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J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. 10) Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 2008
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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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I found the first quarter of the book to be highly promising. Kinsey is hired to identify a man spotted in Mexico who may be Wendell Jaffe, recently proclaimed dead years after an apparent boating accident where the body was never found. This section of the book contains one of the funniest moments I've encountered in the series, showing Kinsey as she's never been before.
As Kinsey returns to Santa Teresa for the last three quarters of the book, she encounters the people in Jaffe's life--most of whom are excrutiatingly boring. The primary mystery question posed at the beginning is solved fairy early on, leaving not much left to answer and Jaffe's sniveling family to play out their soap opera.
There is a side story that I found much more interesting than the main plot in the second half. We find out something crucial about Kinsey's mysterious family background. Readers of other books in the series are reminded each book that Kinsey's folks died when she was very young leaving her to be raised by a maiden aunt. In "J is for Judgment," Grafton gives us a deeper look into the tragedy of Kinsey's early years.Read more ›
Grafton opens the "J" book with a complex and fascinating premise, even if it was not exactly original (for example, see John D. MacDonald's "The Empty Copper Sea") -- a slick, near-bust land developer/real estate wheeler-dealer disappears under mysterious circumstances, is presumed dead, yet is spotted elsewhere years later. The early part of the book is interesting, with some good attention to detail. But the book never really takes seriously and runs with its opening plot idea.
Instead, the book strings it out for a while, deteriorates into a series of subplots (about the kids, about the wife, about the cop, about the partner ...) that lead nowhere, and then diddles away any life the story has left with a let-down ending involving a marginal character with a confused motive. This is not helped at all by a last-minute attempt to suggest that the person was a master criminal after all, despite what appears to be impetuous, emotional, out-of-control, lunatic behavior. It leaves the reader wondering why it was worth slogging through all of the pointless personal subplots and complicated original premise.
The book's excellent opening premise seems to be used merely as a gimmick to kick-start an aimless, pointless story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can you say about Sue Grafton other than she is a great mystery writer. Kinsey Milhone is an ex-cop and has her own detective agency and never much of a sex life if that what... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Bruce Homeyard
True sue Grafton style. Liked the book. It arrived on time and in very good shape, thank you.Published 13 days ago by Turtle
The Kinsey Milhone novels have been wonderful. The action is non stop and with each passing book the characters are given a little more life and experience. Read morePublished 20 days ago by David Hodgson
Love the Sue Grafton Alphabet series! I read it years ago and started it over again because there are more books now!Published 22 days ago by Pats n Sox Fan
I'm reading the alphabet series in order and this one is much better than the previous one. The last 10 percent gets a bit abrupt, but the first 90 percent is gripping,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Benarroe