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)
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.
Working through the Grafton alphabet ~ O ... Outlaw ... Observations ~
Kinsey is finally growing up. For many pages over many volumes, it seemed that Grafton's main character would never mature; would always remain commitment-averse, snarky, know-it-all. Grafton must have decided that realistic characters evolve and has finally starting evolving Kinsey. The evolution makes her a much more believable, understandable, compelling protagonist.
No spoilers, but in Outlaw we finally see Kinsey grappling with real emotion ~ regret and sadness and grief and more. This is not the heavy-handed treatment we have seen in the past where a difficult emotion is dismissed with a joke or platitude. The treatment here is much more sensitive and real-world and the series benefits for it.
We also learn a bit more about Kinsey's past ~ the time between childhood and "present day" that has been treated only briefly in previous volumes. Outlaw is the beginning of the pay-off for working through some of the less polished, earlier audios.
We also have a new narrator, which is a plus and a challenge. Challenge, first. When the audio begins, you can be forgiven if you believe we now have a male narrator. Over time, and with a peek at the credits, you will discover the narrator remains a woman but she has either a very manly or a very "mature" voice. This is particularly jarring for this series. Kinsey is neither manly nor elderly and the narration may throw you, at least initially.
Over time, though, the advantages of the new narration begin to show. Judy Kaye is a much more able narrator ~ her characterizations are massively better than the previous narrator's; she pronounces every word correctly; her pacing never slips. And, over time, it's not too hard to become accustomed to her voice and to settle into the "new Kinsey." Frankly, by the end of the audio, I am convinced this is a change for the better.
The Kinsey Millhone series has usually offered a pleasant escape without much heavy lifting. Outlaw goes a bit further and is a bit more rewarding. It is certainly worth the listen.
Sue Grafton is always a good story especially while traveling. Love using the audible app on my iPhone.
I just love the early Sue Grafton's and this narrator. Judy Kaye is Kinsey and I hear her voice as I read the newer books.
I just like the relaxed way Grafton spins a tale. I have read all of her books. I can remember reading her books during my children's sporting practices as children and they are in their 30's now. There is just something calming about her manner of telling a tale.
You keep wanting to know what is going to happen next and how.
All of Sue Grafton's books are really interesting to listen to. I enjoy her alphabet series.
I just discovered the Kinsey Millhone books, but even with the older setting, I'm enjoying them! This one was really good.
I was apprehensive about the new narrator, but I liked her!
I've listened to all of Grafton's stories. I really like listening to them. It is like visiting old friends. As you follow the mystery you can see how everyone is getting along.
As a fan of mystery writers such as James Patterson, John Sanford, P.D. James, and many others, Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series is absolutely addictive. I started with "S is for Silence" and jumped around the alphabet quite considerably, finally filling in all the holes.
The reader expresses Kinsey Millhone's personality extremely well, and while each title in the series ranges from a good listen to brilliant, there's none that I regret purchasing. My only recommendation would be to start with "A" - I am sure it's much easier!
I am looking forward to "T" while at the same time dreading "Z"!
This is one of my favorite books in the Alphabet series. I truly enjoy listening to Judy kaye as Kinsey.
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