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Sue Grafton , Judy Kaye
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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Oct. 15 2002 Sue Grafton
A Kinsey Millhone mystery. . .

She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were mulitple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the case remained unsolved.

That was eighteen years ago. Now, the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case. Old and ill, they need someone to do the legwork for them, and they turn to Kinsey Millhone. They will, they tell her, find closure if they can just identify the victim. Kinsey is intrigued by the challenge and agrees to work with them.

But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what beings with the pursuit of Jane Doe's real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Addiiton to the Alphabet Series Nov. 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A worthy addition to Grafton's series and an interesting change of pace. Although it starts out slow, by the end of the book I was fascinated with the plot and characters and was sorry to see it end. I would not recommend this one to an uninitiated Grafton reader, but "A is for Alias" is the natural starting point anyway. The sideshow parts of the these novels such as Henry, Rosie, Diehl (when will he come back?), and Kinsey's lost family add a lot of charm and familiarity for the return reader. Kinsey Millhone continues to be an enigma that I enjoy getting to know better with each installment. I also find the historical timeline of the series very appealing. My being almost the same age as Kinsey makes the mid-eighties setting of the books and her late sixties coming of age a sentimental trip down memory lane for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Q is for Quarry Nov. 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book. It isnt one of my favorites basically due to the "too tidy" ending. It wrapped up way to quick and easy in my opinion. I was hoping for a bit more on her family ties, yet those were left far behind about midway through the book. More will come up in her next novels, I am sure. I liked the idea of the cold case. It was interesting to go along for the ride on what little evidence they had and such a huge gap in time from the scene of the crime until present time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Q is For Quite Good! Nov. 11 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
Kinsey Milhone is up to her old tricks...eating at Rosie's, visiting with Henry and jogging in the wee hours. This time she has taken on two old "gentlemen" and they search for the killer of a young girl. The case is "cold" from 1969. The two men are a lesson plan in how not to live. Drinking, smoking and eating badly...they are a hoot. Kinsey's Aunt and cousin have entered her life and her grandmother looms large. as with all of the alphabet books, it's a delight. Kinsey is an original character and after all these years I feel she's a friend.
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Format:Hardcover
Americans have had a long long love affair with Kinsey Millhone, private investigator. The Sue Grafton creation has graced bestseller lists since her A IS FOR ALIBI premiere 16 letters ago. While other detectives have moved on to cell phones and Internet searches, Kinsey's still hacking away on pay phones and typewriters, her life frozen in the 1980s. She's a 37-year-old PI who comes pretty close to hardboiled, if that's possible in Santa Teresa, California. She's proven remarkably durable through books that tend to blend together in a nonetheless satisfying mix.
If you haven't already heard, here's the lowdown on Kinsey. Orphaned at age 5, divorced twice by her mid-20s and happily on her own these days save for dinners with her feisty octogenarian landlord, Kinsey pretty much does as she pleases. In Q IS FOR QUARRY, she accepts an assignment from a pair of near-retired police officers, Lieutenant Con Dolan and Detective Stacey Oliphant, who want to reopen a Jane Doe case left languishing for the last 18 years. Quicker than you can say "the butler did it," Kinsey¹s enmeshed in another adventure. The trio's legwork eventually leads them to the tiny town of Blythe, where the auto-shop-owning McPhee family becomes the center of the inquiry. Once the body has been identified, Kinsey sets about cracking the case, with another fatality to deal with along the way.
What¹s grown familiar about Kinsey's tales --- well, aside from her frequent forays to McDonald¹s, refusal to accept her recently discovered extended family and general bull-headedness --- is the utter everydayness to them. Grafton doesn't have the gift for words of a Jonathan Franzen or a Sandra Cisneros, but she'll detail them to the death.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Description Nov. 8 2002
Format:Hardcover
This book took me 4 days to plough through. Of over 380 pages don't think there was dialogue on 200. I felt it was a history of a lot of small towns in southern California and certainly didn't need the information about all the bars and restaurants.The same goes for the description of the characters, i.e. facial hair, etc as well as clothing and the conditons in their living quarters. The story line was weak and certainly not of the caliber of previous books. A disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Fact and Fiction Meet Nov. 7 2002
Format:Hardcover
Sue Grafton has taken an unsolved murder from decades ago and used it as a basis for her latest alphabet mystery. Q deserves its place of honor in the Grafton alphabet. It is a terrific mystery with a complicated plot and the excellent characterizations readers have grown to expect from this writer. Q IS FOR QUARRY is a amazing accomplishment and I hope it helps solve the actual unsolved murder at its base.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "An entertaining series" Nov. 1 2002
Format:Hardcover
"O Is for Quarry" by Sue Grafton is an another entertaining story in this unique series. The characters are fun, the dialogue sharp and fast-pace, and, the plot exciting. A wonderful combination.
John Savoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Q is For Quarry Oct. 26 2002
Format:Hardcover
Having read all of the Grafton books, I would say this is one of her better efforts. Perhaps, because it is based on an actual event. The reader will guess the culprits before Kinsey does, but she is busy learning about her own family back ground and maybe not paying enough attention to the investigation. She seems very trusting of the female characters she encounters which seems out of character for her.The two older policemen are an intersting addition to the book and very believable in their quest to close the file on this case. The book does not move as fast as other Grafton books, there is a lot of information about desert area in which the story is set, which is immaterial to the story; but interesting to know.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better the second time around
I've recently re-read books M through Q, and have to say Q is for Quarry is a favourite. The second time around I noticed all the Q words Grafton sprinkled through the pages, from... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2009 by La Raine
5.0 out of 5 stars Q is for Querlous
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2008 by Catherine N. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Grafton keeps us on the edge of our seats...and slowly falling!
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. Read more
Published on July 12 2006 by Cheryl Tardif
3.0 out of 5 stars not great, but typically entertaining
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... Read more
Published on July 19 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Darker and Darker
I've mostly enjoyed the Alphabet series, but Sue Grafton's last few books have been darker and darker. Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by L. Baumgartner
1.0 out of 5 stars C is for crappy
I read a lot. I enjoy mysteries. After finally getting around to reading a book by Sue Grafton, I have to say that I'm utterly disappointed. Read more
Published on June 10 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars The Odd Couple engage Kinsey
*****WARNING: THERE MAY BE A SPOILER*****
First, the good things about this, the 17th outing for Kinsey Millhone:
* the setting is excellent. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by saliero
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to her pace and quality mystery writing.
I really enjoyed this mystery. It's been a while since I enjoyed an American female writer's series... Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by K. L Sadler
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I have read them all
...and Q is for Quarry is not the best of the best of this Grafton series, but it's pretty darn good. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by Mary Smithers
3.0 out of 5 stars Your typical cookie cutter mystery.
This was my first time reading a Sue Grafton novel, and I must say it was sort of boring. However, if you are a mystery fan, than I am sure you will like it. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by S. Lucyk
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