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
More distinctive characters, places, etc.
I couldn't tell if I had heard this book before or not it was so bland and similar to her other books.
I have listened to many already and hope for more memorable books from her.
I do enjoy the way Sue Grafton takes you through Kinsey's day. It's different and one can really get into it after a while.
I have been reading these books for 20 years. I am not sure if it is me that is tired of them, or Ms. Grafton. Kinsey just never seems to move forward. In this book she makes the same bone-headed choices and lets another batch of people take outrageous advantage of her, for NO APPARENT REASON other than this book needing to words on a page. Everyone is this book is crabby, if not downright bitchy. Even henry is put out.
So much of this book is filler. "I took out my overnight bag and set it on the counter in the bathroom. Grasping the small blue zipper tab, I pulled it to the right, revealing my toilette in miniature. So as to be prepared in the morning I removed form the bag my toothbrush, a small minty-smelling container of floss, a travel sized tube of toothpaste with a dent int he middle from previous usage, deodorant, foot powder to ward off any nasty fungus i might pick up from the grimy carpet, moisturizer, mascara..." aaaaarrrgggggghhhhhh!!!
it is also a bit jarring to adjust to the shoehorning in of a 2000=era problem to 1988. As far as remember, bums at off ramps wasn't really an issue at that time. i just didn't find the premise believable. but maybe i'm just crabby =)
If you are a diehard fan, then you might like it. Dietz and Cheney make appearances, wiggling their eyebrows, Kinsey does her stuff, kinda. I almost feel like Kiinsey is tired of herself too.
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.
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