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R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
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Dec 03, 2011

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Read from December 03 to 14, 2011

Once again, Kinsey Millhone tells another tale from her continuing repertoire of more challenging cases. While Sue Grafton has polished her writing to a fine sheen at this point, I can't help but feel that this book is simply more of the same. This isn't all bad, but it does make for the novels to seem a bit unimaginative. Part of the issue is that many of these stories simply aren't very memorable.

Particularly egregious problems with this book were the opening which leads you to believe that some sort of revelation or event of significance to Kinsey's love life was due. But with the typical "rush to resolve" the story, the actual events are given a short shrift.

That's not to say that this book wasn't entertaining. But with each successive novel, the Alphabet series simply comes off as an episode of a TV series that the reader is invested in. Perhaps it may be asking a bit much, but I do feel that those of us who have made it this far into the series are due for a story with far more epic consequences to Kinsey's life.

The resolution of this book just felt a little too easy. What was clearly intended to be a game of one-upmanship just didn't achieve the level of complexity one expects from media in this day and age.
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