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Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Sue Grafton
As with the last several books in the series, V Is for Vengeance was a long time in the making. I work by trial and error, keeping a running account of the process in journals that in this case totaled 967 single-spaced pages. It took me from March, 2009 until March, 2010 to settle on a storyline, and after that, it was ten months of hard labor. Women give birth to babies in less time, but surely without as much suffering. Brave soul that I am, I stuck with it, picking my way painstakingly from beginning to middle to end.
What sets the narrative in motion is Kinsey Millhone’s spotting a shoplifter in an upscale department store. She alerts a sales clerk, who in turn notifies Security, which results in the woman’s arrest. Within two days, the sticky-fingered thief has taken a dive off a four-hundred-foot-high bridge, leaving her fiancé with troubling questions. While the overall subject matter is organized retail theft, of greater concern to Ms. Millhone is the fact that at the height of the action, shortly before she’s punched in the face, she realizes it’s her thirty-eighth birthday and thus ends up celebrating the milestone with a broken nose and two black eyes.
--Sue Grafton, November, 2011
Praise for V is for Vengeance:
"Sure to satisfy."—USA Today
“Central to the books’ appeal is not the hoodlums and their crimes—which are often fueled by alcohol or stupidity rather than the epic, high-stakes evil driving other crime books—but rather Kinsey herself…She is witty and weary and a lot of fun.”—Los Angeles Times
“One of Kinsey Millhone’s best outings…must reading for Grafton fans.”—The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“Grafton exhibits the pace, form, and technique of a marathon champ in her latest.”—The Kansas City Star
“The author has hit a high mark with her latest offering, a complex tale of love, betrayal, ambition, and, of course, murder…The only bad thing: There are just four letters left in the alphabet.”—The Associated Press
“Terrific.”—Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Lots of turns that were tied together in a unique an interesting way, Great read.Published 14 hours ago by Rodney Prince
Sue Grafton continues to write a tightly plotted mystery novel. The characters in her books are always fully developed and very "real". Read morePublished 5 days ago by Susan M. Ralph
She did a great job of introducing us to new players in the book and I kept wondering how is she going to tie them all together, but she did at the end. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Annie in SC
Her books just get better and better. Cleverly written with her usual charm and wit. For a nice book to read in between the deep and dark ones, this is perfect.Published 19 days ago by Tammy Baner
This keeps you reading and reading to see how vengeance is served.Published 21 days ago by Ann G. Baise