- Series: Kinsey Millhone Mysteries
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399575243
- ISBN-13: 978-0399575242
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,778 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries) Paperback – March 1, 2016
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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
“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.”—Library Journal (starred review)
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The best thing about W for me was the focus on homeless characters - a reminder that no group is uniform or heterogeneous. These characters are treated with the same detail and and composition as the other characters as well as Grafton's clear understanding that no one is purely one thing or another. There are pieces of good and bad in all of us - even those who are ignored by society and cast off to make their own way with little support.