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V Is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone #22)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  20,577 Ratings  ·  2,219 Reviews
Las Vegas, 1986. A young college graduate is murdered when he is unable to pay back a loan funded by notorious criminal Lorenzo Dante. Two years later private investigator Kinsey Millhone finds herself assisting to apprehend a shoplifter in a shopping centre. It soon emerges that the shoplifter had become caught up in a much larger operation.
Paperback, 529 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Pan MacMillan Paperback Omes (first published November 1st 2011)
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James Thane
P.I. Kinsey Millhone is taking a break and reluctantly catching up on some shopping in a Nordstrom's department store, when she sees a pair of shoplifters helping themselves to the store's merchandise. Kinsey alerts a clerk who in turn calls security. One of the shoplifters, a middle-aged woman named Audrey Vance, is caught and arrested. Her younger companion escapes, but not before attempting to run over Kinsey in the parking garage.

Vance is released on bail and shortly thereafter is found unde
Mar 04, 2012 Roberta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so disappointed. One of my reliable sources of relaxation has been wrested from me. Or it could be that I am just tired of the formula. As I read the 22nd book in this series, I was aware of every little plot contrivance. The prose was creaky and almost staccato (and then I got in the car...and then I put my keys in the ignition...and then I turned the key...). The whole by-play of horrible food at Rosie's wasn't cute; it was boring. The whole shabbiness of her turtleneck and jeans; ouch. An ...more
Nov 21, 2011 Francie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller, own
YAY! I love these books..but I hate how it takes FOREVER for the next book to come out. I should probably stop reading the books so quickly.
Nov 27, 2011 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll probably write a more fleshed out version of this mini review when the book comes out publicly. For now let me just say this while
it's fresh in my mind:
Sue Grafton books are always interesting - having worked her way from A to, now, V, she has done a great job of developing her protagonist,
Kinsey Millhone.
The plots - well, some grab me more than others. But I have to say having read some but not all of this series that she's definitely
gotten better as an author fleshing our characters more,
Sue Grafton is amazingly keeping this series at a level of excellence in this her 22nd novel of the Kinsey Millhone thrillers. The story had great rhythm, moving the story along without any lag. The characters were exciting and well-developed, new ones and old ones. The different characters' storylines came together beautifully. The only complaint I have is that Henry is away looking after his 99-yr-old sister for the duration of the book. A very satisfying read.
Jean Carlton
Edited 2-17-14
I have read all of Grafton's book in this series. This one made me want to go back and read A is for Alibi to see if I am right in thinking the early ones are better. (which i will do)
The story is okay, Kinsey Milhonne is still an interesting character but I felt myself wanting to be done and that's not a good sign. I noticed lots of places where fewer words could have said the same thing. Lacks conciseness. Her relationship with Henry, her elderly neighbor was sidelined and there
Maureen Casey
This book was OK, I don't think its even close to the best in the series. I'm disappointed because I thought very highly of "U is for Undertow" and in this one, I think most of the characters were shallow, one dimensional, particularly Nora. Most of Nora's actions were borderline unbelievable. Even Dante, who was better fleshed out than the rest, wasn't developed well enough to support some of his behavior- particularly in relation to Nora. I think a few more chapters dedicated to character deve ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
2.5 Stars

I love Kinsey Millhone and have read all of Sue Grafton's books, but this was my least favorite novel in her alphabet series. Something was just off and I can't quite figure out just what the "it" was that threw me off. Like U is for Undertow, V is for Vengeance is told from multiple POVs. That did not bother me, though changing to Kinsey's 1st person voice seemed jarring at times - not as seamless as is usual from Grafton. I kept on reading only because I wanted to find out what happen
Jun 07, 2011 Novelwhore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-as-arc
I love Sue Grafton, and "V" may be one of her best. I couldn't put it down and Kinsey was just as relatable and real as we've all come to expect. I still smile every time she visits the microfiche machine in the library to do research - the lack of technology is quaint while the story is quick moving and contemporary.
‘V de venganza’, de Sue Grafton, reanuda las andanzas de la detective Kinsey Millhone en lo que es la vigésimo segunda novela del Alfabeto del Crimen. Este nuevo caso comienza con una Kinsey que acaba de cumplir 38 años y tiene la cara amoratada y con la nariz rota. ¿Cómo nuestra detective favorita ha llegado a este punto? Todo empieza cuando Kinsey se encuentra comprando ropa en unos grandes almacenes, hasta que de repente observa un hecho delictivo. Quién iba a decirle a Kinsey que un acto tan ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 02, 2012 Patti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 30, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Kinsey and this visit was write enjoyable with the expected trademark mentions: the all purpose black dress - this time in the back of the closet, Rosie's diner, the apartment, her car, Henry's house, etc. The visuals are vivid from only the merest mention, and I think I know what I love the most about the series. I love how Kinsey is hands on with her investigations, I like how she really connects with the people she encounters and how even as a loner, she ends each case with more friend ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Ariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
V on the whole was pretty so-so. However, it definitely picked up in the end. This is kind of the formula for Grafton's series, however this novel's ending had a little more spunk and interest. I think Grafton often teeters on the breaking point of Millhone being witty and capable or snide and immature. I don't mind the latter, I don't need a cookie-cutter character. I just don't feel sufficiently connected to the character (for the most part) to want to deal overly much with it. Mainly because ...more
Randee Baty
Jun 17, 2013 Randee Baty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mystery-pi
This book shows really shows the continuing evolution of Sue Grafton and Kinsey Millhone. Gone are the days when the stories were told simply by Kinsey narrating her investigations to us. Ever since S is for Silence, we have been getting multiple points of view which some people enjoy and some people don't. I do.

In V is for Vengeance, we have a number of story lines that intertwine to create a story with a lot of depth. Kinsey's part in the story begins because she just happens to shoplifter wh
Jun 15, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, Grafton has improved somewhat as a writer as she has trudged through the alphabet. Here she gives us multiple points of view and some omniscience (alternating by chapter), which provides relief from the oppressive first-person narration of EVERY DETAIL IN THE DAY of the ever-perky and often-implausible Kinsey Millhone, gal detective. This one turns out to be acceptable light entertainment. The lack of plausibility is as usual the glaring weakness of the book. Grafton insists on making her ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think W, X, Y, and Z will end this series. Maintaining a series must be one of the most difficult experiences for a writer, or possibly the easiest. It's not difficult to understand why Doyle killed Holmes, and why he brought him back, but in today's world no author would ever consider killing a cash cow series character. Really, Evanovich, Cornwell, Sanford, Block, Burke, Patterson et al. The books aren't good , but what the heck, as it is proved over and over and over, readers aren't discrim ...more
Judy Alter
Dec 19, 2011 Judy Alter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This must be Sue Grafton's 22nd outing in her alphabet series of mysteries featuring P.I. Kinsey Milhone. This one took me a little longer to read--partly because I had a lot of other things, like Christmas, going on but also because it was slow to draw me in. But once I got into it--and once Kinsey appeared on the scene, I was hooked as usual. This is a suspense novel in the classic sense--the reader knows the good guys and the bad guys--and what they're up to. It's just a question of when thei ...more
Lisa Vegan
Dec 17, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: for everyone who’s read A through U, naturally (read all of them and all in order)
Loved it from beginning to end.

I’m still in love with Henry. It’s sad that I’m now getting closer to being old enough for him, though thankfully, not quite, and not even in the approximately 8 years when Z will be out.

I was hoping his departure and temporary absence wouldn’t be long/too many pages in the book, but there was not enough Henry, but it was nice to see Cheney again.

Very satisfying complex plot with many characters, which I never doubted would be all neatly tied together. Just brill
Fantastic! There's nothing else you can say about the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton. Not only are the stories strong and realistic, but the characters are fully realized and three dimensional. You actually feel like you know these people and they are alive and well in the world. The main character of Kinsey is so human and fully developed that you expect to be able to look up Millhone Investigations in the phone book and hire her for a job. These books never get old and tired like some o ...more
Mary Helene
Dec 10, 2012 Mary Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary Helene by: my father
Shelves: mysteries
Hard to beat for a satisfying tale. Funny! As she chooses a restaurant for lunch, “Once upon a time I’d come close to being killed in the big trash bin outside. This counts as nostalgia for someone like me.” We won’t count the rare pun “Earlier that week, she’d served me sautéed sweetbreads (a calves’ thymus gland, if you want the offal truth).” And heartwarming. Pinky and his girlfriend, Dante and his uncle – they’re almost all dear and the bad guy does get his comeuppance from the bad gal. The ...more
Nick Duretta
Apr 17, 2012 Nick Duretta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's beyond impressive that Grafton's novels get more complex, layered and satisfying the further she progresses toward the end of the alphabet. How I dread the day when "Z is for Zombie" or whatever it is comes out. In this one, Kinsey Millhone is even more irascible as she stumbles upon a heavy crime syndicate tied up with a brutal mob family operating out of Santa Theresa (her thinly disguised Santa Barbara). The vengeance of the title at first appears to be of one sort, and by the end she's ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Trina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense-mystery
Not my favorite Sue Grafton book. I found it tedious despite the promising opening. The plot veers (now there's a 'V' word!) between dull and implausible. (Santa Teresa chock-a-block with mobsters a.k.a. upstanding citizens in the business of fencing stolen goods and enforcing delinquent loans... seriously?) Kinsey is in Nancy Drew mode, and seems woefully unprepared for sleuthing who's up to what and why. Thanks to the narrative, which alternates Kinsey's take on the local vice ring (another 'V ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
The reader is once again invited to ride along with private detective Kinsey Millhone solving one of her cases. This one is a little different from the others in that it starts out without a client. While doing something as mundane as shopping for underwear Kinsey spots a shoplifter. Doing the “right thing” she reports the shoplifter to the store personnel. The next day the elderly female shoplifter is found dead of an apparent suicide. Hmmmm. With that, it’s off the races with a case that invol ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Lormac rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Probably my least favorite of the series. Some of my reasons are endemic to the series and some are specific to this letter.

To start, I get it that the food is awful at Rosie's. This was obvious from, oh, about the eighth book. It is just getting annoying to have to read the details all over again, and, frankly, it leads one to question Kinsey's judgment that she continues to eat there. Is there no other cheap restaurant in all of Santa Teresa?! This is a common problem to the series - we have t
Aug 29, 2012 Richard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sue-grafton
Wow. Last week, I didn’t like Chelsea Cain’s 4th book and now I don’t like Sue Grafton’s 22nd novel. Maybe this will be a new trend for me. From this point forward, maybe I’ll hate everything I read for the rest of my life and spend the rest of my time on GoodReads writing nothing but scathingly sarcastic, snarky condemnations like those smart ass Amazon reviews. It could be like the second coming of Facebook for me.

Anyway, Kinsey Millhone blows the lid off of a… shoplifting cabal. Two people th
Marilyn Maya
Let me start by saying, "I couldn't put it down" but that was after a sorry beginning with a bunch of characters that were either mean or boring. Then as if the author didn't like them herself she started changing and fleshing them out in an unbelievable way. She added a bunch of people and some of them worked and some didn't.
The mystery itself got interesting and I liked a few of the star players like Nora and Dante, though I couldn't see how Nora could be this vindictive mean, petty person an
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Sometimes you appreciate something more when you have to wait for it. Sue Grafton’s latest novel, two years in the making is nothing short of brilliant. She is one of the queen’s of suspense, mystery and thrillers.

Sue’s series is dubbed the Alphabet series as she began with the letter A. We are currently at V for Vengeance which was released at the midpoint of November. The last book U was released in 2009. Yes, she writes in two year intervals. But let me tell you there is something to be said
Jacqueline Corcoran
Kinsey is hired by the boyfriend of a woman who supposedly jumped to her death after a shoplifting charge, which Kinsey instigated after witnessing the woman stealing clothes in a Nordstrum. Kinsey is hired because the boyfriend wants Kinsey to find out if it was true that his girlfriend had a secret life.
As a starter, I found this motive a little bit of a stretch; the guy seemed pretty entrenched in his denial and not the type to spend money on a private investigator. Also, Grafton could do
Mar 26, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
V is for Vengeance has a very effective hook at the very beginning. It's Kinsey's birthday, and she's nursing a broken nose and feeling sorry for herself. It's not until the final chapter that we learn who bashed her. This is one of Grafton's most complex plots, involving three separate stories that gradually merge into one. A few days earlier, Kinsey saw and reported a shoplifter, who was arrested. The scene shifts and we meet a loan shark with a sense of decency, and a woman who is tiring of h ...more
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

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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
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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)

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