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Lethal White: Cormoran Strike, Book 4 Audiobook – Unabridged
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This 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 blackmailed.
Admittedly 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 more 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 inquiries carried out, and there is more 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 out.
In all then this is another strong book in this series, with lots to keep you interested, and also despite its size is a relatively quick read that will more 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 more 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 more 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.
It's perhaps not surprising, then, that Lethal White runs to 650 pages - considerably longer than the average detective thriller. Whether Robert Galbraith would have escaped the editor's pencil to quite this extent if he wasn't the alter ego of JK Rowling, I'm not entirely sure - but still found myself perfectly happy with the novel's length. There are so many elements to this mystery, brought together with such remarkable skill, that every page was a pleasure. The mystery plot alone is a remarkable achievement, absolutely packed with clues that build up to a satisfyingly neat conclusion I'd defy even the most seasoned crime fan to predict fully. Added to that, Robin and Strike are such utterly likeable characters, despite their many flaws, that it's a joy to spend so much time with them.
As in the previous books in the series, the supporting characters in Lethal White are slightly larger than life: this isn't gritty realism, but it's not supposed to be. I've said of the other Strike books that they're much more akin to Golden Age detective fiction than today's police procedural thrillers, and this is evident in Lethal White too. That said, Galbraith does take the step of introducing an element that is often conspicuously ignored in other detective novels: Strike, having solved three high-profile murder cases, is now a minor celebrity, and with fame comes unwanted attention that plays havoc with his surveillance work. That fame also means he can attract a more prestigious clientele - in this case Jasper Chiswell, the Culture Secretary about to preside over the London 2012 Olympics - but at the same time means he becomes a target for fixated obsessives like poor, delusional schizophrenic Billy.
This book also has something of a state-of-the-nation feel. AntiSemitic, gaslighting Marxist activist Jimmy and his patronising, middle-class mockney girlfriend Flick will certainly seem very familiar to anyone who follows left-wing politics on social media. The hideous Chiswells, an over-privileged uber-Tory dynasty, also ring true ... as do the observations on London's rental market, in which working adults are crammed two to a room in properties with no communal living space.
As for Robin and Strike - well, we know Robin married Matthew at the end of Career Of Evil, and I found the progress of Robin's marriage very convincing (Strike's own relationship situation is rather less so, although the return of his unstable, abusive former partner Charlotte certainly adds interest). To say any more would be a plot spoiler, but there's a certainly plenty of mileage left in the will-they-won't-they storyline that runs through the series.
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 say ...Didn't finish it , couldn't care less what happened , no wonder it took her a long time to write , she obviously had little or no plan how to progress ....God help us if she has 10 more books of this quality lined up
Rubbish !...And thats from an ardent fan of the previous books ,