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U Is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
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Kinsey Millhone is approached by a young man who thinks he might have witnessed the burial of a kidnapped child over 20 years ago. She reluctantly agrees to investigate his sketchy story for just one day. Her investigation takes Kinsey to Horton Ravine, an enclave of the wealthy, and reveals the attitudes of the rich toward their servants as well as the rest of the population who work for an honest living. Kinsey feels compelled by a charming photo of the kidnapped girl to pursue her investigation into the kidnapping. Subplots utilize flashbacks to the events leading up to the kidnapping, including an upper-class conservative husband and wife's reactions to their son showing up at their house wearing hippie garb with a pregnant girlfriend. Through persistence and logic, Kinsey solves the crime, and just in the nick of time for justice to be served.

Kinsey's feelings about her own past are altered forever when she reads letters addressed to her and to her aunt back when she was newly orphaned.

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