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Publisher's Summary

The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. The weekend before, he'd bought a stack of cardboard boxes. In one, there was a collection of childhood memorabilia with Kinsey's name all over it.

Though she's never been one for personal possessions, curiosity is a powerful force. What she finds among the items is an old undelivered letter to her that will force her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of her first marriage...about the honor of her first husband...and about an old unsolved murder. It will put her life in the gravest peril.

Through 14 books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past: a morsel here, a dollop there. You know about the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast. But husband number one has remained a blip on the screen. Until now. "O" Is for Outlaw is a revealing excursion into Kinsey's past.

©1999; by Sue Grafton; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best PI Novel, 1999

"Grafton works with a cinematic eye, possessing a keen visual sense of detail, color, and style. The pace is fast, the crime difficult to solve." (People)

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Great story

Wonderful storyline and great voice acting and a believable tale. Highly recommended for a long road trip as it is very detailed

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Love this series. Humorous and compelling!

Love this series! Humorous and compelling at the same time. Good character weaving and consistent story line.

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  • Laura
  • Port Orchard, WA, USA
  • 01-15-15

Great book!

Sue Grafton has done it again. Another great novel! Looking forward to the next one. One of my very favorite authors.

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good book

What did you love best about O is for Outlaw?

I love the Kinsey Millhone Mysteries

What does Judy Kaye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I had to get used to a new reader.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I did not like the voice she used for Henry, Kinsey's landlord

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  • LB
  • 08-09-14

Boring

What disappointed you about O is for Outlaw?

I could barely finish...the story was slow and not really interesting

What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

The story was really not interesting

Would you be willing to try another one of Judy Kaye’s performances?

no

What character would you cut from O is for Outlaw?

most of them

Any additional comments?

no comments

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Good, steady Grafton

If you could sum up O is for Outlaw in three words, what would they be?

nice and tight

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kinsey, always

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

Yes, all of hers are.... steady and ready to be enjoyed. No glitz, no glam, just the tales of things gone wrong waiting for the detective to decipher it all.

Any additional comments?

Solid stories done right.

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Enjoying the Alphabet novels

If you could sum up O is for Outlaw in three words, what would they be?

One Good Read.

What other book might you compare O is for Outlaw to and why?

Sue Grafton's V is for Vengence. Kinsey Millhone is one tough detective in the world without cell phones.

Which scene was your favorite?

The exciting ending.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

She's tougher than she looks.

Any additional comments?

Judy Kaye makes these books so enjoyable. I have to remind myself there is really only ONE narrator!

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  • Janice
  • Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
  • 12-11-12

Alphabet series!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes they are all great! O is just one. The 15th in the alphabet series!

What other book might you compare O is for Outlaw to and why?

The entire series is wonderful

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't pick Just one

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just love the Kinsey character!

Any additional comments?

Start from the beginning and read them all! They are separate stories but all about Kinsey's life. They are great!

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  • Jacalyn
  • Cobb, CA, United States
  • 07-26-12

Great while traveling

Sue Grafton is always a good story especially while traveling. Love using the audible app on my iPhone.

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Judy Kaye makes enjoyment impossible

How did the narrator detract from the book?

With books A-N, Mary Pfeiffer, captured Kinsey's youth, strength, emotional vulnerability, and sense of humor. She was great with the minor charactors as well.

Unfortunately, Judy Kaye gets it all wrong. With Judy's narration, it's impossible to picture Kinsey as a physically fit 36 year old with restless energy and a wounded soul. All you can see in your head is a 58 year-old over-weight chain smoker, who doesn't have the energy to get up from her chair and has lost the ability to care about her own life story.

And her portrayal of Henry was just... awful. In the books, Kinsey is half in love with Henry and describes him as a sexy octogenarian. We should be picturing Don Ameche from the movie Cocoon when Henry speaks, but Judy portrays him like she's voicing Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies.

I purchased P is for Peril at the same time and now I'm stuck with both audio books. If I had known, I would have downloaded the written version to my Kindle instead. It's really impossible to enjoy this audio book with Judy Kaye's narration.

Does the story rate higher than 3 stars? Maybe. Who can tell based on this production? I optimistically gave it a 3 only because I've enjoyed Sue Grafton's other books.

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