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Q Is for Quarry Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (Oct. 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739301233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739301234
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 6.8 x 15.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 327 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 140 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,531,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Private investigator Kinsey Millhone has served Sue Grafton well through 16 letters of the alphabet in a perennially popular series that occasionally breaks new ground but more often traverses familiar territory, as is the case here. Two old, ailing cops--one retired, the other disabled--try to breathe some life into an 18-year-old mystery that haunts them both for different reasons. They enlist Kinsey's help in identifying the victim, a young woman who was murdered and left for dead in the old quarry of the title. Neither they nor Kinsey expect that reopening an old case will incite the killer to strike again--not once, but twice. And while the real case of the still-unidentified victim that inspired this fictionalized scenario continues to languish in the cold case file in the Santa Barbara sheriff's office, Grafton's solution is as plausible as any. While the unlikely trio of Millhone and her cranky geezer sidekicks offers a few chuckles, the inner reaches of Kinsey's soul remain largely inaccessible to her as well as to the reader, which will probably not bother most of Kinsey's or Grafton's many admirers. --Jane Adams --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Although this latest Kinsey Millhone novel features all of Grafton's tried and true elements of suspense and humor, there's something unusual here: the story-of an unsolved homicide that occurred in 1969-is based on a real event. Grafton became interested in this case, of an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a California quarry. While Grafton was writing the novel, Jane Doe's body was exhumed and a forensic artist did the facial reconstruction, in the hopes that seeing the victim's image might trigger someone's memory. Kinsey is pulled into working on the case when her old friend Con Dolan asks for her help as a favor, to help Stacey Oliphant, an aging, ailing policeman, fulfill his dream of solving the mystery of Jane Doe's murder. There's not much to go on, as the case has been cold for years, yet the trio-Kinsey, Dolan and Stacey-persevere; slowly, leads begin to turn up. Kaye gives a fine performance. While she's well accustomed to reading Kinsey (she's been the audiobook reader for the entire series) and performs that part with gusto here, she also deftly handles the craggy old voices of Dolan and Stacey (although at times it's hard to distinguish between them). By turns sassy, professional and heartbreaking, her portrayal of Grafton's beloved heroine will delight fans.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Paperback
PI Kinsey Millhone is at it again, this time trying to solve the eighteen-year-old murder of a previous `cold case'--an unidentified female victim.

Teamed ironically with two elderly cops, the ones who had originally found the woman's body, Kinsey sets out to discover both the identity of the victim and her killer who dumped the body in an old quarry.

Sue Grafton's 17th suspense novel in the `alphabet series' is filled with unexpected twists and turns, not to mention infused with Grafton's wry sense of humor. I loved the quirky relationship between the two old cops, Dolan and Oliphant! Amidst a story of tragic death and horrific murder, they were a great addition and added definite comic relief.

I would have like to see Kinsey's past delved into a bit more, but Grafton is the Queen of `dangling the carrot'. I'll be sure to read the next one (although I'm a bit behind in my reading as I'm busy writing my own novels). It's going to be a sad day when Sue Grafton finally gets to the letter `Z'.

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The 'real-life' crime which is at the root of Q is for Quarry is a story of such poignancy that anyone who has maintained a shred of compassion over the years can identify with. Despite some uneven patches in the Sue Grafton's story--it still re-sounds with a haunting atmosphere almost 40 years after the actual murder. I can well remember those murky times in the late '60's/early 70's when there were so many 'lost souls' appearing and dis-appearing. Surely one of the main points of this exercise is to tell us that every life has an importance to someone no matter how obscure and fleeting. I worked for the RCMP as a civilian employee after graduating from Simon Fraser University. During that time Clifford Olsen was on the loose--he raped and murdered 11 children leaving them to die alone and isolated in the mountains. Every day I would see these police officers come back after an exhausting day of searching. It gave me a lasting impression of their courage and humanity in the face of the worst acts that a depraved human being is capable of. The Globe & Mail once published 100 cold cases for their 100th anniversary. There were the faces of people--men, women, children, from all ethnic groups, all different back-grounds over many decades. Their deaths had remained un-resolved--but I could never forget their faces. Each one of them no matter who they were demanded justice. Although you may think that many of our modern mystery writers are venturing into territory that seems a little far-fetched all you have to do is to watch 48 Hours Mystery or log into any of our 'real-life' web sites which will show you all of the unsolved cold case files. Fiction writers allow us to experiment with situations and ideas we may never had any personal experience with.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
I've read all of these except the new one, "R", at this point. Obviously, I like them. I think "Q Is For Quarry" is a perfectly respectable specimen of the series, if not one of the best.
As is happening more and more often, Kinsey spends most of the book far from Santa Teresa, this time in a small town near the Arizona border. This location is better executed than the small California town in "N Is For Noose," I think, though there seems to be less of an effort to produce a sense of local colour. There's more just a feeling of isolation, of being stranded in the desert, which works for these characters.
As also often happens in these books, the last few pages, in which there is a sudden outbreak of action and danger and the perpetrator stands revealed, are not really satisfying or convincing. And there are a few scenes involving Kinsey's landlord Henry, who has a new girlfriend, and his sister-in-law the Hungarian cook Rosie, apparently intended as comic relief, which I didn't like at all. Luckily, Grafton abandons this stuff early on.
The meat of the book, as far as I'm concerned, consists of Kinsey's interactions with a variety of ordinary unhappy people in ordinary American settings, credibly described. I get the feeling that Grafton can write this stuff in her sleep, but I enjoy reading it. Her friends and co-workers the unhealthy older ex-cops also provide some reasonably interesting interaction that doesn't detract from the story.
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Format: Hardcover
First, the good things about this, the 17th outing for Kinsey Millhone:
* the setting is excellent. I enjoy both the coastal and desert locales in which it is set, and, although I was about to scream if Grafton told us the colour of the desert soil once more, she did manage to capture the landscape extremely well. As well, throughout the series, Grafton has had a pretty good way with bringing to life Smalltown, USA and its inhabitants. This is no exception.
* the 'Odd Couple' like characters - the two retired / medically unfit police officers. I could see Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau perfectly cast (if they weren't dead alreay).
* Aspects of the police procedural.
* The interesting depth added to Kinsey's family relationships in this book. A newly emerging relationship with an aunt, which has surprised even Kinsey in the way it has affected her. At last she is beginning to open up to possibilities.
Now, what I didn't like:
* I agree with the reviewer who says everything is over-described. Cutting down the number of adjectives and 'languid' takes on every action and place would make a tighter read.
* However, my biggest disappointment and the reason for the 2 stars is that I think there is a major plotting / logic flaw in this novel. The key clue is dropped on page 19. To me, it stood out a million miles away. I spent the rest of the books getting angrier and angrier at what was to me an elemental flaw in something which was meant to be a police procedural. Surely, given the notes taken at the time a record was kept of who and where the missing person report, later retracted, came from. It would have eliminated about half the book, in hurrying the solving of the 'who was Jane Doe' part of the story.
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