PositiveThe Sunday TimesA sense of impending doom hangs over the book ... Strike and Robin are chronically unable to express their feelings for each other ... In the hands of a less accomplished writer, the relationship between these two might unbalance the rest of the novel. But Galbraith never forgets that Lethal White is crime fiction, unfolding a labyrinthine plot with its origins in the basest human emotions ... The tone of the novel is tragi-comic, but simmering underneath is a commentary on the way male violence is tolerated. Strike is Galbraith/Rowling’s exemplar of a decent but damaged man, struggling to overcome his own worst instincts. It’s a blistering piece of crime writing, but a great deal more than that, bringing to the genre the serious purpose of popular Victorian fiction.