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Publisher's Summary

Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company. Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with truly mixed-up motives. Call it the return of Kinsey as a bad girl, quick-witted and quicksilvery, poking her nose into everybody's dirty laundry as she joins up with a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde in an Our Gang comedy that will take her halfway across the country and leave her with a major headache and an empty bank balance.

America's favorite borderline delinquent is back, with her one-liners on tape and her energy level on high, romping through her fastest and funniest adventure in this, her 12th foray into the alphabet of crime.

Don't miss the other titles in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery Series.
©1996 Sue Grafton (P)1996 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Grafton exhibits a sharp ear for dialogue and a quarter-horse pace. Her characters are as real as any this side of Elmore Leonard." K Is for Killer offers further proof of Grafton's growth as a writer. This is one mystery series that gains strength with [each] passing letter. (People)
"An adventure that begins straightforwardly enough but quickly twists into a knotted string of untruths." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great book

Would you consider the audio edition of L Is for Lawless to be better than the print version?

I love the way Mary Peiffer brings the characters to life and brings the read into the story and keeps you on the edge of your seat through the action scenes.

Have you listened to any of Mary Peiffer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love the way Mary Peiffer brings the characters to life, the new narrator, Judy Kaye, ruins it for me as she makes everyone sounds like they are 40yrs older then what they are in the stories. Where as Mary gives the characters more juice and seem age appropriate instead of whiny antiques that Judy does. I think Sue Grafton screwed up on this one when she changed the narrator and I have since moved away from the series and won't return because of this change.

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One of Grafton's Best!

After a couple less than worthy entries in the Kinsey Millhone series (J & K), Sue Grafton roars back with a nicely diverting addition. Yes, you will probably anticipate much of the ending from early clues, but no matter; the ride is enjoyable even if the destination is not too much of a surprise.

Grafton offers some of her best development of secondary characters yet and has now moved well past the two-dimensional characters of her earlier novels. Add in an enjoyable, sometimes exciting plot and a more nuanced Kinsey, and this book is certainly worth a listen.

Even the much maligned (sometimes by me) narrator really steps up with this effort. As best I can tell, every word is correctly pronounced (applause) and dramatic characterizations are much more fully developed. This may not be an ~A~ game yet, but it's certainly a solid B.

You will not regret a decision to escape for a few hours into the Lawless world of Kinsey Millhone.

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Not the best

Kinsey’s road trip leaves a lot to be desired. Very dark and empty characters, no great insights. Bits of humor and the story moves along to a bleak end.

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Its Lom-POKE... NOT Lom-pahk

Please... pronounce Lompoc correctly: Its Lom-POKE... NOT Lom-pahk. Loved the book, and the series... just hate hearing my hometown's name butchered!

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Not the best of Sue Grafton

What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

Not up to par with the others in the series.

Was L Is for Lawless worth the listening time?

50% YES / 50% NO

Any additional comments?

My husband and I have almost all of Sue Grafton's books. We enjoyed all but this one. Must have been an off year.

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Llllloooovvveee

I enjoyed this book completely! It was very good. I had trouble turning it off.

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Another entertaining story in the Kinsey Malhone series

Sue Gratton has created an entertaining formula with Kinsey. Obviously, she has been exceptionally successful in her endeavor. There are of course some repetitions in the structure of her plots, the type of events and tribulations suffered by our heroine who gets banged up yet ends up on top. However the author has a knack for creating protagonists with idiosyncratic and funny features. Some characters are returning often and do not disappoint. I am interested in the evolution of the life of Kinsey. This is not great literature but it satisfies every time. When I am in the mood, I go for it. Sinful pleasure of a lecture that will not stress my mind.

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Overall it’s great

The only complaint I have is that the narrator should verify how to pronounce words that they’re not familiar with, especially if they’re getting paid to pronounce things, lol. Words like rifling that isn’t pronounced riff-ling and Wichita Mountains which is definitely not pronounced wuh-CHEETAH. I do voiceover work and I’d never just read something I’d never seen before without looking into it first. That’s just unprofessional.

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A Very Good, if Typical Kinsey Millhone Mystery, Very Well Read

"L is for Lawless" is a very good Kinsey Millhone Mystery Story. I have read all of the previous stories in order. As a story in the series, I would put this in the middle of the series. For me it started slowly, but I came to really enjoy the second half of the book. There were parts of the mystery that I felt were very clever.

Each story is a standalone novel. However there are references to prior stories and characters that make reading the stories in order fun. Kinsey Millhone continues to develop as a character and we get to know her a little bit at a time. I enjoy that.

As an audiobook the story is very well read by Mary Peiffer. She has been the narrator for all of the previous stories and I enjoy her professional abilities as a narrator. I always read along simultaneously as Sue Grafton has a gift for painting scenery with words and I often reread many passages. I am very glad that I read and listen. It is this ability to "paint with words" that makes these stories so enjoyable to me. Hank You...

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I miss Sue

I love this sdries of books. and I miss Sue grafton. The alphabet really does end with Y now