V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a mystery and suspense novel for adults.
The new Kinsey Millhone novel from the #1 New York Times- bestselling author.
Kinsey on Kinsey: "I know there are people who believe you should forgive and forget. For the record, I'd like to say I'm a big fan of forgiveness as long as I'm given the opportunity to get even first."
-from V is for Vengeance
A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss. An elegant but ruthless businessman whose dealings are definitely outside the law: the spider at the center of the web.
And Kinsey Millhone, whose thirty-eighth-birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted nose.
V: Victim. Violence. Vengeance.
Sometimes you appreciate something more when you have to wait for it. Sue Grafton’s latest novel, two years in the making is nothing short of brilliant. She is one of the queen’s of suspense, mystery and thrillers.
Sue’s series is dubbed the Alphabet series as she began with the letter A. We are currently at V for Vengeance which was released at the midpoint of November. The last book U was released in 2009. Yes, she writes in two year intervals. But let me tell you there is something to be said for taking your time. There are no plot holes. The characters are well developed and fleshed out. The conversation is believable. She is a master of her craft and her books should be savored. This series is written at the point of the late eighties which is probably the year the series began. But Sue continues as if we are still there.
This series is about Kinsey Millhone, a private detective and former cop. Kinsey world is rich with wonderful characters that she comes across in her everyday life as a PI. There is not much romance at least not for Kinsey in this book. I’d hoped maybe something might happen with Chaney, but alas no. Still there was some for some of the minor characters. But in the end, this is not a romance novel. It is a mystery novel and excels just as it should for that genre.
If you haven’t read any books in the series, you could conceivably read this one with no problem. Each story is a mystery within itself. But there is something to be said about reading a series from the beginning in order. So if you have the time, I say start with A for Alibi. It will be another two years before the next book “W” for ??? comes out. Ugh! Although I wish it would come out sooner, I think the wait will make the book sweeter.
I highly recommend for suspense and mystery lovers.
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