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
Kinsey and Henry are like cozy friends. I'm always happy to visit with them again, but this time they were the only likeable characters. Perhaps Grafton was trying too hard to make the deadline for W. Kinsey wasn't the savvy, smart detective I'm used to and Henry's judgement was somewhat impaired.
Crazy about legal thrillers!
I used to love these ABC books and Kinsey was a real pleasure to read. Author needs to get off her bandwagon and just get back to writing enjoyable books. This was a real bore as have been the last several. As soon as she started writing about causes, the stories became slow and boring. I'm not sure anything could have made this book worth the waste of time - it's only saving grace was Judy Kay's narration. She is wonderful!
Sycamore Row by John Grisham.
This storyline was too boring to get into the characters.
Please make Kinsey interesting again with the x,y,z books.
interesting but long
The epilogue was one of the best parts of the book.
Oh yes, Judy Kaye is Kinsey.
Some people have complained about how the third person narrative is tedious but it does help with the story. It tended to drag in some parts but this was one of the better books in the series.
Not her best
Not really. Was too predictable and ending a bit to quickly.
As with all of Sue Grafton books it was an enjoyable listen. However I felt this one to be a bit weak in the writing with a too quickly contrived ending.
Even though I felt this not to be one of her best, I'll still be looking forward to the next one.
I did not enjoy the narrator of this book. Words were sometimes drawn out syllable by syllable in a pronunciation that was totally contrived. The ironic, sometimes irreverent, attitude of Kinsey was lost in the stilted portrayal of the narrator. I almost stopped listening but forced myself to continue because I've read all of the other Kinsey Millhone books. I'm sure that I would have enjoyed just reading the book rather than listening to this audio version.
The way the author switched back & forth between the two characters' deaths. If it hadn't been done this way I'm not sure I would've enjoyed it.
When the boggarts got their revenge. I totally forgot abou twhat happened until they retaliated.
The sarcasm & well thought about characters in her voice, but I didn't think from her voice she was the age the main character was supposed to be. She sounded a lot older.
The end. I always like a good ending so I don't feel like I wasted my time listening;-)
No, once is enough.
It is most similar to other Kinsey Millhone novels by sue grafton. Kinsey is a very unique character.
Actually, I enjoyed the reflections and the end eulogy about the homeless.
Judy Kaye is always fabulous.
It's about time for Kinsey!
Kinsey, she works hard.....and finally for the money!
A good story line.
One of the best of the Kinsey Milhon series
Big plot twist 1/3 into the story.
I have liked Kinsey Millhone stories for a long while, starting from "A" (for Alibi). In my opinion, the character is really attractive and the stories are pretty enjoyable. This one has not been disappointing.
Kinsey, of course.
I am willing to complete the alphabet. Unfortunately, only 3 letters left.
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