Lethal White

Lethal White

“I seen a kid killed…He strangled it, up by the horse.”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...

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Title:Lethal White
Author:Robert Galbraith
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Lethal White Reviews

  • Mohammed Arabey

    Certainly I'll miss picturing Hugh & Emma as I used to since my first read, Oct.2013.

    Certainly I'll miss picturing Hugh & Emma as I used to since my first read, Oct.2013.

    Starting right at the 'cliffhanger' the previous book left us at, with Robin wedding 'n all.

    About 30 pages at the wedding that made my smile wide, heart warming, thrilled and tensed and happy all in the same time.

    It was the conclusion that needed badly right after you finish book three, like..3 years ago!

    (More on that later…)

    The Agency is getting much bigger now, more employees, new temp

    , and more cases..

    A mentally troubled young man,

    ,arrive, reporting infanticide he witnessed years ago...and fleet paranoid they may arrest him.

    Only curiosity, and few free hours, made Strike check the boy's older brother.

    The revolutionary lefty, who make meetings to prepare marches against the imperialists Olympics that set in London at the time, June 2012..

    And somehow that lead to a call from a new client...the most important one so far to Strike… A Minister..

    , The Minister for Culture…

    His case is ; just digging dirt on 2 blackmailers threatening the Minister..one of them, the Minister for Sports’ husband...the other is Jimmy Knight...the mentally troubled kid’s brother.

    What are they blackmailing him for is not Strike businesses, his client insists on just digging dirt on them..

    What's more, Billy’s story concluded with the murdered child is buried in Chiswell’s horses farm borders.

    And half way through, with risky undercover detective work, stressful personal life, and not much dirt to satisfy the client, or even us, the readers…

    Then a huge turn of events happens, AND a gruesome murder...

    and we move to ;

    Not much a change to the characters, just different client of the same family… for a harder more serious case.. A Murder Case.

    And it's faster now, still dense and tangled, but more thrilling and as classic crime novels as it gets …

    Yeah, it's the biggest story for Strike & Robin so far, yet it's the most challenging one, I fast re-checked some parts after the twists, and oh man how it all fit...how every minor insignificant question served as a Red Herring has been answered..

    Enough with the story, I won't try to spoil it for you. And let's catalogue the review this time as Mr. Strike does for his cases reviews

    This vivid way of

    Galbraith's writings makes Denmark Street as a place I've been living every single time I read this series since 2013...the background sounds, the music shops, the customers trying their potential buyings... God, I've missed this place since last book..

    In this 4th book, there's a dreadful threatening that it may NOT be the place for Strike agency for long

    .

    It reminded me with the dreadful anticipation 5 years ago about will Robin stay for another book or not…

    But the sad thing is, It's a real life actual address and building , and as today, 2018 it's already vacant building...

    But this book is set in 2012 , London….

    It's the Olympiad year, held in London..

    Lucky people those who have Rowling as their national author… she capture and preserve the atmosphere back then perfectly between the pages of the novel..

    The English society complaining the difficulty of getting desired tickets… dreading unfortunate thing turning the coming opening ceremony lame.

    But what's more relevant to the plot, is the protesters, against the Olympics as a face of Imperialism..that's because one of the Blackmailers are revolutionary lefty attacking The conservative party, the tory...like Strike’s client, The Minister

    Too much politics? Well, there's more

    The second blackmailer is working at the parliament, he's the Minister for Sport's husband..

    Well, it required a risky job of going undercover in this extremely important place...which you will feel really getting inside every place there by the author ability of transporting you by her words as if you see the whole place from through professor Dumbledor office's Pensive…

    It's really inside look there... also,

    The big Paralympic reception ceremony at the Lancaster House witnessed a huge unexpected meeting for Strike..a personal life turn of event , as elegant as this house was really long waited since early book one..

    It had also a significant impact at the plot, cause the day after the ceremony is where part one ends...and the second started..

    When Billy came to pull the trigger of Strike’s curiosity, that led to 2 different cases, though both almost unrelated, it kept returning to this horse, the white horse of Uffington , it appears that's where the murder Billy claimed happened , which is also near Chiswell’s Horse farm..

    Like many strange ancient sites, It had a myth related to dark magic...alas, mentioned but not used here though.

    But still it's one of the many Horses that surround the characters..

    Despite his cute unacknowledged of various different names the high class distinguishing the horses according to the colours, I almost hated him here..

    His relationship with a new girlfriend was so bad, so typical bastard ... I really hate what he did, all that cause of a harmless word of Love. He didn't even give her a better closure...

    Well, we can relate that to his complicated feelings toward his newly wedded partner, Robin..

    Mohammed Arabey

    19 September 2018

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  • Adina

    Lethal White, the 4th volume in Cormoran Strike series, kept me at the edge of the seat/bed during the past 4 days. I think it is the best so far although some parts could have been trimmed by the editor. It starts to resemble the Harry Potter series, with each book longer and longer. If this one has 650 pages I hope the next will not have 800 or more. Rowling talent as a storyteller in so I was never bored but still, the plot could have been a bit more intense with a bit less filler.

    The novel

    Lethal White, the 4th volume in Cormoran Strike series, kept me at the edge of the seat/bed during the past 4 days. I think it is the best so far although some parts could have been trimmed by the editor. It starts to resemble the Harry Potter series, with each book longer and longer. If this one has 650 pages I hope the next will not have 800 or more. Rowling talent as a storyteller in so I was never bored but still, the plot could have been a bit more intense with a bit less filler.

    The novel starts with the ending of A Career of Evil, namely the wedding between the Asshole and Robin. J.K. Rawling managed to create one of the most irritating characters I’ve ever read that it is hard for me to believe it can be found in real life. Anyways, after the drama at the wedding the plot moves one year forward when Cormoran’s services are sought by a young, psychotic boy who wants to hire the detective to uncover a hanging he thought he witnessed when he was very young. Although the boy was mentally ill, Cormoran’s instinct tells him that the story is not wholly invented and from the little he got from the youngster’s chaotic mind he manages to identify his brother, a dedicated socialist and activist. From here the plot gets more an more complicated, involving politics, blackmail, upper class dynamics and murder.

    The plot is very complex, there are many threads in the plot that do not seem to be connected until the end, as it is written in the blurb it is very ambitious in scope. Off course, JKR added to this mix the personal lives of Cormoran and Robin who are even more tumultuous then in the previous books.

    I love this series and the author so I can’t wait to read the next one. However, I hope it will be a bit shorter and more intense.

  • Paromjit

    JK Rowling gives us her trademark intricate, tightly plotted, and complex crime fiction in this, the fourth of her engrossing Cormoran Strike series, set amidst the heady and euphoric background of the surprisingly successful 2012 London Olympics. It begins where Career of Evil left off, at Robin Ellacott's disastrous wedding to the sullen and resentful Matthew, with Robin over the moon at being reinstated at Strike's detective agency as partner. Strike is finding his fame is reducing his opport

    JK Rowling gives us her trademark intricate, tightly plotted, and complex crime fiction in this, the fourth of her engrossing Cormoran Strike series, set amidst the heady and euphoric background of the surprisingly successful 2012 London Olympics. It begins where Career of Evil left off, at Robin Ellacott's disastrous wedding to the sullen and resentful Matthew, with Robin over the moon at being reinstated at Strike's detective agency as partner. Strike is finding his fame is reducing his opportunities to work out in the field, and is forced into a more administrative and organising role as the agency becomes inundated with work. He brings in other operators with mixed results when a young manic and mentally disturbed young man, Billy, seeks him out to tell of a child murder of long ago in Oxfordshire. Billy is vague about details, and though very young himself, he had been drugged, and uncertain as to the veracity of the memories that have eaten away at his sanity through the years. Strike's interest is aroused, specifically with the detail of the pink blanket that lends an authenticity to the tale, but Billy becomes alarmed and runs away.

    The narrative has a running motif of horses, Lethal White Syndrome is where a mare gives birth to a pure white foal that appears to be healthy, but is fatally afflicted with a defective bowel, impeding its ability to pass faeces, doomed to not survive. Strike gains a financially lucrative case that oddly enough has connections to Billy where a prominent politician is being blackmailed and needs to find dirt on the perpetrators. In a story set amidst the intrigue and political machinations within the Houses of Westminister, the close knit circles of the privileged classes and far left politics, Strike and Robin find themselves short on leads. They are on the scene of an apparent suicide, have emotionally fraught personal lives, and visit a dilapidated run down Manor House in Oxfordshire, home to the Chiswell family and their secrets. There are a host of suspects that the detectives have to sift through as they endeavour to connect means and motive in their search for the truth, unaware of just how much danger they are in.

    This is a long read and I know this will make many readers unhappy, but for me I liked the length as I was thoroughly absorbed by this novel. A particular highlight is the depth of the wide range of diverse characters, and the state of marriage and relationships. Through the years, I have seen at close hand amidst my circles of family and friends, various permutations of the relationships outlined in Lethal White. Della Wynn, the blind Sports Minister makes the insightful observation "I think marriage is nearly always an unfathomable entity, even to the people inside". We see the soul destroying misery of Robin's marriage, Lorelei faced with an emotionally unavailable Cormoran who sees her little more than a convenience, the dysfunctional and destructive Charlotte Ross's marriage to Jago Ross, Jasper's problematic marriages and affairs, Flick and Jimmy's turbulent relationship, and Della forced to confront the reality of Geraint's behaviour. In personal relationships, emotions and the desire to avoid conflict can make it difficult to draw the necessary red lines, Rowling does a sterling job in exploring the nature of relationships in this book. This is hugely entertaining and intelligent crime fiction, and I look forward to reading the next in the series with eager anticipation. Highly recommended!

  • Meredith

    picks up shortly after where Career of Evil ends at Robin and Matthew's wedding. Then the plot fast-forwards to a year later when London is preparing to host the Olympics. Strike is now famous and business is flourishing. Robin, on the other hand, is suffering from PTSD and is living in a state of misery.

    Two cases are at the forefront, while some side cases also get some attention. There is a lot goin

    picks up shortly after where Career of Evil ends at Robin and Matthew's wedding. Then the plot fast-forwards to a year later when London is preparing to host the Olympics. Strike is now famous and business is flourishing. Robin, on the other hand, is suffering from PTSD and is living in a state of misery.

    Two cases are at the forefront, while some side cases also get some attention. There is a lot going on, with many characters to keep track of. While the mysteries eventually come together, at times I was lost when trying to keep up. Characters from previous installments also pop up, including revolting Charlotte and idiotic Matthew. I also found the plot to be drawn out and the pacing, at times, to be rather slow. However, things do pick up in the second half.

    I read this series because I love Strike and Robin’s characters, as well as their chemistry. They are both multidimensional and believable. It feels like there was finally some forward movement with their relationship, but it remains to be seen how things will progress.

  • Jayson

    | Very Good

    Wherein women cling devoted to manipulative men, and hugs, tea, missives, and accidental kisses stir illicit intrigue.

  • Rincey

    650 PAGES IS TOO MANY PAGES FOR A MYSTERY NOVEL.

    That being said, JKR puts together a damn good mystery and I loved all of the actual mystery parts of this story. She is the *best* at creating great and interesting and fun characters. (More Barclay in the next book, kthnx)

    However, I think that JKR is pretty terrible at writing romance (don't @ me) and I very, very, very much do not love the whole Robin/Strike pairing and everything surrounding those parts of the story or anything dealing with Ro

    650 PAGES IS TOO MANY PAGES FOR A MYSTERY NOVEL.

    That being said, JKR puts together a damn good mystery and I loved all of the actual mystery parts of this story. She is the *best* at creating great and interesting and fun characters. (More Barclay in the next book, kthnx)

    However, I think that JKR is pretty terrible at writing romance (don't @ me) and I very, very, very much do not love the whole Robin/Strike pairing and everything surrounding those parts of the story or anything dealing with Robin and Strike's separate relationships. They are a great partnership and the scenes with them solving crimes together are always fantastic, but I do not enjoy the romantic aspect that is super amped up in this one. (Although I know plenty of other people love them as a pairing so you'll probably enjoy those parts of the story)

    TL;DR - Great mystery, but I will scream if the next book in this series is this long.

  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)

    K, I'm going to put this down. I read 25%, so I'm going to refrain from giving it a rating, as it's not fair. I didn't read enough. And maybe I'll pick it up again some day, but as of right now, I'm having a hard time stomaching it for its... politics.

    It's a true reflection of Rowling's staunchly center-left politics, as she takes sharp digs at far leftists as well as the conservatives. That's fine. What bothered me was the incredible lack of nuance in the Israel-Palestine conversation Rowling s

    K, I'm going to put this down. I read 25%, so I'm going to refrain from giving it a rating, as it's not fair. I didn't read enough. And maybe I'll pick it up again some day, but as of right now, I'm having a hard time stomaching it for its... politics.

    It's a true reflection of Rowling's staunchly center-left politics, as she takes sharp digs at far leftists as well as the conservatives. That's fine. What bothered me was the incredible lack of nuance in the Israel-Palestine conversation Rowling seemed to be wanting to have. For a topic so sensitive and so relevant, Rowling took a clear side and seemed to be taking digs at anyone who is critical of Israel's position. And for someone like me who has an opinion on the issue, who

    take this conflict rather seriously and personally, I simply don't feel like continuing.

    The writing was as good as ever. The characters were still the same characters I grew so attached to, and I would love to read this book another time just to find out what happens with Robin and Cormoran, but... maybe another time.

  • Kai

    I hate it when they change cover designs mid series.

  • Norah Una Sumner

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