Thursday, November 24, 2011
V is for Vengeance, by Sue Grafton
(hb; 2011: twenty-second book in the Kinsey Millhone mysteries)
From the inside flap:
"A woman with a murky past who kills herself - or was it murder? A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt who thinks he can beat the system. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring working for the Mob, racking up millions from stolen goods. A wandering husband, rich and ruthless. A dirty cop so entrenched on the force he is imune to exposure. A sinister gangster, conscienceless and brutal. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers, which may be worse than the pain of his loss. A private detective, Kinsey Millhone, whose thirty-eighth birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted nose.
"And an elegant and powerful businessman whose dealings are definitely outside the law: the magus at the center of the web."
Good, entertaining, fast-read book - the Kinsey tale is a crime novel, not a who-done-it. The mystery element, if there is one, lies in how the facts, events and characters fit together (and will end), not who the murderer is.
V is for Vengeance comes together in satisfactory fashion, with deft foreshadowings of possible sequel events.
Worthy entry in the Kinsey Millhone series. Followed by W is for Wasted.