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Four Sue Grafton Novels (Kinsey Millhone Book 20) [Kindle Edition]

Sue Grafton
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Book Description

Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone embarks on a terrifying but all-too-real ride that will reveal not everyone is who they say they are.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Tony award–winner Judy Kaye has been the voice of private eye Kinsey Millhone since the beginning, and 19 titles later, she's still an inspired choice, capturing the character's unique combination of femininity and ruggedness, intelligence, street savvy and self-confidence with just a hint of uncertainty. Trespass is possibly a series best. Both reader and sleuth are working at full tilt as Kinsey interacts with a large cast. Her foremost opponent is the devious and homicidal black widow who has spun a web around the detective's aged and infirmed next door neighbor. Grafton deviates from Kinsey's narration to delve into the killer's history and mind-set, underlining the seriousness of her threat. Kaye offers a crisp, chillingly cold aural portrait of a sociopath capable of anything. Kaye's spot-on interpretation of the two very different leading characters would be praiseworthy enough, but she's just as effective in capturing the elderly men and women, the screechy landladies, the drawling rednecks, the velvet-tongued smooth operators, the fast talking lawyers and all the inhabitants of Kinsey's world.
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Although Kinsey Millhone has been around for 25 years, critics agree that T Is for Trespass is one of Sue Grafton’s finest works to date. About elder abuse and identity theft, among other crimes, the novel devotes pages to both Kinsey’s and the villain’s perspectives and thus becomes more of a battle of wits between the two women than a real mystery. As Kinsey decides when and how far to get involved in Gus’s horrific plight, her other cases (a child molester is on the loose, for example) kept critics turning the pages. Reviewers also appreciated that Kinsey ages blissfully slowly—since 1982, when A Is for Alibi was published, she has only gained five years—and thus remains in the Internet-free 1980s, where interpersonal relationships triumph. The ending put off a few critics, but otherwise this 20th installment thoroughly engrosses.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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  • File Size: 871 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (December 4, 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W915M6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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173 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "T" Is For Terrific December 4, 2007
The 20th novel in Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series is one of the best. In her last outing, "S" IS FOR SILENCE, Grafton altered her style a bit, actually entering other characters' points of view to tell parts of the story so that they shared the narrating duties with Kinsey herself. With this new novel, that device is used to chilling effect--between reports from Kinsey, we enter the mind of a woman who is possibly her most twisted adversary to date.

Solana Rojas is a caregiver, a home-help nurse's aide much like the thousands you'll find all over America. But the woman assigned to care for Kinsey's elderly friend is not your usual "angel of mercy." For one thing, she is not the real Solana Rojas--she has stolen that woman's identity. And she has plans. To tell you more of the plot would be--well, criminal.

The best aspect of Grafton's excellent series is her ability to keep up with current social and legal problems, despite the fact that Kinsey's stories are set somewhere in the 1980s. In this novel we have identity theft, the inherent problems of home care, and--perhaps most disturbing--the tendency of society in general to ignore and/or mistreat our most vulnerable citizens. At least this elderly victim has Kinsey Millhone as a champion. And what a champion she is! "T" IS FOR TRESPASS will captivate longtime Grafton fans, and it should make her a lot of new fans as well. Highly recommended.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continued excellence December 13, 2007
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The real genius in Sue Grafton's work is how she is able to continue to set her stories in the 80's and yet have them still be relevant to today. In an interview several years ago, she said she was lagging so that her heroine would not grow old before her time. Kinsey Milhone is her fantasy self, leading the life Grafton imagines she would if she were a PI in the 80's. Although it doesn't seem that long ago, it is 20 years after all. And the electronic gadgets that would make Kinsey's job easier are not available to her yet. This book is her best yet. Darker, and despite the 20 year lag, topical. She is able to juggle several story lines and keep them all fresh and interesting, satisfyingly complete.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked June 16, 2008
When Kinsey's crotchety octagenarian neighbor Gus takes a fall, the good hearted detective takes on the responsibility for seeing to his welfare. The nurse who is hired comes with glowing recommendations, but soon, a web of stolen identity, embezzlement, abuse, and murder swirls around her, and Kinsey's met her match. This plot is the best Grafton has produced in the last several years, with Kinsey juggling her personal life and her caseload, which, in addition to Gus's life threatening problems, include insurance fraud and a reclusive ex-con, best friend Henry's tangled romance, and a Mexican tarantula, just to name a few of stumbling blocks that pop up to trip her. Even when all seems resolved, trouble still lurks in the wings to disturb Kinsey's peace of mind. In addition to the engaging main characters, Grafton can be relied upon to produce a lively cast of courageous allies and menacing villains without resorting to types. T is for Trespass is more than a mystery, it's an adventure, a look into the dark recesses of some souls, and into the finer instincts of others.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
It seems like it's been forever since I last read a Sue Grafton novel. I guess I'm getting spoiled with Nora Roberts' frequent In Death series. So once again I pick up the life of PI Kinsey Millhone in T is for Trespass. This is an interesting mix of Kinsey being Kinsey, as well as a look at identity theft and elder abuse.

One of Millhone's elderly neighbors falls in his home and eventually attracts the attention of her and Henry during a walk. After getting him to a hospital, she attempts to run down some living relative in order to get someone to take care of him during the rehab process. But the nearest relative is a niece on the east coast, and she really can't be bothered to help out much. Kinsey finally convinces her to fly out, take responsibility for the situation, and find someone. Kinsey does a quick background check on the nurse who applies, and all seems well for the first few days. But as time passes, the neighbor continues to deteriorate physically, and the nurse is cutting him off from all outside contact. Kinsey sees that the nurse is taking advantage of the situation to slowly collect everything of value that he owns. She tries to intervene, but the nurse is more than a match for Kinsey, and is able to spin the story such that Kinsey comes out the "bad guy". Once it's determined that the nurse may not be who she appears to be, it becomes a race to see if Kinsey and Henry can rescue the neighbor without ending up in jail (or before he's killed off).

That main plotline works pretty well, as you can see how someone in a caretaker role can take advantage of the very people they are hired to protect. The identity theft angle is also very plausible, and it doesn't even have to be a high-tech crime to be effective.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Sue Grafton. December 4, 2007
For 25 years, author Sue Grafton has gifted her readers with one of the most consistently quirky characters in fiction. Kinsey Millhone, Grafton's fiercely independent heroine, has been at the front and center of 19 alphabetically titled stories, beginning with "A is for Alibi" in 1982.

With "T is for Trespass," Grafton again proves why she's topped every best sellers list here at home and has been published in 26 languages and 28 countries.

For those unfamiliar with Kinsey, here's some background.

She works as a private investigator in the fictional town of Santa Teresa, Calif. She's single, having been divorced twice and broken up with boyfriend Cheney Phillips, a police officer. She lives in a studio apartment owned by retired baker and sexy senior citizen Henry Pitts.

Kinsey's parents were killed in a car wreck when she was five. Raised by her mother's sister, Kinsey didn't do well in school, but found a home in police work, and later as a private investigator.

She wears blue jeans. She runs along the beach to stay in shape, a task necessary to counter her love for greasy fast food. She cuts her hair with cuticle scissors and she owns one black dress.

Since her 1974 pale blue Volkswagen bug was crushed by a bulldozer in "S is for Silence," Kinsey is now driving a vintage 1970 Ford Mustang, "with a gaudy Grabber Blue exterior."

Instead of working a case out of her office downtown, this time around, Kinsey faces a challenge closer to home.

Her elderly neighbor Gus Vronksy, a prickly curmudgeon who has very few likeable traits and no nearby relatives, needs home health care after a fall.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great book by Sue Grafton.
Published 2 days ago by Avid Reader
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like the series
Published 4 days ago by deborah r
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book
I liked this book. I enjoy the characters and her writing style. This one was a little different and I enjoyed the change.
Published 9 days ago by LB Nancy
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can't wait for the last few books. . .
Published 13 days ago by Jeannie L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
OK I cant admit it - I'm addicted to the series............keep reading
Published 17 days ago by sderebery
5.0 out of 5 stars great sue grafton
Fun quick read with fast-paced narrative. Great for a plane ride or late night jaunt of fun detective storytelling. Typical but entertaining.
Published 20 days ago by Antoinette Notaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story telling
Published 21 days ago by Denny & Elaine Arthur
3.0 out of 5 stars Actually, I would give the story a 3.5 and the audiobook narrator at...
It might be that I read this book after reading 3 - 4 Jane Whitefield books by Thomas Perry. I like Grafton's writing style better - she has a more natural narrative voice and a... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Pat C
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not over until it's over
This was given to me and I almost gave it away - it was audio CD's - without listening. I am so glad that I decided to go ahead and try out this author. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Audrey Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this whole series!
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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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