Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
If only the swans would swim side by side on the dark green lake, this picture might turn out to be the crowning achievement of the wedding photographer's career.
Have I ever said how much I enjoy the Cormoran Strike books? Well, I do love them and I was delighted to hear that #4 was coming. Needless to say, it went on my list and I preordered the audiobook. Robert Glenister narrates this series and he does a really excellent job. Lethal White was no exception. Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling, can really tell a story, whether it's about wizards or private detectives. However, if you shy away from 'long' books, you might be reluctant to visit with Cormoran and Robin. And you are missing out! The audio is 22-1/2 hours long - ha!
Lethal White begins with the scene mentioned above, a wedding photography shoot. You might wonder who was getting married. Well, I'll not share that tidbit, but if you've read the first three books, then you will know. I loved spending time with Strike and Robin and a couple of new operatives that have been hired because business is good. They have several cases that appear and it's tough to keep everything covered. Robin is still recovering from events that happened in the previous book and her home life is less than ideal. Strike is typical Strike, though I do wish that he'd quit smoking. I enjoyed the story, did figure out the killer, and wish the book cover hadn't included what looks like the TV adaptation characters. There were a lot of other scenes that could have been used, in my opinion. By the way, have you watched the TV version of this series? I have not as yet. I did recently acquire it on DVD (we don't have Cinemax). We'll see how I like it. And now the wait begins - book #5. Write faster, J.K.! A definitely recommended series.
"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 new found 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.