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Sue Grafton , Judy Kaye
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Dec 1 2009 Kinsey Millhone
It’s April 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone’s thirty-eighth birthday, and she’s alone in her office catching up on paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced.  Michael Sutton is twenty-seven, an unemployed college dropout. More than two decades ago, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent newspaper story about her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories. Sutton now believes he stumbled on her lonely burial and could identify the killers if he saw them again. He wants Kinsey’s help in locating the grave and finding the men. It’s way more than a long shot, but he’s persistent and willing to pay cash up front. Reluctantly, Kinsey agrees to give him one day of her time.
But it isn’t long before she discovers Sutton has an uneasy relationship with the truth. In essence, he’s the boy who cried wolf. Is his story true, or simply one more in a long line of fabrications?

Moving effortlessly between the 1980s and the 1960s, and changing points of view as Kinsey pursues witnesses whose accounts often clash. Gradually, we come to see how everything connects in this twisting, complex, surprise-filled thriller. And as always, at the beating heart of her fiction is Kinsey Millhone, a sharp-tongued, observant loner who never forgets that under the thin veneer of civility is a roiling dark side to the soul.

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"Expect to be spellbound."

"Has this reliable series lost its addictive appeal? Not at all."

"Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters at her disposal."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Sue Grafton lives in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky. Most recently, she was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I just love all of Sue Grafton's novels July 9 2014
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I just love all of Sue Grafton's novels. I have just completed reading all of them a second time. I get a constant chuckle from Kinsey's deep thoughts on the human race. This one is one of her best! Can't Wait for X,Y and Z.
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4.0 out of 5 stars U for Undertow review Aug. 29 2013
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It was up to her usual standard and very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this book U for Undertow to my friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn your ABC's July 9 2013
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I have read ALL that is available so far of Sue Grafton books, they are fabulous, really keep you in suspense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars U is for Undertow Dec 20 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of Sue Grafton's series then you probably already have this one.
If not start at A for Alibi. You will get hooked and want to read them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Grafton Jan. 16 2012
By Sylvia
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Most successful mystery authors never deviate from their formula. This book is a real surprise, because Grafton does things a little differently from her other books, and best of all, IT WORKS! I would recommend this book to any mystery reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars U Is for Unexpected Events in a Dazzling Plot Dec 12 2009
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly,
And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall." -- Psalm 35:8

Masterful Sue Grafton deftly handles three timeframes in this story of love and betrayal. The "present" is 1988, the mystery's past is found in the 1963 through 1967 period. Her own family's history is revealed for the period of the mid to late 1950s. The artful Grafton moves smoothly from one time to another, much in the way that our attention can shift rapidly from observation to memory and back again. Rarely does she let the current day intrude into the earlier time periods with inadvertent missteps. It's impressive.

Were you ever fascinated by watching carefully lined-up dominoes be rapidly toppled, one after another, after the first one in the sequence is tipped over? If so, you'll love this story. The plot is built around that device. One action or event triggers another, and another, and so on until no more dominoes are standing. It's the most difficult kind of plot to develop in a credible way, and Ms. Grafton carries it off very well indeed.

As the book opens, the local police have sent Michael Sutton over with a story about having seen as a child two men burying a mysterious bundle about the time when a little girl had been kidnapped (who was never found, even though the ransom was paid). Sutton is convinced that the two events have something in common and is willing to pay for a day of Kinsey Millhone's time to check it out. A lot of what he wants Kinsey to do he could do himself, so he's holding something back. With her usual doggedness, Kinsey makes fast work of the case and helps Sutton locate the site of the burial. What will they find?
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4.0 out of 5 stars U is for Undeertow Jan. 23 2010
I was hesitant to buy this one because I felt her last couple were not up to par. But this one is more like the Sue Grafton of old. Much better story line and I felt I got my money's worth this time. Still like all her characters and her plot line was quite good.

definately worth buying this one.
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