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on February 27, 2016
In 'S is for Silence' Kinsey Milhone investigates a missing person who disappeared without a trace 34 years ago, on July 4, 1953. Solving a mystery 34 years after its occurrence might strike some readers as implausible. Recollections may be flawed after a passage of time or rationalized to portray the respondent in a favourable light. Grafton does build in to the narrative flashbacks to events around the time of the disappearance involving characters interacting with the person soon to be missing.
Unfortunately, this novel comes hard on the heels of 'Q is for Quarry' in which Kinsey is engaged in identifying a Jane Doe murdered 15 years ago and determining who might have committed the homicide. So there are some common plot elements here, beginning with both cases being exceedingly old. In addition, both victims are attractive, sexually promiscuous young women living in small towns, whose activity is brings controversy and attention. The cases involve a quarry and an excavation respectively. Both cases involve iconic highly collectable American cars, a 1965 Mustang and a mid '50's Chev Bel Air coupe (it would spoil the plot if I specified the key role the cars play in the two cases), but of course that might be purely coincidental. So the similarity in plot lines is unmistakable, and for me greatly diminished my interest.
The question of why some battered women remain with their abusive husbands remains a current and relevant issue, and Sue Grafton''s portrayal of this dilemma is effective in getting the reader to think about this issue, and yet avoids taking sides.
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on March 8, 2006
Does Sue Grafton ever curse her publishers (and herself) for promising a 26-volume series? By setting this book twenty years ago, in 1986, Grafton limits her possibilities. Kinsey can't move forward and grow. So she recedes into the background and frankly, she could be a lot more interesting than the supporting cast. By Case #20, she should be advancing her career and her life. It's hard to avoid comparison with Sharon McCone, a self-employed detective who began sleeping in a room in a legal commune. Now she's got her own business, her house, a pilot's license and an amazing Significant Other.
I liked the flashbacks - a nice change of pace. In fact, I started to care about the characters we met in the first few pages. Why would a grown woman befriend a 13-year-old adolescent? Why does this teen lead such a lonely life? But all the characters seem rather sleazy, almost interchangeable with characters in the other Grafton alphabet novels.
Grafton is a smart, talented writer. Can't her publishers let her introduce a new heroine? If you are looking for a great mystery novel try ' Giorgio Quest '. by Giorgio_K.
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