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Wasted lives, wasted time, and wasted opportunities are at the heart of this twenty-third entry in the long-running Kinsey Millhone series, which reveals how the deaths of two very different men impact Kinsey’s life. The first man, Pete Wolinsky, found murdered in a local park, is a shady PI for whom Kinsey has little respect; the second, R. T. Dace, is an alcoholic vagrant who not only turns out to be Kinsey’s relative but also leaves her a half-million bucks. Armed with news of R. T.’s death, Kinsey sets out to learn more about him and why he disinherited his immediate family. The clever twists of V Is for Vengeance are mostly absent here, and readers will need to wade through a lot of story before Wolinsky’s connection to Dace comes clear. But Grafton hasn’t lost her touch for characterization. Nobody in the cast is a stereotype, and it’s the clash of personalities and interpersonal dynamics that provide the appeal here. Nearing the conclusion of this celebrated series, Grafton continues to shape Millhone’s character, toughened by circumstance but still both understanding and forgiving. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: As the end of the alphabet draws closer, expect a revival of interest in a series that has helped define the role of the female sleuth in mystery fiction. --Stephanie Zvirin


Praise for W IS FOR WASTED
“Grafton is a writer of many strengths—crisp characterizations, deft plotting, and eloquent dialogue among them—and she has kept her long-running alphabet mystery series fresh and each new release more welcome than the last. Her greatest skill may be the way she melds disparate, unwieldy, often difficult subjects into a cohesive whole that satisfies as both entertainment and art. It's one thing to write a bestseller (or 23), but quite another to do so while addressing larger societal ills. Achieve both, and you reach the pinnacle of the profession—as Grafton has. Her work is layered, textural, sensate—ingenious and satisfying in any genre. . . Lesser authors churn books out; Grafton continues to knock them out of the park.”—Louisville Courier-Journal
“‘W is for Wasted’ is further proof – as if it were needed – of Grafton’s immense talent. And her ability to give equal weight to the story of the detective and the detective story sets her apart in the world of crime fiction.” ––Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Kinsey Millhone, the well-nigh immortal sleuth in this enduring series, still has time to play her rebel role simply by living a spartan existence in a world of greedy narcissists…How sweet it is to see the California private eye back in her garage apartment…It’s also fun to watch her at work, taking notes on index cards, typing reports on a Smith-Corona and here’s what really matters—communicating with people face-to-face.” ––New York Times Book Review
“Involving, amusing and fast-paced.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Nearing the conclusion of this celebrated series, Grafton continues to shape Millhone’s character, toughened by circumstance but still both understanding and forgiving.”—Booklist
“Grafton has lost none of her ability to bring her character vividly to life: Kinsey is as witty and engaging as ever, although somewhat more subdued and thoughtful owing to the emotionally charged tasks she has to perform. As Grafton nears the end of her long-running alphabet series, readers of mystery and suspense and Grafton’s many fans will delight in and savor this latest addition.”—Library Journal (starred review)
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“After three decades Grafton’s iconic detective remains a quirky delight. With the help of McDonald’s pit stops and her single no-wrinkle black dress, Kinsey is sure to keep up the good fight through W, X, Y and Z—taking punches for the little guys and keeping the bad ones at bay.” —People

“Millhone’s complexity is mirrored by the novels that document her cases: books that nestle comfortably within the mystery genre even as they push and prod its contours.”—The Wall Street Journal
“I’ve come to believe that Grafton is not only the most talented woman writing crime fiction today but also that regardless of gender, her Millhone books are among the five or six best series any American has ever written.”—The Washington Post
“Grafton purposively begins with a standard situation . . . and then sets about breaking every cardinal rule of the mystery novel.”—The Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • Series: A Kinsey Millhone Novel (Book 23)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Marian Wood Books/Putnam; 1ST edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158988
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,457 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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145 of 164 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The year is 1988. When thirty-eight year old private investigator Kinsey Millhone tries to make sense of a puzzling crime, she jots her notes down on index cards, conducts research in library archives, and determines people's veracity using her finely-honed intuition and innate common sense. As Sue Grafton's "W is for Wasted" begins, Kinsey informs us that business has been slow of late, leaving her free to look into two unexplained deaths. One is the murder of a former associate, Pete Wolinsky, a shady private detective known for his habit of cutting corners. Pete "was morally shabby, disorganized, and irresponsible with money." The second involves a "John Doe" found with Kinsey's name and telephone number on a piece of paper in his pocket. When a representative of the coroner's office asks Kinsey to identify the body, she dutifully agrees. However, after taking a close look at the corpse, she informs the authorities that she has never laid eyes on the man.

Kinsey, partly through happenstance, and mostly because she is too nosy for her own good, meets up with distant relatives who respond with hostility when she brings them bad tidings. She also endangers her life when she digs too deeply into matters that do not directly concern her. As is her habit, Kinsey goes out of her way to lend a helping hand when needed, and sticks her neck out to right any wrongs she encounters. "W is for Wasted" is a bleak mystery that is partly about the unfortunates who live on the fringes of society--young runaways, alcoholics, and the mentally ill who have no fixed address. Grafton explores the plight of those who lose their way and end up in shelters or on the streets.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Cath on September 12, 2013
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Kinsey herself would be irritated to read about a party to litigation referred to as a "plaintive" -- and not just once. Spellcheck is marvelous but still need a pair of human eyes. Wouldn't be so bad if this were some unknown dollar ebook, but Ms. Grafton is a pro and commands premium prices. Details matter.
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84 of 100 people found the following review helpful By C. Simpson on September 23, 2013
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This book made me want to go back and read A is for Alibi, by Sue Grafton. I have read every one of Grafton's books in this series and surely, they started out better than this very boring book. I mean I kept reading and reading and reading hoping the plot would develop and move forward..But, the first half of the book is filled with flat useless information and rambles along at a very slow pace. Then there are some scenes that made me roll my eyes and say, "Really????" Like the scene where Kinsey goes to an attorney's office whom she has never met. The attorney dashes in late for the appointment, motions Kinsey to come into her office, and proceeds to strip down in front of Kinsey to her thong underwear, wiping off her exercise sweat, and dress in her business attire. I mean, how ridiculous is this? It is crap like that that adds no value to the story or impetus to move it forward. Then, even when the plot picks up, I had little patience or empathy for the characters who are stereotypes of themselves. The end was all wrapped up with sweeping solutions - a donation here, a settlement there, and all is right with the world....Bleech.
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249 of 307 people found the following review helpful By ajdan on September 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I started reading Grafton's alphabet series 20 years ago when I was 12 years old. I've kept up with them avidly since then, usually finishing the new release the day it comes out and whining that I now have to wait 2-3 years for the next installment. Though there were a few stinkers in the preceding novels, I've been shocked by how bad this book is.

The typos alone are inexcusable, but the entire book suffers from a severe lack of editing. Paragraph upon paragraph of tedious description and insignificant details coupled with every single character spouting completely unnecessary exposition and all doing so with the same narrative voice, does not make for good writing nor good reading.

Grafton seems to have forgotten that Kinsey is only 38, and a fit 38 at that, as she gives her asides about not knowing how she'll get up from sitting on the ground and other problems only a much older person and/or someone far more out of shape than her heroine would even think about. Grafton, also, gives us 88 year old Henry in 198whatever saying he and someone "hung out" for a while and uncountable instances where quotation marks inexplicably appear as the Mary Sue of the scene picks right back up telling Kinsey the rest of the exposition which had been narrative in the previous paragraph. And, then, there are the lists of California flora...Lists. Plural.

If the similarities between her 'drama queen' male characters were meant to reflect on each other, the effort failed because nothing about the behavior was ever illuminated and, instead, we just had four very similar characters floating through the book behaving redundantly; likewise, none of the strays in the book were used to any effect by comparison with each other or their relationships with the world, either.
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53 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Swanhilda on September 18, 2013
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I own all of the alphabet novels in hardback, so I won't return this one even though it was an insult to me as a fan. I couldn't even finish it. The first problem was the obvious padding to make up for a lack of compelling story. One example: Kinsey goes to the library, which is described practically brick by brick. Once inside the library, more description of the inside of the library. She walks to the front desk, asks for the microfiche, is sent down further into the library where she asks someone to let her into the microfiche room. Ridiculous dialogue ensues (my example is a parody of her parody of good writing):
"I'm Vera"
"Hi, I'd like to see some microfiche"
" Ok. I can let you in"
"Will you need someone to show you out?"
'No, I can find my way out."
"Here you go."
After that, we get pages of her hunting through was more boring reading this than it would be to hunt through microfiche. Unless a valuable clue was hidden either in the bricks of the library (like National Treasure) or inside the microfiche gatekeeper, this information was pointless.
Also, there were careless anachronisms. Kinsey mentions meth use, but meth wasn't prevalent until the 90s (yes, I Googled it). And rollerboard suitcases (patented in 1988, but not mass produced for several years. Thanks, Google).
And the 1,000 mentions of her Grabber Blue Mustang being a stupid car for a P.I. Get rid of it and stop talking about it constantly. Borrow a car. Get a different job. Just. Stop.
Sue Grafton is coming to Denver to autograph books. I went last time she came, but I'll skip it for this one (sort of like how she skipped the effort in writing it). Even she knows it's weak...she's not presenting, just signing. Guess she would rather not waste her time reading it either.
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