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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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    C. McCoy Viginia Beach, VA USA 06-19-04
    C. McCoy Viginia Beach, VA USA 06-19-04 Member Since 2014

    FSX Pilot

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    "O is for Outlaw"

    This is the first book I have heard that was written by Grafton. The plot was good and kept me interested; however, I was bored to tears by the endless detailed minutia describing rooms, environments, locations, etc. These mindless details only served to increase the number of words in the book and bore the reader (listener) but I am sure it gave the author a bit more money from the publisher. I enjoyed the story line and liked the characters and plot - but was continually frustrated by the uneeded details always wanting to get on with the story

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Louise 07-31-15
    Louise 07-31-15
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    "Mot the n'est narrator."

    I didn't like the new narrator. It was like a 30's serials. The worst was Henry's old Man voice. But the story was good...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Aiken 07-26-15
    B. Aiken 07-26-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Never Change the Narrator"
    What disappointed you about O is for Outlaw?

    I got maybe 30 minutes in to this and just gave up. The narrator's voice is so wildly different than the previous narrator that it completely breaks immersion. Clearly no attempt was made to find at least a passably similar narrator. I just couldn't get past the change long enough to pay attention to the story. It completely changes the tone and character of the novel.


    Would you recommend O is for Outlaw to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. A-N are great. I will recommend against any book with this narrator now, however. Not only did it spoil this series, it's spoiled this narrator for me as well.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Judy Kaye?

    The original narrator, Mary Peiffer.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm sure Sue Grafton's novel is great. I gave it 3 stars since I've no way of knowing. I'll be looking in to reading the remaining novels rather than listening to them.


    Any additional comments?

    I had been buying this series in groups of 3 books for my convenience. As it turns out, I bought MNO together. By the time I got to O, it was too late to return it. That's the only reason I didn't return this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael E. Klarer 04-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "One of Grafton's best! Fantastic ending"

    This is Judy Kaye's first in the series as narrator. She is remarkable. This story reveals much about the depth of character that is Kinsey. It also has a very unique twist reflecting some of the history that surrounds the era in which Kinsey lives. A real 5 star read and listen. I am sorry to have finished it ...for the fourth time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    Wonderful storyline and great voice acting and a believable tale. Highly recommended for a long road trip as it is very detailed

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    Amazon Customer 01-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this series. Humorous and compelling!"

    Love this series! Humorous and compelling at the same time. Good character weaving and consistent story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Port Orchard, WA, USA 01-15-15
    Laura Port Orchard, WA, USA 01-15-15 Member Since 2002
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    "Great book!"

    Sue Grafton has done it again. Another great novel! Looking forward to the next one. One of my very favorite authors.

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    uraina ogden 11-01-14
    uraina ogden 11-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "good book"
    What did you love best about O is for Outlaw?

    I love the Kinsey Millhone Mysteries


    What does Judy Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I had to get used to a new reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I did not like the voice she used for Henry, Kinsey's landlord


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LB 08-09-14
    LB 08-09-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about O is for Outlaw?

    I could barely finish...the story was slow and not really interesting


    What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

    The story was really not interesting


    Would you be willing to try another one of Judy Kaye’s performances?

    no


    What character would you cut from O is for Outlaw?

    most of them


    Any additional comments?

    no comments

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrice Bader 02-27-13

    RedNightBird

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    "Good, steady Grafton"
    If you could sum up O is for Outlaw in three words, what would they be?

    nice and tight


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kinsey, always


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

    Yes, all of hers are.... steady and ready to be enjoyed. No glitz, no glam, just the tales of things gone wrong waiting for the detective to decipher it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Solid stories done right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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