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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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