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U Is for Undertow

Format:  Hardcover,

400 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Dec 2009

ISBN-13: 9780399155970

ISBN-10: 039915597X

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Calling "T is for Trespass" "taut, terrifying, transfixing and terrific," USA Today went on to ask, "What does it take to write twenty novels about the same character and manage to create a fresh, genre-bending novel every time?" It's a question worth pondering. Through twenty excursions into the dark side of the human soul, Sue Grafton has never written the same book twice. And so it is with this, her twenty-first. Once again, she breaks genre formulas, giving us a twisting, complex, surprise-filled, and totally satisfying thriller.
It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's thirty-eighth birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is twenty-seven, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared. A recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories. Sutton now believes he stumbled on her lonely burial when he was six years old. He wants Kinsey's help in locating the child's remains and finding the men who killed her. It's a long shot but he's willing to pay cash up front, and Kinsey agrees to give him one day. As her investigation unfolds, she discovers Michael Sutton has an uneasy relationship with the truth. In essence, he's the boy who cried wolf. Is his current story true or simply one more in a long line of fabrications?
Grafton moves the narrative between the eighties and the sixties, changing points of view, building multiple subplots, and creating memorable characters. Gradually, we see how they all connect. But at the beating center of the novel is Kinsey Millhone, sharp- tongued, observant, a loner--"a heroine," said "The New York Times Book Review," "with foibles you can laugh at and faults you can forgive."

Specifications

Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Dec 2009
ISBN-13: 9780399155970
ISBN-10: 039915597X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 400
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 10.0 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Grafton, Sue

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.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-10-15)

With each book, Grafton is only getting better. Her Kinsey Millhone series is now in its 21st installment but is nowhere near past its prime. A young man named Michael Sutton shows up at Kinsey's office one afternoon, claiming to have suddenly recalled details from his childhood concerning an unsolved kidnapping of a little girl 20 years ago. Kinsey is skeptical but agrees to work for one day on the cold case. And so it begins. Weaving the narrative and point of view between events and characters in the 1980s and the 1960's, it is not until the breathless final pages that everything connects.

Verdict: Readers will not abandon Kinsey Millhone as the series winds down (only five left, VWXYZ!). Her latest is fresh, complex, fast-paced, and immensely enjoyable. Kinsey's sharp 1980s research skills might even leave a few readers nostalgic for a pre-Google world.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/09.] - Andrea Y. Griffith, Loma Linda Univ. Libs., CA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Calling T is for Trespass “taut, terrifying, transfixing and terrific,” USA Today went on to ask, “What does it take to write twenty novels about the same character and manage to create a fresh, genre-bending novel every time?” It’s a question worth pondering. Through twenty excursions into the dark side of the human soul, Sue Grafton has never written the same book twice. And so it is with this, her twenty-first. Once again, she breaks genre formulas, giving us a twisting, complex, surprise-filled, and totally satisfying thriller.

It’s April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone’s thirty-eighth birthday, and she’s alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he’d be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is twenty-seven, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared. A recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories. Sutton now believes he stumbled on her lonely burial when he was six years old. He wants Kinsey’s help in locating the child’s remains and finding the men who killed her. It’s a long shot but he’s willing to pay cash up front, and Kinsey agrees to give him one day. As her investigation unfolds, she discovers Michael Sutton has an uneasy relationship with the truth. In essence, he’s the boy who cried wolf. Is his current story true or simply one more in a long line of fabrications?

Grafton moves the narrative between the eighties and the sixties, changing points of view, building multiple subplots, and creating memorable characters. Gradually, we see how they all connect. But at the beating center of the novel is Kinsey Millhone, sharp- tongued, observant, a loner—“a heroine,” said The New York Times Book Review, “with foibles you can laugh at and faults you can forgive.”

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Rated 4.7 out of 5★ by 9reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Loves Alphabet Mystories If you have read any of Sue Grafton books you will not be disappointed in this one either. If you haven't read any of her work I reconmend you start with "A" (is for Alibi) and keep going from there, they just keep getting better. 01/05/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Good book Sue Grafton continues to impress with her new book. She keeps the reader interested and engrossed till the last page. She smoothly transitions from past to present as the tale unfolds and neetly ties it all together with a clever ending. I will recommend this one to all my friends. 01/02/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Very pleased with the time of delivery and the condition of the book.I will definately order from Wal-mart again. 12/29/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by GREAT READ EASY TO READ. NO VIOLENCE OR R RATED SUBJECTS, GOOD FOR ALL AGES 12/29/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Great Book/Delivered Late as Usual WalMart's book delivery system continues to disappoint (never on time; ALWAYS late) but book was a fun read. 02/04/2010
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