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W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery | [Sue Grafton]

W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Ronaye21 04-08-15
    Ronaye21 04-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great mystery with social consciousness thrown in"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Montreal, QC, Canada 03-20-15
    Linda Montreal, QC, Canada 03-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "grafton does it again...."

    kinsey millhone's character is always entertaining and never disappoints.....what happens when z is written i wonder?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cowtown girl 03-13-15

    cowtown girl

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    "W is for WONDERFUL!"

    Excellent as always. Wish the alphabet was longer...not wanting the "alphabet books" to end.
    Write some more...won't you?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very good"

    loved it predictable ending -- -
    will listen to more audio books by this author

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    Evelyn Hernando, FL, United States 02-14-15
    Evelyn Hernando, FL, United States 02-14-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring!"
    What disappointed you about W Is for Wasted?

    No suspense at all. Just flat from beginning to end.


    What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

    My first book from her and my last one also.


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

    The narrator was okay.


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

    None.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue MOUNTAIN VIEW, Macau 02-09-15
    Sue MOUNTAIN VIEW, Macau 02-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Hated the reader!"
    What did you like best about W Is for Wasted? What did you like least?

    Liked the storyline but disliked the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sounded too old for the main character. Took away from the storyline.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 02-08-15
    Jane 02-08-15

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Judy Kaye is not Kinsey Millhone"

    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.

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    Anne 02-05-15
    Anne 02-05-15
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    "Poor narration and not enough editing!"

    Where to start? It's been quite a while since I read a Kinsey Milhone story but I had enjoyed them so when this showed up as a bargain, I jumped on it. Turns out that it was inexpensive for a reason.

    Pros: It's fun to read a book set in 1988 and realize she didn't even have a computer! She bought a low-mileage 3yo Toyota for $3,500! She had a typewriter and filed paper! That part is fun.

    Cons: Everything else.

    1. The narrator is pretty bad. She has limited range and most of any variation she uses will "fade" if a dialogue lasts for a while and both characters will end up sounding like her Kinsey Milhone, And I didn't like her Kinsey at all. Too hard edged. I thought Ms. Kaye's timing was fairly poor as well so that Kinsey's "snap" was missing. She was just flat.

    2. The editing! Oh sweet mother Mary and all the saints, this book needed an editor SO badly! I have to ask if Grafton was paid by the word. I can handle a lot of detail but the further I got in this book, the more obvious and grating the detail became. Would you like to know how many departments the hospital has phone numbers for? Kinsey will not only tell you, but she will name every one of them for you before she tells you she found and dialed the number for the critical care unit! The book is full of that kind of stuff and *that* is just the stuff that does absolutely NOthing to advance the plot, add atmosphere or enhance the character. It's just details seemingly for the sake of details.

    3. More editing! I am 12 hours into a 14 and 1/2 hour reading and I want to scream at the snails pace of this story! No, that's wrong. Snails move faster!

    4. The plot is becoming sillier by the minute and we are about to be treated to a plot twist that is so coincidental that the only thing that could be worse is if the author had said, "And then I took out my magic wand and..."

    I suppose I'll finish it. But I may not. It's just not good at all.

    Oh, and Henry has lost his personality. I can't tell if it's because of the narration or because Kaye phoned this in. Dietz showed up and it was BORING! What?!? Really?

    Very disappointing.

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    Tamara 10-09-13
    Tamara 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    ""W" is for Whiny"
    What did you like best about W Is for Wasted? What did you like least?

    I don't remember Kinsey being so whiny in the past. The character was so bad this time I almost didn't finish it.


    Would you recommend W Is for Wasted to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend the book. Overall, it was pretty boring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is too old for Kinsey's voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depends on who played Kinsey.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always enjoyed these books in the past but this one was really hard to get through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia NOLENSVILLE, TN, United States 09-24-13
    Patricia NOLENSVILLE, TN, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "W is for waited for this awesome book"
    Would you listen to W Is for Wasted again? Why?

    Yes, because I like the way Sue Grafton writes and I may have missed something the first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Kinsey has found more family in a crude way. And the way she finds out what she is looking for in an investigation.


    Which character – as performed by Judy Kaye – was your favorite?

    Kinsey


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    More like laugh and fuss.What I mean by fuss is when you knew the answer and Kinsey would leave you hanging to wait til she got around to what she wanted you to know.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait til the next books come out to finish the alphabet X, Y & Z. Then on to more of Kinsey Millhone in a different setting at least I hope she keeps going. I have all of this series so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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