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“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

From the Publisher

Everyone knew the kind of girl Jean Timberlake was -- ask anybody in the sleepy surf town of Floral Beach and they'd say Jean was wild, looking for trouble. But she certainly wasn't looking for murder. She was found dead on the beach seventeen years ago, and a rowdy ex-boyfriend named Bailey Fowler was convicted of her murder and imprisoned -- and then Bailey escaped. Now private eye Kinsey Millhone steps into a case that should have never been closed, in a town where there's no such thing as a private investigation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312939043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312939045
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By erica on December 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"F is for Fugitive" is one of the better Kinsey mysteries: engrossing from the first chapter, it reads quickly and consistently. Although the book is 300 pages long - longer than most of Grafton's novels - there is no mid-story lull. It bypasses much of Kinsey's usual backdrop: the action takes place in a small town ninety miles away from Santa Teresa, so Henry Pitts, Rosie, the California Fidelity crew, and Kinsey's bachelorette life in her small apartment are peripheral or entirely absent from the story. The book focuses entirely on the mystery of an twenty-year-old murder in a small town and a cast of characters who all seem to have something to hide. It's quintessential Sue Grafton: suspenseful and well-written, a pleasure to read from beginning to end.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John D Lewallen Jr on March 23, 1999
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It is probably pretty easy to write a book where a one-dimensional, uninteresting protagonist solves an easy mystery. It would be harder to write one where that same character solves an intriguing mystery, or where an interesting, multi-faceted protagonist solves a boring mystery. It is perhaps easiest of all to baffle the readers throughout, then pull a rabbit of the the hat at the end, trying to be clever. Sue Grafton does not take any of these easy routes. Kinsey Millhone is a very interesting, believable, just plain human, character. The mystery in this 6th installment plays fair. Until the very end, you have several choices of who the culprit might be. The actual killer was not a total surprise, but wasn't one of the ones I was thinking were most likely. I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it highly. By the time I get a chance to read the rest of the current books, "O is for Outlaw" should be out, then I guess I will have to eagerly await each future book, just like those who have been reading this series all along.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Wylie on June 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Sue Grafton's books are so GOOD that she makes mystery writing look easy. But it's not, she's just excellent at what she does.
"F" takes Kinsey Millhone out of town to solve a 17-year-old murder case, and she's soon up to her ears in decades-old clues and crimes. One of the things Grafton does best is to create vivid and realistic communities of people. "F" is a great example of this--each character we meet is interesting, complex, AND has interactive relationships with other characters we've met. Everyone's connected, and when Kinsey solves the mystery, it makes sense because it FITS the characters.
My only (minor) complaints are that I missed the usual cast of characters (especially that Hungarian-type woman at the bar where Kinsey eats) and that Grafton indulges in a little moralizing at the end, which seemed heavy-handed.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Linda Raven Moore on July 29, 2005
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Normally I truly relate to the main character, Kinsey Millhone, who is sufficiently offbeat to make me appreciate her. However, in this one there were so many references to fat and flab, and so many outright disparaging descriptions in general that I found myself entirely distracted from the story. I hadn't pegged Ms. Millhone as that shallow.

The story itself was the typical riot, but it seemed to have less humor than previous ones. In "E", for example, I loved the relationship Millhone had with her pet policeman at the local station. Those descriptions were warm and human. These just seemed...snippy. Of course, there were still some laugh-out-loud moments. I think there always will be.

I liked the idea of solving an old mystery and, while this took me two road trips to get through, I was satisfied by the end, which as always caught me by surprise.

Onwards to "G" I go...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2003
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Seventeen years ago, Jean Timberlake (a promiscuous, six-weeks-pregnant high schooler) was murdered on the shore of Floral Beach, California, apparently by her ex-boyfriend, Bailey Fowler, who was consequently sent to prison. However, after repeated escapes--and spending much of his time out of the picture in this book--Kinsey Millhone, the 32-year-old no-nonsense private investigator, is hired by his father to investigate Jean's death and hopefully prove Bailey's innocence.
"'F' is for Fugitive" is yet another enjoyable Kinsey Millhone mystery with lots of quirky characters, particularly Bailey Fowler's family, who own the motel near where Jean was killed. It's also Kinsey's temporary residence while her apartment is being rebuilt after the happenings in the previous book ("'E' is for Evidence"). "'F' is for Fugitive" is relatively fast paced and has a more rounded ending than in some of Grafton's other books. And, as usual, I enjoyed Kinsey's sarcastic humor and refreshing first person narrative. Worth reading if you're into this alphabet mystery series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Martin on May 6, 2005
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F IS FOR FUGITIVE is one of my favorites! Bad girl Jean Tiberlake was killed and her ex-boyfriend, Bailey Fowler, convicted of her murder. After seventeen years in prison, he escapes. Kinsey Millhone is hired to find the killer. The catch: Is the killer Fowler or someone else?

Typical Grafton style in this book, you won't know who the real killer is until the end. Sue Grafton not only keeps you on the edge of your seat, but has you second-guessing yourself when you think you've figured it all out.

Surprises abound in this book, from the unknown dangers, to the love and caring shown to Kinsey by her buddy Henry! Everyone should have a friend like Henry! I can't say enough good things about F IS FOR FUGITIVE without giving away all of the little curves Grafton throws at you in this book. Suffice it to say, it's absolutely wonderful!!

If you want to read a book that will make your heart race, make you take the book everywhere with you until you're finished - this is the one for you!
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