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F Is For Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone #6)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  21,461 ratings  ·  375 reviews
How do you prove the innocence of a man already found guilty of murder? That's the task Kinsey Millhone is faced with when she takes on the case of Bailey Fowler.

These are the facts: Jean Timberlake, Bailey's girlfriend, was found dead on the sands of Floral Beach, California, seventeen years ago. Bailey, drug addict and convicted felon, with no good alibi, was sent to th
Published August 2nd 2007 by Pan (first published 1988)
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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.
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
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,
F is for Fantastic! I enjoyed this installment of Sue Grafton's "Alphabet Mysteries" even more than earlier novels in this series. A sharply crafted cast of wacky characters, an engrossing mystery to solve, and a satisfying conclusion. It took this series a while to get going, but now it is racing like a train out of control.
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
This is good representative of the stories Grafton has done. Jean Timberlake, who was illegitimate and considered "easy" in high school, was murdered when she was a senior in high school.

Bailey Fowler, her boyfriend at that time, admitted guilt. He escaped jail sixteen years ago, adopted the name Peter Lambert, got a job with a clothing company, Needham, worked there twelve years. Alas, there is a warrant out for Peter Lambert so Fowler is caught and is recanting his guilt. His father, Royce Fo
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
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: 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 in his son’s innocence, Bailey’s father wants Kinsey to find Je ...more
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".
I think that "E" is for Evidence and "F" is for Fugitive, were both much better than the books that came before them. I am therefore willing to try, at some point next year, some of the remaining books in the alphabet series that I have accumulated.
Great story for Kinsey. Didn't include the regular locale or any of the regular characters other than Kinsey.

Mostly, I was weirded out that for the first time in the series Sue Grafton didn't mention bougainvillea. Strange!!!
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.
I'm rereading this entire series again, and I stand by my claim that Grafton's first novels are sooooooo much better than her later ones. This is one of the best so far. What I like about Grafton's writing is her character development. The descriptions and dialogue of each person is vivid enough to "see" them in my mind. The plot snowballs, and finally (after many complications) Kinsey always finds herself at the climax of the drama. She can weave a mystery and solve it in fewer than 200 pages. ...more
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.
Beth Ann
I had forgotten how much I love Sue Grafton and her Kinsey Milhone series! I have not read any for quite some time and a recent book swap netted me F is for Fugitive which was the perfect summer afternoon book to read. Grafton's story telling is captivating and the reader immediately is entrenched in the who-dun-it. Kinsey is her usual feisty self in this book and while we don't' read a lot about Henry, her landlord this time,*(one of my favorite characters) the book is full of colorful characte ...more
Joshua Berkov
This was one of the better Kinsey Milhone mysteries. Definitely worth the read.
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
While I really did enjoy this book, I found it difficult to read straight through. I don't know if I'm burnt out on Kinsey or what but I did read another book in the middle of this one. I think I'll take a break before reading the next one.

This review is not meant to discourage anyone from reading these books - I am enjoying them. Just not this many in a row, I guess.

Oh, there was one thing that happened in this book that almost made me deduct a star: Kinsey, for someone who is supposed to be p
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
One of my favorite Grafton books...
Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries are always fun. I'm reading them in order, and "F Is for Fugitive" may be my favorite one so far. Kinsey is called upon to solve an old murder case in a small, dilapidated beach town. The timing is perfect given that her apartment was just blown to bits in the prior book and is being redone. The residents of Floral Beach all know each other, and many of them seem to have motives for killing off 17-year-old Jean Timberlake. As usual, Kinsey manages to ingratiate h ...more
"F is for Fugitive" took longer for me to finish reading than any of Sue Grafton's books so far. Was it because its a bad story? A boring mystery? Maybe not.
In this installment of the alphabet murders series of books, Kinsey Milhone is outside of her small town investigating a murder of a young girl that happened over ten years before. A father who is seriously ill hires Kinsey to clear his son who was accused and jailed for her murder. As Kinsey investigates she uncovers more going on in tow
This book is about a cold case where the few leads the police had turned up 17 years prior. Kinsey Milhorne is a 32 year-old, single, for-hire private investigator. Kinsey doesn’t fit the typical mold for a 32 year old woman in books now-a-days. She’s not helpless or dependent and she’s not seeking true love or a cushy job position. She’s independent, she’s been happy in her small studio apartment (until that was blown up) and she’s a self-employed. Kinsey is hired by Royce Fowler to look into t ...more
Anirban Das
The sixth installment of the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton. I would start by saying that this is one of the best books in the series. The book is a whodunit, with the murder being something which happened 17 years ago. Jean Timberlake was strangled, her then boyfriend Bailey Fowler was convicted, but he escaped. Now 17 years later he has been captured again. Royce, Bailey’s dad, hires Kinsey to find out who is the real killer as he is convinced that it is not Bailey. Kinsey starts her wo ...more
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
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
"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
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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)
  • 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)
  • K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11)
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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