Book tip: "Lethal White" by Robert Galbraith

Book tip

Lethal White

Robert Galbraith

This is the fourth book in the generally excellent series featuring London private detective Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, his one-time assistant-turned-business partner. "Galbraith," as you probably know, is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling — and one truism about authors of Rowling's esteem is that editing their manuscripts is a concept that sorta flies out the window. They get to "write long," in other words. Who's going to tell them not to? In the case of "Lethal White," waaaaay too much time is given to the simmering, ongoing will-they/won't-they? potential romance between Robin and Cormoran. This has been building for a few books now, and Robin's a fool for sticking with her loser husband Matthew. Get rid of him! In the meantime, I desperately waited to find out what would happen in an intriguing, hydra-headed plot involving, on one hand, a double-blackmail situation involving members of Parliament and, on the other, an apocryphal account, delivered by a lunatic, of a child murdered years ago and forgotten. Too long? Yes. But damned good in any case.


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