When Laurence Fife was murdered, few mourned his passing. A prominent divorce attorney with a reputation for single-minded ruthlessness on behalf of his clients, Fife was also rumored to be a dedicated philanderer. Plenty of people in the picturesque southern California town of Santa Teresa had a reason to want him dead. Including, thought the cops, his young and beautiful wife, Nikki. With motive, access, and opportunity, Nikki was their number-one suspect. The jury thought so, too.
Eight years later and out on parole, Niki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to find out who really killed her late husband.
A trail that is eight years cold. A trail that reaches out to enfold a bitter, wealthy, and foul-mouthed old woman and a young boy, born deaf, whose memory cannot be trusted. A trail that leads to a lawyer defensively loyal to a dead partner--and disarmingly attractive to Millhone; to an ex-wife, brave, lucid, lovely--and still angry over Fife's betrayal of her; to a not-so-young secretary with too high a salary for too few skills--and too many debts left owing: The trail twists to include them all, with Millhone following every turn until it finally twists back on itself and she finds herself face-to-face with a killer cunning enough to get away with murder.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Sue Grafton’s beloved heroine Kinsey Millhone remains as refreshing now as she was when she first appeared in this 1982 mystery. When the self-deprecating cop turned private investigator is hired by convicted murderer Nikki Fife to clear her in her ex-husband’s death, Kinsey is drawn into a complex web of infidelities and corporate deceit. Kinsey’s quirky eccentricities are already in full bloom—including her affection for peanut butter and pickle sandwiches—and so is her matter-of-fact skill at reading both suspects and victims to unearth the truth. Find out why Grafton’s Alphabet Mysteries rank up there as one of our favorite series.
Fast moving. Lots of twists
Easy read. Entertaining with a lot of characters interacting and overlapping throughout the story.
'A is for alibi'
Sue Grafton is a most talented writer. Though alphabetical, I started with 'O is for outlaw' then continued through all letters to the current release, 'W is for wasted,'...and now I just read 'A is for alibi.' Ms. Grafton's story telling is brilliant.
Enthralling...page turning anticipation.
I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to her next one!