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O is for Outlaw: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery | [Sue Grafton]

O is for Outlaw: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Through 14 books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past. This time, Grafton feeds you an entire feast, including the juice about Kinsey's first husband!
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Publisher's Summary

The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. The weekend before, he'd bought a stack of cardboard boxes. In one, there was a collection of childhood memorabilia with Kinsey's name all over it.

Though she's never been one for personal possessions, curiosity is a powerful force. What she finds among the items is an old undelivered letter to her that will force her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of her first marriage...about the honor of her first husband...and about an old unsolved murder. It will put her life in the gravest peril.

Through 14 books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past: a morsel here, a dollop there. You know about the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast. But husband number one has remained a blip on the screen. Until now. "O" Is for Outlaw is a revealing excursion into Kinsey's past.

©1999; by Sue Grafton; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best PI Novel, 1999

"Grafton works with a cinematic eye, possessing a keen visual sense of detail, color, and style. The pace is fast, the crime difficult to solve." (People)

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    Lisa WHITNEY, TX, USA 07-17-08
    Lisa WHITNEY, TX, USA 07-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Did not like the narrator"

    I have listened to the Millhone books starting with A and having just finished O. First let me tell you that if you are considering reading any book in this series, I highly recommend starting at the beginning of the alphabet. You will better understand the characters and events and how they are relate from A to B to C, etc.

    I have truly enjoyed these books by Ms. Grafton. I however did not like this narrator. She makes Kinsey sound 50 years old! Mary Peiffer did an outstanding job with narrating in books A through N and I was quite disturbed at such a drastic change in narration. Also the recording quality was very poor on this book. Despite the above mentioned negatives: I am addicted to the series and have just downloaded P through T, the only remaining books in the series available from Audible.com at this time.

    'Respectfully submitted,'

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Quincy, CA 11-15-09
    Amazon Customer Quincy, CA 11-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Switching in Midstream"

    I absolutely adore the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series; what I do not like is the change of narrators in midstream. I had a hard time initially with Mary Pfiefer as the narrator, but I had gotten used to her and enjoyed her voice. Judy Kaye, while competent, is really not believable as Kinsey; nor is she believable as Henry--she makes him sound feeble and old. I am very disappointed in this change and even more disappointed that there was no explanation as to why.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robin M Lowe 06-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Liked the book, but not the recorded quality"

    The book is what you have come to expect with the ABC murders.

    This is my first time with Judy Kaye reading the series. I am not sure I agree with her as a choice. While her characterizations are fine in general, she make Kinsey sound 50 years old and Henry sound feable.

    My major gripe with this audio is the quality of the recording. The narrators pitch and voice level changed while "playing" Kinsey so much I thought there were multiple people narrating. I don't blame her, but the people who recorded the book. BAD WORK. I have grown accustom to practically unnoticed splices. I might notice a splice once or twice in a book. I noticed the splicing at least 4 or 5 times in each chapter.

    This book is in a desparate need of re-recording. If this had been my first book with audible, I would probably not buy again. But there is always a bad apple in the bunch. I guess this was just one of them. Lets hope "P" is better.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cricketstomper 09-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    ""O""

    What happened to the wonderful reader Mary Peifer? Sounds horrible! Sounds like a guy trying to sound like a woman. I bought all of Grafton's alphabet books and spent the summer listening to her books. If I had paid attention to the change of the narrator, I could have save $20 plus a book, so that adds up to $$$.

    I would love the book, if I didn't have to listen to this woman!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Gregory 06-27-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Tried to keep an open mind"

    I knew is was not going to last forever having Mary Pifier read the alpha. series (I have listed to A-O). But the choice seems so strange. I tried very hard to keep an open mind about Judy Kaye as the narrator but it is driving me crazy listening to her. Kinsey sounds old and Henry sounds like he is ready a fible old man. At one point in the recording Judy changed the way Kinsey sounded. I thought "I can make it through the change" but then she changed back.

    I have loved these books so much I have been paying for the next book before my credit comes available. But I think I am going to have to go to the library to actually read the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Long Beach, CA, USA 02-13-05
    James Long Beach, CA, USA 02-13-05
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    "Intertaining but a little wordy"

    The book is entertaining but a little slow moving. The author is obviously a gifted writer; her descriptions and characterizations are very graphic but I found it hard to follow the narrative without getting bored. I wanted the storyline to move forward and was frustrated with the endless words.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne perth, Australia 06-27-04
    Anne perth, Australia 06-27-04

    perth to broome ..long distance roadtrain driver

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    "great"

    my first time having a audio book with a woman reading and I really enjoyed it. Definitly came back on tonight to get another book by this author and hopefully the same reader...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kareen Washington PA 11-04-03
    Kareen Washington PA 11-04-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Outstanding"

    Another outstanding novel by Sue Grafton. The reader takes you into the story. I was as mesmerized by O is for Outlaw as every other book by Sue Grafton.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    V. Crowley Wyoming, MI United States 06-20-12
    V. Crowley Wyoming, MI United States 06-20-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Judy Kaye makes enjoyment impossible"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    With books A-N, Mary Pfeiffer, captured Kinsey's youth, strength, emotional vulnerability, and sense of humor. She was great with the minor charactors as well.

    Unfortunately, Judy Kaye gets it all wrong. With Judy's narration, it's impossible to picture Kinsey as a physically fit 36 year old with restless energy and a wounded soul. All you can see in your head is a 58 year-old over-weight chain smoker, who doesn't have the energy to get up from her chair and has lost the ability to care about her own life story.

    And her portrayal of Henry was just... awful. In the books, Kinsey is half in love with Henry and describes him as a sexy octogenarian. We should be picturing Don Ameche from the movie Cocoon when Henry speaks, but Judy portrays him like she's voicing Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies.

    I purchased P is for Peril at the same time and now I'm stuck with both audio books. If I had known, I would have downloaded the written version to my Kindle instead. It's really impossible to enjoy this audio book with Judy Kaye's narration.

    Does the story rate higher than 3 stars? Maybe. Who can tell based on this production? I optimistically gave it a 3 only because I've enjoyed Sue Grafton's other books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Murfreesboro, TN, USA 11-28-08
    James Murfreesboro, TN, USA 11-28-08
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    "Some Kinsey history"

    I've read most of Kinsey's stories (books) and this is my first audio recording. As for the recording, the reader does an excellent job of capturing the tone of the written word and Kinsey's sarcastic wit.

    The story focuses on her search for the perpetrator who shot and seriously wounded her first husband. We are allowed a glimpse of Kinsey's life we've never been privy to and I think it offers a deeper vision of where she's come from, emotionally. Still, it's mostly about coming along for a ride with a fiesty loner...someone with whom I wouldn't mind sharing a drink. :)

    The joy of her stories (for me) isn't anything remarkable in the plot, but feeling a part of her life. Her writing is escapism and light reading soley for the moment's enjoyment. Let others criticize...I like the series and I'll keep up until the alphabet runs dry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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