Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Creating Cormoran and his "Career of Evil"

The Blue Oyster Cult and a severed leg.  These are the only two clues that face Cormoran Strike in a perplexing mystery that will force him to examine his past and potentially lose his future.  Strike is back for the third installation of Robert Galbraith's hit series featuring the veteran-turned-detective and his clever, resilient assistant, Robin Ellacott. Career of Evil is the latest installation in the seven part series by British author, Robert Galbraith (what a magical name!).  This is perhaps the most twisted book in the series so far; Cormoran and Robin are directly targeted in a mystery that will reveal both Cormoran and Robin's inner demons and force them to reevaluate their lives and each other.

Staying true to form, Career continues Galbraith's gritty, edgy style, with crimes that turn the stomach and suspects that come from all walks of life but all have twisted inner demons and leanings towards evil.  A severed leg is delivered to Robin; this sets off several alarms for Robin, who is convinced that it is not the work of a random psycho but someone who is targeting Cormoran and mocking his amputation.  Cormoran, although slow to agree, comes to the conclusion that there are three main suspects who would have enough resentment towards Cormoran to target him. Cormoran and Robin begin to track down and investigate the three men, discovering that all three have the potential to descend into madness and all three having a burning hate for Cormoran Strike. The novel culminates in a fall that leaves readers anxious and waiting for more.

This might be the best novel of the series so far.  The whodunit was a bit obvious as the novel went on; however, a surprise twist packed a punch so fierce that the reader is almost forced to flip back and read specific passages again.  The journey was definitely the best part about this novel. A lot is revealed about the mysterious Cormoran; these revelations about him force Robin to examine her relationships with him and in doing so, Robin's character is developed to resemble the strong female characters from Galbraith's past works. The Cuckoo's Calling was a refreshing appearance on the mystery scene in 2013, a lackluster year for the genre, and promised a lot more to come from this brilliant author; Career of Evil delivers on that promise and leaves enough cliffhangers to entice readers to anxiously await next year's installment.