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K Is for Killer [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Sue Grafton
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June 1994 Wheeler Large Print Book

Lorna Kepler was beautiful and wilful, a loner who couldn`t resist flirting with danger. She has also been found dead in mysterious circumstances and her death pulls Kinsey Millhone into a netherworld of deception, betrayal and unavenged murder...

`Crisply written, ingeniously plotted, with a regard for humanity striving against the odds that`s both tonic and rare` Literary Review

`K is for Killer is another exciting novel from the excellent Sue Grafton` Daily Mirror

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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From Publishers Weekly

The 11th adventure of Santa Teresa, Calif., PI Kinsey Milhone has a dark tone--due in great part to Kinsey's working this case mostly at night. Kinsey agrees to look into the 10-month-old death of Lorna Kepler, a young woman whose decomposed body was discovered in her cabin so long after death that it was impossible to determine the cause. Kinsey's client, Lorna's mother, who works the night shift in a 24-hour diner, suspects murder. So does Kinsey, especially after investigating Lorna's effects and her considerable assets, some unaccounted-for. An anonymously delivered pornographic tape adds to the emerging portrait of the dead woman as an intriguingly self-sufficient, ambitious woman of the evening. In nighttime forays, Kinsey talks to an all-night deejay whom Lorna often visited at his studio; she meets--and befriends--a prostitute who occasionally teamed up with Lorna to party with clients. She also investigates the victim's day job as a part-time receptionist for the water district, where a high-stakes development project is currently raising tempers. A host of suspects includes a porn filmmaker in San Francisco, members of Lorna's family, her landlord, the water district employees and even a smooth-dressing cop, whom Kinsey talks to at night. But lack of sleep dulls Kinsey's perceptions and it takes two more deaths and the surprise appearance of a deus ex limousine to lead her to a solution. Even sleep-deprived, Kinsey shows spunk and appeal, but she is not at her sharpest here. 600,000 first printing; author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

YA-Asked to investigate the death of 25-year-old Lorna Kepler, which occurred 10 months earlier, P.I. Kinsey Millhone uncovers the young woman's secret life as a high-class call girl, her half a million dollars in blue-chip investments, but no clue as to the murderer. The main plot is strengthened by several subplots including the whereabouts of a $20,000 withdrawal made the day of Lorna's death; the misleading spying antics of her landlord's wife; and the greed and jealousy of the victim's overweight older sister. Grafton's writing is vivid when describing Kinsey's soul-searching about the evil some people commit and in the resultant powerful ending. Though the 11th in the series, "K" is neither weak nor repetitive, providing excitement, intrigue, and a fierce need to finish reading it in one sitting.
Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have decided to read the available books in the series in the correct sequence, and find the books an easy read with back ground information of the characters re-introduced at the appropriate times adding a few whimsical touches as the series progresses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love the series June 19 2013
By Karen
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
My first Kinsie book was V. After reading V I proceed to buy books starting at A and to date have not been disappointed. I really enjoyed K
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This was a great book and I found it hard to put down. The question throughout the whole story here was, "Who caused Lorna's death?" Lorna's mom hired Kinsey to dig up the dirt and find out, and as Kinsey searches further, the answer becomes clear. But not before this mystery killer kills other people too.
Was it Lorna's dad, or one of her 3 remaining sisters? Or could it have been Roger?
You'll have to read the book to find out, but foul play is definitely in the works!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Huh? Jan. 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've always enjoyed this series of mysteries and have read about 6 of them. I don't expect great literature, but a decent mystery, and because I'm female, I enjoy the writing more than I would a very male-oriented mystery, and it's more down-to-earth. Anyway, I found this book fairly enjoyable and engrossing until the last chapter or so. It seemed like Grafton couldn't figure out how to end the book or was using this book as a tryout for some angle or intellectual pretense she was toying with. I think that idea, if that was her incentive for this story, is disappointing her reader who probably is used to, and wants, just a good satisfying mystery. I couldn't even really figure out what was happening in the end nor what did, nor why. I had to read the ending about three times and still wasn't sure. Actually, I figured out a little more from reading some of these reviews, so that helps, but I would definitely not rank this book towards the top of the Kinsey Milhone series, but towards the bottom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Re-opening a murder case Feb. 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lorna Kepler has been dead for 10 months and the police have not come up with any answers as to why that will satisfy her mother Janice. There is no proof of murder, but also there's no other evidence as to how she died. Janice goes to Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone to find out what really happened to her daughter. As Kinsey probes into Lorna's past, she finds out that she was involved in a lot of unsavory activities. She also suffered from some health problems that might have contributed to her death. Kinsey places all of Lorna's associates and friends on her list of suspects and her investigation takes her into some pretty seedy places and situations. The reader remains as puzzled as Kinsey as to who the actual perpetrator is. When the killer's identity is revealed there are a few interesting plot twists and Kinsey begins to wonder what true justice is. Also all of the loose ends are not tied up neatly as in most of the Kinsey Millhone books, and some questions remain, even after the last page. This is an interesting addition to Sue Grafton's widely-read series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No one is perfect. Oct. 3 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This may prove to be one of the better entries in the Millhone series. Any self respecting, competent P.I. in real life will probably tell you that they probably won't always find all the answers in every case they take. Though they probably find out most of the answers most of the time. Millhone didn't find all the answers she needed on this case. And it isn't necessarily clear how she figured out who the killer was. It isn't even clear how she figured out who he was in cahots with. But she thought enough of herself to do something about it. Not everyone will like that but there it is.
Enjoy the book, then go on to the next one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unanswered Questions Sept. 15 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story begins with Lorna's mother seeking professional help in the investigation of her daughter's death. Throughout the novel, Lorna is depicted as a beautiful loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. Maybe a possible cause of her death. As the plot progresses more and more questions are raised in regards to her death. While the cops suspected homicide, they could find neither motive nor suspect. Worse yet, was the circumstances in which the body was found: so badly decomposed that it couldn't be certain she hadn't died of natural causes.
Overall, this novel offers a dark and complex story in respect to the matters that it involves. I must say that the book misleads the reader into believing answers will be provided at the end. Grafton, not only leaves unanswered questions that surfaced as the novel progressed, but she leaves new questions floating around in the last couple of pages. So if anyone is interested in reading and providing their own conclusions then this may be the perfect book for you!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Feeling paralyzed Sept. 10 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Much to my surprise, Sue Grafton leaves the ending to "K is for Killer" open for questions. In the end, Kinsey is attacked with a stun gun that leaves her temporarily paralyzed. The reader tends to feel the same way when finding out that, as she has regained her mobility, the killer has "left the building" with the mobster-type crew introduced earlier in the novel and is never seen or heard from again. This is not your typical Sue Grafton ending, but the reader does get the sense that justice prevailed in the end. Overall the book was typical Sue Grafton style. Kinsey is up to "old fashioned" detective work trying to unwind the mystery of the death of Lorna Kepler. Lorna has many secrets in her life that Kinsey unravels. Her adventures do not seem to be too dramatic, but the job gets done, nonetheless. Good book overall.
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