Of the #1 New York Times best-selling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters."
Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.
The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.
Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes.
But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity. "And just like that," she says, "the lid to Pandora's box flew open. It would take me another day before I understood how many imps had been freed, but for the moment, I was inordinately pleased with myself."
In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised.
W is for…wanderer…worthless…wronged….
W is for wasted.
©2013 Sue Grafton (P)2013 Random House Audio
After being a little disappointed after the last two books in the series, In was very pleasantly surprised with "W is for Wasted".
It is full of the mystery and humorous bits that make all of the alphabet books so entertaining, but this one is also full of heart and touches on some of the major problems facing too many people these days. This is a can't miss book - I'm just sad that we only have three more in the series.
Definitely read them in order, of course!
Best of Series
When explanation of homelessness is given such humanity
This is Grafton's best work. The other books in this series were easily read in one night, but not W. So much more depth to the characters, and much more introspection for Kinsey.
I love the way Sue writes two separate stories, weaves them together and still leaves you wondering.
You'll keep reading to find the answers.
No suspense at all. Just flat from beginning to end.
My first book from her and my last one also.
The narrator was okay.
Liked the storyline but disliked the narrator.
Sounded too old for the main character. Took away from the storyline.
Selecting a reader for a book written in the first person must be like choosing actors for parts in a film or play. The reader's voice makes the text live: the voice reflects the character, the person who is sharing events, thoughts, personality.
Kinsey Millhone is a feisty, highly resilient and resourceful, thirty something detective with a sense of humor and a good serving of empathy. I really enjoy Sue Grafton’s popular series.
But it is really unfortunate when the reading of a book doesn't match what the reader/listener pictures or imagines from the words. And that’s how it is for me when Judy Kaye reads any of this series, including W is for Wasted. Her voice is far from the determinedly light hearted, almost flippantly understated and emotionally honest Kinsey that I feel Grafton is describing.
Furthermore, her voice is that of a significantly older woman who often reads the most amusing passages in a ponderous fashion.
As a result, W for Wasted is one of the least satisfying books of the series.
I don't remember Kinsey being so whiny in the past. The character was so bad this time I almost didn't finish it.
No, I wouldn't recommend the book. Overall, it was pretty boring.
The narrator is too old for Kinsey's voice.
Depends on who played Kinsey.
I've always enjoyed these books in the past but this one was really hard to get through.
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