He was young-maybe twenty or so-and he must once have been a good-looking kid. Kinsey could see that. But now his body was covered in scars, his face half-collapsed. It saddened Kinsey and made her curious. She could see he was in a lot of pain. But for three weeks, as Kinsey'd watched him him doggedly working out at the local gym, putting himself through a grueling exercise routine, he never spoke.
Then one Monday morning when there was no one else in the gym, Bobby Callahan approached her. His story was hard to credit: a murderous assault by a tailgating car on a lonely rural road, a roadside smash into a canyon 400 feet below, his Porsche a bare ruin, his best friend dead. The doctors had managed to put his body back together again-sort of. His mother's money had seen to that. What they couldn't fix was his mind, couldn't restore the huge chunks of memory wiped out by the crash. Bobby knew someone had tried to kill him, but he didn't know why. He knew he had the key to something that made him dangerous to the killer, but he didn't know what it was. And he sensed that someone was still out there, ready to pounce at the first sign his memory was coming back. He'd been to the cops, but they'd shrugged off his story. His family thought he had a screw loose. But he was scared-scared to death. He wanted to hire Kinsey.
His case didn't have a whole lot going for it, but he was hard to resist: young, brave, hurt. She took him on. And three days later, Bobby Callahan was dead.
Kinsey Millhone never welshed a deal. She'd been hired to stop a killing. Now she'd find the killer.
Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
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Sue Grafton takes a different approach to writing mysteries. Instead of writing super fast, graphic thrillers, she instead constructs a story around pure mystery, leaving the reader wondering how it would be possible for her lead - private eye Kinsey Millhone - to find the truth. But when the truth does come, there is no warning. Suddenly, the tension hits you, then keeps building to a crescendo.
In the fourth book in Alphabet series, Kinsey encounters a deadbeat who asks her to find someone for him and give him a cheque as compensation for an accident years ago. But this is Kinsey we're talking about here, so it's not long before things unravel. The client goes missing, the check bounces, and Kinsey finds herself facing a web of lies including bigamy and criminality spreading from Santa Teresa to LA and to the infamous San Quentin prison. Where, in all this, does the truth lie. When it finally arrives, it will devastate you.
What can you say about Sue Grafton other than she is a great mystery writer. Kinsey Milhone is an ex-cop and has her own detective agency and never much of a sex life if that what your looking for, go elsewhere. This is a traditional gumshoe story with action and danger to our heroine. After some spotty success writing books, Grafton changed to writing screenplays for TV and movies. With the success of her first alphabet series book ' A is for Alibi' in 1982 it has continued to date. I first dicovered her books when I came across G is for Gumshoe (pub 1990) in a recycle center in 2000, I proceeded to local bookstores and Amazon to acquire all of this series up until the current at the time 'O is For Outlaw'. It's always great when you come across a great series in progress as it's a joy just reading book after book from a great writer. Much like 'binge watching TV series on Netflix nowadays. Only problem with an ongoing series is waiting for the next book. Grafton has done only a...
You're asking me what I think about "C" is for Corpse. Well, I've completed "D" is for Deadbeat and, presently, I've read more than half of "E" is for Evidence, that should tell you something. Seriously, I have been enjoying each of Sue Grafton's books that I've read, thus far. I read her first book "A" is for Alibi, many years ago, of course, it is a paperback. Since I've just gotten my first Kindle, I decided to continue her series of books and I know I will continue to enjoy them. I have been finding them fun to read. I know these books are early on, in her writing, so much of it is before "technology" became "thee" thing, i.e., I think there are few people who go to a phone booth or types of a Smith Corona portable typewriter (one of my first typewriters) and "write" out notes on an "index card" or has a "Rol-a-Dex." In fact, how many phone booths are still around?! Her character...
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