"Rowling's wizardry as a writer is on fulsome display" (USA Today) in this #1 New York Times bestseller. Lethal White is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series from the international bestselling 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 a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.
Lethal white syndrome (LWS), also called overo lethal white syndrome (OLWS), lethal white overo (LWO), and overo lethal white foal syndrome (OLWFS), is an autosomal genetic disorder most prevalent in the American Paint Horse. Affected foals are born after the full 11-month gestation and externally appear normal, though they have all-white or nearly all-white coats and blue eyes. However, internally, these foals have a nonfunctioning colon. Within a few hours, signs of colic appear; affected foals die within a few days. Because the death is often painful, such foals are often humanely euthanized once identified. The disease is particularly devastating because foals are born seemingly healthy after being carried to full term.The disease has a similar cause to Hirschsprung's disease in humans. A mutation in the middle of the endothelin receptor type B (EDNRB) gene causes lethal white syndrome when homozygous. Carriers, which are heterozygous—that is, have one copy of the mutated allele, but themselves are healthy—can now be reliably identified with a DNA test. Both parents must be carriers of one copy of the LWS allele for an affected foal to be born. Horses that are heterozygous for the gene that causes lethal white syndrome often exhibit a spotted coat color pattern commonly known as "frame" or "frame overo". Coat color alone does not always indicate the presence of LWS or carrier status, however. The frame pattern may be minimally expressed or masked by other spotting patterns. Also, different genetic mechanisms produce healthy white foals and have no connection to LWS, another reason for genetic testing of potential breeding stock. Some confusion also occurs because the term overo is used to describe a number of other non tobiano spotting patterns besides the frame pattern. Though no treatment or cure for LWS foals is known, a white foal without LWS that appears ill may have a treatable condition...
This book, unlike her 3 others in this series, was so boring. Way too long. Too many characters. 15
I enjoyed this 55
Cool story bro 45
Outstanding book I enjoyed reading over the past few days!! It’s my favorite of the series, so I’m glad I didn’t let a few mediocre reviews deter me! I can’t wait for the next book in this series!! 55
I love this series and this book is as well written as the others. Not sure what another reviewer meant by “ripped bodice romance”, that’s not what this is. One thing that bothers me, although not about the book itself, but why have faces been leant to the covers? Way to ruin the Robin and Strike in my mind’s eye. I mean, the Strike from the covers is not even close to the boxer’s-profile, pubed-hair description from the book. Otherwise, loved this and can’t wait for the next one in the series. 55
Can’t wait for the next installment! 55
Read first three Strike novels and liked them but was very let down by this one....too much bodice ripping romance (snore) and a goofy plot (some serious class bashing). Save your money. 25
The only thing I can criticize about this book is that I now must wait for the next one. The writing is superb. The plot is really gripping and makes you think. Shanna1957 55
Drags a LOT. Meandering, boring for chapter after chapter at times. I enjoyed the previous Strike books, but if this had been the first one I read, it would have been the only one I read. 25
I am an avid reader- mainly mysteries, criminal elements- I also have my favorite writers, among them is J. K. Rowling! If you haven’t read any of her/his books with this wonderful detective and his sidekick, Robin, you are truly missing out! They are the most enthralling, intriguing plots that I have ever read. I HIGHLY recommend this series!!! Lethal White had to be one of the most complicated, intricate books of the four, to have written. I can usually figure out what is going to happen and who the culprits are, where the story is going, but not this book. It took me by surprise and I absolutely loved it!! Thank you for a great, great read!! 55