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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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  • Bill
  • Kailua Kona, HI, United States
  • 07-09-12

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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  • Canyon Country, CA, United States
  • 08-23-12

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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Lol is for a long roadtrip

this one gets just a bit complicated. in places but I still really liked it

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This story was slow

I wonder now if previous books in this series that I listened to were abridged. There seemed to be endless descriptive details that were not relevant to the storyline. The ending was disappointing and seemed rushed after the long slog to get there.

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the book is great but the reader is the worst!

the plot line and story is a good book I read it prior to purchasing it on Audible. I will not buy anymore of this series if the reader continues to be the same person. I don't know why they switch Midstream in her series but this reader is terrible. She's worse than listening to the telephone operator.

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Not my favorite....

Just did not make sense to me. The story seemed forced and most of the regular characters were only present on the fringe. It felt like the bad guys won.... And there were to m as my loose ends

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loved it

The book was very good I found I had to rewind the book I kept missing clues.

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good book

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

I have loved all of the books I have read so far. I look forward to each one. I will be sorry when i reach the end of the Kinsey Millhone Mysteries

What other book might you compare L Is for Lawless to and why?

All of her of Kinsey Millhone books

Which character – as performed by Mary Peiffer – was your favorite?

Kinsey

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  • Amanda
  • FORT GORDON, GA, United States
  • 03-07-14

Finally getting used to Mary Peiffer...

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

Personally, a book is a book is a book; I love the way a book feels in my hands and I especially love curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good mystery, but unfortunately my work schedule and personal life don't allow me to enjoy it as frequently as I would like. Listening to books I enjoy provides me the opportunity to work and get my literary-fill at the same time.

What did you like best about this story?

Rosie & Williams wedding was hands down my favorite! Kinsey shouldn't worry about shedding a tear, cause I was a little weepy myself.

What aspect of Mary Peiffer’s performance would you have changed?

I'll always think of Judy Kaye as the "voice" of Kinsey, however Mary is growing on me. I actually was pleased with her performance this round.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Yes. Yes! The ending wasn't surprising, but still very enjoyable.