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V is for Vengeance – tekijä: Sue Grafton
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V is for Vengeance (vuoden 2012 painos)

– tekijä: Sue Grafton

Sarjat: Kinsey Millhone (22)

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California PI Kinsey Millhone investigates the death of Audrey Vance, a woman she helped arrest for shoplifting, and antagonizes just about everyone, including Audrey's fiancé, several loan sharks, a stone-cold killer, and a hapless burglar who knows more than is healthy for him.
Jäsen:Alphawoman
Teoksen nimi:V is for Vengeance
Kirjailijat:Sue Grafton
Info:Berkley (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 106) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Hasn't aged that well - I took an extended break from the series for a while, and have picked this up which is about where I'd left off. The setting of 1988 now feels very dated, especially with the lack of mobile phones which would have rendered life so much easier. Otherwise it is a fairly typical Kinsey, she stumbles into a case, doggedly follows through to the conclusion and has some form of remorse. We know form the opening lines that she's due a probably well deserved punch to the nose, but I think most readers will be surprised by the eventual source.

The side plot (also typical for KM novels) is this time we have a non-Kinsey POV being the life of a gang-leader and his mistresses all in the politest possible way. We also get an explanation for Kinsey's trusty lockpicks which she's illegally carried for the last 20 odd books. I wasn't totally convinced why this character should suddenly reappear in her life without any previous mention, but he otherwise fitted into the story quite well.

Kinsey happens to spot a shoplifter whom she reports to the store police, she's a little disconcerted when this person is found dead a few days later. The deceased's partner asks Kinsey to investigate her background a little more, and isn't too keen on hearing the darker corners that she quickly discovers. Through in a few gangs and police corruption and all of kinsey's normal contacts are involved again. There's no particular advancement on Henry/Rosie/William et al, or for Kinsey's love life. Particularly noteworthy that the prior books revelations about her family have no impact here at all. ( )
  reading_fox | Mar 27, 2021 |
I love this series and this was good as all the previous letters of the alphabet. Kinsey, the private detective is a very likeable character and great fun to be with. I always miss her after I've finished her latest adventure. Of course this is not great literature nor does it pretend to be but occasionally some little snippets strike me. The author perfectly sums up in your mind's eye what Palm Court restaurant (think that was the name of it-but certainly something with Palms in it!) when she describes the said plants in the tubs as being so pot bound they are sending out air roots which would put any diner off their food who was unfortunate enough to be sat by them. Then there is the house with the 'sick-looking' venetian blinds. There are some great characters in this episode; the gangster with a heart, the petty crook for whom Kinsey has a soft spot that lands her in big trouble and the wife of a wealthy showbiz lawyer who comes to realise how empty her life is-and many more. Mostly it all ends well with one major exception. Highly recommended-great holiday reading!! ( )
  Patsmith139 | Mar 15, 2021 |
Took me ages to finish this as I was reading two books at once, and the other one took up more time for a while. This is no reflection upon my enjoyment of the book. The writing style in this series has changed in the last few alphabetical letters, and I think SG really got into the swing of it by V. It reads better than the earlier ones, and flashes out the characters more. Even more interesting was seeing KM through someone else’s eyes. I think with her maturity she is also getting even more assertive and self confident. I remember back in the earlier days, she was nowhere near as ready to walk into conflict as she is now. Also Henry should win awards for best neighbour ever. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
I was delighted to discover a Kinsey Millhone story that I'd apparently missed! Wonderful, as usual. :) ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
Unfortunately, I'm experiencing an ambivalence in my appreciation for Grafton's Kinsey Millhone Mysteries, nowadays. And it's because of a marked change in Grafton's style, staring with "S is for Silence".

From Alibi through Ricochet, the novels are Kinsey's first person tales, covering various cases. Great! I love Kinsey's voice. I've enjoyed the experience. Starting with "S", though, Grafton has decided to do a mix. Some chapters are Kinsey and some chapters are other characters who are involved. And I frequently don't care as much about those character's journeys.

It's worse, though. The non-Kinsey chapters (NKC) tend to cover background, character growth, etc.. To the extent that I feel less like I'm reading subplots and more like I'm reading two or three different novellas, tied together (loosely, in some cases) by a murder. And the murder just isn't sufficient to make all those back stories and side details worth the effort.

It's worse, still, though. If you took all those NKC's out, it seems like you'd have a book around the length of the earlier books, which were tighter and faster-paced. Essentially, most of the new stuff feels like padding. And I get the strong feeling that, if I skipped all NKC's, I would still have a fully-functional mystery novel. I really get the feeling that Sue Grafton is tiring of Kinsey and wants to write other, non-mystery, stuff... and I wish she would. I wish she'd finish off the Kinsey books as straight-forward first-person mysteries, as they were and write other, more mainstream, novels, to satisfy that urge. I can't say that I'd read them, but I can say that I'd be much happier with the Alphabet books.

I miss the old Kinsey books. I miss the pacing. I miss sinking into Kinsey's world. And I can't do that, when I'm constantly being ping-ponged amongst the rest.

I know that if the Alphabet series had always been like this, I'd have never gone beyond A or B. And I'm kind of glad there are only a couple left.

And that makes me kind of sad. ( )
1 ääni James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
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Here we are all the way up to V, and Sue Grafton is still springing narrative surprises. Grafton is of course the author of the series featuring the California private eye Kinsey Millhone. The titles for the books run through the alphabet, beginning almost 30 years ago with A is for Alibi. Now, in V is for Vengeance, Grafton performs the unthinkable by presenting readers with a portrait of the book’s major villain that is much more sympathetic than condemning.

The story begins with Millhone in the lingerie section of the local Nordstrom’s. That’s unlikely territory for casual Kinsey who usually confines her clothes shopping to low-end chain stores. In Nordstrom’s, she spots a 50ish woman who is carrying out slick pieces of shoplifting among the store’s silk lounge wear. In swift order, Kinsey alerts store security who pack the woman off to jail from which she’s soon released on bail. Next day, the shoplifter’s body is found at the bottom of a very high bridge, apparently a suicide.

Suffering from a guilty conscience over her role in the woman’s death, Kinsey decides to dig into the story behind the so-called suicide. Sure enough, she finds plenty of fishy people and puzzling events. All of this is usual in the Millhone books. Indeed, familiarity in concept and characters makes one of the series’ great comforts.

So we relax into the byplay involving Kinsey’s octogenarian landlord Henry and Henry’s equally aged but spry siblings. These people, as supporting characters, are unfailingly entertaining. In the new book, brother William’s disquisition on the value of attending the visitation and funeral of a complete stranger is alone worth the price of admission.

Meanwhile, as the cozy story of Kinsey’s life and investigation unfolds, all of it told in her first-person voice, Grafton drops in third-person chapters that trace the tale of a sinister but attractive man named Lorenzo Dante. This fellow happens to be the secretive capo of the mob as it exists in Kinsey’s hometown of Santa Teresa and environs.

Dante is rich, but has problems. His father, the retired capo, is blind to forces that threaten the mob’s existence. Dante’s younger brother is a psycho killer. Dante himself has been long planning an escape from this turmoil into an extravagantly funded retirement far from big time crime.

Though Kinsey’s crime solving has its fascinations, the reader becomes more deeply involved in Dante’s dilemmas. Will he evade his own mob’s clutches? And what about a woman who enters the plot, the wife of a wealthy lawyer? Is she part of Dante’s escape package? Gradually, these pressing questions upstage Kinsey’s adventures. Who, at this advanced stage in the Millhone saga, would have imagined such a delicious turn of events?
lisäsi VivienneR | muokkaaThe Toronto Star, Jack Batten (Dec 31, 2011)
 
Kinsey plays a smaller role in this story, which may not please some of her many fans, but Grafton's pioneering sleuth is as clever and witty as ever.
lisäsi Christa_Josh | muokkaaLibrary Journal, Linda Oliver (Oct 15, 2011)
 

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California PI Kinsey Millhone investigates the death of Audrey Vance, a woman she helped arrest for shoplifting, and antagonizes just about everyone, including Audrey's fiancé, several loan sharks, a stone-cold killer, and a hapless burglar who knows more than is healthy for him.

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