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.
"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)
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.
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
I am so upset why after 13 books would you change the narrator. ... I loved the character of Henry.. an older gentleman in good health active and now you give him a feable voice.. so wrong. .. I
The narrator makess a great book even better. She has done them alll so far so it would be weird to hear someone else. When I read the alphabet books I hear Judy's voice in my head.
I absolutely do not like Judy Kaye. Her voice for Henry sounds like a whispering leprechaun. I really wish there was a way to get someone else to read the rest of this series.
I might have to find something else to listen to because it is horrible to listen to even though I love Sue Grafton and this series.
Throughly the book there were minor changes by Judy Kaye as she was reading, which would not be a big deal except the fact that he ENTIRE second paragraph of the Epilogue was missing.
I buy unabridged because I want to read what the author wrote... In this case the information was important into the insight of Kinsey
Psychology and Biology nerd. Chemistry enthusiast. Fan of good research-based science books, comedies and crime.
I really enjoyed both the story and the reading. It must be said that a couple of things happen in the final few minutes that are a bit odd (a non-spoiling one being Kinsey, without apparent reason, driving past four cops and about two sentences later bemoaning that there are no police on the road from whom she can seek protection). I didn't like the twee introduction of emotive background music for the epilogue - Sue Grafton's writing manages just fine on its own, thanks!
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