Robert Galbraith - "Lethal White"

 
I have just finished reading "Lethal White" by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling, who is most famous for her books about Harry Potter. This is the fourth in a series of crime novels featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott. "Lethal White" was preceded by "The Cuckoo's Calling", "The Silkworm", and "Career of Evil".  A fifith novel, "Troubled Blood", was published in September 2020. The books were adapted for television and began airing on the BBC as a series in 2017, starring Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacot. These films are well worth watching.

There are two things I particularly like about this series of books. Firstly there is J.K. Rowling's writing style. It's so easy on the brain! The narrative flows like water in a river and carries you along to the end before you know it. Secondly there are the two main characters Cormoran and Robin, who are indeed 'characters'. They aren't caricatures, they are real live people with all their quirks and foibles, certainly not superheroes. Cormoran, who lost the lower half of his right leg in an attack in Afghanistan, and Robin, who is living and struggling in a failing marriage, evoke sympathy in the reader. You want them to succeed with the case they are on as private detectives, but at the same time you want to find out what happens in their private lives. I am really enjoying this series of novels!

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14 feb 2021

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