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W is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Novel Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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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.”—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
“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)
More Praise for Sue Grafton and the Alphabet Series
“I’m going to miss Kinsey Millhone. Ever since the first of Sue Grafton’s Alphabet mysteries, A Is For Alibi, came out in 1982, Kinsey has been a good friend and the very model of an independent woman, a gutsy Californian P.I. rocking a traditional man’s job...it’s Kinsey herself who keeps this series so warm and welcoming. She’s smart, she’s resourceful, and she’s tough enough to be sensitive on the right occasions.”—New York Times Book Review
“The consistent quality and skillful innovations in this alphabet series justify all the praise these books have received over the past 35 years.”—Wall Street Journal
“A superb storyteller.”—Publishers Weekly
“Grafton’s endless resourcefulness in varying her pitches in this landmark series, graced by her trademark self-deprecating humor, is one of the seven wonders of the genre.”—Kirkus Reviews
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I think long time Kinsey fans like me will greatly enjoy this book. Newer readers picking her up for the first time may be put off by the fact that Kinsey still lives in the late eighties and there are no computers, no cell phones, no internet . Grafton has chosen to keep Kinsey in the era in which she began which is smart because if she had not Kinsey would be drawing social security by now, Henry and William would be long dead or about 120 yrs old. No fun! Grafton pretty much invented the hard boiled female detective genre. Many imitators have come along since Kinsey appeared in the early eighties but none have captured the spirit and fun and suspense of a Kinsey Millhone novel. I picked up my first Kinsey Millhone mystery in the late eighties and have all these years looked forward to the next book in the series with great anticipation. My advice for newcomers is to order the first book "A" is for Alibi, and read your way up to this one. Get to know Kinsey Millhone one book at a time and you'll be more likely to appreciate her. She is from a different era where she uses her brains and skill, dogged determination and undaunted stubbornness to solve crimes. She goes to the library for research , there is no google in Kinsey's world. But she gets the job done and many times at great peril to her own safety. Seeing how Grafton gets her out of the fixes she gets into is part of the charm and I applaud this latest and one of the best efforts yet in this series for me. But I've been in love with Kinsey for some twenty five years now so I may be a little biased.
I like Sue Grafton a lot and am amazed at her ability to remember 1988 in the year 2014-2015. I barely remember 5 years ago.
If new to Sue Grafton, you can pick up any letter and thoroughly enjoy...so why not start with the first and have 23 great adventures with your new best friend, Kinsey Millhone!