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"L" is for Lawless (A Kinsey Millhone Mystery, Book 12) Hardcover – September 15, 1995
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Henry Pitt, her longtime landlord asks her to help a fellow neighbor find evidence that his grandfather served in the military during the Second World War. With such proof, the man can be decently buried, courtesy of the U.S. government. It seems such a simple thing, but with Kinsey, it rarely is. Before long she finds herself entangled with an eccentric and quarrelsome family as well as a long lost buddy who has turned up just in time to get himself beaten up in a robbery attempt of the alleged veteran's apartment. It seems there is a reason the Armed Services have no record of the dead man's service. Kinsey sets out to determine what he might have been doing instead of fighting against the Japanese and why someone might think his shabby apartment worth a burgle.
Typical of the series, the mystery is not the central point of the story, but rather a starting point for Kinsey to become embroiled in a suspenseful (and delightful) search-and-rescue operation, usually against her better judgement. In this case, a gun-toting, arthritic octogenarian and revelations of the inner workings of bargain-rate motels are all part of the adventure. This is an easy and enjoyable read, and a solid addition to Grafton's string of alphabetical hits. --K.A. Crouch
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The supporting cast that has been weaved through the other novels is noticably absent from this book. Maybe they were working on other projects. The book suffers from this, mainly because the replacement players are not nearly as compelling or, frankly, fun.
By the time Kinsey ends up in Kentucky, you will find yourself saying "Who cares? Get back to Santa Teresa."
All in all, it was a disappointing read, annoying so because my prior experience with these books means that you cannot skip the bad ones.
I have to admit that one of my favorite characters in this series is Henry Pitt, Kinsey Millhone's landlord and friend. I enjoyed the Henry who wrote crossword puzzles and tried them out on Kinsey before he sent them in for publication. I enjoyed the Henry who always had something baking in his kitchen. And many times I have wondered why some sexy senior citizen hasn't snagged this wonderful catch of a man!
This story gives us a little more insight into Henry than we've seen in the past. Henry convinces Kinsey to help a friend of his on a simple matter - she needs to show that Henry's friend served in the military during World War II so he can be buried as a veteran. Such a simple request and it should have a simple solution, but as we've seen with Kinsey in the past, nothing is an easy task, so the plot thickens...
The family of the deceased is too busy fighting among themselves to be much help to Kinsey. Then an old friend shows up and gets attacked at the dead guy's apartment. Once again we're on a race to see what's around the next corner for Kinsey and to find out why the government has no record of this veteran serving his country.
There's a little bit of mystery, but more suspense in this book. And more laughs than we've seen in the past with Grafton's other books. I'd recommend this easy read to anyone wanting a few hours of enjoyment as it's definitely one of Sue Grafton's better books in this series. I only hope she will continue with this quality and not hit any more bumps that throw her off to only mediocre writing!
The Plot: Henry Pitts asks Kinsey to help the Lee family to find where Johnny Lee (recently deceased) served in World War II. The purpose is to receive a burial plot from the Veterans Administration. No records are found setting Kinsey on a wild odyssey. She travels by a 737 jet from Santa Teresa through Dallas, Arkansas and Western Ky ending up in an exciting finish in Louisville Ky. (the birthplace of Sue Grafton and the hometown of your humble reviewer!).
This novel is filled with tension as Kinsey spies on a pregnant woman thought to be carrying a duffel bag of cash hidden away by Johhny Lee. Her exploits in the Dallas hotel are exciting! Along the way we meet colorful characters such as Ray Rawson who knew Lee back in the day; his daughter Laura and a cruel criminal eager to find the hidden treasure by the name of Gilbert Hays. Readers will be quite suprised to learn why the novel is titled "Lawless."! Tne novel is narrated in the first person by Kinsey.
This is not a procedural crime novel as is per usual for Grafton. Instead, it is a tour de force of a frantic odyssey across America by Kinsey and her creative author Sue Grafton. A delight for fans of a good light read to while away a few hours in reading enjoyment!
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 7 hours ago by Bruce Homeyard
I was somewhat disappointed in this book. Generally I like Sue Grafton's 'alphabet' books but I thought this one was below her usual standards. Read morePublished 2 days ago by jl
Aside from an abrupt ending, which I'm finding commonplace in the alphabet series, this is a good read and worth the time.Published 20 days ago by Benarroe
Love the Sue Grafton Alphabet series! I read it years ago and started it over again because there are more books now!Published 21 days ago by Pats n Sox Fan
Love everything she writes! These are fun mysteries...they cheer me up when I read something disappointing beforehand. Highly recommend all of her books.Published 1 month ago by Cindy Bradbury