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Notches up the Tension for Round Six
on October 10, 2016
In her sixth book in the Kinsey Millhone series, Sue Grafton increases the tension with a plot that takes Kinsey way out of her comfort zone, quite literally.
Bailly Fowler has been convicted of murdering Jean Timberlake, a pregnant teenager, in the town of Floral Beach, California. Years later his father still refusing to believe his son's guilty conviction and hires Kinsey to discover the truth. What follows is a complicated tale of lies, affairs and dark secrets that threaten to push this town over the edge.
Right from the start, it is obvious many secrets abound, and some of the characters are openly hostile to Kinsey, including a socialite who assaults her. Bailly, while making very limited physical appearances in the story, still manages to loom over Kinsey like a haunting spectre. The police offer no help, of course. Bailly's father health battle will see you begging Kinsey to solve the case before it's too late for him to find out the truth. Ultimately, anyone and everyone n this town could be suspect, but Grafton craftily keeps the truth hidden until the final seconds.
This book throws a few twists into the traditional Kinsey story. While the story stays calm and builds toward the climax like Graftpn's previous book, this one has a few shocking twists hiding in it's tail that will shake everything up in ways you simply won't see coming. But it's Kinsey's semi-morbid and blunt view of the world that will hook you in - Kinsey doesn't take crap from anyone, and doesn't surged-coat anything either. Even when she does something downright immoral - and she does at least once here, you'll still root for her. And you're heart will break for her when a childhood memory resurfaces.
All up, F is another quality entry in the Kinsey Millhone series that will have you gripped until the very last page.