Lethal White

Lethal White

Book - 2018
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"When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott--once his assistant, now a partner in the agency--set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside. And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been--Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that."--Amazon
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316422734
0316422738
Characteristics: 650 pages ; 25 cm

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rpavlacic
Oct 15, 2018

A childhood memory of a child being murdered and buried. A politician being blackmailed, though not for the usually obvious reasons. A painting worth potentially millions (and the subject matter lending its way to the title). And a marriage that is irretrievably broken from day one. These are the themes in "Lethal White." Once again, J.K. Rowling spins a suspenseful tale that keeps the reader's interest from start to finish. Of note is the relationship between Strike and Robin. She is now a full partner in her former boss's firm, and she helps manage a fully fledged staff of assistants appropriate to a private investigator's firm. But their relationship is now complicated - not in the Biblical sense; but one isn't sure whether they're still friends or if theirs is strictly now a business partnership. Some aspects of this story are morbid, but the plot possibilities presented are not that far off reality.

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Knox85
Oct 06, 2018

This book has some enjoyable moments, but is much too long for no real reason. While I think the author has a highly literate manner of writing, there is one aspect of the narrative I found more and more irritating as the story went on. I think the novel could easily be titled " Diary of an annoying prosthetic device." The constant mentioning of the prosthetic device of the protagonist and its difficulties moves from slightly distracting to truly exasperating by the end of the novel.

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ValinOR14
Sep 29, 2018

I. Loved. This. Book. I'm so hooked on this series! I really appreciate how Robin's character has totally evolved and that she and Strike have become an unbeatable team. The descriptions used made me feel as though I had been plopped down right into the book. I found myself totally unable to unravel all of the mysteries. (I'm always disappointed when I read a book and can figure out what is going on before reaching the end of the book.) This book was flat-out brilliant. Now if I can only wait for the next one to be written and released! 🤞

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Ssaaddy
Sep 21, 2018

Was eagerly looking forward to this book as I had enjoyed the previous ones. Well, I got to page 207 and had to quit. Not worth the reading time. The mystery is so slow to unfold as the main protagonists spend more time quetsching about their private lives than anything else. I don't mind a little background to their lives but when the book turns into a soap opera, well, I'm out. What a disappointment.

debwalker Aug 29, 2018

The fourth Cormorant Strike from Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling!

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rpavlacic
Oct 15, 2018

rpavlacic thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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