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Q Is for Quarry Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged

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  • 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 141 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,816,482 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 Paperback 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: 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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Sue Grafton's "Q is for Quarry" is a break from the usual pattern for a Kinsey Millhone (KM) novel. Usually Kinsey takes a case, finds out her client isn't who she thought they were, gets into squabbles with the police, comes upon the solution to the case, confronts her suspect alone (instead of having the police do it), tables get turned, she finds herself in grave danger, barely survives it, and closes the book with a Dragnet-esque epilogue. This book is slightly different as her client is the police, so "squabbles with the police" above should read "squabbles with her client."
Actually, there are quite a few departures from the typical KM story. Very little action takes place in Santa Teresa (the Santa Barbara of Grafton's fictionalized Southern California). Instead, the reader is treated to exotic locales like Lompoc and Blythe (real cities, and the reader would do well to follow the action with a AAA map). Kinsey's family makes another appearance, with another layer of onion skin being removed (if you like her family you probably enjoy the revelation of each new layer; if you don't care for them you probably wish Grafton would take a more "yank the band-aid off" approach instead of this delicate approach). It seems to me that Kinsey was missing a lot of her spark; given the number of people who lie to her, she remains oddly calm throughout the story (she doesn't even make a sarcastic aside about what the "Oceanview Motel" is doing in the middle of the desert).
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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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After a generally enjoyable romp with Kinsey Millhone through the letter "O," I loathed P IS FOR PERIL and picked up Q IS FOR QUARRY with some skepticism. However, Kinsey has regained her brains, and the novel gives us several welcome new departures, including a change of venue and deepening friendships with a couple of old, sickly cops whose odd-couple relationship is well characterized. We also learn more about Kinsey's background and family, and Aunt "Gin" is getting to be less likeable with each revelation.
Kinsey's still too much "lawn-order" for my sensibilities, but I suppose that's consistent with what she does for a living. At least she acts intelligently in this book, not with the abysmal stupidity of P IS FOR PERIL, and it's a good read, with a plot based loosely on an unsolved case of the 1960s. I'm sure I wasn't the only reader who felt compassion for the unknown real-life Jane Doe, murdered so many years ago, and the family from whom she permanently disappeared.
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