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Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
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"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 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."--Amazon.… (more)
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Another awesome strike book. In this book strike and robin again go for a amazing adventure of crime. In this book robin has improved her crime detecting skills from her last book. This book starts with Billy who has a psychological disorder and meets strike about some murder of little girl while he was 5 years old. The story starts from this point where in the minister of culture chisswell hires him for finding something on Jimmy Billy's brother and geriant winn to anull blackmail. While finding these things the minister of culture chiswell is murdered and the story of strike and robin finding the killer. As strike is famous after shackwell ripper. He hires other for working for his agency. I would suggest people to read this book and unveil the killer by strike and robin. Overall i would say it's a awesome GoodRead... ( )
  ShriVenne | May 14, 2020 |
This novel is wonderful. It was like seeing some old, good friends who I’d been missing, once again. I couldn’t wait for the library to get through the long, long wait list lines to get to my name, so I could check it out. And I’m very glad that I’d purchased it for myself. It was well worth it.
If you haven’t read this series before, you could probably start with this novel and not be too confused. But because of all the backstory on Comoran Strike’s relationship with Charlotte, and Robin’s relationship with that asshat she was with, you might want to start at the beginning. It’s well worth it, there too.
Robert Glenister is the narrator, once again.

So read this novel soon, and you might like it as much as I do.
5 stars, and recommended to all. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
the book picked up a few months after where the last one left off. new characters were added to the continuing story of Strike and his agency. while getting to know more about the personal lives of the two main characters the case they worked on in this book was an intriguing. in the end i had figured out part of the mystery but not al of it and as always there was a twist at the end. Although the book stands along having read the first three adds to the story. ( )
  cbloky | Mar 2, 2020 |
The main characters, Robin and Strike, were good. The writing is good, humorless but solid. The mystery, plot and other characters, felt mundane. It is complex, yet the resolution is unsatisfying. ( )
  breic | Jan 18, 2020 |
The Good:

+ Continues to develop and elaborate on Strike's and Robin's relationship.
+ The most exciting relationship drama in the series so far.
+ A more layered investigation revolving around other things than plain murder.
+ Wonderful chemistry between the main characters.
+ Good twists and surprises, everything ties together well despite the complexity of the plot.
+ Despite its 770 pages the book never becomes boring.
+ Good balance between relationship drama and actual investigation.

The Bad:

- Feels like Strike's and Robin's relationship hasn't evolved enough over books.
- Sometimes overly complicated plot that is hard to grasp.
- Several minor supporting characters who are mentioned and barely seen.
- Delves deep into specific subjects - leftist politics, horse breeding, art - that can be off-putting to some.
- The first part of the book doesn't flow as nicely as the second part.
- Feels more like a drama than a thriller.

Verdict:
Not as good as The Cuckoo's Calling or the great Career of Evil but better than Silkworm. ( )
  MrScallops | Jan 8, 2020 |
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"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 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.
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A decades-old crime
Blackmail in House of Commons
A dead minister
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