Prominent private eye series returns with its latest this Fall

Writer J. K. Rowling is pictured with a book cover design of "Lethal White"

Fans of a certain international bestselling mystery series can rejoice as its newest book of the series is on order at the library. The new “Cormoran Strike” novel is available for reservation today and writer Robert Galbraith’s private investigator is on a new case.   That is, writer J.K. Rowling of the “Harry Potter” series fame using her pseudonym for her bestselling crime series.  Lethal White is the fourth novel of the war veteran turned London PI and his former assistant now partner Robin Ellacott. 

The library system will order 60 copies of the book including rental copies.  It will be a detailed story for readers as the book is described as having 656 pages.  

The book’s plot is not largely revealed but checking several Internet sites, Strike is approached by a young man to help him sort out a crime he believes he witnessed as a child.  His story has holes and the man is “mentally distressed” during the interview but Strike finds him nevertheless convincing.  Before Strike can move to the next step though, the man bolts for the door and leaves Strike with a mystery he pursues “through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house in the countryside.”

Strike is described as a “complex, methodical man” who uses “skills of observation and deduction to solve crimes” in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library literacy database NoveList Plus.  In a BBC interview last year, Rowling said he is “a complex character because he’s rooted partly in the military and partly in the very louche world that a lot of people would like to enter without really understanding how damaging that world can be.”

In that same interview, Rowling said she had considered writing crime fiction for years and appreciates the writing traditions which shape the genre.  That would include the time honored tradition of the detective playing fair with the reader in stories, to lay out all the information of the mystery.  Still, Rowling said that character “will always be ahead of the game.”  She said of Strike, “He is unique as I think every detective should be, but I think he’s rightly conforming to the rules of detective fiction that make detective fiction fair to the reader.”

The library system also will have the new novel available as a sound recording, book on CD.  Actor Robert Glenister has narrated the books in the series with the third, Career of Evil, winning an Aubie Award for outstanding audiobook in mystery fiction in 2016.