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I seen a kid killedHe strangled it up by the horseWhen 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 uestion him further Billy bolts from his off. After reading another autobiography I felt I needed to read a suspense police procedural or thriller Then lo and behold I found that a book I had pre ordered appeared on my Kindle this morning Launched into it several hours ago and found it to be better than some but not uite hitting every note uite right for my desires in private eye stories That however is getting ahead of the storyPlease let me first address some key pointsBLUSH FACTOR It is no big secret that J K Rowling writes also as Robert Galbraith Doing so is a smart move as it signals that the story is fit for adults than for kids And to be sure the language and discussions within this epic novel is not the sort recommended for young ears or church prayer groups There is sexual content but not graphic Just intimate enough to titillateThe blush factor information is not provided as a complaint nor as a cause for rating the book four stars instead of five Rather because it does so well portray the grittier side of life as I believe it to be for the sorts of characters depicted I am tempted to raise the rating instead of lower it Still I am sure some readers will appreciate the cautionSOUL Yes because Lethal White does get so deeply into the seedier side of life for the types of characters depicted one could say it has soulPOV This story is told to us in third personTHE WRITING FLOW The flow though out Lethal White is easy to read And faster reading than one might expect from a 600 plus page epic Some reviewers are sure to complain about the length and the tendency to slow down the pace but do not count me as one of them I appreciate the pace changing that kept me turning the pages Further the character development is better than I expected making the story well worth readingExcerpt Strike who had spent large portions of his childhood living in sualor found a disregard for hygiene hard to like except in those people so unhappy or ill that cleanliness became an irrelevance Ex army aren t you she asked but Jimmy spoke over her How did Billy know how to find you Directory inuiries suggested Strike I don t live in a bat cave Billy doesn t know how to use directory inuiries He managed to find my office OK There s no dead kid Jimmy said abruptly It s all in his head He goes on about it when he s having an episode Didn t you see his tic Jimmy imitated with brutal accuracy the compulsive nose to chest movement of a twitching hand Flick laughed Yeah I saw that said Strike unsmiling You don t know where he is then Haven t seen him since yesterday morning What do you want him for Like I say he didn t seem in any fit state to be wandering around on his own Very public spirited of you said Jimmy Rich and famous detective worrying about our Bill Strike said nothing Army Flick repeated weren t you I was said Strike looking down at her How s that relevant Just saying She had flushed a little in her righteous anger Haven t always been this worried about people getting hurt have you Strike who was familiar with people who shared Flick s views said nothing She would probably believe him if he told her he had joined the forces in the hope of bayoneting childrenJimmy who also seemed disinclined to hear of Flick s opinions on the military said Billy ll be fine He crashes at ours sometimes then goes off Does it all the time Where does he stay when he s not with you Friends said Jimmy shrugging I don t know all their names Then contradicting himself I ll ring around tonight make sure he s OK Right you are said Strike downing his pint and handing the empty to a tattooed bar worker who was marching through the forecourt grabbing glasses from all who had finished with them Strike took a last drag on his cigarette dropped it to join the thousands of its brethren on the cracked forecourt ground it out beneath his prosthetic foot then Galbraith Robert Lethal White A Cormoran Strike Novel Kindle Locations 1162 1182 Little Brown and Company Kindle EditionBOTTOM LINETough for me to settle on four stars or five stars I think if there had been a little humor even sarcasm weaved in here and there this might have touched all the bases for me Still I did enjoy the taleFour stars out of fiveI am striving to produce reviews that help you find books that you want or avoid books that you wish to avoid With your help my improvement will help you and me improve book reviews on Together you and I can build a great customer review process that helps everybody Will you join me It is people such as you who have helped me improve over the years I m still learning and I have a great deal yet to learn With your help I ll improve every dayOne reuest Be respectful and courteous in your comments and emails to me I will do likewise with youThank you so much for indicating if this review helped you or for your comment

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Ivate eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did Plus his relationship with his former assistant is fraught than it ever has been Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business but their personal relationship is much much trickier than thatThe most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet Lethal White is both a gripping mystery and a page turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellaco. NB SPOILER ALERT To my mind a great danger faced by any super successful author is that she begins to rest on hisher laurels indulges himherself and fails to police hisher writing adeuately and publishers become reluctant to suggest changes or offer honest criticism because the author has become a SUCCESS seemingly above mortal criticism OK no awkward gender neutral writing We all know this is by Ms Rowling AKA Roger Galbraith who wrote a a few very entertaining novels in the Cormoran Strike series totally recommendable are the first and the third and has now turned out Lethal White What an alluring title I couldn t wait to read it and ploughed through it with great dedication and hope constantly expecting THINGS TO START HAPPENING every time I turned a page It took a long time and when they finally did they were uninspiring formulaic and MUCH too wordy Oh dear So much of the book could have been thrown away without damaging the storyline that long self indulgent lingering over previously hashed over relationship issues between the two protagonists the increasingly cardboard cut out characterisation of MPs wastrels washed up activists wall eyed folk with axes to grind the genuinely unsurprising d nouementunmasking of the real villain all of it from start to finish was disappointing and predictable And what s frustrating is the insight that it COULD have been so much better for we all know what this author CAN produce when she sets her mind to itA good rigorous editor brutal use of the strike out key or blue pen time and self criticism on the part of the author would have I trust produced something much shorter but much readable This wasn t it The magic ended with the title I m so disappointed Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, did Plus his relationship with his former assistant is fraught than it ever has been Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business but their personal relationship is much much trickier than thatThe most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet Lethal White is both a gripping mystery and a page turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellaco. NB SPOILER ALERT To my mind a great El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro danger faced by any super successful author is that she begins to rest on hisher laurels indulges himherself and fails to police hisher writing adeuately and publishers become reluctant to suggest changes or offer honest criticism because the author has become a SUCCESS seemingly above mortal criticism OK no awkward gender neutral writing We all know this is by Ms Rowling AKA Roger Galbraith who wrote a a few very entertaining novels in the Cormoran Strike series totally recommendable are the first and the third and has now turned out Lethal White What an alluring title I couldn t wait to read it and ploughed through it with great Fragonard Art and Eroticism dedication and hope constantly expecting THINGS TO START HAPPENING every time I turned a page It took a long time and when they finally Mao Zedong did they were uninspiring formulaic and MUCH too wordy Oh The Monarchs Are Missing dear So much of the book could have been thrown away without Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding d nouementunmasking of the real villain all of it from start to finish was Love is Blind disappointing and predictable And what s frustrating is the insight that it COULD have been so much better for we all know what this author CAN produce when she sets her mind to itA good rigorous editor brutal use of the strike out key or blue pen time and self criticism on the part of the author would have I trust produced something much shorter but much readable This wasn t it The magic ended with the title I m so Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia disappointed

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Ice in a panicTrying 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 countrysideAnd during this labyrinthine investigation Strike's own life is far from straightforward his newfound fame as a pr. At last JK Rowling writing under the name Robert Galbraith gives us a new Cormoran Strike novel Although a standalone novel as such if you have read the other books in the series you will have a better understanding with regards to the main characters Cormoran and RobinThis opens with the wedding reception of Robin and Matthew s wedding and thus we can follow their relationship and then we are swept into 2012 as the preparations are nearing completion for the London Olympics As we can see the relationship between Cormoran and Robin has altered somewhat and this thus properly gets under way with a person with mental illness presenting himself at the office asking for Strike s help As a child he claimed he witnessed a murder and wants to know for definite if he really did or whether it is part of his illness Suddenly departing from the office Strike is then sought for help by a government minister who is being blackmailedAdmittedly this book could have been a bit shorter if the parts of Robin and Matthew and Cormoran Strike s relationships were excluded but at the end of the day lots of people want to know if they will ever be a couple The actual mystery itself is complex and than enough to engage your brain with red herrings manipulation greed and death on the cards Well plotted the parts that are not really of the actual investigation slip in neatly between the inuiries carried out and there is than enough realism here with how long it can take to gather evidence the amount of legwork and so on that goes on not only with private investigations but also with the police as evidence has to be sifted and alibis checked outIn all then this is another strong book in this series with lots to keep you interested and also despite its size is a relatively uick read that will than satisfy fans One thing I really liked here is how we see the capture of the killer in the last novel impacts on this with the agency getting clients but also at the same time with the interest in the press so Strike has to be extra careful as he has become a much recognised person Also I liked the way that mental illness and PTSD were dealt with as I suffer with depression and PTSD in a sympathetic way by Robin and Cormoran


9 thoughts on “Lethal White (Cormoran Strike Series, 4)

  1. says:

    After reading another autobiography, I felt I needed to read a suspense police procedural or thriller. Then, lo and behold, I found that a book I had pre ordered appeared on my Kindle this morning. Launched into it

  2. says:

    Disappointed the last third of the book was pretty good, like a 4. But in order to get to that you had to suffer over the whole 'Matthew is mean', 'Matthew is a horrible husband.' It got So Old. I hate Matthew. I don't like

  3. says:

    This book was a pre order, set to load on my kindle two days before my birthday. The only complaint I can muster is that I read these books as soon as they are released and then have to wait a year+ for the next one. No spoilers here. I will say that I enjoyed this one just as much as the 1st installment "Cuckoo's Calling". None of the books

  4. says:

    I wanted to like this book I had read other Cormoran series books and enjoyed those but I found myself struggling

  5. says:

    At last, JK Rowling, writing under the name Robert Galbraith gives us a new Cormoran Strike novel. Although a standalone novel as such, if you have read the other books in the series you will have a better understanding with regards to the main characters, Cormoran and Robin.

    This opens with the wedding reception of Robin and Matthew

  6. says:

    I really enjoyed all the Strike novels and looked forward to this one.
    Honestly , what a disappointment , i was bored senseless even after the prologue.
    Over long , tedious , short of decent punchy story , thoroughly snobbish and dislikable characters.
    one of the worst books i have attempted to read in a very long time..needless to

  7. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first 3 Cormoran Strike books and was eagerly awaiting this 4th one. I was very disappointed though, because

  8. says:

    Lethal White is the fourth novel in Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike series and has a complicated plot involving blackmail, murder, hypocritical far left activists, an obnoxious hard right Tory minister, the Conversative/LibDem coalition and an appalling family of utterly terrible posh people who have nicknames like Fizz and Pon

  9. says:

    NB! SPOILER ALERT! To my mind, a great danger faced by any super successful author is that s/he begins to rest on his/her laurels, indulges him/herself, and fails to police his/her writing adequately and publishe

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