling to a new realm of fiction. The characters are vivid, the plots intricate and believable. The worlds Rowling builds are so well woven, you feel yourself pulled into the story. You become one of the characters. To me, it seems the “Harry Potter” series was just the opening act for one of the most gifted writers of my generation.