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
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.
Good story plot and interesting characters. Ranks as very enjoyable
It was good and more complex than her prior one or two
Love that gal
I was disappointed in her lasttwo, but she's got it in this one
Absolutely. Judy Kaye is the only voice for Kinsey. As we get closer to Z it is interesting to see Kinsey mature and change from when we started at A.
As always this is a very good listen for a long car trip or for day to day listening as you go about your errands. The surprises in the story are wonderful when you come upon them and Kinsey continues to meet life from her own special perspective. I can wait for the next 3. Then what will I do?
Good story line. Good narrator,
Different suspense novel. Is it murder? is it not. !
You have to decide where it is going . Several stories at the same time.
No, because the author describes everything in minute detail, most of it is unnecessary. I don't need to know what color bow tie someone is wearing or what color his sweater is!
I've read all of her books and it seems the more she writes, the more filler she uses.
Maybe. The plot was good and I liked how two different stories melded together at the end.
As long as you have plenty of time to listen, go for it. It was worth it but got on my nerves with all the descriptions.
I like all of her books but I thought this one was above a lot of the others. I heard it on audible. I have not fallen in love with the audible story teller. She always sounds like Henry or one of Henry's siblings.
I've read or listen to most of the other books in the series over the years and I always look forward to the next. That being said, W is for Wasted started out strong but the last Act seems to be rushed and ended abruptly compared to the rest of the book.
If your already a fan of the series then you know what to expect, if not, I would suggest one of the other books in the series to start off on. (Maybe M, N or O) I do however suggest finding the other audio books read by Judy Kaye in the series, her voice and personality is half the enjoyment out of the series.
I love Sue Grafton's series and W is her best yet, with the most coherent story and enough new details about Kinsey herself to make it especially interesting. Judy Kaye makes it feel like you're watching a movie -- vivid, immediate, visual despite the format.
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