Kinsey gets herself into two stories, intertwined, but not really related. I kept wanting the two plotlines to link up into a single story, but this never happened. There were several things about the book that were lacking. First, I never understood how the hitman got ahead of Kinsey in her trip down to the Salton Sea. I mean, come on, how could he anticipate which rest stop she would use? The killer seemed to have passed up several opportunities to get her, which also didn't make sense. And the Dietz character also didn't make sense. Yea, right, he decided to be her free bodyguard, then without much todo, he leaves at the end. The story was well written, however, and the connection to the 19th century sisters was well thought out. I hate to give Sue Grafton anything less than 4 stars, but this was the most dissappointing of the series so far (A-G).