Lethal White

Lethal White

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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
Branch Call Number: FIC GALBRAI
Characteristics: 650 pages ; 25 cm.

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The latest installment of the Cormoran Strike series will lead you deep into a man's past as Cormoran investigates a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child. It's full of Rowling's atmospheric writing as you could expect with an exciting new mystery. Suggested by Kaley.


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darladoodles
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.

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eez
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 !!

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ghankster
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.

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toby65
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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KatherineHere
Nov 03, 2018

This is great if you're interested in Strike and Robin from the first books (unrequited love); otherwise, it's probably a bit confusing and very, very long.

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writermala
Nov 02, 2018

I'm not sure if I'd have started reading a 650 page detective book had it not been written by J.K. Rowling. On reading it I'm left with the feeling that I should have desisted. The book was a disappointment to say the least. The author spent several pages on the romantic lives of Strike and Robin and the undercurrent of romance between them. As for the plot itself it was not gripping. If you have lots of time to dedicate to a book go for it, otherwise, I'd say, pass.

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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.

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Oct 15, 2018

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