Private detective Kinsey Millhone feels a bit out of place in Nordstrom’s lingerie department, but she’s entirely in her element when she puts a stop to a brazen shoplifting spree. For her trouble she nearly gets run over in the parking lot by one of the fleeing thieves—and later learns that the one who didn’t get away has been found dead in an apparent suicide. But Audrey Vance’s grieving fiancé suspects murder and hires Kinsey to investigate—in a case that will reveal a big story behind a small crime, and lead her into a web that connects a shadowy “private banker,” an angry trophy wife, a spoiled kid with a spiraling addiction, and a brutal killer without a conscience…
MWA Grand Master Grafton's finely tuned 22nd Kinsey Millhone novel (after 2009's U Is for Undertow) finds the sharp-witted California PI filled with remorse after the apparent suicide of Audrey Vance, a woman she helped arrest for shoplifting. When Audrey's perplexed fianc , Marvin Striker, hires Kinsey to further investigate her death, Kinsey's astute and relentless prying opens a Pandora's box. Was Audrey tied to major crime lords? Are these racketeers linked to corrupt cops? Kinsey's prickly personality and tart tongue antagonize just about everyone, including Marvin, several loan sharks, a stone-cold killer, and a hapless burglar who knows more than is healthy for him. For good measure, Kinsey gets punched in the face on her 38th birthday. An engrossing subplot involves an illicit love affair that neatly dovetails into the main story. This being 1988, Kinsey relies on her Rolodex, file cards, and land line, but her intuition is her chief asset. Readers will wish her well on her feisty and independent way to the end of the alphabet. Author tour.
V s for Vengence
Perhaps the Best "Kinsey Milhone " book yet!!
I've read every one of Grafton's books. I have to say that I don't really believe that she wrote this one. Slang from the 90's was used and the plot was weak and appeared to be an afterthought. Most of Kinsey's actions were un-Kinsey-like. I do not recommend this book, but most of her other books are readable and interesting.
V is for Va-Va-Voom
Having followed the entire alphabet thru V since 1987, I am thrilled that Kinsey is back in super style, sleuthing a risky business with interesting, complexly-motivated and thinking characters (except for a couple of really thuggish bad guys). At nearly 38 years old now, the younger clever "A thru G" Kinsey who enchanted and intrigued us in those early books is back! She is on a ride with more twists and seriously threatening turns which she masters deftly in her uniquely 'charmed' fashion! Having settled the mystery of her family and currently with no love-life to distract her, Kinsey--index cards always at hand--jogs readers through a late-1980's memorabilia minus cell phones, laptops, et.al. in lovely Santa (B-oops-) Teresa, a wonderful jewel of a city's! Sue Grafton's given us another clue-puzzler from her talented writing and wonderful imagination! Thanks again, Ms. G. and family who support her!
Great fun book to relax with and enjoy!!