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Signed copy of Career of Evil sells for £1,500

It didn’t take long for Robert Galbraith’s latest book to become collectable. Over the weekend, AbeBooks.co.uk sold a signed copy of Career of Evil for £1,500 (that’s $1,385 in Yankee dollars) to show that interest in J.K. Rowling’s crime writing alter ego remains as strong as ever.

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil is the third Cormoran Strike novel from Rowling. It begins with a mysterious package that contains a woman’s severed leg.  Readers will already known that Strike is an Afghanistan veteran who works alongside Robin Ellacot. The title apparently comes from a Blue Oyster Cult song.

The other two titles in the series are The Cuckoo’s Calling, published in 2013, and The Silkworm, released in 2014.

Career of Crime was released last week in both the UK and the US.

A recent New York Times review said:

“The novel is a heavy-handed — and often grisly — tale about a serial killer, who likes to slice up his victims and cut off body parts as trophies; and many chapters start with a quotation from some of Blue Oyster Cult’s more portentous, doom-laden lyrics about death or pain or “dreadful knowledge.”

AbeBooks has now sold 19 copies of signed Robert Galbraith books for $1,000 or more. The most expensive sale was a signed first edition first printing of The Cuckoo’s Calling which sold for $5,295 in March 2014.

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