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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Jul 17, 2019

I was unexpectedly disappointed in this book. I am a JK Rowling superfan and have really appreciated and enjoyed everything she's written until this book. For me, this was a long-awaited 4th installment of the Cormoran Stirke mystery series so, not only is it written by one of my absolutely favourite authors but also, it is my absolutely favourite genre of book. But, for me, the mystery was not as compelling as her previous ones, the ending really fell flat for me and I felt that the book was about 250 pages too long. I am not sure why JK dragged out the story as long as she did... I felt that there was a lot of redundancy and unnecessary dialogue, often 'self-chatter' within Strike's or Robin's own head. So, only ok for me whereas the previous books in this series were great, in my opinion.

Jul 11, 2019

Great characters, good stories

Apr 30, 2019


VaughanPLDonnalee Apr 14, 2019

This is an another excellent entry in the entertaining Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling. This book is very long and slow-paced compared to the first three books in the series. Because I like the main characters so much and enjoyed Galbraith's descriptions and details, I did enjoy this very leisurely paced book and did not mind its ponderous length. The plot is suitably labyrinthine, with a surfeit of characters and some twists and turns. A lot of time is spent detailing Strike's and his partner Robin's personal lives. If you are looking for a fast-paced page-turning thriller, this book may not be what you are looking for, but if you are looking for a character-driven story with a good mystery thrown in, then this is a great read. I was also pleased that this fourth book was a lot less grisly and nasty than the last two books in the series. I will definitely look forward to another book in this series!

Apr 11, 2019

I'm finding it a hard read-the murder and mystery around it is well written but I find that too much time is being spent on the relationship or non relationship between Strike and Robin.Too much time talking about the hard time he is having with his leg,how much he resents his handicap.I think the book could be about about 200 pages shorter and still tell a great story.

Apr 06, 2019

There is a welcome return to more emphasis on the murder mystery, which is a complex one and difficult to solve, and a bit less on the tiresome personal lives of Robin and Strike, which continue to interfere in their professional exploits and mutual attraction.

Apr 05, 2019

Story line was excellent. This large book would have been one third smaller if the author hadn't wasted so many words harping on Strike's artificial leg and attendant discomfort.
I decided not to finish reading it.

Mar 26, 2019

Another page-turner from J.K. There is a little too much about the relationship between Strike and Robin and not enough about the political context.

Mar 24, 2019

Well written with believable dialogue & well defined characters. I especially enjoyed the on-going relationship btwn Robin and Cormoran ... a contemporary romance wrapped in a mystery. But the book has an unnecessarily complicated plot, too many secondary characters and altogether too much dross filling too many pages. The story isn't strong enough to fill 600 pages. Skipped entire sections but loved it.

IndyPL_CarriG Feb 19, 2019

When a troubled young man shows up in Strike's office unannounced and unhinged over an incident from his past, Strike's curiosity is peaked. When the young man disappears and Strike is contacted by a governement minister connected to the young man, Strike's curiosity is set on fire. Are these things connected? How can Strike and Robin stride the line between being hired private detectives and finding the truth, no matter what it might do to someone's reputation?

Galbraith's series continues to be a satisfying, meaty read with complex characters and a twisty, well-developed plot. I particularly enjoyed Robin's story arc in this one.

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