H Is for Homicide Mass Market Paperback – Mar 22 1992
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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.See all Product Description
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looking back, it's hard to remember if the low morale at California Fidelity originated with the death of one of the claims adjusters or the transfer of Gordon Titus, an "efficiency expert" from the Palm Springs office, who was brought in to bolster profits. Read the first page
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on April 16 2004 by Ron Atkins
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 morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by J. Kirkman
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 morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Karen Potts
I love Sue Grafton's work. She has created a wonderful set of characters led by Kinsey Milhone, Private Investigator. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2002
Someone once told me that Sue Grafton's book were for women only. Well, he could not have been any more wrong. Read morePublished on April 6 2002 by Robert Von Gerds
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 morePublished on Jan. 26 2002 by D. P. Birkett
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 morePublished on Nov. 4 2001
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