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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for best audiobook in the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018.

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 more tricky than that....

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

©2018 Robert Galbraith Limited (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Another great Cormoran and Robin story

Such a good story, was difficult to stop listening. I was not able to guess the ending. And I really loved how it was read by Robert Glenister. He made the characters and the story feel so alive as I listened

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Absolute ripper

Great book. Loved it - an absolute ripper, again.
I love that I couldn’t predict the ending

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Too long

Circuitous, sometimes seems as if plot extends sideways for no good reason, so a bit contrived

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Loving this

I love this book series - so engaging and witted-humorous at times! Really love it

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Another brilliant effort.

How does she keep them coming? Each one as good as the last. I can only hope Strike and Robyn live forever.

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O God will it never end!

An overblown, over long , over detailed book with tiresome characters and ridiculous plot explaining last chapter.

If you’ve this much spare time take up gardening! I wish I had.

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Sadly, interrupted with pretentious and annoying quote

An enjoyable book. Good story, adds to the story arc of the series nicely too.
Shame about the book quotations inserted at the beginning of EVERY CHAPTER. I found these more and more annoying as the book went on... to me they were irrelevant quotes that just distracted and interrupted. Only if they were Latin would it be more pretentious.
Not sure if i will buy the next book... dont think i can deal with another 70+ useless quotes scattered thru what would else wise be an enjoyable book.

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Great book brilliantly read

Loved it. She's a great story teller and he read it superbly well ( fantastic accents )

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Poor voice choices

It’s hard to come to terms with Cormorant Strike having an aged Yorkshire voice, he sounds more like an ancient actor from the Archers. In many ways it would have been better to just read the story instead of trying to interpret the voices of all the characters. It was so annoying I had to give up in the end and read the book myself.

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Captivating story, but not as good as previous...

I liked it, but I didnt feel it was as good as previous 3 books.. I lost a bit of interest as the book progresses to the end. However, if there would be book no.5, I would be definitely getting it.

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  • Sue
  • 09-21-18

Whatever the audiobook term is for unputdownable.

This is the first Strike book since the tv adaptations and it was great to find that the Strike in my head is unchanged. Probably because the tv was so well cast!
This was a very engaging episode and I couldn't stop listening. Excellent plot. The usual great narration from Robert Glenister.
I must admit I did yell at the characters a bit, but that's standard now. They're flawed, I love them.

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  • Andy
  • 09-24-18

Amazing

For me this series is consistently excellent.
The plots weave in with the character development and real events to give a good sense of context.
I cannot sing the praises of this series too much, other than the fact that I am getting everyone I know to read it and I’m now “patiently” waiting the 2 years for the next instalment!
In terms of an audible book Robert Glenister is excellent, his regional accents are great and the characters spoken words are synonymous with his voice!

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  • Steph H
  • 09-24-18

Excellent

There is a lot of progression in this book of the characters development, Strike and Robin's relationship and the agency as a whole.

JK Rowling really knows her stuff when it comes to pacing a series, brilliant next book in this series.

I love the addition of Barclay too.

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  • Sarah S
  • 09-19-18

Compelling in story and performance

I must have got through this audible in record time from the release date, so compelling was the story and performance. I will be sure to find more titles read by the extraordinary and multi-voiced Robert Glenister who brings the best of the different skills of storytelling and acting to his role. And I love, as always with this series, the sense of place... of London, the subtle detail and the broad sweep of the story with its fascinating contemporary and ancient themes.

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  • Stephen Murphy
  • 09-26-18

Spare me the Ibsen

I enjoyed this less than the previous books. Putting in meaningless quotes from Ibsen wore very thin after 70 chapters. And the story became laboured after the discovery of the body. In the end I just wanted it to end. Having said that, there were enjoyable bits too: the author's disdain for London society tossers is splendid; the dialogue between Robin (?Robyn - I've never seen it in print) and Matt and between Strike and Charlotte was excellent; and the reader is one of the best. I think it's time Strike and Robin got it togetherb this dancing around each other is also wearing a bit thin.

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  • Ellen
  • 09-20-18

A good book and yet frustrating

Lethal White is a good book, it’s great to finally have this latest instalment of the Strike series. Overall I enjoyed the book, I would liken it to The Cuckoo’s calling as the pace of the plot was a slow burn.
I did however find certain aspects of the book frustrating and on times irritating. The main issue with the plot was that the people involved where unlikeable, it was my affection for Strike and Robin that held my attention. I also felt the characters were very stereotypical and shaped by JK Rowling’s own political views. As a result the victim’s family were very one dimensional and dull. Jk Rowling is brilliant at producing individual, well rounded characters so I felt disappointed by her efforts.
Robin Ellacott has also gone through a transformation in this book, she is somehow diminished. Her previous spark and passion is subdued and the self enforced distancing between the two main characters isn’t believable nor is the incorrect conclusions they sometimes come to. One minute we have to believe they are ace detectives and the next they fail to see what is in front of their very eyes. I fear JK Rowling will draw out that particular plot line way beyond what is realistic.
Robin also continues to make the same mistakes, never appearing to learn anything whilst all the time the narrative is that she is exceedingly good at her job.
I was left impatient for the next book and would recommend the series however if there continues to be such long gaps between books I can see myself getting bored.

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  • Demonica
  • 11-14-18

Disappointing

I can't believe it, but I thought this latest Strike novel was dull, loaded with completely predictable clap trap and I wish I hadn't bothered wasting a credit on pre~ordering it. I expected the same gory twistings of previous in series, but ended up with Claire Raynor and very little suspense or plot. Cormeran has not struck home for me in this one. I really don't give a damn about him and Robyn if they don't have a decent crime to solve

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  • Marilyn
  • 11-08-18

Disappointing

Having listened to all the previous books, I thought that this one was by far the weakest.
It's saving grace was the excellent performance by the narrator, Robert Glenister. He brings to life each of the characters with great skill.
The story is far too long and over complicated.
I love the two main characters and once again, we are left wanting more of their unfolding relationship.

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  • Claire
  • 10-09-18

The best so far...!

The Strike novels have always had a highly addictive quality, and this fourth is no exception -

I was actually hugely invested in a physical copy of a different novel when this came out, but one night I was too tired to read, so I thought I'd just listen to the first 10 minutes of this and ease myself in gently before jumping with gusto once I'd finished the other book...well, four days later, I had finished this and not touched the other! "Unputdownable", exactly. I listened over breakfast, which spilled into early afternoon and long evenings. It's so easy to dip into, but once I started I couldn't stop. A truly gripping central mystery (which, unlike the Silkworm or Career of Evil, didn't irritate me along the way), populated with characters who, in true Christie-style, all had plausible motives to commit various crimes, alongside the continuing relationship between Robin and Strike which enthrals me. I love the way we see their individual perspectives in separate chapters, it is very involving, like a serialised drama: perfect for an audiobook.

The only negative: it has left me wanting so much more, as soon as possible!

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 10-08-18

Rambling and overlong

A disappointing book on so many levels. The plot was rambling, to say the least, far too many characters, far, far too much relationship stuff with Strike and Robin. My goodness, this needed editing! As good an actor as he is, I didn’t feel Robert Glenister made a particularly good job of the narration. Some of his accents particularly Strike’s supposed West Country burr just didn’t work for me. Really surprised that JKR has published something like this, it really isn’t very good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-20

Love Strike & Robin

I love this series, Robert Glenister is the perfect narrator BUT the irritating, unnecessary and irrelevant quotations and references at the beginning of each chapter break up the mood and flow of the story. When reading from a book, the reader can skip them but cannot when listening to an audiobook. It’s a pity.

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  • HR
  • 12-20-18

Best Book Of The Series... So Far!

This is the fourth book of the series (I have read all four of the books in this series to date) & it’s a great read! JK Rowling (under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith) has created fabulous characters, good plots & interesting twists & turns in this wonderful detective story which has a delightful undertow of the blossoming love story between the protagonist (Strike) & the deuteragonist (Robin). I can’t wait for the fifth edition where I hope they FINALLY fall into each other’s arms! 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-19

Excited for the fifth

Some have argued that this should have been the final in the series. Not me.

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  • Shakya
  • 10-03-18

Should have stopped at 3.

I love this series and have re read and listened to them 5 or 6 times. I even watched the TV Series, (don't bother) but this one was a giant winge form Robyn, she marries an idiot she didn't love or belong with and wonders why it doesn't work out. A waste of a book. Robyn is a strong independent, smart woman and none of those qualities show through in this book. I want my money back.

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  • shabbydoo
  • 09-26-18

Weak story

Story was weak, more intrigued about CB and Robyn’s relationship.
Bit disappointed to be honest. Liked the other three books tho

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-27-20

Love this author

Another good story by this author loved it from start to finish. Always guaranteed to enjoy the storyline with plenty going on. Narration excellent. A really good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-18

Lethal White

Could not get into this book at all. Was not what was expected from the beginning

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  • Jenny Macmillan
  • 09-25-18

Not as Good as the first

A bit disappointed that a lot of the story was on Mathew and Robyn’s miserable Wedding and first year of arguing. I would be happy to see the end of Matthew don’t really think he adds anything worth while to the story. Look forward to seeing Robyn get a bit more back bone in the next novel.
Looking forward to the next Cameron Strike book.

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  • Tina P.
  • 08-21-22

Love it!

The narrating truly brings the book alive and you can visualise the scenes so well. I have yet to work out the whodunit yet. Thank you.

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  • Kwenda
  • 08-20-22

Brilliant

I love this author and the narrator......the way the story weaves the characters lives together. I can't wait to start listening to book 5, thank you!