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R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone #18)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  25,392 Ratings  ·  604 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 G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published July 13th 2004)
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Sep 19, 2012 Jeff rated it it was ok
Shelves: who-done-it
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 (the 19th century whaling industry - fascinating, no?). Pages and pages of background on money laundering pigeon-holed into casual conversation.

Warning: I wouldn't recommend listening to this on audio book while driving. You'r
Jan 08, 2010 pinknantucket rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
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
Jul 06, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2012 Dale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Should have been titled "S is for Slow" or "T is for Tedious"

Published in 2004 by Random House Audio
Read by Judy Kaye
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
Aug 30, 2012 Zoey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great addition to the Kinsey series. I liked that her & Cheney seem to be becoming involved, I hope for Kinseys sake he stays around :)
May 03, 2007 Carol rated it it was ok
I love the alphabet series, but this is not her best. Its okay, but most of the others are far better.
Aug 18, 2008 Gini rated it it was ok
Very disappointing addition to this series - hardly any action and a unimaginative plot
Randee Baty
Jun 11, 2013 Randee Baty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mystery-pi
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
Feb 28, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
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
Benjamin Thomas
Feb 13, 2016 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
It’s hard to believe I’m up to number 18 in this series. In many ways it seems like I just started reading them but to me, they are comfortable reads now and it’s like visiting old friends every time I read one.

This time that seemed even truer. The story revolves around Reba Lafferty, the 32 year old daughter of a rich businessman. She may have been born to riches but she has burned the candle at both ends for most of her life. As a result she has served a ~ 2 year prison term for embezzlement,
Aug 17, 2009 Ron rated it it was ok
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
David Monroe
3.75 stars out of 5, rounded up.

I enjoy the audiobook versions of this series. In fact, that's how I first discovered the series a few years ago. Yes, I'm very late to it. I was trying to find something to listen to on a bus trip to Toronto, and dl'd the first two books.

Something I've just noticed that actress Judy Kaye does in her narration -- when she does a male voice, she shifts her voice *up* an octave or two. I'm not sure why she does it, whether it's something she's unaware of, or somet
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it liked it
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
Paula Dembeck
Dec 10, 2016 Paula Dembeck rated it liked it
As we continue to follow private investigator Kinsey Millhone, readers are taken on her next case when she is called to the house of Nord Lafferty, an older well to do man who proposes what appears to be an easy job for big money. He wants Kinsey to pick up his daughter Reba who is being released from prison. She has just finished serving twenty-two months of a four year sentence for embezzling funds from her wealthy employer, real estate developer Alan Beckwith.

Reba has always been a difficult
Jan 21, 2017 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle, mystery
This wasn't one of my favorite Kinsey Millhone mysteries to be sure. There was a lot less action and a lot more about relationships in this book. Still, it kept my interest and I look forward to the next one in the series.
Woody Chandler
I have to hand it to Ms. Grafton - it is rare that I encounter a protagonist, let alone a major character in an ongoing series that I detest. Kinsey Millhone is so far removed from hard-boiled detective fiction that I cringe each time I see that phrase used in conjunction with this series. She seems to refuse to carry a sidearm & in this case, she paid the price. I was actually rooting for her to be hurt more badly in the hopes that she would wake up & quit playing around. I also find my ...more
Mar 13, 2017 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, pi, uno
Kinsey took more of a back seat in this one and it felt like there was a little less by way of character development.
Oct 08, 2013 Hobart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
So here we are at the 18th Kinsey Millhone mystery, and as is the case with a lot of these books, this is a really mixed bag. However, this time, it's the non-case work that's the most interesting (pretty sure that's a first for me). There were some moments to the main story, but on the whole I found it dissatisfying.

Kinsey's hired by the father of Reba Lafferty, a soon-to-be-paroled woman, to pick her up from the prison and accompany her for the first few days, help her get established on the o
mitchell k dwyer
Aug 08, 2012 mitchell k dwyer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, reviewed
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
May 18, 2013 Aaron rated it liked it
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
Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew
The mystery in this book does not come from the crime, for once. You quickly find out who did what, why, and when. Instead the mystery comes from "And what happened next?"
Sherri Hunter
Nov 08, 2011 Sherri Hunter rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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
Pat C.
Feb 08, 2015 Pat C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things I liked other things not so much

Reba Lafferty is so far (of the three alphabet books I've read) my favorite character. So that made the ending a big disappointment. I don't like my escape fiction quite that realistic. On the other hand, Lucinda Cunningham is one of the most disgustingly self righteous characters in the modern crime/mystery/thriller genre. I don't mind disgusting so much but she just didn't fit in. Why would Nord put up with her? In real life I don't think rich guys let wo
Jul 28, 2011 Marci rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 03, 2011 Cliff rated it liked it
Once again, Kinsey Millhone tells another tale from her continuing repertoire of more challenging cases. While Sue Grafton has polished her writing to a fine sheen at this point, I can't help but feel that this book is simply more of the same. This isn't all bad, but it does make for the novels to seem a bit unimaginative. Part of the issue is that many of these stories simply aren't very memorable.

Particularly egregious problems with this book were the opening which leads you to believe that so
Jan 18, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
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
Beth Peninger
Oct 10, 2013 Beth Peninger rated it did not like it
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
Sarah Sammis
Jan 19, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok
Shelves: pc, read-in-2009
I have all Sue Grafton's alphabet series and I'm slowly working my way through them. I'm up R is for Ricochet which I've also listened to as an audio book. Although I'm not normally a fan of audio books, Grafton's books are more fun to listen to than to read.

In R is for Ricochet Kinsey Millhone is hired to drive a wealthy man's daughter, Reba, home from prison. She ends up becoming Reba's friend and through Reba ends up in the middle of a case involving money laundering and the mob.

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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 25 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)
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