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
Characteristics: 650 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 21, 2019

“Lethal White” is another Cormoran Strike mystery, another book written by the talented well-read JK Rowling, and another chance to enjoy the exploits of two excellent very likeable protagonists. Thankfully, it’s not nearly as gory as it three predecessor novels. Admittedly, its long- maybe a bit too long. For me the downside of the length was mitigated by consuming the book in talking book format enjoying its excellent narrator Robert Genister.
I’m definitely interested in getting my hands on ”Rosmersholm” by Ibsen. Lines from this play are quoted at the start of each chapter.
Harry Potter fans will note the similarity between the surprising crucial reveal scene in “Lethal White” to the crucial surprising final reveal scene in “The Goblet of Fire”. Both times the author uses a gripping and effective way of unwinding the plot’s mysteries to her readers. Hope the next book in the series will come out soon.

Jan 13, 2019

I'm about 100 pages in and it's an achingly slow read. The others in this series were edge of the seat suspense, but this one is repetitious and relies on extraneous details, making it tiresome to read. I put the audio book on hold so maybe the narrator (hopefully the same man who read the other three) can liven it up.

Jan 07, 2019

I love the Cormoran Strike novels, but I could not get into this one. I read about 200 pages, and had to give it up. Way too many new characters and confusing timelines. You really want to shout at the characters "Just get together already!".

Jan 06, 2019

Can't read small print.

Nov 26, 2018

Even though LETHAL WHITE has an overly complicated plot and a few too many pages, it’s still a worthwhile read. Author Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling) deftly explores the nature of human relationships and crafts yet another intelligent and absorbing contemporary crime mystery. This fourth installment of the PI Cormoran Strike series left me begging for more.

Nov 21, 2018

I’m hooked on this series. I love having an Afghanistan soldier amputee as the main character. Having a strong, independent woman as his associate makes it even better. I wonder if Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) has had personal experience with amputees, as his pain plays a part in the story. Strike has grit! Well-written with well-developed characters and a strong plot put the Strike mysteries among my favorites.

Nov 15, 2018

This was my favorite Cormoran Strike so far due to the character development that continues for both Strike and Robin. The plot is extremely complex beginning with a mystery that may not even exist. It is fascinating to see all the loose ends developing and overlapping throughout the story. An extra half star goes to the title -- brilliant! I did find the pacing to be a bit choppy. At times we were given a blow by blow of an entire day for both Strike and Robin while at other times significant events would be glossed over and summarized. At long last the epilogue shows Strike keeping his word and we look forward with anticipation to #5 hoping it won't take three years to write.

Nov 14, 2018

Despite the complaints about length, complexity, etc. ... I liked the book and didn't find it overly long. There are certain aspects of some characters I disliked, but that's life, and it wasn't overdone. If you liked the other Strike books, you'll like this one. Enjoy !!

Nov 14, 2018

Way to long. Too many superfluous pages. Characters introduced who only muddled the plot. She's no Jeffrey Archer. Not by a long shot. Read Archer instead. He has much better character development and his plots really grab you. This book does not quite make the grade.

Nov 11, 2018

As others have said - way too long.
And as a Guardian reviewer said - 'too complicated'.
The tying up of loose ends was painfully detailed.

But nevertheless, a decent read in my opinion.
Strike and Robin will get there yet....

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