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L Is for Lawless: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery | [Sue Grafton]

L Is for Lawless: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company. Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with truly mixed-up motives. Call it the return of Kinsey as a bad girl, quick-witted and quicksilvery, poking her nose into everybody's dirty laundry as she joins up with a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde in an Our Gang comedy that will take her halfway across the country and leave her with a major headache and an empty bank balance.
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Publisher's Summary

Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company. Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with truly mixed-up motives. Call it the return of Kinsey as a bad girl, quick-witted and quicksilvery, poking her nose into everybody's dirty laundry as she joins up with a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde in an Our Gang comedy that will take her halfway across the country and leave her with a major headache and an empty bank balance.

America's favorite borderline delinquent is back, with her one-liners on tape and her energy level on high, romping through her fastest and funniest adventure in this, her 12th foray into the alphabet of crime.

Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.

©1996 Sue Grafton; (P)1996 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Grafton exhibits a sharp ear for dialogue and a quarter-horse pace. Her characters are as real as any this side of Elmore Leonard." K Is for Killer offers further proof of Grafton's growth as a writer. This is one mystery series that gains strength with [each] passing letter. (People)
"An adventure that begins straightforwardly enough but quickly twists into a knotted string of untruths." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 07-09-12
    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2009

    The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.

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    "One of Grafton's Best!"

    After a couple less than worthy entries in the Kinsey Millhone series (J & K), Sue Grafton roars back with a nicely diverting addition. Yes, you will probably anticipate much of the ending from early clues, but no matter; the ride is enjoyable even if the destination is not too much of a surprise.

    Grafton offers some of her best development of secondary characters yet and has now moved well past the two-dimensional characters of her earlier novels. Add in an enjoyable, sometimes exciting plot and a more nuanced Kinsey, and this book is certainly worth a listen.

    Even the much maligned (sometimes by me) narrator really steps up with this effort. As best I can tell, every word is correctly pronounced (applause) and dramatic characterizations are much more fully developed. This may not be an ~A~ game yet, but it's certainly a solid B.

    You will not regret a decision to escape for a few hours into the Lawless world of Kinsey Millhone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-23-12
    D Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2012

    I travel to and from Arizona and Santa Clarita every month. We listen to audible books in the car from our IPod.

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    "Not the best of Sue Grafton"
    What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

    Not up to par with the others in the series.


    Was L Is for Lawless worth the listening time?

    50% YES / 50% NO


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I have almost all of Sue Grafton's books. We enjoyed all but this one. Must have been an off year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda FORT GORDON, GA, United States 03-07-14
    Amanda FORT GORDON, GA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a WAHM with a rambunctious 5 year old, two dogs, and two cats! I love reading, sewing, and watching lots of BBC.

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    "Finally getting used to Mary Peiffer..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of L Is for Lawless to be better than the print version?

    Personally, a book is a book is a book; I love the way a book feels in my hands and I especially love curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good mystery, but unfortunately my work schedule and personal life don't allow me to enjoy it as frequently as I would like. Listening to books I enjoy provides me the opportunity to work and get my literary-fill at the same time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rosie & Williams wedding was hands down my favorite! Kinsey shouldn't worry about shedding a tear, cause I was a little weepy myself.


    What aspect of Mary Peiffer’s performance would you have changed?

    I'll always think of Judy Kaye as the "voice" of Kinsey, however Mary is growing on me. I actually was pleased with her performance this round.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Yes. Yes! The ending wasn't surprising, but still very enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam San Angelo, TX, United States 10-03-09
    Miriam San Angelo, TX, United States 10-03-09 Member Since 2007
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    "L Is for Lawless"

    I have listened to all of Sue Grafton's books to date. As usual I can't wait for the new one to come out. They just get better and better!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aleesa Cambridge CityUS Minor Outlying Islands 07-14-09
    Aleesa Cambridge CityUS Minor Outlying Islands 07-14-09
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    "L is for Least Favorite So Far"

    This was my fourth Kinsey Millhone audiobook and it just didn't live up to the other three. Like other reviewers have stated, I like the strong and saucy detective - but felt she was just along for the ride on this one. I kept wishing for some twist at the end either relating to the wedding or the receipt of a letter or gift from her Bonnie and Clyde.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin B Lappala Glenwood, IA United States 07-12-08
    Kristin B Lappala Glenwood, IA United States 07-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Typical Grafton"

    Another Kinsey Milhone mystery. Nothing too different than the others. Narrarator does a good job. If you are a big fan of Grafton, this won't disapoint.

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    Ann Lewis 03-16-08
    Ann Lewis 03-16-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Entertainment"

    As usual Kindsey is entertaining, always leaving you on the edge of your seat. Outspoken and gutsy. My type of woman. Tell it like it is.
    The author ended this one w/ style. Better than the last. She is always worth listening to.
    I spend my commute 45 min each way. Even traffic stop and go doesn't get me down any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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