Lethal White is the fourth crime series with twists and turns, and tangled emotions. Confronted with devious politicians and dangers of unexpected reputation, an excellent detective’s fourth excursion is full of matters beyond expectation. In the novel, there is a disabled veteran who take the position of a private investigator Cormoran Strike, and a partner Robin Ellacot, who is a person inclined to boast. In the long novel over 600 pages, the book is stuffed with ambitions.
The story happened in the 2012 London Olympics, and it is also the last dangerous of national unity. Whispers of blackmail and deliberately double-dealing are themes of the corridors of power, which is nasty and gothic. The corridors of power feature complicated relationship with the country’s conservative MP. These two leading roles have to walk in the line between parties like corrupt Tories, devious coalition liberals and salvaged proto-Momentum activists.
All chapters are started with a quotation from Rosmersholm, reflecting some problems involving social, morality and other respects. Of course, the novel also stringed by the love lives of two protagonists. In the novel, Strike is a brilliant complex character, also a mix of some contradictions. He takes a role to guide us through the complicated world. A disabled and obese former boxer with one broken leg below the knee takes attentions of readers. At the same time, an ex-military police raised up in the environment of counterculture and his communications with a groupie mother who passed away for overdose also impress most readers with typical and classic behaviors. The ex-policeman is also a lost soul, joining the army for the purpose of searching family. He was an outsider while later knows the belly of the beast.
It seems like that his ability having been described in the novel could prove his comprehensive ability in his occupation. One reality is that many high-profile murders’ case were processed by him, rather than normal work similar to actual private investigators. He owns great reputation but comprised in operations. The real himself is exposed and the author could feel his dilemma as much as possible.
As we all know, Robert Galbraith is the nom de plume of J.K. Rowling, who would like to compose her crime novels incognito until her novel is discovered by a talent scout. Succeeding the long opening line in the book, it is the best part deserved to mention. All characters in the book includes many characters who desired for great reputation or who would like to wait in vain.
Just imagine yourself as a character in the guise of then costumes, matching simple accessories like scarfs, beret hats – a kind of headpiece with retro style. One can enjoy the novel from an interesting angle.
Some may doubt the Galbraith could have been composed novels in a more serious style for she was not the most successful living writer. The novel takes a slow burning plots, the strategy shows admirable restraints. All details hint at some hidden information and create a sense of inertia from time to time.