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U Is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
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Dec 23, 2011

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If you like Sue Grafton, this is definitely one of her better books. It is written is three voices, obviously with Kinsey taking up most of the story line. The technique is not the first time Grafton has used it, but so far it is the best. The story bounces back and forth between the current time (80's) and the 60's, bringing the sins of the latter into the former. The idiocy and arrogance of some of the 60-era people is well captured, however some of the children of that era grew up as contributing members of society in spite of their parent's efforts.
The story begins with a youngish man, who is on the outs with his family and maintains a not very good reputation, remembering an event that could very well be a false memory about a young girl who simply disappeared. It does, however, turn out to be true, but not in the way expected. Kinsey's terrier personality leads in a very roundabout way to the truth, and forces some people from the 60's era to finally face up to the consequences of their actions.
In the process, Kinsey is introduced to a reporter who plays a role in a subsequent book. She also learns more about her grandmother (Grand), because of some old unopened letters a family member gives her.
Three stars because it is Sue Grafton, but not one I would read again.

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