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  • Audio CD: 11 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739323210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739323212
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #727,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 12 2009
Format: Hardcover
"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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra V. Clements on Jan. 23 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 24 2009
Format: Audio CD
No question that Judy Kaye who received a Tony Award for her performance in The Phantom of the Opera as well as two additional Tony Award nominations is a talented actress. Also, no question that Kaye who has read all of Sue Grafton's Alphabet Mystery series is also a talented voice-over artist. Her readings are marked by realism, a strict adherence to the author's intentions, and a fluid voice that easily represents each character. It's a pleasure to hear her narration of U IS FOR UNDERTOW.

With this, the 21st Kinsey Millhone thriller, we meet Michael Sutton who claims to have had a strange experience - it is 1988 but he claims to have regressed in memory to when he was 6-years-old and saw two men in a woods burying a rather large bundle. That was the same time that a girl, Mary Clare, was kidnaped and never found. The story that he tells Kinsey convinces her to at least give him a little of her time to investigate and see if anything turns up.

Flashback about 25 years to the Unruh home. Deborah and her husband, a well placed family, are a bit chagrined when their son, Greg, appears with Shelly and her small son. Deborah and Shelly are a bit like oil and water - Shelly's a manipulator par excellence. Segue to Kinsey who's dealing with personal problems plus Michael's siblings who paint him as unreliable. Is he a liar, a trouble maker or are his brother and sister trying to hide something?

Moving back and forth in time keeps the plot hustling along as Kinsey learns more, probably much of which she never wanted to know. U IS FOR UNDERTOW is Grafton at her spellbinding best.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By La Raine on June 6 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sue Grafton has a good eye and ear for characters. The trashy girlfriend brought home to crash at mom and dad's is a good example. In the early chapters of U is for Undertow, I thought Grafton used several words and phrases more recent than the late eighties, though. For example, "hoarders" is a popular word these days, but junk collectors weren't called that word back then. It must be easy to slip into today's vernacular when writing a present-tense book that takes place in a different present! That minor fault out of the way, I have to say I enjoyed this story very much, especially told from different characters' points of view.
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By K. C. Dorey on Dec 25 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of the books in Sue Grafton's alphabet series and I love each one more and more. The main character, Kinsey, is so down to earth, it's like visiting an old friend. This book of course is no exception, Sue Grafton has a way of writing each chapter that winds you closer and closer to the ultimate conclusion which never ceases to surprise and delight you. The only problem I have is waiting for the next book to be published!
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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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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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