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
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.
If you love Kinsey Millhone mysteries, this is another successful entry. If you are new to Kinsey Millhone, why are you starting at "W"?
I thought R was poor but this one beats it. Depressingly read too. In R Kinsey just followed along with the idiot ideas of a young woman even though she knew they were off and would be trouble. Not a bright thing for a seasoned detective to be doing.
In W she goes further, being fleeced when she could stand up for herself and say no. Letting people dump all over her. The characters in this book are the worst yet. I have no call to get to know them better or to listen to more of this negativity. Seems like the alphabet should have ended before R. This series is dead for me.
Any Sue Grafton book is worth your time if you enjoy detailed, storylines and plots that make you think. Kinsey Millhone is an amazing heroine-especially since she is female--she is brave, intelligent, determined and persistence. She is a more serious version of Stephanie Plum perhaps. Sue Grafton keeps her books in the timeline she originally started--so I think this book takes place in the late 80's? Its funny, because you're always thinking --oh today she could just go online and look that up, instead of going to the library and looking at old phone books. Judy Kaye is also an amazing narrator, and (to my knowledge) performed all of Sue's books. They make a great team, and Sue Grafton is one of my top 10 mystery writers, on par with Lawrence Block. (I think he is the king :)) If you've never read any of her books before, I would recommend you read them in order, as the characters are all more fully developed over time, and it makes for a better reading/listening experience all around.
Minutiae run among. This is the WORST Kinsey Millhone story >> I suspect written by an amateur ghost writer.
Judy did a fine job.
Character-driven, and suspense novels are for me. Not above a good beach read, but keep cheesy romances or poorly written books away.
Just finished today and it was very enjoyable. Intersecting plot lines that stretched belief, but nonetheless enjoyable. I also felt that once-in-a-while the story was a little draggy (just incidental stuff I don't care too much about that authors sometimes include - let's call it a Stephen Kingism) - well maybe not the story being draggy, just certain, small sections that I wondered why they were included. I know it has to do with keeping the reader up-to-date on Kinsey and her life, so maybe I'm a little harsh. Really good story and Sue Grafton has a wonderful style that allows the reader to envision the story as though watching a movie rather than listening to a book. Judy Kaye as narrator does an excellent job with all characters and does a fine job portraying Kinsey's crankiness. If you enjoy any/all of the Kinsey books you will enjoy this one as well.
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