W Is for Wasted

W Is for Wasted

Audiobook CD - 2013
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" Of the #1 New York Times-bestselling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters." Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him. Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes. But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity. "And just like that," she says, "the lid to Pandora's box flew open. It would take me another day before I understood how many imps had been freed, but for the moment, I was inordinately pleased with myself." In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised. W is for. wanderer. worthless. wronged. W is for wasted"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape/Random House Audio, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307704337
0307704335
9780307704313
0307704319
Characteristics: 14 sound discs (1033 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Kaye, Judy

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Russ_A
May 28, 2015

I’m a huge Sue Grafton fan; I’ve read the entire alphabet series in order. W did not disappoint. It’s nice to be able to give five stars to something, since the last few mysteries (by other authors) I’ve reviewed were . . . well, less than five stars.

All the books star Kinsey Millhone, a tough cookie of a private eye characterized by a skeptical attitude and a raft of snappy comebacks. Three story lines emerge early on in this book, and as any Millhone fan knows, they will eventually merge, always in a creative, if implausible way. Kinsey is named as the sole beneficiary in the will of a distant relative she’d never met or heard of. A private eye she once worked with is found murdered. Some homeless people get involved in a deadly dispute with a camp of panhandlers. And that doesn’t count the cat.

As always, the charm of the books is Kinsey’s irascible personality combined with her low-key investigative style. I love the realism with which the life of a private investigator is portrayed, although, in deference to the demands of the genre, you can be sure she somehow ends up amid murder and danger. The realism is in the straightforward and simple way she approaches the rather mundane tasks that face her, not in the believability of the deaths. If you ever thought it would be fun to be a private eye, read Grafton first.

If you’re interested in the series, start with with the first one: A is for Alibi. That book was published in 1982 and the technology and pop culture has only progressed a few years throughout the entire series, so be prepared for a rather nostalgia-inducing storyline.

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synchdoc
Mar 02, 2014

Extremely disappointing Sue Grafton Novel-- I think she was being paid by the word. She spends so much time elaborating on irrelevant details (like a detailed description of the cat) that I finally gave up. I have enjoyed her other books immensely. Too bad.

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catecaffrey
Jul 09, 2013

Why do you have an audio CD but no books? Shouldn't you be encouraging reading?

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