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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pan Books (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330317237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330317238
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,297,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
G is for Gumshoe is the seventh book in Sue Grafton's alphabet mystery series. As always, Grafton's private eye, Kinsey Millhone is hired to take on a seemingly routine investigation, in this case to locate Agnes Grey, her client's elderly mother. As usual, the case is far from straightforward and predictably, Kinsey discovers long buried family secrets. Meanwhile, Kinsey learns that a contract has been taken out on her life by a jailed killer who wants revenge for the role that Kinsey played in his convition. After an initial attempt on her life leaves her badly injured, Kinsey hires Robert Dietz, a professional security expert and body guard to protect her while she continues to work for her own client.

It is amusing to find the fiercely independent Kinsey rely on someone else and chafe under Dietz's take charge attitude, nevertheless they quickly becomes romantically involved. The romantic pairing of a body guard and a fiesty female client is a tired cliché. Is there any chance they won't become involved? The mystery of the missing Agnes Grey, which obviously relies on names associated with the Bronte sisters as clues, is not really that suspenseful. It functions as a reason for Kinsey to publicly continue with her work and therefore, provide the hitman with ample opportunity to strike. Since two stories are not obviously connected, Grafton has the challenge of switching from one mystery to the other. The result is that both mysteries lose some momentum by the novel's conclusion when both plots abruptly converge.
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By A Customer on March 18 2002
Format: Hardcover
I would agree that it is never made quite clear why Kinsey is on someone's hit list, and one has to pretty much read between the lines to find a rational explanation as to why the culprit commited the crimes against the family of Kinsey's client, but life isn't always going to give us what we want.
I wouldn't go so far as to say Kinsey is a hard-boiled detective, but it certainly seems she gets banged around as though she were one. I would hope she is physically stonger than is let on in the series or she might not last long enough to make it through Z.
Given her experience with two different dead-beat husbands you would think Kinsey would know better than to have a one night stand with her body guard.
This series is one of the lighter mystery series on the market these days. It also happens to be a rather good one. If you want top of the line read Agatha Christie or Rex Stout. If you don't much care how ridiculous matters can get read Tamar Myers or Rita Mae Brown. But, if you enjoy a good read which is entertaining, enjoyable, and still manages to keep you in some supense, then here is the series for you.
This novel may not be the best in this particular series but it is still fun to read.
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Format: Hardcover
This one has two main plots. One is a classical mystery with clues based on the Bronte sisters, about a woman's missing mother. The other is about a contract on Milhone's life taken by a jailed killer who hires a hit man. Actually, as always in Grafton, there are multiple plots: The hit man is trying to get custody of his son to prevent his mother raising him the wrong way and feeding him junk food;a woman goes into labor on the marriage registry office; Vera gets engaged after being caught in flagrate delicto etc, etc. A major strand is Milhone's affair with Dietz, her self-appointed bodyguard.
Hardcore Graftonologists will note that the telephone contact with Dietz in A is for Alibi is said to have taken place a year previously (hardcover publication date for that was 1982, this has a 1990 first publication date). Milhone has her thirty-third birthday is this one, and we are told that Irene is 47 and was born in 1940.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"G" is for gullible? Kinsey Milllhone is hired to find the elderly mother of her client and bring her back to Santa Theresa, which she manages to do. But not before she is run off the road, shot at, and left to die in an irrigation ditch all at the hands of a hired assassin. Because. . .well, we aren't exactly sure. If that isn't enough, Kinsey uncovers a sinister plot of a room and board owner for the gain of . . .not really sure of that either, sure doesn't look like he got a lot out of it. All in all "Gumshoe" was an entertaining roller coaster ride through the all too dangerous life of our favorite private detective. If you are looking for an escape from the day to day monotony and want some no-brain entertainment, go ahead, you won't be disappointed. If you are looking for an intellectual and suspenseful thriller, I recommend you try Patricia Cornwell's "From Potter's Field".
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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).
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