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"L" is for Lawless (Kinsey Millhone #12)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  19,829 ratings  ·  374 reviews
Kinsey's skills are about to be sorely tested. She is about to meet her duplicitous match in a couple of world-class prevaricators who quite literally take her for the ride of her life.

"L" Is for Lawless: Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company. Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with truly mixed-up motives. Call it the return o
Hardcover, First Edtion, 290 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 1994)
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My enjoyment of this book was really diminished by the fact that Kinsey NEVER punched Laura in the face. She needed punching repeatedly. Also, we're on book 12; Kinsey should not be getting tricked quite as easily or as frequently.

But I want to hang out with the grandmother. She rocked.
I really enjoyed the comic caper style of this episode in the Kinsey Millhone series. The beginning was a good build-up, but not near as much fun as the end. I could understand Kinsey's appeal to some of the characters. Her instant attraction (family-style) made the plotline even more humorous. I hated the character, Laura, but enjoyed Kinsey's sister-style bantering with her. The mystery was more of a treasure hunt, but the true treasure was the character Helen (aka Hell on Wheels). She reminds ...more
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The last two books in the Alphabet Series left me wanting more from Sue Grafton. I was left feeling like the endings were rushed, characters weren't given the right amount of introduction, or were introduced briefly and then not mentioned again, and wanting more from the storyline.

Grafton redeemed herself with "L is for Lawless". This is the first book in the series where the job Kinsey is working on is as a favor to a friend of hers. This book's a lot like "H is for Homocide" in that Kinsey fin
Oh Kinsey. You are a glutton for punishment. You let your love for dear sweet Henry Pitts drag you into a pro bono case with no upside at all for you. And you continue to allow your family issues to cloud your judgment.

This time around, Kinsey is pressed into service by Henry to help one of their neighbors, and both of them have no idea what she is actually walking into. Kinsey, impulsive to the last, ends up hopping a plane to Texas where she goes undercover (naturally) and stumbles into a ser
Kinsey Millhone is actually taking a vacation. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and she has promised to stand up at the wedding of two good friends, but that doesn't stop her from taking on a case. Her good friend and landlord has asked her to talk to the Lees. Johnnie Lee recently passed away, and the family was hoping to get some money from the government to put toward his funeral expenses. He was was a World War II veteran, but their is no record of his service.

After visiting with Lee's gr
Having finished my judging for Florida Scholastic Press Association, I dived right into “L,” hoping Kinsey hadn’t missed me for the few days I was away from her.

In this installment, set in November of 1985 even though it was published in 1995, Kinsey is 35, having had a birthday May 5. Her adored and adoring landlord, Henry, asks her to do him a favor. My guess is this experience pays her up for years to come.

Her adventures take her from her California hometown via air to Dallas and, eventually,
This is probably my least favorite Kinsey Millhone book. I guess it was the author's attempt to get Kinsey out of her familiar setting. This is admirable, but not always successful. (Remember when Jessica Fletcher left Cabot Cove and moved to Manhattan? Blecch.) I dearly missed Kinsey's familiar setting and familiar friends and after they left Dallas, found my interest flagging. There were some interesting characters and situations but other than Kinsey, no characters to root for or really care ...more
Annie Garvey
I enjoy the alphabet series by Sue Grafton. They are well written and plotted. Each book can be read as a stand alone; however, if you read them in order, you can experience the evolving character of the protagonist Kinsey Millhone.
Timothy McNeil
Where would Kinsey be if she had a cellular phone? Well, probably in much less interesting books for starters. But what makes L is for Lawless work is how suited the storyline is for pulling at the strings Grafton has built up around the PI over the last four novels. Yes, Kinsey is still too often caught surprised by things she should see coming, but the character owns these faults and becomes somehow more real in the process.
My one complaint is a consistent one: Grafton does too poor a job in
Taryn Chase
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Alec Peche
This was a different Sue Grafton novel. Kinsey was was so much more sarcastic in her thoughts then I remember in any other book. Good ending.
Is there any joy greater than reading!!! Again, a very Good Read!!!!
Kinsey is private investigator but when Henry her landlord asks her to help some people, she has no idea what she is getting into. A man has died and is said to have left money somewhere. She starts digging into the man's past finding discrepancies from what his son is telling him. Enter Ray, a friend of Johnny's who knows his story. She tends to be wary about him. Checked for warrecord there was none- Kinsey has to find outvwhere he would have been. The man's house is searched but appears nothi ...more
I admit it: I haven't read a Sue Grafton novel since 2012. Why do I know that so clearly? That's when Grafton quite notably referred to indie authors as lazy. The original interview, on, is no longer available, but various commentaries and quotations from it are on the internet forever. Grafton took the "I'm sorry you were offended" approach to apology after enormous blowback. So, I stopped reading her books ... which I had previously enjoyed.

Two of Grafton's titles recently sho
Madoka Sakuta
MACMILLAN READERS level5 intermediate
time 160min
7word information key follow fake tell help lawless

Disucussion question
1The main character is Kinsey Millhone. She is so brave.
She faked someone because she wanted to get information.
Have you ever faked someone?
Yes When I was a junior high school student, I facked high school student.
Because It's secret.
2 When you flight somewhere, what are 3 things which are very important?
Money, Phone, Sightseeingbook
Benjamin Thomas
Nearing the middle of the alphabet now and this series continues rolling along with another fun read. This one is especially fun because our intrepid heroine, Kinsey Millhone, is not hired on for a case this time. Instead she does a favor for a friend, a tiny little innocent look-into-something-for-me-would-you kind of favor. And so the adventure begins and, of course, nothing is as innocent as it sounds. It isn’t long before Kinsey finds herself in Dallas after a spur-of-the-moment decision, wi ...more
After a disappointing read in "K is for Killer," I believe this is the best in Grafton's alphabet series so far. The whole book kept me on the edge of my seat and the ending wasn't as predictable as some of the earlier books in the series. I would have liked to have a little more closure with Bucky and Chester and their reaction to learning the truth, but I still enjoyed this book very much.
Initially I found this book to be a tad better than its most recent predecessors, but then we got to Dallas and the stupidity hit. The longer our heroine hung out with this book's gaggle of ancillary characters, the more idiotic she herself became. By the end I was wishing Granny would take both her shotgun and her Louisville Slugger to the whole lot of 'em.
Ed Napiorkowski
Rated this Kinsey Millhone novel by Sue Grafton at only two stars as not really an investigative story rather a mis match adventure with frustrating characters and in my opinion a sloppy story line. Once again I also felt the end was a disappointment with so much unsaid. Almost like the author had written the prescribed number of pages so let's wind it up here folks. Snippets of earlier connections woven into the story were an attempt to maintain the same character line yet I felt in this and th ...more
I find that I tend to give most of Kinsey's books 5 stars. I may just be prejudiced when it comes to her character. I do have a real fondness for her and this book increases it even more. I have said before and will say again how much I enjoy that she gets so involved with the people connected to her cases. In each story they become a real part of her. Lawless is an interesting book because I think it is the real start of Kinsey's feelings about family. She becomes involved with Ray,his daughter ...more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: When Kinsey Millhone’s landlord asks her to help deceased World War II vet Johnnie Lee’s family find out why the military has no record of his service, she thinks it’ll be a cinch. But she is about to meet her match in world-class prevaricators who take her for the ride of her life.When Lee’s apartment in burgled and a man named Ray Rawson, who claims to be an old friend of Lee’s, is beaten up, Kinsey soon finds herself on the trail of a pregnant woman with a duffel bag. Soon the intrep ...more
I finished this feeling conflicted. I liked the more aggressive pace of this book - it felt more like a thriller with each chapter ending with a "ohmigawd I have to keep reading" feel. But something about that pace also bothered me - I didn't like how (quite frankly) dumb Kinsey seemed at reading some of these situations. And she really did let herself get gang pressed into helping Laura and Ray. I think about the time Kinsey stopped stalking Laura and started helping her is when I started getti ...more
This was a strange Kinsey book, though I certainly admire Grafton for being able to change things up and keep introducing novelty in this series. Overall an interesting ride though I felt a bit cheated (like Kinsey) by the ending.
Thomas Walton
This was one of the best ones yet. Kinsey gets her "knickers in a twist" so many times, but she's the gal, and can get herself out of them. By the way... since Kinsey's birthday is tomorrow (May 5, per this episode)Happy Birthday Kinsey.
The 12th book in the Kinsey Milhone alphabet series - and another good read. This one had Kinsey working a case for a friend of a friend for free. A "simple case" that turns out to be not so simple after all.
Julia Wood
Wtf did I just read? Definitely my least favorite of them all so far. I don't even know how to describe it. I feel like every decision made was awful and the storyline was so convulted..
So far this is one of my favorite Kinsey Millhone stories. I enjoyed the mystery and the lack of dead bodies. And I always like reading about Henry's family - they're a hoot!
Just utter crap. The plot is propelled forward by a string of mistakes instead of by real character traits; it's like the bad sitcom of mystery novels.
Jana Baker
Always good, always turning an odd way. Love that they are similar but never the same!
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

Family History:

Father: C.W. Grafton, born 1909, third son of Presbyterian Missionaries, born and raised in China, educated Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina; practicing attorney in Louisville, Kentucky with a 40-year specialty in municipal bonds. Au
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Other Books in the Series

Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
  • B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
  • C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)
  • D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)
  • E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
  • F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
  • G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
  • H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1) M is for Malice (Kinsey Millhone, #13) J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10) K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11) B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)

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