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O is for Outlaw

(Kinsey Millhone #15)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  23,331 ratings  ·  690 reviews
Through fourteen books, fans have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past: a morsel here, a dollop there. We know of the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast. But husband number one remained a blip on the screen until now.

The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulte
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Paperback, 354 pages
Published January 2nd 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published 1999)
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Lauren I read in a Facebook post (Sue Grafton responding to a reader question) that Judy Kaye did the narration for Random House Audio and Mary Peiffer did…moreI read in a Facebook post (Sue Grafton responding to a reader question) that Judy Kaye did the narration for Random House Audio and Mary Peiffer did the books for the blind. As to why Mary Peiffer only seems to narrate up to N, I don’t know. Maybe Books for the Blind stopped producing them after that?(less)

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Jilly
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
O is for outpatient therapy - which I am considering seriously because I keep reading these books. I need my head examined.

Okay, so in this shit-storm, Kinsey decides to find out who shot her first husband, and yes, she is a suspect. We learn all about her first marriage and how horribly wounded she was about him cheating on her. We already know she is a major hypocrite... as she goes ahead and calls the married guy she had an affair with to help her with the case.... but she is trying really ha
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James
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4 out of 5 stars for O is for Outlaw, the 15th book in the "Kinsey Millhone" mystery series, written in 1999 by Sue Grafton. What an amazing treat for longtime fans of this series with the "O" alphabet book. We've known Kinsey for a long time, but very little about her life before the books began. We met the ex-husband(s), heard a snippet here and there, but we never actually got a lot of details about this wonderful heroine. Well now we do... and more than we'd hoped. When she bu
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Kristen
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Finished the book on audio. I don't like the new reader. She makes Kinsey sound older. She sounds like Kinsey's name should be Judy. I know that IS the reader's real name. But her voice ages her and puts her in the era when a quirky funky name like Kinsey just did not happen.
Henry sounds like a much older and more frail sounding man. Not someone that Kinsey found as an much older bur still very attractive man. Rosie sounds like a curly haired busy body flake, not the tall dark and brooding mada
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Jennifer
Nov 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 2002, sue-grafton
I realized as I was reading this book that it was more out of a commitment to finish the alphabet with Sue Grafton than out of a love for the character. I feel like the series has been up and down in terms of my interest. The books O, P and Q are where my interest really flagged off. If you are going to start the series - do not read O,P or Q first. Cuz you won't pick up another one.

In this book Kinsey delves into her past and more is revealed about her than in any other book. Normally that has
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Jenny
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
O Is for Outlaw is book fifteen of the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton. Kinsey Millhone was at her desk when she received a call from a man who said he found personnel stuff of Kinsey and would hand them over at a price. Kinsey Millhone started to wonder what the information contains and paid the money. However, Kinsey Millhone did not realise the hornet's nest that the information will have on her and the people around her. The readers of O Is for Outlaw would follow Kinsey Millhome inves ...more
Judy
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed each of the installments in the alphabet series. This one is particularly interesting because we learn more about Kinsey's personal life, particularly about her first marriage. I have always liked her as a protagonist: she's tough and down-to-earth. She can hold her own with the police, with rich folks, with grungy lowlifes. I wish I knew some of the things she knows -- picking locks is a cool skill :) She does put herself into some dangerous situations. It was fun for me, in this ...more
Darinda
Kinsey gets a call from a guy who came across some memorabilia from her youth after he purchased the contents of a storage unit at auction. Kinsey buys the stuff from the guy and starts going through it. She finds a old letter that she had never read. A letter than makes her take a second look at some things from her first marriage.

The 15th book in the Kinsey Millhone series. This one was a more personal story for Kinsey. She's not working on any case. She's looking into her own past, and conne
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Dana
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A "storage space scavenger" calls Kinsey Millhone saying that he has items that once belonged to her. A rented storage space has fallen into arrears, and he has bought the contents. The storage space had been rented by Mickey Magruder, Kinsey's first ex-husband.

Kinsey buys a box of items that were originally hers. In it, she finds a letter addressed to her that reached Mickey after she had left. The letter is from a woman named Dixie Hightower, a barmaid. From it, Kinsey learns that Mickey had h
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Petula Darling
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
After reading 15 books in this series I can't help but marvel at what a great job Kinsey does at keeping the peace in California, since she's clearly the only person who is capable of solving a crime or putting away criminals.
I'm more than happy to let Kinsey step in for the police when it can be justified, as it makes for an interesting story. I hate it, however, when Sue Grafton has the police involved in a story only to have them bungle everything ridiculously. It's one thing to have them una
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Linda
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good entry in the series. This is my favorite kind of story - combining past events with things going on in the present. I enjoyed this because we got to dig into Kinsey's past some more and see a more sentimental side of her. The mystery kept me guessing too.
Brad
Mar 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: increadibly tollerant mouth breethers
'O', the things one does while waiting for a car inspection... I would have rather talked to the fat man sitting next to me. Alas, he was on his cell phone for hours, (must have a sweet battery,) so I was left choosing between year old copies of 'Better Homes and Gardens' and this P.O.S. I regret my choice. Did I have to know that when the protagonist backed from a parking space, she first turned the key then put the car in reverse? Really? Every fucking time? How 'bout just once she forgets to ...more
Helio
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite so far of the Alphabet series. I have read about twenty so far but not in order. I started with "Y" and read the others as they became available at the library. I have been amazed and enchanted at how different each storyline has been. The books have been a solid 8 or 9 out 10 which usually translated into 4 stars on Goodreads - this one rated five stars.

At first I didn't care for this story involving her first ex and wondered if the author had a long term plan/outline for e
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Nancy Moore
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awesome read! Through 14 books in the series, we never found out anything about Kinsey's first husband, Mickey Magruder. In this 15th book in the series, Kinsey has heard nothing from Mickey and hasn't even thought about him in years. Suddenly her past comes to haunt her when she receives a visit from police informing her that Mickey has been shot and is fighting for his life and she may be a suspect! We go on a suspense-filled journey with Kinsey to find out who shot Mickey.
Sandie
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grafton always delivers when I need an easy escape read.
mitchell k dwyer
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, mystery
This far into the series, the best thing about a Kinsey Milhone book is what it adds to a reader's understanding of (and liking for) the main character. Author Sue Grafton knows this, and she seems to be pacing herself through the remainder of the alphabet with developments in Kinsey's love life, revelations about her past, and coming to terms with abandonment issues in the face of new relationships with family members she's only known about for a short time.

In N is for Noose, Grafton sweeps Kin
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Marwan
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've started reading the alphabet series from this one, and I loved it. It had the twists, the thrill. However, I didn't like Kinsey much. I mean she breaks into people's houses to find evidence, I know it's for the investigation, but she admitted that she enjoys doing it.So when she was caught red-handed, I said "serve you right". Other than that, she's fine.
The novel digs up Kinsey's past, more precisely, an unsolved murder which her ex-husband, Mickey was accused of and which made him resign
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Tara
O is a slight departure from the trajectory of the series, in that we travel back in time and learn all about Kinsey's first husband (who I don't recall knowing anything about from previous books). This case serves as a personal journey for our heroine, learning more about the husband she never really knew, and herself at that age as well. The story has a slow burn, and unravels very quickly in the last few chapters, but it keeps your attention the whole way through. These books are somewhat sta ...more
Alondra
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, mystery
4 Stars (updated after much thought - 5/1/16)

This was a good story, with a lot of missing pieces to the puzzle. Why was her ex-husband shot?? AND...what in the heck does that have to do with Kinsey, 15 years after they were divorced?? She hasn't even seen him in that time.

There are many clues as to what is going on, but for the life of me; I could not figure it out until the very end. Sometimes, people are just crazy. It was the least likely place for me to turn. Oh well, good story nonetheless
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Una Tiers
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
While Kinsey is clever, this book is depressing. The central figure, Mickey, has no role other than to lie in bed like a soap opera victim while their contract is renegotiated.
Linda Boyd
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-bayb
It was nice getting back to Kinsey! I really need to get this series completed this year!
James Glass
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Sue Grafton's character Kinsey Millhone. Kinsey is a wise-cracking character you love, no matter the dilemma. As a private detective, she's always finding herself taking on a case that ends up being more than she bargained for when she agreed to take the case. O is for Outlaw is no different, except for one thing. We get to learn more about her past. We learn more about her first husband, which in most of her previous novels is a quick sentence or two. Not enough to know who he ...more
Robyn
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Book
Kinsey isn't too concerned when a storage unit salvage man contacts her, he found a box of her possessions and figures she'd be interested in having them back, curiosity killed the cat or so the saying goes, and in typical PI fashion Kingsey soon finds herself dangerously close to meeting that very fate. The box introduces us to a past we know nothing about, her first ex-husband,Mickey and the cause of their failed marriage. He's been shot, in ICU and in a coma. Determined to find the cu
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Jordan Berg
Jun 13, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: who has read Sue Grafton
I love Sue Grafton’s book as she follows private eye Kinsey Millhone through the alphabet. Her books reflect the dying art of private eye mystery books. Sue Grafton is genius at playing homage to this classic genre while updating it with her heroine Kinsey. That is why I was so disappointed by O for Outlaw. This one is more sentimental than her other books and it suffers because of it. While I was glad to learn more about Kinsey, it is certainly not Grafton’s strong writing skills. If you like t ...more
Quenya
At least we had a “live” character in this book worth rooting for and so glad Duffy came through for Kinsey in the end. The last two books before this one didn’t really give me someone besides Kinsey to root for and I found those stories to drag me down. This one on the other hand was exciting, gave us someone to root for and opened up some of Kinsey’s past. Her first ex-husband Mickey is an interesting character and I could see how Kinsey fell for him in the past versus her other ex-husband Dan ...more
Hilary
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
It's been years (gulp, decades) since I read Sue Grafton, and in that time I'd forgotten how much I liked Kinsey Millhone. In many ways she's the most realistic of the PIs found in this genre, and she seems especially human now, following the box which inexplicably leads her back into her past from an angle she did not suspect.
Murrel Lowry
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, a great read from author Sue Grafton. Not quite as good as M is for Malice, but I haven't read a bad book of hers yet. I have 10 more of her books to read and I own all of them. I'm looking forward to the next one. She always keeps me turning pages, and for me, that's what it all about. Many thanks to this author for giving me a reason to do what I love. Reading IS a wonderful thing.
Angela
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
My fave of the Millhone books because she visits my hometown Louisville KY. Grafton is actually from here and for her to have Louisville Male High School in 1985 as a part of the book was so cool. I graduated in 81
Beth Lechman
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Although the plot changes in each book it seems to me to be the same thing over and over. Kinsey Millhone P.I. sticks her nose in places she doesn't belong and thinks the law doesn't apply to her. I am finding that it is harder and harder to continue with each book.
Jared Castiglione
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my third time reading “O is for Outlaw.” It’s easily one of my favorites in the series. So many classic Kinsey moments. It’s one of those books that grabs me with its first paragraph and keeps me until those poignant last words in the epilogue.
Connie Becerra
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've always enjoyed this series, but it's been a few years since I've read one. I really enjoyed this one; it felt like visiting an old friend I haven't seen in a long time. It's a good read.
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Sue Grafton was a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She is best known for her “alphabet series” featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane (1967) and The Lolly-Madonna War (1969), both out of print. In the book Kinsey and ...more

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