J.K. Rowling’s new crime novel, Career of Evil, is out

Career of Evil coverCareer of Evil, the chilling third book in the Cormoran Strike mysteries, arrives today.

J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, has just published the third book in her acclaimed crime series. According to The Telegraph, this dark thriller tackles several disturbing elements including as serial murder, pedophilia, a psychological disorder involving amputation of healthy limbs, and acrotomophilia (the sexual attraction to amputees.)

On Twitter, Rowling called this latest novel a “scary book” with a horrendous storyline that disturbed her sleep for the first time in her writing career. She said that this novel involved the most planning she has ever done for a book and that the research she had to do for the plot gave her “nightmares.” This research included speaking to former servicemen about their experiences and getting the details on various disturbing crimes. This added to the extensive research she had made for her first two novels, which included topics such as amputation, forensics, and the decomposition of bodies.

Now that this much-anticipated book is available, her fans will be able to judge how willing they are to enter into this dark and twisted world.

As with the first two novels, this one features detective and war veteran, Cormoran Strike, who lost his leg in Afghanistan, and his sidekick Robin Ellacott. The book opens with Robin receiving a dubious package which contains the severed leg of an unknown woman, and continues as the two protagonists investigate this mystery while also chasing people Strike fears may have fatal grudges against him.

A television adaptation of the Cormoran Strike novels is in development at the BBC and is due to air next year. The book series is expected to continue until at least seven books are published.