She'd been hired to stop a killing. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this deadly sociopath. They keep Kinsey feeling like a real person in a real world. Now the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case. She pretends to leave but watches them making love in the back seat of Beck's car.
Readers have come to expect the unexpected from Sue Grafton, andR is for Ricochetis no exception. It was nice to be back in Kinsey territory, and there was plenty that was fun here, but I felt that Kinsey made just one too many highly stupid decisions or rather went along with Reba's plans , and never seemed to evaluate the consequences, after she gets out safely. What's been erected instead — the condominiums, housing developments, and the big flashy starter castles of the nouveau riche — is poor compensation for what was lost or destroyed. I really like the series as a whole but this entry is pretty forgettable. On occasion, I investigate claims involving arson, fraud, or wrongful death. Her client's daughter is out of prison, and hires Kinsey to watch his daughter and make sure she doesn't get in any trouble.
And the money is good. We have two other side issues going on. I found this story frustrating at times as I'm not used to Kinsey playing such a secondary role, but it did tie up nicely. Millhone in classic form, almost outshined by Reba! Reba was serving a sentence for embezzlement, though she had not embezzled funds; her boss had spent the funds on bribing municipal officials for the construction of a shopping mall with office space in the center of Santa Teresa. Grafton, may your fingers never falter. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institute for Women. My name is Kinsey Millhone.
I listen to audiobooks as a diversion as I drive. Kinsey is real trooper she moves on no matter what. Isadore off-ramp and turned north toward the foothills that ran between Montebello and the Los Padres National Forest. Mystery authors walk a fine line with their readers. Maybe all of a week's work. And so she takes on a new client: namely, Kinsey Millhone, thirty-two and twice-divorced, ex-cop and wisecracking loner, a California private investigator with a penchant for lost causes--one of which, it is to be hoped, is not herself.
It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the rules of her parole. Yes, I was less than impressed with this latest effort by Sue Grafton in her alphabetically-themed adventures of her heroine Kinsey Millhone, a private investigator. Was it the young salesman who sold her that car and was later fired? The plot tricks have all been used and reused by now, so we are left with the writing and characters, both of which seem to have devolved in some way to a more juvenile version of their earlier forms. And this one is similar and also includes a little breaking and entering, horrible beatings, an unexpected kidnapping and a hovering mafia type drug lord. Kinsey Milhone is a wonderful character and is one of my favorites of all.
She isn't investigating per say, but uses her skills to figure out some of what is going on. Further, I seldom saw her do any type of sleuthing. Was it one of the women, disgusted by Violet's absence of moral standards? Maybe all of a week's work. Kinsey has been hired by a elderly gentlemen to pick up his 30 year old daughter, Reba, from the Correctional Institute for Women after doing 2 years for embezzlement. Most of the men in these books are really, really awful people, and I enjoy it when they have a higher pitched voice than Kinsey. The property was surrounded by a stone wall that was eight feet high and posted with No Trespassing signs. With motive, access, and opportunity, Nikki was their number-one suspect.
Now, at thirty-two, she is about to be paroled, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence. While I found this voice worked for the character of Kinsey Milhone, it also made the character feel a lot more tedious and cynical and quite frankly, not as likable as I have found her in the past. You feel like you know or would like to know these people. And the money is good. There is no murder mystery here but the story we do have is great. Another great book in this series, I enjoyed the different type of case Kinsey took on. Nothing untoward - the woman seems remorseful and friendly.
Reba Lafferty is on parole after doing 22 months for embezzlement. What goes from a simple job to a complex and dangerous undertaking, Kinsey is not involved other than as an accessory. It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the rules of her parole. A simple invoice will do. Soon her former boss Alan Beckwith reenters Reba's life. I must have passed inspection because the gates swung open at a measured pace.
It was only later, after he'd stiffed her for her retainer, that Kinsey found out his name was Daggett. The 18th book in the Kinsey Millhone series. No more mystery than Q Is for Quarry 2002. We both like Sue Graftons work. Elaine Boldt's wrappings were a good deal flashier than her sister's, but they signaled the same thing: The lady had money. The love interest definitely picked up the story, but I found Cheney annoyingly bossy, and Kinsey irritatingly obedient. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered.