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Sue Grafton , Liza Ross
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Oct. 31 2000
Everyone knew the kind of girl Jean Timberlake was -- ask anybody in the sleepy surf town of Floral Beach and they'd say Jean was wild, looking for trouble. But she certainly wasn't looking for murder. She was found dead on the beach seventeen years ago, and a rowdy ex-boyfriend named Bailey Fowler was convicted of her murder and imprisoned -- and then Bailey escaped. Now private eye Kinsey Millhone steps into a case that should have never been closed, in a town where there's no such thing as a private investigation.
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“Exceptionally entertaining…an offbeat sense of humor and a feisty sense of justice.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Millhone is an engaging detective-for-hire…P.I. Kinsey Millhone and her creator…are arguably the best of [the] distaff invaders of the hitherto sacrosanct turf of gumshoes.”
The Buffalo News

“Once a fan reads one of Grafton’s alphabetically titled detective novels, he or she will not rest until all the others are found.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner

“Millhone is a refreshingly strong and resourceful female private eye.”—Library Journal

“Tough but compassionate…There is no one better than Kinsey Millhone.”—Best Sellers

“A woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner.”—Newsweek

“Lord, how I like this Kinsey Millhone…The best detective fiction I have read in years.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Smart, tough, and thorough…Kinsey Millhone is a pleasure.”—The Bloomsbury Review

“Kinsey is one of the most persuasive of the new female operatives…She’s refreshingly free of gender clichés. Grafton, who is a very witty writer, has also given her sleuth a nice sense of humor—and a set of Wonder Woman sheets to prove it.”—Boston Herald

“What grandpa used to call a class act.”—Stanley Ellin

“Smart, sexual, likable and a very modern operator.”—Dorothy Salisbury Davis

“Kinsey’s got brains and a sense of humor.”—Kirkus Reviews
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Everyone knew the kind of girl Jean Timberlake was -- ask anybody in the sleepy surf town of Floral Beach and they'd say Jean was wild, looking for trouble. But she certainly wasn't looking for murder. She was found dead on the beach seventeen years ago, and a rowdy ex-boyfriend named Bailey Fowler was convicted of her murder and imprisoned -- and then Bailey escaped. Now private eye Kinsey Millhone steps into a case that should have never been closed, in a town where there's no such thing as a private investigation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sixth Kinsey Millhone Mystery Nov. 10 2003
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Seventeen years ago, Jean Timberlake (a promiscuous, six-weeks-pregnant high schooler) was murdered on the shore of Floral Beach, California, apparently by her ex-boyfriend, Bailey Fowler, who was consequently sent to prison. However, after repeated escapes--and spending much of his time out of the picture in this book--Kinsey Millhone, the 32-year-old no-nonsense private investigator, is hired by his father to investigate Jean's death and hopefully prove Bailey's innocence.
"'F' is for Fugitive" is yet another enjoyable Kinsey Millhone mystery with lots of quirky characters, particularly Bailey Fowler's family, who own the motel near where Jean was killed. It's also Kinsey's temporary residence while her apartment is being rebuilt after the happenings in the previous book ("'E' is for Evidence"). "'F' is for Fugitive" is relatively fast paced and has a more rounded ending than in some of Grafton's other books. And, as usual, I enjoyed Kinsey's sarcastic humor and refreshing first person narrative. Worth reading if you're into this alphabet mystery series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars F is for Fugitive Jan. 29 2003
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In this book Kinsey leaves the usual setting of Santa Teresa and goes to Floral Beach. She is hired by a man named Royce Fowler who wants Kinsey to help his son and prove his innocence. It turns out that Bailey, Royce's son, was imprisoned for the murder of his ex-girlfirend, Jean Timberlake, seventeen years ago. Bailey managed to escape jail but was caught again and is now being tried for the crime. Kinsey's job is to reopen the case and prove Bailey's innocence. While Kinsey goes in search for the killer she comes up with many different clues and possbile killers. The story captivates the reader until the end when the unexpecting killer is revealed.
This book is a very good detective story. It is well written and not difficult to read or follow. Sue Grafton does a great job of creating a realistc town and an even better job of describing the characters and several scenes in the book. The descriptions help you picture the scenes in your mind, making the story even more interesting. I highly recommend F is for Fugitive!
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4.0 out of 5 stars F is for Fugitive Dec 5 2002
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This was my first book read by Sue Grafton. It was a pretty well written book, not too difficult and easy to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot line of the story. Kilsey Millhone was a very curious private detective that was investigating the murder of Jean Timberlake, because her last boyfriend Bailey Fowler was convicted of the murder and was actually sent to prison. He had just recently escaped from prison because he could not stand being in prison because he knew his innocence. The twist of the novel was pretty interesting but I kind of guessed what was going to happen before it actually happened. Ann Fowler, Bailey's sister, was the real murderer because she could not stand how their father and everybody was ignoring her and putting all there attention into him, so she decided to do something about that. Not only that, Ann suspected that Jean was also sleeping with a man that Ann wanted all to herselves. This was basically all soap opera style where people were sleeping with each other and apparently Jean was pregnant, but the father was not known. Overall, this was an interesting book, which I would recommend somebody to read if they are into stories involving private investigators.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Master of Thrillers Creates Another Hit Feb. 24 2002
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"F is for Fugitive" by Sue Grafton is a must read. I really enjoyed this book. In general, what I most like about Sue Grafton's novels is she is a master of foreshadowing. Foreshadowing occurs when the author gives us a hint of something that is going to happen in the novel. If you like a novel that takes you into the mind and work of an interesting private eye, you will like this book. The twist of foreshowing makes the novel different then most novels of this genre because it looks at foreshadowing in a different perspective. The perspective is from tough woman named Kinsey Milhone who is brought up as a woman who "takes no prisoners" and trusts no one.
Sue Grafton makes the novel compelling reading for both men and women because the main character Kinsey acts like a man or the stereotype of a man most of the time. But the reader still finds she has an innocent feminine side at the most unexpected times. I think that's why I enjoyed this novel so much. Although there was only one narrator, Kinsey still looked at each situation with compassion and with an overwhelming feeling of practicality. One narrator for such a large number of characters is like having two streams of consciousnesses, kind of a split personality. After reading this novel one should get a realistic view of what life might be like as a private eye. Be sure and read all of the books in this series. It is not necessary to read them in sequence because they are not chronological but rather books that stand-alone. They are all very good books that "hit the spot" if one enjoys this genre of book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars F is for Fabulous! March 23 1999
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It is probably pretty easy to write a book where a one-dimensional, uninteresting protagonist solves an easy mystery. It would be harder to write one where that same character solves an intriguing mystery, or where an interesting, multi-faceted protagonist solves a boring mystery. It is perhaps easiest of all to baffle the readers throughout, then pull a rabbit of the the hat at the end, trying to be clever. Sue Grafton does not take any of these easy routes. Kinsey Millhone is a very interesting, believable, just plain human, character. The mystery in this 6th installment plays fair. Until the very end, you have several choices of who the culprit might be. The actual killer was not a total surprise, but wasn't one of the ones I was thinking were most likely. I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it highly. By the time I get a chance to read the rest of the current books, "O is for Outlaw" should be out, then I guess I will have to eagerly await each future book, just like those who have been reading this series all along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Mysteries from a to Z
I'm thoroughly enjoying the Kinsey Millhone mysteries, reading them literally from A to Z. Great writing, great plots, great storytelling, great characters, great murder mysteries,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Louise Ripley
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
I bought this for my brother and he really like all of her books. He is collecting all of them.
Published 6 months ago by Anne Melanson
5.0 out of 5 stars an unusual and excellent mystery
"F is for Fugitive" is one of the better Kinsey mysteries: engrossing from the first chapter, it reads quickly and consistently. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by erica
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinsey Unravels Another Puzzle!
Everyone knew the kind of girl Jean Timberlake was-ask anybosy in the sleepy surf town of Floral Beach and they'd say Jean was wild, looking for trouble. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003 by J. Kirkman
5.0 out of 5 stars F IS FOR FUGITIVE
This is yet another kick ... private eye novel by Sue Grafton. Kinsey is full of surprizes and the end will shock you. Read more
Published on July 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Pleaser!
Sue Grafton has the touch. I'm not into heavy mysteries but she strikes just the right chord for readers who don't want to get too bogged down with confusion and puzzles. Read more
Published on June 2 2003 by Evelyn Horan
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Kinsey Millhone Mystery
Kinsey Millhone is hired by a man named Royce Fowler to gather evidence that his son, Bailey, did not murder his girlfriend, Jean Timberlake 17 years ago. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002 by Karen Potts
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not like this one very much
The only character I really liked in this one was (wink) the Reverend H. Had good possibilities. The plot is good towards the end - when the investigation really picks up. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2002 by Puneet Tanwar
3.0 out of 5 stars You can safely skip this one
You don't miss much if you miss this one. Kinsey is sure one shallow and bitter person...especially about Religion. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2001
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