Of New York Times best-selling author Sue Grafton, NPR's Maureen Corrigan said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters." With only one letter left, Grafton's many devoted listeners will share that sentiment.
The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a 14-year-old classmate - and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing, and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence, and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.
Now it's 1989, and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents - until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That's when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he's not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find....
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Not her best
If you are a committed Sue Grafton fan, then yes, by all means, go with it and read the story. I tried listening to the audible version on a road trip with my husband who had never read a book in this series but after an hour of it he just wasn't interested. The language is frequently crass because the characters are crass. And I wish I had liked someone, anyone, in this cast of characters but the only one with any redeeming qualities is, you guessed it, the murder victim.
There's less of Kinsey in this and I think that is too bad since we only have one more book left in the series. And, frankly, I don't need Sue Grafton to tell me what is morally acceptable sexual behavior because she makes sure she gives you a mini lecture.
She's sounding kind of harsh in Kinsey's voice lately. Is it just me, or was it always that way?
Don't let my grandchildren grow up to be immoral, shallow, lost little twits.
I don't remember in 1989 hearing "No problem", all the time the way we hear it now, but Grafton's characters in 1989 do several things that I don't think ring true to the times. And how is it that Kinsey needs a self defense class? She acts as if she's never had one before- which is hard to swallow since she was a police office and has been on the brink of death by more than one culprit.
Not up to previous novels by Sue Graftin
- Mary Louise Beckstrand