Top positive review
one of Grafton's best
March 8, 2014
All of the Kinsey Millhone novels are good. Sue Grafton has maintained an unmatched level of quality throughout this entire series. I don't think she gets enough credit for this. In contrast, Marcia Muller's recent Sharon McCone stories have gone off the rails a bit. Bill Pronzini, my other fave private eye novelist, also seems to be getting a little tired. Grafton just keeps on chugging through the alphabet, releasing good fresh Kinsey stories. Writing novels is hard work, and writing a series of this length so well is unprecedented.
In U is For Undertow she skilfully weaves past and present, draws complex, believable characters, and builds a simple but satisfying puzzle that is complex for Kinsey to unravel. I especially appreciate Grafton's attention to detail. She gives detailed physical descriptions of her characters, and introduces them in a way that makes it easy to remember and keep track of them. I even like the turn-by-turn driving directions and other details of the character's activities, because it creates a flowing visual in my mind like a movie. Lesser authors gloss over these things so I have to go back and re-read passages to keep track of who's who, and what they did. Thumbs up for U is for Undertow, and a big thumbs up for consistently delivering the goods throughout this whole series.