K Is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1995
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- Publisher : Fawcett; Reissue edition (April 1, 1995)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0449221504
- ISBN-13 : 978-0449221501
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.85 x 7.05 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,078,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although I was intrigued by the mystery aspect of this story, it is the author's writing style that interests me the most. She spends a good deal,of time describing scenery. She also makes use of very interesting metaphors. Then there is the ongoing inner dialogue of her protagonist, Kinsey Millhone. Thus I enjoy these novels even when the mystery is secondary to me.
I recently read a novel by Ross Macdonald, "The Moving Target". That novel is set in the fictional town of Sante Teresa, California innthe 1940s. These novels by Sue Grafton are also set in Sante Teresa, California. The style of Sue Grafton in regard to scenery and metaphor reminds me of Ross Macdonald and "The Moving Target". Ross Macdonald is definitely more Noir, but I find definite stylistic similarities.
In summary, I completely enjoyed this novel. I always take a break between novels of the same author. In a month or two, I look forward to reading the "L" novel. Thank You for taking the time to read this review.
Interesting things about this case are the varying descriptions of the murder victim. For those who knew her in the daytime, the description was very negative versus those who knew her at night. We are also introduced to Detective Cheney Philips who was very much a hot/cold kind of character as it relates to his relationship with Kinsey. I felt like Grafton couldn’t decide where she wanted the relationship to go so she started at one extreme (flirty/interested) and ended on the other end of that spectrum (disengaged).
The only disappointment I have for the book is the little impact of Kinsey’s family had on this book after such a huge revelation it was in the last book. There was some discussion but not a whole lot which felt like a huge unresolved storyline was hanging out there.
It's your typical Kinsey Millhone, but Ms. Grafton seemed to stay more focused on this installment.
The PI is her typical wise-cracking self. Not caring much what others think; she goes about her business. She's focused in this book. The plot & descriptions are good. I was relieved to find this does not have all the fluff dialogue of Rosie and Henry, along with Henry's brother. That becomes tedious.
Some seem to have trouble with unanswered questions & the ending. Reading at a normal pace, I found no unanswered items. The answers may not be readily obvious, but Ms. Grafton does provide them.
The ending is, in fact, abrupt. Clearly it's by choice rather than the author being unsure how to end the book. The antagonist gets the just desserts in the end. Only, instead of being in your face, it's left somewhat to the reader's imagination