Saturday, June 28, 2008

'E' is for Evidence, by Sue Grafton

(pb; 1988: fifth book in the Kinsey Millhone mysteries)

From the back cover:

" 'E' is for evidence: evidence planted, evidence lost. 'E' is for ex-lovers and evasions, enemies and endings. For Kinsey 'E' is for everything she stands to lose if she can't exonerate herself: her license, her livelihood, her good name. And 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."


Grafton shuffles her trademark structures and plot elements in the fifth Kinsey Millhone novel. Millone's first-person, practical narrative is still present, but most everything else is reworked -- many regular characters aren't around (Henry Pitt, Millhone's landlord, for one), and other people from Millhone's past (e.g., her second ex-husband, junkie-musician Daniel) make appearances; also, the stiffs (dead bodies) don't start popping up until the middle of the book. The bad guys are easily spotted, but that's not a big deal, as Grafton, true to form, keeps the tale taut and the finish personal and explosive.

Another winner from Grafton, who consistently thrills.

Followed by 'F' is for Fugitive.

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