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K Is for Killer Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc; large type edition edition (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568951019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568951010
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,729,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 the Paperback edition.

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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 the Paperback edition.

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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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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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The stregnth of this particular story was the level of realism Grafton displayed. None of the characters were typecasts. Even the toughie, teen prostitute, Danielle was better written than most characters of this type. In the first scene she was introduced, she spoke in a jabbing, staccato, almost Bronx like manner -- I kept thinking, this in Southern California? In later scenes her dialog was clean and the street language was obviously an act, and likely a survival trait. Also, what I find admirable in Grafton's narrative voice, coming in the first person of Grafton's detective character Kinsey is the character's sense of detachment from the people she investigates. Kinsey characterizes them with near objective precision. When the novel becomes unraveled is when Grafton throws in thriller elements into the story that do not belong in it. Kinsey is briefly kidnapped by Mafiasos. Unnecessary. Kinsey becomes emotionally unglued by the gratutious murder of someone close to her near the end. There is a revenge element at the end that is inexplicable from what has gone before, and the act of revenge is weird and out of character. All of these formula elements distract from an otherwise elegantly crafted story. Except for two complaints, the writing is wonderful to read -- very fluid and professional. There is a tendency to dwell on insignificant details in describing homes, roads, yards and teeth, and there is an excessive use of the word 'foyer'. This later tendency was especially distracting because I always knew when the word was coming, and it instead of it's synonyms, 'lobby' or 'entrance' came many, many times.
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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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