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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Huh? Jan. 12 2004
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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. 11 2003
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Unanswered Questions Sept. 15 2002
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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 Nothing outrageously bad but nothing great either Aug. 13 2001
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I have read one or two books in the Kinsey Millone series previously and have found them to be enjoyable, easy reads that, generally, provide interesting plots, etc. This book was, however, a disappointment.
Kinsey is hired by a grieving mother to investigate the death of her daughter some months previously. In the eyes of the police, the case has turned cold, yet Kinsey begins to discover that the dead girl led a rather complex life which may well have resulted in her death. Without revealing too much about the plot, the premise is interesting enough and Kinsey's investigations lead to a lengthy list of suspects. However, the ending of the book is a complete anti-climax - the killer is discovered almost by fluke and there is no consideration of motive, method or anything else which a crime fiction reader expects to see.
Grafton spends page after page developing a rather interesting plot only to let it fall apart completely at the end. Sadly, given the ending, the reader is left thinking "So what?" and disappointed at the effort expended in reading all of the preliminaries with no result.
Readers of this series may find the book enjoyable enough. I have to confess that I do not read these in order and therefore, cannot comment on the development of Kinsey Millone as a character. Newcomers to the series may just want to leave this one on the shelf. Overall, a disappointment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A seedy underworld and sheer greed Jan. 31 2001
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Lorna Kepler was found dead in cottage - probably murdered, but this cannot be easily established as it was weeks before her body was discovered and most evidence had been destroyed by then, decomposed. Janice, Lorna's mother comes to Kinsey Millhone looking for answers.
At first glance Lorna seems to be an ordinary sort of girl, early 20's, had a job at the Water Treatment plant - but then Janice pulls out a tape which she has been sent - it seems Lorna led a darker life for the tape is a pornographic and there is Lorna in it, large as life. Not only that, it seems that for someone who worked just 20 hours a week in a clerical job she had amassed quite a fortune, half a million dollars no less. Janice is convinced her daughter didn't die of natural causes, and now she wants to find out. And who sent her the video? and why?
It seems Lorna liked living on the edge - she was a high-priced call-girl and Kinsey must start her investigations in the seamy world of adult movies, and with Lorna's friend Danielle, another prostitute.
Kinsey has to sift through the evidence, the two older sisters who clearly didn't like Lorna much; there is Lorna's landlord and his jealous wife; perhaps someone who made the pornographic film; or even one of Lorna's clients. The evidence constantly conflicts and Kinsey must sift through the evidence and alibis to find out just what happened to Lorna and why. Behind all this is there seems to be a darker element lurking, the hint of something underworld.
Kinsey is definitely my favourite female detective, she makes addictive reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars and find the books an easy read with back ground information of the...
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marius van vliet
5.0 out of 5 stars love the series
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
Published 15 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Killed Lorna? Kinsey Will Have to Find Answers!
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? Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by J. Kirkman
5.0 out of 5 stars No one is perfect.
This may prove to be one of the better entries in the Millhone series. Any self respecting, competent P.I. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Feeling paralyzed
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002 by Jannis Kopeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark but good
This is one of the darkest in the series, although that is a relative term because Kinsey Milhone's sharp wit adds a spice of humor to almost anything. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2002 by D. P. Birkett
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book
In the town of Santa Teresa, California, homicides are not a rare occurrence. However, this one involves a young woman, Lorna Kepler, who has been dead for 10 months. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2001 by "pilotgirl2003"
3.0 out of 5 stars What was that?
It took a lot of talk and time to finally get the plot of this story going only to end with no answers. I wish I hadn't wasted my time on this one. Skip it, if you can. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing ending - not up to Grafton's standards
I love Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone - and I enjoyed this book right up to the end - but the end left lots of unanswered questions and loose ends. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2001 by johnstonhall
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