|Publisher:||Berkley Pub Group|
|Publish Date:||Dec 2008|
|Number of Pages:||372|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.4|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.24 x 1.03 x 6.86|
Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24, 1940. She received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Louisville in 1961. While working days as a medical secretary, she spent her nights, after her children went to sleep, writing her first novels Keziah Dane, which was published in 1967 and The Lolly-Madona War, which was published in 1969. Her career took off when A Is for Alibi was published in 1982 and received the Mysterious Stranger Award.
This was the beginning of the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series. B Is for Burglar won the Shamus and Anthony Awards and C Is for Corpse won the Anthony Award. She has also spent over 15 years writing television and movie screenplays and has collaborated with her third husband, Steven F. Humphrey, on such works as the Agatha Christie adaptations: A Caribbean Mystery and Sparkling Cyanide.
Grafton tackles identity theft and elder abuse in her 20th Kinsey Millhone mystery (after S Is for Silence). Gus Vronsky, Kinsey's elderly next-door neighbor, suffers a fall and needs in-home care. A health-care nurse named Solana Rojas is hired, and Kinsey even does the background check, finding nothing out of order. As Gus's condition deteriorates and Solana limits access to her patient, Kinsey and her landlord, Henry, suspect that something is a little off with Solana-and "little off" doesn't fully describe this identity thief and true sociopath.
Digging around more carefully, Kinsey unearths horrifying details of Solana's past and must act quickly to save Gus. This is vintage Grafton, set in the 1980s but scarily current, carefully plotted, and fast paced. Kinsey even flirts with healthful eating (vegetables are consumed), but the reader soon sighs with relief when Kinsey returns to her old habits, frequenting the drive-thru at McDonald's and enjoying pal Rosie's hearty Hungarian fare. Recommended for all public libraries.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/07.] - Andrea Y. Griffith, Loma Linda Univ. Libs., CA
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In her 20th outing, another New York Times best seller for Grafton, private detective Kinsey Millhone finds her elderly neighbor Gus sprawled on his living room floor after a fall. His injuries make it impossible for Gus to care for himself, so his only relative, a niece who lives in New York, hires a home-care provider and hopes for the best. In a cursory background check, Kinsey finds Solana Rojas to be a competent and caring companion for Gus.
However, the narrator reveals that Solana is a sociopath who steals the identities of others and uses their good names to abuse, rob, and eventually kill helpless elderly people. When Kinsey begins to suspect that something is wrong, Solana is well on her way to transferring all of Gus's property to her own name. Kinsey's struggle to liberate Gus from Solana and bring Solana to justice is hampered by a system meant to protect and defend the defenseless.
Grafton's story confronts the dark side of society today; elder abuse, child abuse, bureaucratic roadblocks, social services incompetence, and absence of family values all play a part in this all-too-realistic tale. Judy Kaye's interplay of first and third person narration adds interest and suspense. Recommended.
-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Solana Rojas seems like a great caregiver, but actually she's a sociopath with elder abuse on her mind. The book is set in the Eighties but deals with issues that remain current. With a national tour.
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