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H Is for Homicide [Mass Market Paperback]

Sue Grafton
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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March 22 1992 Kinsey Millhone Mysteries

Any reader who needs a smart and sassy P.I. would do well to hire Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone. . . . H' is for Homicide continues to show the author in strong storytelling form. . . . [It] finds Kinsey Millhone working on a case involving the death of a claims adjuster for a California insurance company. The story takes her into the Los Angeles barrio in pursuit of a violent criminal, into jails and hospitals, and into a grungy bar named the Meat Locker. . . . Count on Millhone not only to corner the murderer but also to make a statement against the foibles of the insurance game."
--The New York Times

"The eighth in Grafton's bestselling series is perhaps the wildest ride yet. . . . Grafton's skill with dialogue, her vivid characterizations and California scenery are priceless. . . . There are moments when the tension becomes so unbearable that you are tempted to skip paragraphs out of self-preservation."
--USA Today

"One of the best . . . A vivid, funny portrait of life in an ethnic underworld, viewed without judgment. Suspense there is, plentifully, and a final suggestion that Kinsey will be exploring different mischiefs next time. Outstanding."
--Los Angeles Times

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From Publishers Weekly

This eighth in an alphabetically titled mystery series--Holt will publish "I" is for Innocentor is quotes around the letters PW style? in May--finds sleuth Kinsey Millhone undercover in a Los Angeles barrio. Some 178,000 hardcover copies of this Literary and Mystery Guild selection have been sold. (May
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"Intelligent, fast-paced, and filled with memorable characters...Kinsey remains as engaging as ever."--The New York Times Book ReviewPHENOMENAL PRAISE FOR THE MYSTERY NOVELS OF #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORSUE GRAFTON"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 cliches. 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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Weakest of the 10 I've Read March 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I finally gave Grafton's "alphabet" series featuring Kinsey Millhone a try with "P Is For Peril" a year or two ago, when it was the newest of the series. I liked "P", and I've since been working my way through the rest, starting with "A" -- I've now reached "I."
I think "H Is For Homicide" is the weakest I've read. Much of the book has Kinsey undercover, living with some crooks and auto insurance fraud artists in Los Angeles. The plot doesn't seem to advance very quickly in these segments, and Kinsey's acerbic observations begin to pall. We're left with a generally static narrative of fairly pointless minor incidents among uninteresting, vaguely threatening people. Kinsey's better when she's rushing around among a variety of mainly middle class specimens, observing their tastes and foibles, in my opinion.
The good news is that "I Is For Innocent" was a welcome return to form.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Really Disappointed March 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am new to this series of books and am reading them in order. I really enjoyed A through G, but H is a real disappointment. I simply do not like Kinsey in this one. She comes across as a bit stupid here. I'm surprised at her willingness to break the law. For example, she hits the female cop since this will get her arrested and she'll be able to stay close to Bibianna. What?! Or how about when she's with Raymond looking for potential accidents and she VOLUNTEERS to drive at one point. Then when she causes her first accident she feels a "thrill." Who is this person? What I really found ridiculous was the chapter with Dolan and Santos filling Kinsey in on what's going on and what they want her to do, and then low and behold, she inexplicably gets bailed out before she's supposed to. I hope the next books in this series that I read are a whole lot better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'H' is For Homicide Feb. 28 2001
By Ashley
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sue Grafton's "H" is For Homicide is a thrilling adventure right from the get-go. The tale begins on a dark drive home at three in the morning. Kinsey Millhone had just finished one of her cases and was looking for a quiet weekend at home. Unfortunately she should have stayed at the hotel but her longing for home brought her back to Santa Teresa. Upon arrival, Kinsey finds her friend and co-worker, Parnell Perkins, dead in front of their work, California Fidelity. Besides trying to get on with her life, Kinsey is asked to check out an insurance claim that raises to the surface and smells like fraud. Bibianna Diaz was the one responsible for the claim. After tracking her down, Kinsey begins to gain Bibianna's trust as a possible buyer for her home. Unfortunately though Bibianna is running from someone worse than the police. She left her fiancé Raymond Maldonado, who doesn't like to be crossed. Raymond being the hostile, mob boss and head of the whole insurance fraud scandal has the inability to take no for an answer. Soon Kinsey finds herself in the middle of the problem when Bibianna is kidnapped and Kinsey comes along for the ride. Now Kinsey needs to find a way out and uncover Raymond's insurance scam without getting caught in the middle of Bibianna and Raymond's own love- hate war and before her true identity is discovered. This is a good book for those who like adventure and know how hard it can be in the middle of a love-hate relationship. Like every love affair this book has some complications that can lead you off into many different directions which may be confusing but in the end they all string together in the final chapter. If you want high pace excitement and thrills of high rolling stakes, this is the book for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A rare misfire from Sue Grafton Dec 28 2000
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Of all the major mystery writers of today, Sue Grafton must be the sloppiest plotter since Rex Stout. Often major plotlines are left dangling, major characters vanish without comment, and quite a few of the books don't end so much as simply come to a screeching halt. But, of course, we don't read Sue Grafton (or Rex Stout, for that matter) for plot. We read her for the richness of her writing, her psychological insights, and Kinsey Millhone's dry wit. Which goes quite a way to explaining just why this book in the Millhone series is so disappointing. Kinsey goes undercover -- accidentally -- in a hispanic gang which has an insurance racket going. Grafton tries to remake her lead character into an action hero, which neatly negates her virtues. Coincidence always plays a large part in Grafton's books, but in this case the sheer number of coincidences will cause you to yodel with disbelief. The two big plot twists can be seen coming a mile away. Hardly essential reading. Grafton quickly rebounded and the books which follow H are effortlessly superior.
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By Liz
I loved H is for Homicide and believe that it is Sue Grafton at her finest. As a Sue Grafton fan, I have read all of her books and loved them all but this one really hit the spot.
Kinsey Milhone, the main character, sets out to investigate a series of suspicious automobile insurance claims and ends up hanging out in the barrio with the perpetrators. Her entree into this secluded world was an evening spent in a very nasty bar posing as an after-hours tart whose mission is to befriend a for-real gorgeous tart who is the key to the insurance fraud ring. This is not the kind of duty that most of us would sign up for with any amount of enthusiasm. But Kinsey Milhone has guts of iron and nerves of steel. Those guts of iron allow her to swallow vast quantities of greasy restaurant food and the nerves of steel facilitate the endurance of the company of sleaze-bags for record amounts of time.
None of the miscreants, be they White or Hispanic are spared her cynical witty observations. Readers will, in all likelihood, be laughing cynically at the unvarnished truth that Kinsey uncovers time and again. She lets us know when people are negligent about washing their hands after using the public restrooms. She promptly informs us when residential bathrooms are less than clean and the housework in general has been neglected, when people don't smell or look good. The things that irritate Kinsey tell us the most about her--primarily that she has high personal standards and a great sense of boundaries.
Kinsey's level of tolerance for the creeps and oddballs that are the everyday encounters of her job is nothing short of remarkable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Femal PI Extraordinaire
Okay, it's been a few years since Sue Grafton wrote this book and I'm finally getting around to reading it and making commentary. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Ron Atkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Bad-Could Have Been A Little More Interesting
In this book, Kinsey Millhone plays a cover-up investigator so she can see for herself, this deranged killer who not only kills but commits insurance fraud as well. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003 by J. Kirkman
4.0 out of 5 stars Insurance fraud
When private investigator Kinsey Millhone returns home after doing a consumer investigation, she is saddened to learn that one of her friends from California Fidelity Insurance has... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2003 by Karen Potts
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurrah for Kinsey Millhone
I love Sue Grafton's work. She has created a wonderful set of characters led by Kinsey Milhone, Private Investigator. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2002 by "pennymwood2"
4.0 out of 5 stars Sue Grafton does it again
Someone once told me that Sue Grafton's book were for women only. Well, he could not have been any more wrong. Read more
Published on April 6 2002 by Robert Von Gerds
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read it twice
This one largely takes place in the Los Angeles barrio where Kinsey is (kind of) undercover investigating insurance fraud and murder for the California Indemnity Company. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2002 by D. P. Birkett
5.0 out of 5 stars It could only happen to Kinsey.
Then again only Kinsey could get herself into so much trouble and on gang turf in Los Angeles trying to investigate an insurance fraud claim for California Fidelity. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2001 by "auorchid"
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Grafton
If you have started the alphabet series, make sure you continue it! This is typical Grafton work with Kinsey getting personally affected by false insurance claims.
Published on Sept. 4 2001 by Jennifer L. Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars What a trip!
This is quite the ride Sue Grafton takes us on this time!
By the end of the book, Kinsey has lost her job, meets up with Tourette Syndrome and meets an undercover cop. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2001 by V. VanCamp
3.0 out of 5 stars H is for Hostage, not Homicide
From the title and the early entry of a dead body, the reader thinks that Kinsey is going to set out to solve a homicide. Read more
Published on May 26 2001 by Paul Skinner
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