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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....
©2017 Sue Grafton (P)2017 Random House Audio
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By Kathi on 09-21-17


In my opinion, this was one of the best books (both story and narration) in the Kinsey Millhone series. Kudos to Sue Grafton, who has kept the plots, characters and stories alive and fun for many years now.

This book alternates in time between 1979 and 1989. And in something a bit unusual, we hear a good bit of the back story that way--much of the interaction among the main characters that Kinsey will be focusing on a decade later, as the original events unfold in the 1979 segments. The reader/listener gets to hear a lot of what provides motivation and clues as the first story told in a separate way, before Kinsey is pulled in when Fritz McCabe is released from the youth facility he was sentenced to as a result of a crime that occurs in 1979.

I found the movement back and forth to be very clever, fast moving, intriguing with character development and building to the end. I know that I periodically considered just about every character as the murderer, before the final scenes that revealed it all.

In addition to this alternation of time around the main story that focuses on a group of then-teens, there is also a side story concerning some unfinished business with someone evil who has had Kinsey in his sights for a while.

I listened to this almost compulsively. It was so good, I hated to stop for anything. Really recommend it to Kinsey fans!

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By Ellen Mark on 09-03-17

Not my favorite

This wasn't my favorite Sue Grafton. Too much repetition, for one. Thought I picked up on some technical errors. But I always love Kinsey and don't want her to hang up the hat, so to speak.

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By Deborah on 10-06-17

A lot of words that say nothing

Not really sure what this book was about. I found my mind wondering off. Nothing gripping about it.

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By J. Chow on 09-25-17

Good contribution to the series

Good, once you get used to the method of using flashbacks. Very enjoyable and suspenseful towards the end.

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By Jeanette NORMAN on 08-30-17

Not worth the read

I was unable to complete listening to the book. Was once a fan of Grafton, but my tastes have moved on.

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By Camille on 10-03-17

I couldn’t get into it

The storyline was so hard to get into from the beginning - why would a female detective help a rapist from being blackmailed? Honestly. I haven’t read any of the books in this series before and I won’t be reading others. I enjoy crime and mystery novels but this lacked any mystery, suspense or characters I could get attached to.

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