Newquist's widow didn't doubt the coroner's report. But Selma couldn't accept not knowing what had so bothered Tom in the last six weeks of his life, and the only way she'd get closure was if she found out what it was that had made him prowl restlessly at night, that had him brooding constantly.
Kinsey should have dumped the case. It was vague and hopeless, like looking for a needle in a haystack. Instead, she set up shop in Nota Lake, where she found that looking for a needle in a haystack can draw blood. Very likely, her own.
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©1998 Sue Grafton; (P)1998 Random House, Inc.
yes, we all know she has to write 26 books and some have been disappointing, but this one was really one of her much better efforts -- you don't know what's going on until almost the end (even tho you might suspect), but she blows it with a really limp ending in the last paragraph or 2. Oh well...................... still worth a listen.
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!!
Mary Peiffer does a great job of staying true to the original text. My only issue, and this may just be me, is that the recording of her voice sounds very much like iPhone's Siri voice. That odd robotic twang you get when using one of those text-to-speech readers. I have not noticed it in books read by other narrators.
Aside from the text-to-speech sound, I loved the book.
This is the usual Kinsey Millhone fare: an entertaining enough story with a little artificial drama manufactured by Kinsey's startling incompetence when it comes to her personal safety. These would not be novel-length stories if Kinsey were more conscientious about carrying her pistol. They would all end with, "...and then I held him at gunpoint while I called the police." She places herself (or rather, Grafton places her) in totally unnecessary danger reminiscent of a horror film where the cheerleader inevitably takes the wrong door and trips. Just dumb.
A note on the performance: the cover image says that it's read by Judy Kaye, but it's actually read by Mary Pfeiffer, just like all the others. I've always enjoyed Pfeiffer's performances, but I never noticed how hard she hits the "wh" sound (think of the Family Guy "Cool Whip" bit). I only noticed it here because of the astonishing number of occurrences of the word "white".
Full disclosure: I have read this one twice already. I might well read it again once enough time has passed and I have forgotten how mild and uncompelling this one is. It's not terrible.
Definitely the bottom half of the group, but not the very worst.
In this one, I would have to say Kinsey's early scenes with Deets.
If this is your first try at reading Sue Grafton and you didn't love it, I would encourage you to try something else of her's. She has written many books that I have really loved.
I like the Kinsey Milhone Mysteries
Author is pretty consistant
I prefer Judy Kaye - Mary is not the right fit for me.
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