'First there was a phone call from a stranger, then a letter showed up fourteen years after it was sent. That's how I learned I'd made a serious error in judgement and ended up risking my life ...' The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. Last weekend he bought a stack. They had stuff in them ...Read More'First there was a phone call from a stranger, then a letter showed up fourteen years after it was sent. That's how I learned I'd made a serious error in judgement and ended up risking my life ...' The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. Last weekend he bought a stack. They had stuff in them -- Kinsey stuff. For thirty bucks, he'll sell her the lot. Kinsey's never been one for personal possessions, but curiousity wins out and she hands over a twenty (she may be curious but she loves a bargain). What she finds amid childhood memorabilia is an old undelivered letter. It will force her to re-examine her beliefs about the break-up of her first marriage, about the honour of her first husband, about an old unsolved murder. And it will put her life in the gravest peril. 'A fascinating insight into what made Kinsey the women she is now' Daily Express 'Grafton's fans will be thrilled with this knockout Kinsey Millhone mystery ...One of the very best entries in a long-lived and much-loved series' Publishers WeeklyRead Less
Sue Grafton does a great job writing her Kinsey Milhone stories. Each one is different, and none are predictable. Her characters are real and believable. She never gets bored with her own books and "just ends it" to finish writing.
Aug 9, 2007
The Book that Hooks
I read this book first and was immediately "hooked" by Kinsey Milhone. It was just delightful. There was humor, mystery, suspense and it portrayed characters that had real lives and that you wanted to know more about. The way she would describe something often had me laughing out loud. After reading it, I started Sue Grafton's Alphabet Series and am now reading "I" for Innocent. Sue is easy to read and follow but never boring. I love the "low tech" approach. It only makes it more real. I have started passing her books around once I have finished with them and now I have several people "hooked"
Publishers Weekly, 1999-08-30 Grafton's fans will be thrilled with this knockout 15th Kinsey Millhone mystery, which deals with Kinsey's first marriage. In a complex story that zigzags between past and present, the California PI gets involved again with her first ex-husband, former cop Michael "Mickey" Magruder, who initially reappears in her life by chance when she comes across memorabilia he kept after their separation 14 years earlier. The mementos include an undelivered letter addressed to Kinsey, providing Mickey with an alibi for the beating death of Vietnam vet Benny Quintero, the unproven charge against Mickey that prompted Kinsey to leave him. Conscience-stricken, Kinsey looks up acquaintances from her early marriage, questioning her judgment and values at the time. Then two Los Angeles police detectives inform her that Mickey has been shot and is in a coma, and Kinsey decides to investigate. As usual in Grafton's novels, the PI encounters a string of offbeat characters who lead or mislead her in a gyre of confusion; here, many of them had motive and opportunity to shoot Mickey. In time, Kinsey stumbles on a clue?at first bewildering?that leads back to the Vietnam War and, eventually, points the way to Benny's killer and Mickey's assailant. In addition to her distinctive humor, sharp sense of place and crisp dialogue defining character, Grafton adds depth to this outing through unexpected details of Kinsey's past. Meanwhile, Kinsey's examination of her youthful self-righteousness and na´vetÚ initiates a provocative contemplation of guilt, morals and loyalty that graces one of the very best entries in a long-lived and much-loved series. Agent, Molly Friedrich at Aaron Priest. $500,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection; author tour. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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