L Is for Lawless

A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
Series: Kinsey Millhone Mysteries, Book 12
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (650 ratings)

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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?

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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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I miss Sue

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

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Puzzle Solving Skills Required

This book is an exceptional Grafton masterpiece. the story had me in the first chapter. By the last chapter I was pulling out my hair trying to come up with a solution. You WILL enjoy this book. I promise!

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Kinsey's Big Adventure

Chasing the bad guy or girl is her favorite thing to do, even if she does complain. Liked the storyline. Better than last book.

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great

great all over! wonderful plot sublime narration perfect story.i was very involved trying to get all the clues. this is a treat

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Not smart

Just way too many stupid moves in part of Millhone - you could just see where this was headed