U Is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone #21)
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by Sue Grafton
Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. Even more so when Kinsey Millhone’s only lead is a grown man dredging up a repressed childhood memory—of something that may never have happened…
Looking solemn, Michael Sutton arrives in Kinsey’s office with a story: When he was six, he wandered into the woods and saw two men digging a hole. They claimed they were pirates, looking for treasure. Now, the long-forgotten incident has come back to him—and he is convinced that he witnessed the burial of a kidnapped child.
Kinsey has little to go on. Sutton doesn’t even know where he was that day—and, she soon discovers, he has a history of what might generously be called an active imagination. Despite her doubts, Kinsey sets out to locate the so-called burial site. And what’s found there pulls her into a current of deceit stretching back more than twenty years… [close]
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I met Sue Grafton at a book signing once. She had spoken about how she received letters from people admonishing her about how much Kinsey swore. She reacted by having Kinsey swear less, but felt uneasy about i ...more
It was told from different view points, the past and present and different characters and that made it interesting
What I don't quite get and which the book didn't explain was how the the "boy who cried wolf" could have been telling the truth when he couldn't have possibly witnessed as he was in another country and this was the documented by photogrphic proof? it made it unlikely- how as a writer can ...more
Kinsey Milhone is a unique and strong character, and that's one of the things I love about this series. On one hand, she dislikes socializing, but has a few really good friends she loves to hang out with. Her landlord, Henry, is a doll. He is 80 something and has three brothers in their 90's. (O ...more
The murder at the heart of ...more
I do not understand so many positive ratings on this book. I do acknowledge that I picked it up without having read anything else in the series. However, I didn't like anything about it. There is absolutely nothing special about Grafton's writing style. She overly describes every ...more
4* B is for Burglar (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
4* C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone, #3)
4* D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)
4* E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
4* F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
4* G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
4* H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)
4* I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
4* J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)
4* K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11)
4* L is for Lawless (Kinsey Millho ...more
Sue Grafton crafts a fair story, bit she fluffs it out with detail that made me almost put the book down more than once. From mundane details of the protagonist's housekeeping, to hackneyed turns of phrase describing landscapes and weather (that fail to create a mood), she blatantly ignores the advice that that one of the characters receives from his mentor. The fluff detracts from the overall impression of the story. The sex was gratuitous and icky. I ended up skimm ...more
As she nears the end, her work has become sloppy and poorly researched.
(a) regarding beds;in 1967, people didn't call them futons: they were day-beds.
(b) I don't believe that Percocet was the pain reliever of doctor's choice in 1988: more like Tylenol 3 with codeine and I think even Darvon was still around.
(c) I don't think even California types plagued their children with play-dates in 1968; that word came into vogue in the la ...more
I can’t imagine the Millhone books read by anyone else but Judy Kaye. She has just the understated acerbic tone of voice to characterize Kinsey, and she can change voice and mood for the other characters as well. In this one Kinsey is sitting alone in her office doing paper work when a young man, Michael Sutton, come ...more
It’s so well written and she’s such a good storyteller. As usual, there was much that was amusing; I love mysteries that contain some humor.
I love Donna Andrews and Nevada Barr and Abigail Padgett's Bo Bradley series, and many other mystery authors and series, but I think Sue Grafton remains my favorite mystery author. Her books are not too scary, there’s not too much vio ...more
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.
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