Teaser Tuesday - Career of Evil
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by adailyrhythm.com, and anyone can join in. All you need to do is: a) open your current read to a random page and share two teaser sentences. b) Let us know the title and author and c) link back to the host blog and leave your link in the comments. Also, keep it spoiler free!
My teaser this week is from Robert Galbraith's (AKA J.K Rowling's) third Cormoran Strike mystery, Career of Evil which I just finished within, like, two days. There was good and bad to it, but it definitely hooked me!
'"I'll deal with Brockbank, if he's in there," said Strike, lighting up. "You're not going anywhere near him.
Robin got back into the Land Rover.
"Try not to punch him, won't you?" she muttered at Strike's retreating figure as he walked with a slight limp towards the house, his knee stiff from the journey.
This is the third book of the series, and - true to J.K Rowling's usual form - they're getting darker. Sometimes I worry for her mental health, I'll say that much, because The Silkworm was definitely gruesome, but parts of this are even harder to read. Where The Cuckoo's Calling dealt with the world of celebrity and the second book was all about publishing and writers, Career of Evil is concerned with sexual violence against women. Prostitution, rape, women's treatment in the media, it's all in there, and there's always a fine line when it comes to this kind of stuff. At what point does it become gratuitous? I'd definitely say that some of the descriptions (especially from the killer's point of view *shudder*) are much too graphic, but generally I think these themes are safe in J.K Rowling's hands. You can see she's got a point to make, and there's empathy there. It's not just one big, shallow plot device.
Although I don't that think this is the strongest of the series, mystery-wise, I raced through it much faster than the first two - perhaps because I'm in deep with the central characters now. I love Strike (Cornwall bred ex-military man turned private detective, the one-legged, illegitimate son of a rock-star and a 'supergroupie') and Robin (occasionally Hermionie-ish, glamorous temp turned aspiring sleuth, from Yorkshire) and the way that their relationship is developing across the novels. More like mentor and protegee than hero and glamorous assistant, (at least, by this book) who knows where their friendship will lead them?
A dark, but gripping detective novel, Career of Evil, lingers in the mind after reading, but you'll want to hear more from Strike and Robin (I did anyway). The three books of the series so far are also due to be adapted for the BBC, hopefully some time next year, but no casting has been announced as of yet (for my thoughts on this, see my post at Based on the Book). I can't wait!
Have you read any Cormoran Strike or got a teaser to share? Let me know in the comments!