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
This is the latest entry into the alphabetical run of mysteries from Sue Grafton. Certainly, this is one of the most successful series of all time and the accolades are well-earned. Sue has a facility recently to focus on an element of discord in our materialistic society, previously treatment of the aged. In this novel the focus is on the homeless. Sue loves to have have parallel plots running and forming that come together in the end. I found this novel particularly interesting. The pathos of the street people made you want for things to turn out for them. By now, the Kinsey Millhone series has a rich backdrop of characters that reappear and add humor and richness to the story. Kinsey is introduced to a new wing of her family with some startling results. Judy Kaye does her terrific job performing this novel. Judy has literally become the voice of Kinsey throughout the series.
A final note. This book stands alone perfectly. You do not need to reach the previous 20 odd novels in the series to dive into this very special series. This story is fresh and vital, not a run-through like other long-running series that have lost their inspiration and vitality.
The plot was engaging. I couldn't stop listening, as I really wanted to see how the story came to together. It was good to visit with old, familiar characters and be introduced to new ones.
Yes! I had to pace myself so that it would last.
As the series seems to near its natural conclusion, I am both excited and sad when I see the next installment has been released. Each book in the series has been better then the one previous to it, and this one is the same. Its a really great read & listen!
not as good as most of her other books. but was good
made 2 books 1 book for each character
first book adudio book
I did as I ma bed fast
I have limited mobility so the kindle has allowed me freedom to buy and enjoy materials without leaving home. Love it.
YES, I IS SOMEWHAT AMUSING
I DON'T KNOW I WAS JUST NOT HE USUAL SUE GRAFON
I am a full time grad student studying health education. Audible is with me everywhere I go and I listen as often as I can.
I was hooked at "A" and have read/listened to each one.
It was difficult in the beginning to listen to two very different story lines at the same time as she switched back and forth. and one appeared not to be relevant to the other. Then all of the sudden you get that "AH HA" when you realize the two stories are actually one. Cool moment for me. Smooth move Sue!
I like listening to Judy. Kinsley Millhome is quite a woman. I feel like I know her and would welcome her into my home. She may fly under the radar, but don't under estimate her!
That AH HA moment when the two stories become one and only then did you realize the truth in it all.
Way too long between the last novel and "W". And, seeing there is only X,Y and Z left for Sue, I hope she gives Kinsley an happy ever after when she is finished and not a forever after in that old black dress.
Favorite authors include, Robert B. Parker, Janet Evanovich, Sarah Paretsky, CJ Box, Sue Grafton, J.A. Jance, Chris Grabenstein & Kyra Davis
I would highly recommend "W is for Wasted" to anyone looking for a great book. Better yet start with "A is for Alibi" and read the whole series.
This is Grafton's best yet. Kinsey, like the rest of us, has mellowed with age. I only wish that "X is for ..." was ready to read!
Life is a journey, why not enjoy it?
Judy Kaye is amazing. She brings out the characters and the storyline.
The one thing about the plot was how everything was connected. It never seems to be, yet it all circled back to the dead homeless guy.
Kinsey is my favorite character. I love how Judy Kaye brings to life Kinsey's dry wit and insights about the people around her.
This book has sold me on revisiting Kinsey and the books I haven't read between K and U. Sue Grafton has gotten me interested again.
Not likely. I think my reader taste is not what Sue has to offer, I don't personally care how long her shower took and that she put the cap back on the toothpaste when she brushed her teeth. Although it was probably Kinsey's personality that made Judy Kaye sound boring and monotone, other characters were just plain annoying.
Will be searching!
As I said above...
Grafton wins again.
Yes, it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Three plots finally came together at the end.
Can you guess Who Done It?
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Wonderful. Enough said.
If you’re a fan, you don’t need my recommendation. It’s as good as ALLLLL the others; a great reunion with our ol’ friend Kinsey Millhone.
Thanks, Sue! Looking forward to “X” in 2015!
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