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- Publication date : September 18, 2018
- File size : 2957 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 657 pages
- Publisher : Mulholland Books (September 18, 2018)
- ASIN : B07F9N27MH
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Please let me first address some key points:
BLUSH FACTOR: It is no big secret that J. K. Rowling writes also as Robert Galbraith. Doing so is a smart move, as it signals that the story is fit more for adults than for kids. And, to be sure, the language and discussions within this epic novel is not the sort recommended for young ears or church prayer groups. There is sexual content but not graphic. Just intimate enough to titillate…
The blush factor information is not provided as a complaint, nor as a cause for rating the book four stars instead of five. Rather, because it does so well portray the grittier side of life as I believe it to be for the sorts of characters depicted, I am tempted to raise the rating instead of lower it. Still, I am sure some readers will appreciate the caution.
SOUL: Yes, because “Lethal White” does get so deeply into the seedier side of life for the types of characters depicted, one could say it has soul.
POV: This story is told to us in third person.
THE WRITING FLOW: The flow though out “Lethal White” is easy to read. And faster reading than one might expect from a 600-plus page epic. Some reviewers are sure to complain about the length and the tendency to slow down the pace, but do not count me as one of them. I appreciate the pace-changing that kept me turning the pages. Further, the character development is better than I expected, making the story well worth reading.
‘…Strike, who had spent large portions of his childhood living in squalor, found a disregard for hygiene hard to like, except in those people so unhappy or ill that cleanliness became an irrelevance.
“Ex-army, aren’t you?” she asked, but Jimmy spoke over her.
“How did Billy know how to find you?”
“Directory inquiries?” suggested Strike. “I don’t live in a bat cave.”
“Billy doesn’t know how to use directory inquiries.”
“He managed to find my office OK.”
“There’s no dead kid,” Jimmy said abruptly. “It’s all in his head. He goes on about it when he’s having an episode. Didn’t you see his tic?”
Jimmy imitated, with brutal accuracy, the compulsive nose to chest movement of a twitching hand. Flick laughed.
“Yeah, I saw that,” said Strike, unsmiling. “You don’t know where he is, then?”
“Haven’t seen him since yesterday morning. What do you want him for?”
“Like I say, he didn’t seem in any fit state to be wandering around on his own.”
“Very public spirited of you,” said Jimmy. “Rich and famous detective worrying about our Bill.”
Strike said nothing.
“Army,” Flick repeated, “weren’t you?”
“I was,” said Strike, looking down at her. “How’s that relevant?”
“Just saying.” She had flushed a little in her righteous anger. “Haven’t always been this worried about people getting hurt, have you?”
Strike, who was familiar with people who shared Flick’s views, said nothing. She would probably believe him if he told her he had joined the forces in the hope of bayoneting children.
Jimmy, who also seemed disinclined to hear more of Flick’s opinions on the military, said:
“Billy’ll be fine. He crashes at ours sometimes, then goes off. Does it all the time.”
“Where does he stay when he’s not with you?”
“Friends,” said Jimmy, shrugging. “I don’t know all their names.” Then, contradicting himself, “I’ll ring around tonight, make sure he’s OK.”
“Right you are,” said Strike, downing his pint and handing the empty to a tattooed bar worker, who was marching through the forecourt, grabbing glasses from all who had finished with them. Strike took a last drag on his cigarette, dropped it to join the thousands of its brethren on the cracked forecourt, ground it out beneath his prosthetic foot, then…’
Galbraith, Robert. Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel) (Kindle Locations 1162-1182). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.
Tough for me to settle on four stars or five stars. I think if there had been a little humor, even sarcasm, weaved in here and there, this might have touched all the bases for me. Still, I did enjoy the tale.
Four stars out of five.
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But I know I'm in a minority judging from the many five star reviews. I just was disappointed with this book especially because of Ms. Rowling's reputation.
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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.
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 ,
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.
OK. no more awkward gender-neutral writing. We all know this is by Ms Rowling (AKA Roger Galbraith), who wrote a a few very entertaining novels in the Cormoran Strike series (totally recommendable are the first and the third), and has now turned out 'Lethal White'.
What an alluring title! I couldn't wait to read it, and ploughed through it with great dedication and hope, constantly expecting THINGS TO START HAPPENING every time I turned a page. It took a long time, and when they finally did, they were uninspiring, formulaic, and MUCH too wordy. Oh dear. So much of the book could have been thrown away without damaging the storyline: that long, self-indulgent lingering over previously hashed-over relationship issues between the two protagonists; the increasingly cardboard cut-out characterisation of MPs, wastrels, washed-up activists, wall-eyed folk with axes to grind; the genuinely unsurprising dénouement/unmasking of the 'real villain' ... all of it, from start to finish, was disappointing and predictable. And what's more frustrating is the insight that it COULD have been so much better, for we all know what this author CAN produce when she sets her mind to it.
A good, rigorous editor; brutal use of the 'strike out' key or blue pen; time and self-criticism on the part of the author would have (I trust) produced something much shorter but much more readable. This wasn't it. The magic ended with the title. I'm so disappointed. :-(