An unsettling cold case investigation ensnares Cormoran Strike and his partner in a web of dangerous secrets in this #1 New York Times bestseller, the inspiration for HBO Max's acclaimed series C.B. Strike.
When a troubled young man named Billy asks Cormoran Strike to help him investigate a crime he witnessed as a child, the private eye is left deeply troubled. 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. The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is "addictive, murderous fun" for British mystery lovers and crime fiction fans alike (Vox).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With its brilliant maze of fallible memories, political secrets, and class dynamics, the fourth Cormoran Strike mystery rewards newcomers and seasoned Robert Galbraith fans. Galbraith—the pen name of J. K. Rowling writing hard-boiled grown-up fare—is as ambitious as ever, unfolding an elaborate plot around a mysterious man and a decades-old crime. Like the previous books in the series, the relationship between Strike and his investigative partner Robin Ellacott powers the story; that simmering, almost-palpable tension between characters defines all of Rowling’s best writing…and it kept us glued to the page.
Under her Galbraith pseudonym, J.K. Rowling impressively sustains suspense over the course of a lengthy mystery in her fourth outing for London PI Cormoran Strike and his partner, Robin Ellacott. The pair have reunited professionally after the events of 2015's Career of Evil, in which Strike fired Robin for her handling of the Shacklewell Ripper case; their personal relationship remains unsettled in the wake of Robin's marriage to a man who resents her job. The "curious case of a government minister, slashed horses and a body buried in a pink blanket, down in a dell" begins when a man named Billy, "one of those ill and desperate people you saw in the capital who were always somebody else's problem," bursts into Strike's office and claims that he saw a child strangled when he was very young. Billy flees before offering more information, but Strike's curiosity about the possible cold case leads him to try to trace Billy. Soon after, in what seems to be suspicious timing, Strike is retained by Culture Minister Jasper Chiswell to protect him against an extortionist, who turns out to be Billy's brother, Jimmy Knight. Rowling's emotionally intelligent portrayal of her protagonists never overwhelms the whodunit story line.)
Another wonderful read
Fun writing, excellent characters, great plot.
I think many people didn’t appreciate how good a writer JK Rowling was in the Harry Potter novels because of the child friendly subject material. Personally I think she has a gift for bringing characters to life. Even though this novel follows the well worn path of a detective procedural, the thing that sets it apart is the writing for each character, location and event. Highly recommended, assuming you like detective novels - of course!
Love the tension between the two main characters. Cormoran hugging Robin before leaving her wedding (not theirs) could possibly…or most definitely IS the sexiest paragraph I’ve ever read in a novel.