R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone, #18)
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R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone #18)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  18,897 ratings  ·  391 reviews
Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born, and he could deny her nothing. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institution for Women. Now, at thirty-two,...more
Mass Market Paperback, 363 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Berkley (first published July 8th 2004)
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Jerry
Millhone in classic form, almost outshined by Reba !

As with many of Sue Grafton's easy-reading tales about Santa Teresa private eye Kinsey Millhone, the books starts out pretty slow with Kinsey accepting a straightforward assignment to escort home a newly released parolee from women's prison, Reba Lafferty. The latter is an appealing young woman with fresh ideas and habits, including a past penchant for light drugs, booze, gambling, and her former boss Beck. That she landed in the slammer by ple...more
pinknantucket
What I shame this book wasn’t “C is for Corpse” (an earlier Sue Grafton novel) so I could make a clever joke about what the novel really should have been called. I can think of several derogatory words that begin with C, but none that start with an R. The best I can think of off the top of my head is “R is for Ratshit”, which is kind of cheating.

Yes, I was less than impressed with this latest effort by Sue Grafton in her alphabetically-themed adventures of her heroine Kinsey Millhone, a private...more
Laura
I heard about this series on Central Standard (NPR) and thought I'd give it a go. The good news first. Grafton choose to set the entire series in the 1980's. It takes sleuthing to a level I haven't seen since Magnum PI. Detective Milhorne often stops by the office to check her message machine, she uses phone books and pay phones, and she uses resources at the library to find facts! Fun, fun!
Now the bad news. Mystery authors walk a fine line with their readers. Make the mystery too difficult to...more
Carol
I love the alphabet series, but this is not her best. Its okay, but most of the others are far better.
Gini
Very disappointing addition to this series - hardly any action and a unimaginative plot
Randee Baty
This is a very different story from the previous Kinsey stories and it's gotten some bad reviews because of that but it's in the top 5 for me. It's clever and kept my curiosity up through the whole story.

Kinsey has been hired by a elderly gentlemen to pick up his 30 year old daughter, Reba, from the Correctional Institute for Women after doing 2 years for embezzlement. He wants her to get the daughter home and settled, then her job is done. Of course, we know it won't end there. Turns out, Reba...more
Susan
A definite winner! This was a page-turner for me. It’s July 1987, a few weeks after Kinsey’s 37th birthday. Kinsey (Grafton?) opens philosophically:

“The basic question is this: given human nature, are any of us really capable of change? The mistakes other people make are usually patently obvious. Our own are tougher to recognize. In most cases, our path through life reflects a fundamental truth about who we are now and who we’ve been since birth. We’re optimists or pessimists, joyful or depresse...more
Kara Jorges
Things are slow for Santa Teresa PI Kinsey Millhone, when wealthy Nord Lafferty hires her to pick up his daughter from prison and keep her company for a couple of days. Reba Lafferty is on parole after doing 22 months for embezzlement. Things seem to be fine until Kinsey catches Reba using her as a beard to meet her married lover, who also happens to be the ex-employer she supposedly stole $350,000 from. Reba seems thrilled to be back in Beck’s arms until an overzealous FBI agent slips her some...more
Dale
Should have been titled "S is for Slow" or "T is for Tedious"

Published in 2004 by Random House Audio
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Duration: 11 hours, 33 minutes


"Occasionally I'm simply a minor character in someone else's play." -Kinsey Millhone.

R is for Ricochet really is an appropriate title for this one since, like a misfired bullet that bounces around and hits uninvolved bystanders, Kinsey gets caught up in a client's mess and nearly gets herself killed.

Set in July of 1987, this is one really slow-develop...more
Ron
Having read the first 17, this is beginning to feel like being forced to try all 26 flavors at the ice cream store. The first few were good, the next few, not as much, then the experience eventually slides down into a force feeding totally devoid of enjoyment. Its not that her writing is any worse (or any better, really) than before, its the same, or at least it feels that way to me. I still like the lead, Kinsey Millhone, but this is now like watching Simon & Simon episodes. The plot tricks...more
Marci
I've fallen behind in my Kinsey Milhone reading. I have liked all of the series, with some better than others, and only one that I really had trouble liking at the end. I won't say which one. I liked this one better than most. Sue Grafton is squarely in the hard-boiled detective school of writing, which is definitely not my usual taste, but Kinsey is a lot like someone I knew when I was growing up in California, and I like her in spite of the chasm that separates her lifestyle from mine. In addi...more
Aaron
This is probably my least favorite of Sue Grafton's alphabet-themed mysteries. I guess part of it is because there really is no clear crime that is being investigated for most of the book. Instead, Kinsey Millhone finds herself being hired by multi-millionaire Nord Lafferty to serve as a supervisor for his daughter, Reba, who has just been released from prison for embezzling money from her boss and lover Alan "Beck" Beckwith. The funny thing is that Reba is actually still in love with Beck, who...more
Chuck Barksdale
After seeing Sue Grafton in Albany at Bouchercon in September (2013), I decided I needed to get back to this series. At one time, I was fairly current in reading the series but it has been 7 years since I read Q is for Quarry. I was a bit worried I would not be able to follow the back story, but I quickly remembered the key characters although I'm sure I forgot some of the men who have occasionally been in Kinsey's life. I'm glad I decided to read this and although Kinsey did do some things that...more
Joy
Private Investigator Kinsey Milhone is back on the job, hired by a privileged parolee's father to keep her out of trouble. It should be an easy assignment-until the parolee's past starts coming back to haunt her.
Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege. Abandoned by her rebellious mother when she was an infant, she was the only child of a rich man already in his mid-fifties when she was born, and her adoring father thoroughly spoiled her. Now, at thirty-two, having had many scrapes with the la...more
mitchell dwyer
I haven't read any reviews of R is for Ricochet yet, but I predict this installment in Sue Grafton's series will be as polarizing as P is for Peril was. Five chapters in, I recognized that Grafton was going a different route with this one when I still didn't know what the mystery was. When that remained the case twenty chapters in, I settled in and agreed with the author to go along for the ride, whatever that ride was going to be.

Kinsey Millhone is hired by a wealthy, aging developer to escort...more
Julianne
This one is unlike all the other Sue Grafton alphabet books. This one is NOT a murder mystery. Still, it's plenty of fun with interesting characters and lots of action.

An elderly gentleman hires Kinsey to go pick up his daughter at a prison for women, where she has just finished serving a 22-month sentence for embezzlement. Kinsey brings Reba back home, takes her to meet her parole officer, buy some new clothes, and eat a few Quarter-Pounders at McDonald's. They run into Reba's former boss. Is...more
Hallie
3.5 stars.

It was nice to be back in Kinsey territory, and there was plenty that was fun here, but I felt that Kinsey made just one too many highly stupid decisions (or rather went along with Reba's plans), and never seemed to evaluate the consequences, after she gets out safely. Not one of my favourites in the series, but not bad either.

On a completely trivial note: I don't remember there being quite so much about clothes in earlier books. I didn't mind Kinsey's usual "I've got barely any clothe...more
Susan Grossey
This is the eighteenth in Sue Grafton’s alphabetical series of novels featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone (starting with “A is for Alibi”, and now awaiting only “Z is for…”). I’d not read any before, but my library search turned this one up when I looked for “money laundering” (for my day job: I advise people on how to spot money laundering), and I have to say that I enjoyed it more than I anticipated. In short, Kinsey is hired to collect a young woman from prison, who has served time...more
Jeff
I've read some of Grafton's other works and liked some (especially early on in the alphabet series), but this one left me asking the question: Why doesn't someone edit this woman's work? The amount of exposition and background info added to this book is almost Melvillenian. Pages and pages of background on money laundering. This weighs the book down considerably, which is a shame because she has a knack for story, dialogue and characterization.
Mary
There was nothing wrong with this book, but there was nothing about it I liked. I started to read the Kinsey Millhone series years ago and stopped; I don't remember why.

This is not so much a story about Millhone as a story about a sort-of client, a young woman with a wealthy father. The woman's just been released from prison and is bound and determined to screw up again. For unconvincing reasons, Millhone goes along for the ride. A complicated money-laundering investigation bogs the plot down,...more
Carl Alves
In R is for Ricochet, Kinsey Milhone is given a seemingly easy assignment that pays well. She is being paid to babysit Reba Lafferty, the 32 year old daughter of a wealthy man who has just recently been paroled after embezzling. Things start off well for Kinsey. Reba is easy going and they get along well, but before long Reba falls back into her old crowd that got her into trouble to begin with.

This is a less than stellar Sue Grafton novel. Although she isn’t one of my favorite writers, this was...more
Steve
4.5 stars, I guess. I quite enjoyed this book, but not enough to give it 5 stars. It was nicely written, slotted in well with the previous book, moved along at a good clip, had enough plot twists to keep me guessing, and the ending was nice and satisfying. Can not wait to read the next.
Kathy
Kinsey is a female private detective who finds herself hired by a father to 'babysit' his a young rich daughter, recently released from prison. This novel is filled with love and money laundering... try that for a combo. A light read, but enjoyable.
Lora
Kinsey is hired by wealthy Nord Lafferty to escort his daughter, Reba, back home after she's released from prison. Kinsey finds herself liking Reba and wanting her to succeed on the outside, so Kinsey spends time with her. Soon, however, Kinsey is embroiled in Reba's relationship with shady businessman Alan "Beck" Beckwith. In fact, Reba had taken the fall for Beck because she was in love with him. When the U.S. government asks for Kinsey's help in getting Reba to help them go after Beckwith, Ki...more
Beth Peninger
What happened to Grafton's Kinsey Millhone?! She totally disappeared in this installment of the series. Oh she's there, narrating the story as usual but she lacks her usual bravado, instincts, initiative, and personality. The secondary character, Reba, seems to assume Kinsey's persona this time around. Plus a new development in Kinsey's love life seems to derail her a bit as well from being who Grafton has been developing her in the past 17 books. It was disappointing. It feels like Grafton let...more
Gary
Coming off one of the better entries in the series (Q is for Quarry), this book is one of the weakest and most disappointing in the series. The whole general tone of this book was that Grafton had no idea what to do with it other than pound it out and satisfy her commitment to her publisher. The "Ricochet" of the title can be surmised by reading between the lines but this novel would have been better served if it had been titled "R is for Relationship" as 95% of the book is given over to chronic...more
Barbara ★
This time private investigator Kinsey Millhone accepts an unusual case. She is babysitting a privileged woman just coming out of prison for embezzlement. But if you've been reading this series, you know that there will be more to it than that. In fact, in addition to an out of control female (drugs, alcohol etc), a drug lord and a money launderer are involved as well. But never fear Kinsey is on the job and even being sidelined by said female (Reba Lafferty), she allows herself to fall into seri...more
Sharal Hunter
Overall, this is a decent series but it’s starting to lag for me. I like Kinsey but while reading this book about Kinsey’s latest job of picking up a convicted felon released from prison on parole fell short of the mark for me. I felt Kinsey’s tenacious skills as a private investigator were wasted with this babysitting job. The few interactions Kinsey has in the book with Henry left me unsettled as well. With a long-running series, there needs to be definitive character development and growth. A...more
Aaron
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Judith
Well, surprised was I to find that I had not already read this book. I do not remember which letters of the alphabet I have read, but I thought perhaps it was all of them. Not so.

Kinsey Millhone, private investigator, takes on a "babysitting" job: to pick up a young woman from prison, bring her home to Santa Teresa (Grafton's fictitious version of Santa Barbara), and stay with her until she is "settled". The young woman is Reba Lafferty, in for embezzlement of a sizable amount of money from her...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...more
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