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
The story would have been better if she didn't itemize everything around her. Probably could have shorten the book by 10-12 chapters.
I would have given up if this hadn't been for the book club. Could have skpped the first 8-9 chapters and still been okay.
Former English teacher; retired geologist.
Someone who vacations in Bakersfield might enjoy it. Perhaps someone living in a halfway house or under a bridge or in a spiderhole, someone already so depressed they might find it a good time and go out and bum smokes off people in underground garages.
No. I feel like rereading "A is for Alibi", something fresh.
Its hard to change voice quality. Just didn't sound like the Kinsey in my head. She certainly transmitted the tedium of this book.
It had all the elements of the series: setting, Henry, Santa Teresa/Barbara, her little home, her tongue in cheek (but a lousy plot that her usual stuff couldn't prop up).
It was half-hearted, warmed-over plights of hopeless loosers with boring issues. Much prefer plights of the fallen rich living in a seaside paradise. Kinsey's spunk has withered without her vintage VW bug and a fascinating client who's driven to the brink of his fairytale existence, and an imminent domain complication concerning Rosie's. Hey, I could write a better one than this "Wasted" effort. Perhaps I will.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
I love Sue Grafton and she has never disappointed me. This book was as good as the rest. It is a fun story and we finally get to meet some of her kin.
The plot was too wordy with mundane details that were boring and unimportant to the story matter. While the narrator had great diction, most of her voices were less than effective. Since her own voice is somewhat gravely, I couldn't picture her voice matching that of the heroine and had a hard time picturing what the heroine would look like.
I might consider another book in her series just to have something to compare this one to.
Say something about yourself!
As usual Judy Kaye renders Kinsey Millhone a wonder one wants to know, hang out with. In her latest novel, Sue Grafton, once again brings us to Santa Teresa during the 1980s following Millhone around scoping out clues. Kinsey's strong independent streak is refreshing in today's world weak kneed women. As usual she is a breath of fresh air. In this latest installment of the alphabet series, Millhone is looking for the family of a deceased homeless man to resolve his will. Through the plot turns we see Kinsey at her best.
Kinsey Millhone's independent streak but also her vulnerability.
Richard S. Rosenstein
I gave read the first part of Sue Grafton's alphabet novels in print but most of the second half on audio book of my stripe or another. I enjoy the narration and W and its predecessors have kept me company on many a long car ride.
Unfortunately about half way through I figured out the plot and it was Sue Grafton's writing that kept me listening.
Always Kinsey, but she does a very fine job of evoking the men in the book as well. Pete was particularly well done.
Not really. It is not that sort of book.
I will be sorry when I get to XY and Z. I enjoy how Sue Grafton has been able to continue to keep you in the 1980's through all of the years she has been writing.
Sue Grafton's books are fun. I like when the main character is a woman.
Kinsey has a great sense of humor and a kind heart. She goes out of her way to solve her cases.
Judy did a good job of using different voices for each of the characters.
The book was very entertaining.
too much detailed information about absolutely unimportant stuff. and I mean stuff
stop wasting time and get to the meat
I have read or listed to all the alphabet books and I feel that the last 2-3 have fallen in this boring and full of filler garbage catagory.
Please forward this information to the author.
I have read all of the Sue Grafton books in this series, and I have enjoyed them very much. However, this one had such a weak story line. I felt she was just using filler...no substance, and the ending was just rushed over.
It has turned me off to finishing the alphabet with her next books.
No, she was more than annoying in this book.
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