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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (May 15 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805004599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805004595
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.3 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While private detective and former cop Kinsey Millhone ("D" Is for Deadbeat) is investigating a possible case of industrial arson involving a company owned by the family of a former schoolmate, someone tries to make it look as if she's on the take. A mysterious $5000 appears in her bank account. She sets out to clear herself, while two or possibly more cases of murder occur, including one by bombing. A Christmas spent alone and the reappearance of her second ex-husband, Daniel, who had deserted her, add to Kinsey's depression. Grafton has an accurate, wicked eye for California lifestyle and wise-cracking Kinsey is an appealing, nonhackneyed female detective. Particularly illuminating are the descriptions of document searches, which make up much of real detective work today. This fifth entry in the series, however, is not quite up to the standards of its predecessors because the motivation for the crimes seems weak. That caveat notwithstanding, readers will be glad that further letters of the alphabet await Grafton's imagination.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Lord, how I like this Kinsey Millhone... The best detective fiction I have read in years." -- Vince Patrick, The New York Times Book Review.

"Exceptionally entertaining... An offbeat sense of humor and a feisty sense of justice."--San Francisco Chronicle.

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.


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"E" is for Evidence is the fifth novel in the Alphabet mystery series by Sue Grafton featuring her loner, ex-cop private detective Kinsey Millhone. Alone over the Christmas holidays, Kinsey is hired to look into a routine fire insurance claim by her long time client, California Fidelity. The case involves a suspcious fire which burned down the warehouse of Wood/Warren, a hydrogen furnance manufacturer owned by the Woods, a prominent Santa Theresa family. When a check for five thousand dollars is mysteriously deposited into her personal bank account, Kinsey is accused of being on the take and is fired from the case by California Fidelity's straight arrow boss. Determined to prove her innocence and to find out who planted the incriminating evidence, Kinsey decides to work for herself and finds herself drawn deeper into the intricate dynamics of the wealthy Wood family. Any of the five adult Wood children could be involved in perpetuating the frame-up and this begins a guessing game of which one is involved in the case. Suddenly, her ex-husband Daniel arrives out of the blue after eight years. Then someone is killed and Kinsey finds her own life at risk.

As usual, the pleasure in reading Grafton's novel comes from the detailed and always entertaining descriptions of the offices and homes of her mostly wealthy Southern Californian suspects. She has a great feel for dipicting the attitudes and tastes of her characters. As usual, the wisecracking Kinsey is secretly, a little self-conscious in their presense, and she is often quick to remind us of the carelessness of her own appearence. I have read a lot of the Alphabet series and I get a little weary of passages describing Kinsey's lack of interest in clothes, and that she owns only one dress.
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"E is for Evidence" is one of the better Kinsey Millhone books (the worst ones still earn a solid three stars in my rating). It's well-written and not at all lumpy: unlike most genre reads (and, in fact, many other books and movies), its second act is neither slow nor ponderous, but instead maintains the pace and excitement of the opening chapters, leaving us with only a brief lull before the inevitable plot-twisting conclusion.
Better yet, devoted readers of the Kinsey series will find this book an important turning point in the protagonist's life, illuminating a bit of her past as well as setting up the backdrop of several of the later books. Moreover, Grafton - creator in Kinsey of one of the most liberated women in our modern age of Bridget Joneses and See Janes Date - is once again ahead of her time (keep in mind, the book was written in 1988) in describing the characters and their relationships.
"E is for Evidence" is an excellent read, a must all Kinsey aficionados, and an excellent introduction to the series for readers who can't get their hands on "A is for Alibi". Make yourself a pimento-cheese sandwich and dig in!
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By TheReader23 on May 22 2003
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I think that all of Grafton's fans will agree that picking up one of her books is like sitting down with a good friend to have a chat and a cup of coffee. I don't think anyone who reads these books doesn't feel some kind of kinship with Kinsey Milhone. When I first settle in and begin my read, by the third chapter or so I want to jump into the book, get her a bigger apartment, replace that black dress she keeps in the trunk of her car and help her find some kind of love life.
But before any of this can happen, Kinsey has to yet, once again, untangle a mess. This time, however, it's her own mess because she's being framed. A mysterious five thousand dollar deposit appears in her checking account and, while we all know Kinsey could use the money, there's no way she can sit still until she finds out where it came from. This will lead her on a search for insurance fraud after a thorough investigation of a fire site. Kinsey is familiar with the owners of this company as she went to high school with one of the girls in the family. As she's rekindling old acquaintances, things are heating up in her investigation. Fires are sizzling, bombs are exploding and things aren't what they seem to be -- what else is new?
So why only three stars you ask? I was really enjoying this book until I got to the end. By missing one sentence in a previous chapter, I didn't understand the ending when I got to it. Consequently, I had to go back and reread the last twenty or so pages just so it would make sense (which it did). I just don't like having to do that. When I read a book, especially one as simple as this alphabet series, the ending should all come together more easily than this one did. It shouldn't just hinge on one sentence. And, that's why "E" was an enigma to me. After I finished it the first time, I was still puzzled.
Now it's on to "F" with hopes that the ending will be more to my liking and that "F" will stand for "Fantastic."
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By Puneet Tanwar on Aug. 23 2002
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31/2 stars really.
This is only the third Grafton I have read - I read the first a month back. And I intend finishing the series as soon as I can (or what's available in the library anyway). The protagonist, Kinsey Millhone, is a character that invites comparisons with Philip Marlowe. Chandler was dark and classy (great dialogue) - Grafton is sad-funny, and very contemporary. The way she writes has me convinced that she cannot write a bad book - and I will never hesitate to pick up any of her books.
As for this book - its quite good - probably the best of the series so far (of the 3 I have read - C, D being the others). The narrartive flows evenly. In crime/adventure novels, I often skip the parts where characters indulge in psycho analysis, dissecting their misery (and/or that of others), mental state, and concentrate on the action instead. But not when the writing is as impressive as in this book. This is surely pop-writing - but manages to rise a little above the genre into something more artistic. And Kinsey is lovable.
But hey, if you have't read Ray Chandler - I'd point you there first - anyday.
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