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Lethal White

A Cormoran Strike Novel
Narrated by: Robert Glenister
Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5,670 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Lethal White is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series from the international best-selling author Robert Galbraith.

"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. 

The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is both a gripping mystery and an addictive next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

©2018 Robert Galbraith (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Narrator] Robert Glenister has peopled Strike's world with a huge cast that is convincing, horrifying, and funny. Here, as Strike and his partner, Robin, sort out the murder of Britain's awful culture minister, Jasper Chiswell (pronounced 'chisel'), the many greedy, snobbish, cruel faces of evil are human, but the plot and performance are pure magic." (AudioFile)

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Best 22 hours of the last week

This is my favorite series and I am already dreading the long wait for the next installment. My only consolation is knowing it will be worthwhile. The 22+ hours spent listening to this narrator play out the story have been the highlight of my days, although I'd never let on to my children about that. I've watched the TV series and am, again, dreading the wait for the next season.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Love this series

Reread the previous two books and enjoyed this one immensely. Also love the narrator, Robert Glenister. Great addition to the series. It may seem a little slow to some listeners, but this is the kind of book I like to listen to when I knit. It's not so convoluted that I lose the plot, but it's got enough action going that it keeps me interested.

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

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The Best In the Series

It feels like I have waited forever for this book number four. The naration is absolutely outstanding -- just like the other three books. I am already listening to the book again. The only criticism I have is now I have to endure another excruciating wait for book number five.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Engrossing and compelling

It's the kind of book that involves your whole mind and body. I see the scenes rolling in my mind as I listen and sometimes realize I've been holding my breath. I had to make myself stop listening to attend to mundane activities such as eating, sleeping, work and relationships.
I will sheepishly admit that I rarely choose audiobooks of this length and was afraid I might be tempted to fast forward through parts, but Lethal White balances between the engaging main characters' lives and the enthralling set of mysteries they investigate. I relished every minute and, like other reviewers, look forward to the next novel.
If you haven't read the first three books in this series go ahead and buy this one. Then take audible up on that lovely offer to buy discounted credits as you'll be wanting to buy those first three asap.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-10-18

Entertain me, but DO NOT bore me!

I rated the first three novels in the Carmoran Strike series 5 stars. J. K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith for the first time with LETHAL WHITE managed to bore me with her excruciating detail getting in the way of the story. It is not the length of the book at 22.5 hours. I have listened to many longer, some MUCH longer, audiobooks without being bored and I have been bored by several much shorter audiobooks. I found 36.5 hours of David Copperfield very entertaining. I listened to five Greg Iles novels 24 to 36 hours in length wishing for more. Ron Chernow managed to totally entertain and educate me with audiobooks from 36 to 48 hours in length. Two Ayn Rand audiobooks 32 and 63 hours in length were very enjoyable. Six Tom Clancy audiobooks considerably longer than Lethal White including one over 51 hours thoroughly entertained me.

The author is obviously enthralled with Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen who she quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Ibsen's works have never bored me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Ready for the next one now!

Worth waiting for—but I hope we don’t have to wait so long for book 5! Robert Glenister is amazing and brings Strike and Robin to life as perfectly as if they were real people. I missed them both immensely while waiting for this book. While Matthew continues to be a complete jerk, the tension in the perfectly imperfect relationship between Robin and Strike, added weight to the case they’re working on. Every word is woven perfectly in JKR style. She is so gifted in this genre I wish the series would not end. Fantastic addition to the set!

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

I'm soooooo glad it's the same narrator.

I'm soooooo glad it's the same narrator, he is great! I am so excited for to listen to this book. I'm just afraid to finish it and have nothing good to listen to next!
*update: Awsome book. Highly recommend. When is the next one coming out?

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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J.K. can really write

This series is so fantastic, I sometimes think I should get the Harry Potter books as well. It's so odd: when I read the summary and reviews, I always think the books won't really interest me, but in 5 minutes or less I'm sucked right in. These are real keepers.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Narrator is Wonderful - too bad about the book

The superlative acting skills and amazing vocal range of narrator Robert Glenister make this novel seem way more interesting than it actually is. After a few chapters of slug-like plot development, I realized that it was Glenister's voice and not the author's words that were holding my attention.
The book's protagonists – a male-female detective duo -- spend half the book earnestly pursuing a bunch of bad guys while struggling to hide their mutual attraction. (Positively Victorian. Yawn and Yawn)
It's no exploration of emotional paralysis like "Remains of the Day." It's just a poorly executed set-up that's been executed brilliantly many times before.
Oh for the teasing banter of the crime-solving Thin Man couple or the tough talking sexual tension between Bogey and Bacall.

That Robert Glenister, he could read the IRS tax laws aloud and fog up my glasses.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Edgewater, MD, United States
  • 09-25-18

Galbraith's newest masterpiece

I waited a long time for this book, and it exceeded my expectations.

Starting right after the wedding of Robin and Matthew, the book begins with the intensity we've come to expect from author JK Rowling and doesn't let up. Now, with Ellacott and Strike reunited and Ellacott officially Strike's partner, business is booming, but their friendship, and the trust so carefully built in the past, has been damaged. Then, with a new case and a major new client and the appearance of someone who claims to have seen a child murdered years in the past, the challenge it presents brings them back to familiar territory. Individually, Ellacott and Strike are good. Together, they are unstoppable, even as they work to figure out their business partnership, friendship, and feelings for each other.

This book is a masterpiece of storytelling. Excellent narration, vivid characters, and a fascinating plot carry the reader along to the final amazing "whodunnit" moment. This series improves with every book. Let's hope we see many many more!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-27-18

Best 22 hours of the last week

This is my favorite series and I am already dreading the long wait for the next installment. My only consolation is knowing it will be worthwhile. The 22+ hours spent listening to this narrator play out the story have been the highlight of my days, although I'd never let on to my children about that. I've watched the TV series and am, again, dreading the wait for the next season.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcheta
  • 09-19-18

Love this series

Reread the previous two books and enjoyed this one immensely. Also love the narrator, Robert Glenister. Great addition to the series. It may seem a little slow to some listeners, but this is the kind of book I like to listen to when I knit. It's not so convoluted that I lose the plot, but it's got enough action going that it keeps me interested.

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Marika's Sugar Free Jewelry
  • California
  • 09-19-18

The Best In the Series

It feels like I have waited forever for this book number four. The naration is absolutely outstanding -- just like the other three books. I am already listening to the book again. The only criticism I have is now I have to endure another excruciating wait for book number five.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • gabbysgirl
  • 09-21-18

Engrossing and compelling

It's the kind of book that involves your whole mind and body. I see the scenes rolling in my mind as I listen and sometimes realize I've been holding my breath. I had to make myself stop listening to attend to mundane activities such as eating, sleeping, work and relationships.
I will sheepishly admit that I rarely choose audiobooks of this length and was afraid I might be tempted to fast forward through parts, but Lethal White balances between the engaging main characters' lives and the enthralling set of mysteries they investigate. I relished every minute and, like other reviewers, look forward to the next novel.
If you haven't read the first three books in this series go ahead and buy this one. Then take audible up on that lovely offer to buy discounted credits as you'll be wanting to buy those first three asap.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-10-18

Entertain me, but DO NOT bore me!

I rated the first three novels in the Carmoran Strike series 5 stars. J. K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith for the first time with LETHAL WHITE managed to bore me with her excruciating detail getting in the way of the story. It is not the length of the book at 22.5 hours. I have listened to many longer, some MUCH longer, audiobooks without being bored and I have been bored by several much shorter audiobooks. I found 36.5 hours of David Copperfield very entertaining. I listened to five Greg Iles novels 24 to 36 hours in length wishing for more. Ron Chernow managed to totally entertain and educate me with audiobooks from 36 to 48 hours in length. Two Ayn Rand audiobooks 32 and 63 hours in length were very enjoyable. Six Tom Clancy audiobooks considerably longer than Lethal White including one over 51 hours thoroughly entertained me.

The author is obviously enthralled with Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen who she quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Ibsen's works have never bored me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • N Fox
  • 09-20-18

Ready for the next one now!

Worth waiting for—but I hope we don’t have to wait so long for book 5! Robert Glenister is amazing and brings Strike and Robin to life as perfectly as if they were real people. I missed them both immensely while waiting for this book. While Matthew continues to be a complete jerk, the tension in the perfectly imperfect relationship between Robin and Strike, added weight to the case they’re working on. Every word is woven perfectly in JKR style. She is so gifted in this genre I wish the series would not end. Fantastic addition to the set!

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-18

I'm soooooo glad it's the same narrator.

I'm soooooo glad it's the same narrator, he is great! I am so excited for to listen to this book. I'm just afraid to finish it and have nothing good to listen to next!
*update: Awsome book. Highly recommend. When is the next one coming out?

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Candace Russell
  • 09-21-18

J.K. can really write

This series is so fantastic, I sometimes think I should get the Harry Potter books as well. It's so odd: when I read the summary and reviews, I always think the books won't really interest me, but in 5 minutes or less I'm sucked right in. These are real keepers.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • dksfrprtr
  • 10-19-18

Narrator is Wonderful - too bad about the book

The superlative acting skills and amazing vocal range of narrator Robert Glenister make this novel seem way more interesting than it actually is. After a few chapters of slug-like plot development, I realized that it was Glenister's voice and not the author's words that were holding my attention.
The book's protagonists – a male-female detective duo -- spend half the book earnestly pursuing a bunch of bad guys while struggling to hide their mutual attraction. (Positively Victorian. Yawn and Yawn)
It's no exploration of emotional paralysis like "Remains of the Day." It's just a poorly executed set-up that's been executed brilliantly many times before.
Oh for the teasing banter of the crime-solving Thin Man couple or the tough talking sexual tension between Bogey and Bacall.

That Robert Glenister, he could read the IRS tax laws aloud and fog up my glasses.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • Edgewater, MD, United States
  • 09-25-18

Galbraith's newest masterpiece

I waited a long time for this book, and it exceeded my expectations.

Starting right after the wedding of Robin and Matthew, the book begins with the intensity we've come to expect from author JK Rowling and doesn't let up. Now, with Ellacott and Strike reunited and Ellacott officially Strike's partner, business is booming, but their friendship, and the trust so carefully built in the past, has been damaged. Then, with a new case and a major new client and the appearance of someone who claims to have seen a child murdered years in the past, the challenge it presents brings them back to familiar territory. Individually, Ellacott and Strike are good. Together, they are unstoppable, even as they work to figure out their business partnership, friendship, and feelings for each other.

This book is a masterpiece of storytelling. Excellent narration, vivid characters, and a fascinating plot carry the reader along to the final amazing "whodunnit" moment. This series improves with every book. Let's hope we see many many more!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer
  • 09-27-18

Best 22 hours of the last week

This is my favorite series and I am already dreading the long wait for the next installment. My only consolation is knowing it will be worthwhile. The 22+ hours spent listening to this narrator play out the story have been the highlight of my days, although I'd never let on to my children about that. I've watched the TV series and am, again, dreading the wait for the next season.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marcheta
  • 09-19-18

Love this series

Reread the previous two books and enjoyed this one immensely. Also love the narrator, Robert Glenister. Great addition to the series. It may seem a little slow to some listeners, but this is the kind of book I like to listen to when I knit. It's not so convoluted that I lose the plot, but it's got enough action going that it keeps me interested.

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marika's Sugar Free Jewelry
  • California
  • 09-19-18

The Best In the Series

It feels like I have waited forever for this book number four. The naration is absolutely outstanding -- just like the other three books. I am already listening to the book again. The only criticism I have is now I have to endure another excruciating wait for book number five.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • gabbysgirl
  • 09-21-18

Engrossing and compelling

It's the kind of book that involves your whole mind and body. I see the scenes rolling in my mind as I listen and sometimes realize I've been holding my breath. I had to make myself stop listening to attend to mundane activities such as eating, sleeping, work and relationships.
I will sheepishly admit that I rarely choose audiobooks of this length and was afraid I might be tempted to fast forward through parts, but Lethal White balances between the engaging main characters' lives and the enthralling set of mysteries they investigate. I relished every minute and, like other reviewers, look forward to the next novel.
If you haven't read the first three books in this series go ahead and buy this one. Then take audible up on that lovely offer to buy discounted credits as you'll be wanting to buy those first three asap.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-10-18

Entertain me, but DO NOT bore me!

I rated the first three novels in the Carmoran Strike series 5 stars. J. K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith for the first time with LETHAL WHITE managed to bore me with her excruciating detail getting in the way of the story. It is not the length of the book at 22.5 hours. I have listened to many longer, some MUCH longer, audiobooks without being bored and I have been bored by several much shorter audiobooks. I found 36.5 hours of David Copperfield very entertaining. I listened to five Greg Iles novels 24 to 36 hours in length wishing for more. Ron Chernow managed to totally entertain and educate me with audiobooks from 36 to 48 hours in length. Two Ayn Rand audiobooks 32 and 63 hours in length were very enjoyable. Six Tom Clancy audiobooks considerably longer than Lethal White including one over 51 hours thoroughly entertained me.

The author is obviously enthralled with Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen who she quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Ibsen's works have never bored me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • N Fox
  • 09-20-18

Ready for the next one now!

Worth waiting for—but I hope we don’t have to wait so long for book 5! Robert Glenister is amazing and brings Strike and Robin to life as perfectly as if they were real people. I missed them both immensely while waiting for this book. While Matthew continues to be a complete jerk, the tension in the perfectly imperfect relationship between Robin and Strike, added weight to the case they’re working on. Every word is woven perfectly in JKR style. She is so gifted in this genre I wish the series would not end. Fantastic addition to the set!

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-18

I'm soooooo glad it's the same narrator.

I'm soooooo glad it's the same narrator, he is great! I am so excited for to listen to this book. I'm just afraid to finish it and have nothing good to listen to next!
*update: Awsome book. Highly recommend. When is the next one coming out?

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Candace Russell
  • 09-21-18

J.K. can really write

This series is so fantastic, I sometimes think I should get the Harry Potter books as well. It's so odd: when I read the summary and reviews, I always think the books won't really interest me, but in 5 minutes or less I'm sucked right in. These are real keepers.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • dksfrprtr
  • 10-19-18

Narrator is Wonderful - too bad about the book

The superlative acting skills and amazing vocal range of narrator Robert Glenister make this novel seem way more interesting than it actually is. After a few chapters of slug-like plot development, I realized that it was Glenister's voice and not the author's words that were holding my attention.
The book's protagonists – a male-female detective duo -- spend half the book earnestly pursuing a bunch of bad guys while struggling to hide their mutual attraction. (Positively Victorian. Yawn and Yawn)
It's no exploration of emotional paralysis like "Remains of the Day." It's just a poorly executed set-up that's been executed brilliantly many times before.
Oh for the teasing banter of the crime-solving Thin Man couple or the tough talking sexual tension between Bogey and Bacall.

That Robert Glenister, he could read the IRS tax laws aloud and fog up my glasses.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • Edgewater, MD, United States
  • 09-25-18

Galbraith's newest masterpiece

I waited a long time for this book, and it exceeded my expectations.

Starting right after the wedding of Robin and Matthew, the book begins with the intensity we've come to expect from author JK Rowling and doesn't let up. Now, with Ellacott and Strike reunited and Ellacott officially Strike's partner, business is booming, but their friendship, and the trust so carefully built in the past, has been damaged. Then, with a new case and a major new client and the appearance of someone who claims to have seen a child murdered years in the past, the challenge it presents brings them back to familiar territory. Individually, Ellacott and Strike are good. Together, they are unstoppable, even as they work to figure out their business partnership, friendship, and feelings for each other.

This book is a masterpiece of storytelling. Excellent narration, vivid characters, and a fascinating plot carry the reader along to the final amazing "whodunnit" moment. This series improves with every book. Let's hope we see many many more!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful