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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
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it was ok

This one's better than The Silkworm but not by much. At least in this book there's a credible plot and a solution that holds together.

But so much about Robert Galbraith's writing begs the question; where is his editor? I found myself so many times forced to surface from immersion in the story by writing that from anybody else would have meant that manuscript would have stayed languishing in the slush pile.

Here are a few examples:

'Six foot three and scowling, Strike's shirt hung open, ...' (Page 9.)

'Trained by the British Army in investigative procedure, Strike resisted the temptation to tug it out and read it: he must not taint forensic evidence.' (Page 11.)

'... letter like that might be relevant,' said Robin repressively.
'... want to know where he is,' said Strike repressively.
'All right,' he said repressively.
(Pages 33, 53 and 178.)

'Strike genuinely sensed a tosser when he saw one, Strike found the youth obscurely objectional.' (Page 58.)

'Lisa had already remarked on the fact that Strike moved around the house without leaving any real mark, whereas her husband, a gastroenterologist, might be found by the trail of discarded belongings and imperfectly closed drawers.' (Page 65.)

'Detective Sergeant Ekwensi then let her eyes stray around Strike's glorified bedsit.'
'Linda's blue-grey eyes were her daughter's and they rested now upon her second child with an expression of concern and shrewdness that would have been comically familiar to Strike.'
(Pages 13 and 81.)

'Strike had become almost as importuning towards late afternoon.' (Page 137.)

There are many more of these so-called 'elementary mistakes' that hopeless wannabe writers make. Somehow in all his books Robert Galbraith has not only got away with them in the manuscripts of all three Strike books but they also survived the intervention of an editor.

The real mystery of Cormoran Strike is how early on in the process the publisher knew the true identity the perpetrator.
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Reading Progress

September, 2017 – Started Reading
September, 2017 – Finished Reading
September 24, 2017 – Shelved

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