Sphere Books Sept 18 (Hardback) April 19 (Paperback)
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. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts 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 relationship with Robin is now more fraught than it ever has been – she is now invaluable to his business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that…
The 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 Ellacott.
As a big fan of the Cormoran Strike series this was an anticipated read for me since publication last year. A big, big book this is one intricate and dense read with a complex plot, at over 700 pages attention to detail is necessary and I personally would recommend trying to read this book in big chunks over a short time period if possible. At times I wasn’t able to do this and found myself losing track a bit. A minor criticism because fans of Strike and Robin will not be disappointed.
Several strands link the current investigation that Robin and Strike are embarking on and what follows is a detailed plot, which gradually ties up all the loose ends. Along with Billy’s rambling account a government Minister commissions their services to investigate a blackmail attempt. Very quickly a link between the 2 emerges but is this coincidental, Strike needs to know more and is masterful in his investigative skills. I did not work this one out at all!
The book itself follows on from the previous book, Career of Evil and the characters of Robin and Strike are experiencing new found celebrity status following their solving of the Shacklewell Ripper murder case. The chemistry between the couple is still very much evident and I truly enjoy this aspect of the story, as I suspect is the case for most fans of this series. Like the previous books and as I have mentioned several times these books are detailed and attention is required. Whilst reading this book I noticed in myself how pedantic I can be to the detail, checking back at times for accuracy and to confirm what is being suggested, do others do this? I suppose it is my inner detective trying to solve the mystery alongside Strike!
This is one of my favourite series and I can see there is still more to come from our favourite private investigator. For those interested in the Strike series, it must be read in order, there is such a backstory for the main characters that to not would be a crime itself!
Recommended by me, oh yes and eagerly looking forward to the next instalment from Cormoran Strike!
About the Author
Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K Rowling, bestselling series author of Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy. All four Strike novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil and Lethal White topped the national and international bestseller lists, and the series has been adapted for television, produced by Bronte Film and Television.