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Robert Galbraith Discusses Lethal White in New Interview
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In a new interview with The New York Times, mystery writer Robert Galbraith discusses the newest book in his series on detective Cormoran Strike – Lethal White. The fourth of the Coromoran Strike novels, Lethal White, is available starting today in eBook, audiobook and hardcover formats. A few snippets from the interview may be read below:

Some mystery writers are plotters; they outline, they plan, they know exactly where their stories are going. Others are known as “pantsers” (as in writing by the seats of their pants — sitting down every day and just going where the story takes them). Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m definitely a planner. “Lethal White” required a spreadsheet that was more complicated than any I’ve created before. It had nine columns, red text for red herrings, blue text for clues, and various colors for different suspects and themes. Before I start each Strike book, I know exactly who did it, why they did it and how they did it.

When I hear pantsers describing the way they work I feel a mixture of admiration and anxiety. I did an event with Stephen King and John Irving a few years back and Stephen described his process as following a thread to see where it leads. When it came to John’s turn, he said he always knew damn well where the thread led before he started following it. I’m somewhere between the two. The initial inspiration may be one simple idea with no start or finish, but I never start writing a book unless I know exactly where I’m heading.

What brought you to writing crime novels?

I always wanted to write classic whodunits in a contemporary setting. What I love about the genre is that the central puzzle can be clothed a million different ways. There’s also something mythic about a lone detective or a duo, righters of wrongs, imposers of order on chaos. I think I’ve incorporated an element of mystery in all my novels. The Potters were variously whodunits, whydunits and howdidits.

At the end of the interview he noted that he has  the plot of the next Cormoran Strike novel planned and teased that his “good friend” J.K. Rowling is writing a brand new children’s book as well as working on the script for the third Fantastic Beasts film.

Filed Under: JK Rowling, Robert Galbraith
Robert Galbraith’s ‘Lethal White’ Gets Release Date, Synopsis & Cover
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Last March J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith revealed the title of the fourth installment in the Cormoran Strike series. Today we get to see the cover for Lethal White. Lethal White is currently available for pre-order and will be released on September 18th.

We also have a synopsis of the novel:

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 more tricky than that.

Waterstones is holding a contest where fans can win a signed copy of the book!

Filed Under: Robert Galbraith
Video: First Look at ‘Strike’ TV Series
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A first look at the Strike series has been released by BBC and The Associated Press. Strike is based on the Cormoran Strike novels and will be premiering August 27th at 9pm on BBC One ! The series stars Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott. The first three episodes are based on The Cuckoo’s Calling, Galbraith’s first novel in the series.

Filed Under: Holliday Grainger, Robert Galbraith, The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, Tom Burke
‘Strike’ Premiering on BBC One This Month
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Strike, the series based on Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike novels will be premiering on BBC One this month! The series stars Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott. The first three episodes are based on The Cuckoo’s Calling, Galbraith’s first novel in the series. The show, previously called ‘The Cormoran Strike Mysteries,’ premieres on August 27th at 9pm on BBC One!

It is unknown when the show will premiere in the United States, but we do know that it will air on HBO at some point in the future.

Filed Under: Holliday Grainger, Robert Galbraith, The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, Tom Burke
SURPRISE! J.K. Rowling Reveals Title for 4th Strike Novel
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This morning on twitter, J.K. Rowling played a little game with fans to reveal the title for her 4th Cormoran Strike novel! It didn’t take long for one lucky fan to work out the puzzle and come up with “Lethal White.” There is still no release date for the book but at least now we have a little something to hold us over.

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Filed Under: JK Rowling, Robert Galbraith
HBO Acquires Rights for ‘Cormoran Strike’ in US and Canada
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Deadline reports that HBO has acquired the rights for BBC One’s adaption of J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series. We reported a rumor of this partnership back in November of last year.

Tom Burke will star as the detective in Cormoran Strike, which will air as three separate event series, the three-hour The Cuckoo’s Calling, two-hour The Silkworm and two-hour Career Of Evil. Jo also confirmed via Twitter that Robin Ellacott has been cast but left us in suspense as to who it will be.

J.K. Rowling executive produces the series and two writers have worked on the episodes. Ben Richards wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, and Tom Edge wrote Career of Evil. Michael Keillor will direct The Cuckoo’s Calling. Filming starts this fall in London.

Filed Under: JK Rowling, Robert Galbraith, The Cormoran Strike Mysteries
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