TV Review: Strike - Career of Evil (Episode 1)
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Several months since the case of The Silkworm was wrapped up nice and neatly, Cormoran Strike is back to face a new case that hits very close to home. Having established a comfortable new rhythm with his former PA turned partner, Robin Ellacott, Strike's private investigation business is thriving - that is, until he becomes the catalyst of a gruesome game of vengeance and murder. From the very offset of the episode, as in previous instalments, the mood of the case is established immediately. Having left Robin to catch up with friends, Strike goes to meet a potential client at a very shady building in Whitechapel. At the same time, a young girl heads for the same location, seemingly there to meet with Strike. Our suspicion lingers as we follow the CCTV footage of both figures entering the building, which is dark and empty - just to add to the ominous atmosphere. We lose track of Strike, only to watch as the young woman quite literally step into her own murder scene before the opening credits. If there's one thing that has been consistent in the run of these adaptations based on the Robert Galbraith novels, it's that each story has opened with the tension raised high.
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