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Debra Hamel is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.


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THE BATTLE OF ARGINUSAE :
VICTORY AT SEA AND ITS TRAGIC AFTERMATH IN THE FINAL YEARS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
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KILLING ERATOSTHENES:
A TRUE CRIME STORY
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READING HERODOTUS:
A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE WILD BOARS, DANCING SUITORS, AND CRAZY TYRANTS OF THE HISTORY
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THE MUTILATION OF THE HERMS:
UNPACKING AN ANCIENT MYSTERY
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TRYING NEAIRA:
THE TRUE STORY OF A COURTESAN'S SCANDALOUS LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE
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SOCRATES AT WAR:
THE MILITARY HEROICS OF AN ICONIC INTELLECTUAL
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ANCIENT GREEKS IN DRAG:
THE LIBERATION OF THEBES AND OTHER ACTS OF HEROIC TRANSVESTISM
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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY TWEET:
FIVE HUNDRED 1ST LINES IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS
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PRISONERS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
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Book Notices | Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith, Lethal White

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This is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). I really enjoyed the first three, and I continue to enjoy the relationship between Strike—Rowling's one-legged private eye—and his associate Robin. But holy Christ this book was long. Too long. The first three books in the series were less than 500 pages each (464, 464, 497). This one was 657 pages long, and I think that's the main problem. Had it been 200 pages shorter, I would have liked it a lot more. Maybe I'm unusual, but for me, the mystery in a book like this isn't the main attraction. It's the scaffolding that supports what I really want to read about, the unfolding relationship between the principals. In this case, there was a whole lot of scaffolding, and I couldn't bring myself to care about the mystery at all or any of the minor characters (with their cute little aristocratic names and horse obsessions). I made it through the book only because I care about Strike and Robin, but I think this installment may be my last. I was in a bookstore just yesterday and I happened to see Lethal White on the shelf next to the next book in the series, Troubled Blood. Guess what! That one is—maybe you should sit down for this—945 pages! I can't do it. 

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