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V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
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Nov 20, 11

bookshelves: mystery
Read from November 17 to 20, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Grafton sets up, for the first 100 pages or so, crimes and their discoveries that might require vengeance. Pay attention as you read those pages. I didn't pay enough, but, luckily, her characters have to re-tell the stories to others at the moment in the story when the reader needs the reminder.

Usually, Grafton novels don't require much attention to detail; but this one has characters more complex than those in "U Is for Undertow." This book is a novel, not truly a mystery, for even more crimes are uncovered as the story unfolds. I enjoyed the chapters in which different characters' voices take over for Kinsey's. These are characters to relish. In a way, we see Kinsey acting from the outside, even though she's speaking in the first person.

She commits plenty of petty crimes herself, always in pursuit of justice of course. At the end, it's hard not to admire her for wanting to jump in the middle of a firefight between cops, a heartless gangster on the run, and a vengeful thief close to Kinsey's heart. Throughout the novel, she refers to herself as distrustful and cynical. Her actions in this novel are often undertaken out of pride; but generally, she performs surprisingly selfless acts. Except for her final stroke of vengeance...really, enjoy.
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