F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
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F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone #6)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  17,814 ratings  ·  291 reviews
One of today's hottest mystery writers is back with the latest installment in her alphabet sleuth series. This multi- layered novel explores the explosive passions that reignite questions concerning the 17-year-old murder of a promiscuous teenage girl.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 7th 1990 by Bantam Books (first published 1989)
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Ed
Top-notch entry in the series, for me. P.I. Kinsey investigates an old murder in a small CA town. I liked her eye for detail and toughness in this book. Good interaction with the minor characters.
Angela
The 6th book in Grafton's series, Kinsey is hired by a family who's son was accused of murdering his girlfriend over 10 years previously. While he was initially in prison for her murder, he escaped and made a life for himself, most recently being picked up because the identity he stole happened to have a warrant issued on it.

I still struggle with wrapping my mind around what year it is. I'll be reading along and everything meshes with the present, until Kinsey does something that reminds me we'r...more
Natalie
Grafton seems to have fallen into a pattern with these mystery novels: Kinsey runs, eats little, gets absorbed into the world of the person she's investigating, finds out things very slowly, things come right together in the end, and she almost gets killed. Without fail, these themes constantly recur. This novel is certainly no different, except Kinsey is not in her home of Santa Teresa, she's out of her element in a small town called Floral Beach. I've read that Grafton's favorite death is in t...more
Kerri
Another great audiobook for my commute. Grafton made me laugh out loud at least three times with this one, and giggle many more. Milhone is a character I'd like as a friend in real life, so it's fun to go on these adventures with her. F was a good story all the way through, too, and there were several plausible culprits. I like a story that ties up all the loose ends for me (I'm simple-minded like that), and Grafton is always good for that. Moving on to the next letter the library has on the she...more
Judy
Apr 02, 2011 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I liked this installation of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries very well. It had its usual low-life scummy people with whom she has to interact, and some scary situations, but I like how she goes about her investigation -- I think I'd have given up on this one a lot earlier than she did. I especially would never have agreed to eat dinner with that awful family every night! Great ending! And now on to "G".
Alondra
3.5 Stars

This book reminds me of why I do NOT like small towns. Everyone is in the others business, and the twisted, creepiness of peoples secrets, knows no bounds. I had no idea who the killer was. What a nutcase.

Katie Q
This was a rather sad story in so many ways. Showed how families can be easily torn apart. Quite different I thought from the others in the series although just as good. More of a mystery this time than a thriller.
Petula Darling
This book is weaker than the ones that came before it in the series, all of which I gave three stars. It's still too good to only get two stars, so maybe I should bump the other books up to four.
Una Tiers
Kinsey goes away to solve this cold case and we miss the usual characters. The premise is very dark along with the issues that lead her to the conclusion.
Missclimpson
I'm tired of these books. I've read a lot of them and used to like them,particularly the first couple. There's so much filler in the books: all the stuff about her landlord, her apartment in the garage, her dead parents and Aunt who raised her, Rosie and the Hungarian food, her two divorces, her Volkswagen, in later books her long lost snooty relatives, etc. It's like boiler-plate. Who cares about Rosie, anyway? Other authors of series don't feel they have to give all this back story in every bo...more
Angelica Marcelino
i had an actual copy of this book, it was great when i read it since it's like i was Kinsey who investigated the death of Jean Timberlake's body. The end surely twisted and i was relieved that that was the ending. Although my head spun because of the descriptions that are either deep or just out of my own thesaurus. Anyway, it was great, i love investigative stories especially the J.D.Robbs books by Nora Roberts herself.. read it? i suggest you read it.. and i also suggest you read this one. it'...more
Heidi
One of my favorite Grafton books...
Mary Ronan Drew
Another complex Kinsey Millhone mystery. Here's Amazon's description:

"When Kinsey Millhone first arrives in Floral Beach, California, it's hard for her to picture the idyllic coastal town as the setting of a brutal murder. Seventeen years ago, the body of Jean Timberlake--a troubled teen who had a reputation with the boys--was found on the beach. Her boyfriend Bailey Fowler was convicted of her murder and imprisoned, but he escaped.

After all this time, Bailey's finally been captured. Believing...more
Trish
Kinsey takes a case in the tiny beach town of Floral Beach, California using it as a break from living with landlord Henry while her apartment is being rebuilt. The mystery is a long-escaped convict is picked up for questioning because his current "secret identity" is implicated in a crime. Fingerprints pop, and voila - escaped felon is recaptured. His father wants Kinsey to prove he didn't do it. No, not that he didn't escape but that he didn't do the original crime he was convicted for, and oh...more
Randee Baty
I'm a big fan of Kinsey Millhone but this is my least favorite book of the series so far. The mystery is interesting and it took a while to figure out but Kinsey's attitude through the whole book was disturbing. She seems very contemptuous of anyone with physical disabilities, a family, any religious feelings or anyone that's out of shape. Her rude comments about people in these categories really distract from the story and I'm guessing that a lot of her readers fall in at least one of these cat...more
Kellie
"Floral Beach wasn't much of a town: six streets long and three deep, its only notable feature a strip of sand fronting the Pacific. It was on that sandy beach seventeen years ago that the strangled body of Jean Timberlake had been found.
The people of floral Beach didn't pay a whole lot of mind to past history, especially when Bailey Fowler, the self-confessed killer, had been properly processed and convicted. They weren't even unduly concerned when, a year after the murder, Fowler walked away f...more
C.C. Thomas
This book is the best one to date! I hope that trend continues with the series. If I use alphabetic math (the only kind of math I know), the series should get 20x better by the last one. Z is for ? What in the world will Grafton think of?

Kinsey Milhone usually sticks close to home for her cases, but since her apartment is still under renovation (someone blew it up trying to kill her) and her office is closed (someone tried to frame her for fraud and murder), Kinsey decides to take a working vaca...more
Susan
Well, yes, I'm ticking these off at an amazing rate, and for those of you following my reviews carefully…sigh…no, I didn’t abandon Kinsey as promised to tackle my beckoning to-do list. I did, however, take time out from reading today for our Friday couples golf on the par 3 course where Don and I have a 3 handicap for this weekly event. Today…we posted even par!!! Hope that doesn’t mean our handicap for next week is 2.

For me, this was the most compelling of the alphabet series since “A” and “B.”...more
Wise Cat
Feb 12, 2013 Wise Cat rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Murder mystery fans
Recommended to Wise Cat by: Online friends
I picked up this book from the library's "withdrawn" pile back in 2011. I had never read this author before, but I know people who really like her. I flipped through it, and it looked good. I'm always up for a good murder mystery.

It was good, though there were a couple of "loose ends" regarding a couple of people in my opinion. I wasn't sure how they fit into the overall picture, how they connected with Jean Timberlake's murder.

I will say that Jean's murder is not the only one Kinsey ends up dea...more
Samantha
This is one of my absolute favorite mystery series! It is also a series that constantly makes me wonder why I don't read more books like this when I enjoy them so much. I don't quite have the answer to that but it is probably something that I should explore. In other words, I need to find more mysteries just like this!

In this book, Kinsey is hired to investigate a seventeen year old murder. With the odds stacked against her from almost the very beginning, Kinsey begins to ask questions trying t...more
Lara Tambellini
Floral Beach wasn't much of a town: six streets long and three deep, its only notable feature a strip of sand fronting the Pacific. It was on that sandy beach seventeen years ago that the strangled body of Jean Timberlake had been found.

The people of floral Beach didn't pay a whole lot of mind to past history, especially when Bailey Fowler, the self-confessed killer, had been properly processed and convicted. They weren't even unduly concerned when, a year after the murder, Fowler walked away fr...more
Rugg Ruggedo
This is the most "out of formula" book so far in this series,and ironically there is more here about Kinsey's personal life then we have ever seen before. Like any good mystery tho, all that information comes with the solution. You have to read the whole story to get there.
Kinsey has no home. There was that little thing about a bomb remodeling her apartment while we learned that E is for Evidence. So taking a job that had her traveling to and living in a small town up the coast seemed like a goo...more
Hayley
Another solid offering from Grafton, though not as good as some of the previous ones.

The premise is promising enough - 17 years ago, a 17-year-old girl, Jean Timberlake, was murdered. Bailey Fowler was imprisoned for the crime after pleading guilty, and then skipped from jail shortly after. Now, after all that time, Bailey has been caught, and his father wants Kinsey to clear his son's name.

Whilst the storyline was interesting and I enjoyed reading it, but I think for the majority of the book,...more
Michelle
This is the worst book of this series yet. I actually thought maybe it would be better than the first 5 books. It had some potential at the beginning. But by the end, I was annoyed. Like all her other books, this book had a surprise ending. Now, I love surprise endings, I really do. In fact, books with surprise endings are my favorite kind of book. In the past, her surprise endings have been reasonable, and all the pieces leading up to the ending made sense. Not so in this case. It's clear that...more
Benjamin Thomas
This 6th book in the series is a nice step up from the last one. This time Kinsey takes on a client outside of her home town and getting to explore the sleepy surf town of Floral Beach is half the fun here. It's a good case for her, involving a man on the run from a murder he claims to be innocent of 17 years before. Some nice complexity in the red herrings and numerous potential suspects make this a well-rounded who-dunnit. I also appreciate Kinsey's character showing her toughness at the right...more
Timothy McNeil
Grafton finally delivers some weird '80s style overindulgence in terms of plotting (the multiple secrets which only tangentially relate to the crimes) and action. I love the utter psychosis at work in the mind of the villain, which is properly hinted at along the way. But what really works is that it captures the notion (more than the reality) of the inter-connectedness of a small town where secrets are the only thing one can keep as their own.
On the downside, Kinsey again spends too much time n...more
Karen
I liked much of this book but I did not like the last few pages. Kinsey again is cold and detached, I guess I can live with that, it’s almost like she is the narrator of the story and not fully part of it. In this book Kinsey is hired to prove a man innocent of a murder for which he confessed. I liked that Kinsey has to work to get any information and that most of the information is not helpful. Based on the information that Kinsey had I had someone else pegged as the killer.

I hate it when all t...more
Ed Napiorkowski
Only three stars from me for this particular episode. Enjoyable enough to read, compelling enough to keep you interested and some nice twists towards the end. So why only three stars? There were a few sections of story dealing with characters which I think just didn't ring genuine enough for me. No spoilers, just some of the descriptions (or lack there of) didn't marry up with the character when they finally merged into the story. Perhaps a little thing, and maybe it's only me, but for a couple...more
Abbey
#6 Kinsey Milhone, Santa Teresa, CA; classic PI. 1993, Books on Tape, read by Mary Peiffer

Kinsey’s asked to look into the now-cold case involving the murder of a promiscuous teenager 17 years ago - her client is convinced that justice wasn’t done and is willing to pay her to dig into the past. Seems his only son was convicted of her death but only served one year and has been on the run ever since.

Small town politicking and intrigues, family dynamics, the many varieties of love and hate, and se...more
Barbara ★
This time Kinsey Millhone is asked to find out who really killed Jean Timberlake 17 years ago in a little berg called Floral Beach. She is stonewalled by just about everybody and the ones talking aren't being honest so how is Kinsey to uncover the truth. Well in typical Kinsey fashion, she messes the clues until something actually makes sense. This isn't my favorite of the series. In fact I almost gave up on it as all of the characters are unlikable and irritating. I'm glad I stuck it out becaus...more
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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...more
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