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L is for Lawless

(Kinsey Millhone #12)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  29,531 ratings  ·  824 reviews
Kinsey's skills are about to be sorely tested. She is about to meet her duplicitous match in a couple of world-class prevaricators who quite literally take her for the ride of her life.
L is for Lawless: Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company. Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with truly mixed-up motives. Call it the return of
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 31st 1996 by Fawcett Books (first published September 15th 1995)
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Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
My faith in this series has been renewed. But I'm giving the book 3 stars because there were some quite filler chapters in the middle.

The ending was shocking. Some might say underwhelming. But I believe the opposite. It's a wonderful book. More bonus points is attributed due to the lack of the word 'patio' in the novel.

I felt both happy and indignant for Kinsey Millhone. She solved part of the puzzle, but was more of a witness to the entire case. Hats of to the author. What a nice book.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 out of 5 stars for L is for Lawless, the 12th book in the "Kinsey Millhone" cozy mystery series written by Sue Grafton in 1994. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as it covered a lot with Henry, Kinsey's landlord and friend. He asks for her help to find the military records proving a good friend of his was in the service, in order to properly bury him. But this is where it takes a turn... Kinsey goes dark... well sort of... she's on a trip around the country to find the ans
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
L is for Loser. Holy crap, how stupid can this girl be?

Kinsey is simply doing a favor for a neighbor. She said she would look into why the paperwork on a dead veteran's funeral claim wasn't going through. She looks into it, doesn't have answers and that should be it. Especially when things start getting ugly.

That baby is smarter than Kinsey. Also, that baby is adorable and I want to pinch his little cheeks.

Kinsey keeps getting more and more involved with a situation that really has nothing to do
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This series has good books and okay books and L is for Lawless only rated okay for me. This was mainly because I spent most of the book wondering what on earth Kinsey thought she was doing! No one was paying her, the people she was helping did not deserve to be helped and she was supposed to be at home enjoying a wedding, not dashing all over the countryside trying to get killed. Personally I wanted to be at the wedding too but the author chose not to take us there.

Despite this it was a good st
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book starts out with Kinsey talking to a man that is trying to find out what his father did and what happen to him. The man believes that is father was in the military and the military says he was never in the military. The man is a person that believes that that government is hiding things for him and the government is out to get him. Personal I did not like that part. The middle and end was Kinsey following a woman that took some stuff out of the man's father's house. The ...more
My enjoyment of this book was really diminished by the fact that Kinsey NEVER punched Laura in the face. She needed punching repeatedly. Also, we're on book 12; Kinsey should not be getting tricked quite as easily or as frequently.

But I want to hang out with the grandmother. She rocked.
Mansuriah Hassan
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author, Sue Grafton delivers another great astounding mystery in her alphabet series - L is for Lawless. In this book, the main character, Kinsey Millhone (a private investigator), is asked by her good friend/landlord, Henry, to help out a friend of his on a simple matter. She needs to show that Henry’s friend served in the military during World War II so he can be buried as a veteran. It was such a simple request but the problem is that the military has no record of the man ever being in th ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Kinsey helps a neighbor discover why his grandfather has been denied veteran's benefits. It seems like an easily, but boring case. Things change quickly when break-ins start occurring, and Kinsey starts to wonder what the burglars could have been after.

The 12th Kinsey Millhone mystery in Grafton's alphabet series. Kinsey traveled away from Santa Teresa in this book, and I wasn't a big fan of the cross country chase. I wanted more of her crazy neighborhood stories, and less of the crazy character
A better title for this book should be Kinsey and her misadventures with the Clampetts. Even though this book is one big Murphy’s Law event for Kinsey, I still liked it. When main characters can’t seem to catch a break in a book until the very end, I usually get very annoyed but not so with L is for Lawless. I give the credit to Sue Grafton for giving this book a more light-hearted feel to some of the other books and Grafton didn’t allow Kinsey never to catch a break even in the end.

This book’s
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have to say that this one was pretty good though the usual suspects are not in it much (Rosie, Henry, William, etc.). We have Kinsey following someone who stole something from a neighbor/client's home and then gets caught up with I guess you can just say are a family of not so bright thieves.

Kinsey is still prepping for Rosie and William's wedding in this one. She is asked by Henry to do a favor for the family of an old neighbor of both of them which causes her to go down a long winding path of
Mark Baker
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2018
Kinsey is taking a rare week off from her PI business for William and Rosie’s wedding, but before she can get too relaxed, Henry asks her for a small favor. One of their neighbors has recently passed, and his family is having a hard time getting the death benefits from the government since they have no record of this man having been in the service during World War II. Kinsey doesn’t intend to get too involved, but when the man’s place is broken into and searched, she becomes curious. Just what i ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is probably my least favorite Kinsey Millhone book. I guess it was the author's attempt to get Kinsey out of her familiar setting. This is admirable, but not always successful. (Remember when Jessica Fletcher left Cabot Cove and moved to Manhattan? Blecch.) I dearly missed Kinsey's familiar setting and familiar friends and after they left Dallas, found my interest flagging. There were some interesting characters and situations but other than Kinsey, no characters to root for or really care ...more
David Highton
I had not read a Kinsey Millhone book for a while, and enjoyed catching up with the character, although I did not find this the best of the stories so far - the accidental features of the plot and her inability to extricate herself from a gang of criminals lacked credibility.
Didn't like this book at all. I thought the last book K is for Killer was the worst but I take it back, this one is. Totally unbelievable story line with characters I hated and would love to see get what they got coming to them. Kinsey is a complete 180 from her usual self in all the other books and not in a good way. She went from smart, sassy and cautious to stupid, annoying/mean spirited and dangerously impulsive and a criminal herself to boot. I'm surprised she didn't die or get arrested wit ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one! Cross country trip while chasing down stolen loot from forty years ago. Lots of twists and turns and action.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sold-back-to-hpb
Initially I found this book to be a tad better than its most recent predecessors, but then we got to Dallas and the stupidity hit. The longer our heroine hung out with this book's gaggle of ancillary characters, the more idiotic she herself became. By the end I was wishing Granny would take both her shotgun and her Louisville Slugger to the whole lot of 'em. ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-star-books
I really enjoyed the comic caper style of this episode in the Kinsey Millhone series. The beginning was a good build-up, but not near as much fun as the end. I could understand Kinsey's appeal to some of the characters. Her instant attraction (family-style) made the plotline even more humorous. I hated the character, Laura, but enjoyed Kinsey's sister-style bantering with her. The mystery was more of a treasure hunt, but the true treasure was the character Helen (aka Hell on Wheels). She reminds ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
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Kerry *Pale Daughter*
RIP Sue Graften. I'm so sorry that you didn't get to "Z". ...more
I think this may be my next-to-the-last rereads...and it's one of my current favorites...

Kinsey continues to struggle with her bio family, while jumping head first into her adopted family: Henry and the Sibs and Rosie. There's going to be another wedding, and Kinsey is a bridesmaid again, so we should be alerted to trouble.

"No good deed goes unpunished," and this one is a doozy...a favor for a neighbor ends Kinsey in Louisville on the trail of buried bank loot...maybe. Grafton creates a bad guy
My favorite in the series so far.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
2...Not my favorite of the Kinsey novels...slow, way too much family drama...not enough common sense from a character I know has some...
May 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Not my favourite in the series, but still enjoyable.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having finished my judging for Florida Scholastic Press Association, I dived right into “L,” hoping Kinsey hadn’t missed me for the few days I was away from her.

In this installment, set in November of 1985 even though it was published in 1995, Kinsey is 35, having had a birthday May 5. Her adored and adoring landlord, Henry, asks her to do him a favor. My guess is this experience pays her up for years to come.

Her adventures take her from her California hometown via air to Dallas and, eventually,
Grafton, Sue - 12th in series

When Kinsey Millhone agrees to do a favor for Henry Pitts, her lovable octogenarian landlord, she literally gets taken for the ride of her life. The family of a recently deceased WWII veteran wants her to find out why the military has no record of his service. All Kinsey has to do, she thinks, is cut through some government red tape. But when the dead man's house is ransacked and his old army buddy is beaten up, she quickly realizes he was not a
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Sam Sattler
"L Is for Lawless" is the first book in the series that I've read in over four years, and I was a little surprised at my reaction to it. I had forgotten how "tame" this series is in comparison to the harder-core mysteries that are so popular today. Despite and "F-bomb" thrown in every so often, this one reminds me of some kind of cross between a "Cozy" and the grittier mysteries. I enjoyed the plot - although I think it did go on a bit longer than it should have - but never did find myself able ...more
Alondra Miller
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, books-i-own
4 Stars

This story turned out much better than the I thought it would after reading the book-blurb.

Kinsey gets into one fine mess after volunteering to "help out" a friend of a friend.

The entire story is a hot mess, really. We start out trying to get military benefits for a dead man; who may or may not have been in the military. We end up running away from bad buys, looking for stolen money and avoiding the cops too. I don't know how she does it; but Kinsey always manages to get in way over her
Woody Chandler
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better on this outing! Ms. Millhone goes on a merry, cross-country chase & while I am sure that we, as readers, were supposed to feel sympathetic to her lack of funds and other problems, I took glee in listening to her whiny, judgmental self suffer. I liked the way that Ms. Grafton wove the title into the plot & I kept thinking of a fellow Pitt undergrad, Greg Lawless, as I read this one. Another quick read. On to M!
Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2001, mystery, sue-grafton
The 12th book in the Kinsey Milhone alphabet series - and another good read. This one had Kinsey working a case for a friend of a friend for free. A "simple case" that turns out to be not so simple after all. ...more
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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

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)
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)

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