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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312939035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312939038
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

While private detective and former cop Kinsey Millhone ("D" Is for Deadbeat) is investigating a possible case of industrial arson involving a company owned by the family of a former schoolmate, someone tries to make it look as if she's on the take. A mysterious $5000 appears in her bank account. She sets out to clear herself, while two or possibly more cases of murder occur, including one by bombing. A Christmas spent alone and the reappearance of her second ex-husband, Daniel, who had deserted her, add to Kinsey's depression. Grafton has an accurate, wicked eye for California lifestyle and wise-cracking Kinsey is an appealing, nonhackneyed female detective. Particularly illuminating are the descriptions of document searches, which make up much of real detective work today. This fifth entry in the series, however, is not quite up to the standards of its predecessors because the motivation for the crimes seems weak. That caveat notwithstanding, readers will be glad that further letters of the alphabet await Grafton's imagination.
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Review

“Exceptionally entertaining…an offbeat sense of humor and a feisty sense of justice.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Millhone is an engaging detective-for-hire…P.I. Kinsey Millhone and her creator…are arguably the best of [the] distaff invaders of the hitherto sacrosanct turf of gumshoes.”
The Buffalo News

“Once a fan reads one of Grafton’s alphabetically titled detective novels, he or she will not rest until all the others are found.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner

“Millhone is a refreshingly strong and resourceful female private eye.”—Library Journal

“Tough but compassionate…There is no one better than Kinsey Millhone.”—Best Sellers

“A woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner.”—Newsweek

“Lord, how I like this Kinsey Millhone…The best detective fiction I have read in years.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Smart, tough, and thorough…Kinsey Millhone is a pleasure.”—The Bloomsbury Review

“Kinsey is one of the most persuasive of the new female operatives…She’s refreshingly free of gender clichés. Grafton, who is a very witty writer, has also given her sleuth a nice sense of humor—and a set of Wonder Woman sheets to prove it.”—Boston Herald

“What grandpa used to call a class act.”—Stanley Ellin

“Smart, sexual, likable and a very modern operator.”—Dorothy Salisbury Davis

“Kinsey’s got brains and a sense of humor.”—Kirkus Reviews

Customer Reviews

Each book I read gets better and better.
harmony
This book starts of just a bit oo slow, and then it gets just too unbelievable.
Robert Von Gerds
The characters are written well and the story line is always good.
Flo Bird

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on May 29, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I didn't read Kinsey Milhone in order of the alphabet - I started at about M and went backwards and forwards as I bought the books. I have been gradually piecing her life together as I go and E is for Evidence was the last one I've turned up (P isn't due out for another couple of weeks) and my goodness this is good - I think it must go to the top of the pile as the best of her books so far. The mystery is complex, Kinsey's personal life so intertwined with the mystery that it is hard to pick your way between the two, and it is written in classic Grafton style without pathos and self-pity.
After having finished I was thinking over the themes which underlie this book, Kinsey's aloneness, her fear of betrayal, her past betrayals and lack of family - they are all cast into stark reality with the coming of Christmas and New Year - a time when family is the most important. Yet the telling of the story left me without feeling sorry for Kinsey (I tend to be the sort of person who cries at television ads) because Grafton produces such a strong, sympathetic and real character in Kinsey. It is hard to feel sorry for her as she rejects sympathy - even from her readers. I think it shows Grafton's incredible skill as a writer.
As a story this book just knocked my socks off - it has layers like you wouldn't believe, and kept me guessing until almost the very last page as to what was going on and what was going to happen. Kinsey Millhone is given a file to check out an insurance claim on what seems to be a straightforward fire at a company Wood/Warren. The Wood family are old friends of Kinsey's from way back and all seems in order when she checks things out.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Cale on April 18, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a Kinsey Millhone fan, I must say that the "E" installment of the series, is the richest and most suspenseful, (with "K" is for Killer, being right behind it). The book begins almost slowly, but picks up at a frightening (literally) pace. The middle of this novel is one of the most surprising I have found in a Grafton novel to date. We are allowed to glimpse into Kinsey's past marraige to Daniel and find the reason out behind his abandonment of her. I read through these books the day i receive them. All I can say, is that when Grafton hits Z, She had better pick up with 1, 2, 3 etc. because we all would miss Kinsey too much!! Bravo!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 1998
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"E is for Evidence" is a good example of the fine writing Sue Grafton has been doing since her Kinsey Millhone series debuted in 1982. Any fan of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski, Karen Kijewski's Kat Colorado, Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone, or Virginia Lanier's Bloodhound series will definitely enjoy this wonderful series. The main character is Kinsey Millhone, a private investigator, twice-divorced, 32 years old, former cop, who resides in Santa Teresa, CA (thinly veiled Santa Barbara). She is an independent woman with Wonder Woman sheets.
In "E is for Evidence," Kinsey Millhone faces one of her toughest cases yet. She is being framed for insurance fraud and arson at a time when her support network is unavailable due to the Christmas holidays. On her own, she must discover who is behind the frame-up and clear her name. She discovers that this tangled web has roots that go back more than twenty years. A run-in with former husband Daniel Wade only complicates the situation. The shocking ending will leave the reader hungry for more.
A must read for any mystery fan!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TheReader23 on May 22, 2003
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I think that all of Grafton's fans will agree that picking up one of her books is like sitting down with a good friend to have a chat and a cup of coffee. I don't think anyone who reads these books doesn't feel some kind of kinship with Kinsey Milhone. When I first settle in and begin my read, by the third chapter or so I want to jump into the book, get her a bigger apartment, replace that black dress she keeps in the trunk of her car and help her find some kind of love life.
But before any of this can happen, Kinsey has to yet, once again, untangle a mess. This time, however, it's her own mess because she's being framed. A mysterious five thousand dollar deposit appears in her checking account and, while we all know Kinsey could use the money, there's no way she can sit still until she finds out where it came from. This will lead her on a search for insurance fraud after a thorough investigation of a fire site. Kinsey is familiar with the owners of this company as she went to high school with one of the girls in the family. As she's rekindling old acquaintances, things are heating up in her investigation. Fires are sizzling, bombs are exploding and things aren't what they seem to be -- what else is new?
So why only three stars you ask? I was really enjoying this book until I got to the end. By missing one sentence in a previous chapter, I didn't understand the ending when I got to it. Consequently, I had to go back and reread the last twenty or so pages just so it would make sense (which it did). I just don't like having to do that. When I read a book, especially one as simple as this alphabet series, the ending should all come together more easily than this one did. It shouldn't just hinge on one sentence. And, that's why "E" was an enigma to me. After I finished it the first time, I was still puzzled.
Now it's on to "F" with hopes that the ending will be more to my liking and that "F" will stand for "Fantastic."
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More About the Author

New York Times-bestselling author Sue Grafton is published in twenty-eight countries and twenty-six languages--including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. Books in her alphabet series, begun in 1982, are international bestsellers with readership in the millions. And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling prowess. She has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (2009) and is a recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award (2004).

Sue Grafton has been married to Steve Humphrey for more than thirty years, and they divide their time between Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. Grafton, who has three children and four grandchildren, loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine.

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