U Is For Undertow: A Kinsey Millhone Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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"Expect to be spellbound."
"Has this reliable series lost its addictive appeal? Not at all."
"Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters at her disposal." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Sue Grafton lives in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky. Most recently, she was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.See all Product Description
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And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall." -- Psalm 35:8
Masterful Sue Grafton deftly handles three timeframes in this story of love and betrayal. The "present" is 1988, the mystery's past is found in the 1963 through 1967 period. Her own family's history is revealed for the period of the mid to late 1950s. The artful Grafton moves smoothly from one time to another, much in the way that our attention can shift rapidly from observation to memory and back again. Rarely does she let the current day intrude into the earlier time periods with inadvertent missteps. It's impressive.
Were you ever fascinated by watching carefully lined-up dominoes be rapidly toppled, one after another, after the first one in the sequence is tipped over? If so, you'll love this story. The plot is built around that device. One action or event triggers another, and another, and so on until no more dominoes are standing. It's the most difficult kind of plot to develop in a credible way, and Ms. Grafton carries it off very well indeed.
As the book opens, the local police have sent Michael Sutton over with a story about having seen as a child two men burying a mysterious bundle about the time when a little girl had been kidnapped (who was never found, even though the ransom was paid). Sutton is convinced that the two events have something in common and is willing to pay for a day of Kinsey Millhone's time to check it out. A lot of what he wants Kinsey to do he could do himself, so he's holding something back. With her usual doggedness, Kinsey makes fast work of the case and helps Sutton locate the site of the burial. What will they find?Read more ›
definately worth buying this one.
With this, the 21st Kinsey Millhone thriller, we meet Michael Sutton who claims to have had a strange experience - it is 1988 but he claims to have regressed in memory to when he was 6-years-old and saw two men in a woods burying a rather large bundle. That was the same time that a girl, Mary Clare, was kidnaped and never found. The story that he tells Kinsey convinces her to at least give him a little of her time to investigate and see if anything turns up.
Flashback about 25 years to the Unruh home. Deborah and her husband, a well placed family, are a bit chagrined when their son, Greg, appears with Shelly and her small son. Deborah and Shelly are a bit like oil and water - Shelly's a manipulator par excellence. Segue to Kinsey who's dealing with personal problems plus Michael's siblings who paint him as unreliable. Is he a liar, a trouble maker or are his brother and sister trying to hide something?
Moving back and forth in time keeps the plot hustling along as Kinsey learns more, probably much of which she never wanted to know. U IS FOR UNDERTOW is Grafton at her spellbinding best.
- Gail Cooke
PI Kinsey Millhone reluctantly agrees to spend a day investigating, while feeling that her client is holding some key information back. They are able to find the excavation, but what is buried there is certainly not what was expected. Thus begins a process driven by
Kinsey's curiosity to determine what happened to the kidnapped girl.
In the first sentence of 'U', Kinsey muses: 'What fascinates me about life is that now and then the past rises up and declares itself.' It is the past that is the below the surface that is the "'undertow"' of the title. The past is conveyed by flashbacks to 1963 and 1967 interspersed with the present, 1988.
It is sometimes said that the mark of the novel is character development. Equally, the mark of a mystery novel is plot. Sue Grafton puts both together perfectly in "'U is for Undertow."'
There are a variety of characters in 'U,' starting with Kinsey's client who is described by his estranged sister as a dupe of the 'false memory' therapist who convinces him he was abused as a child. There is the ambitious upwardly mobile banker who buries the emptiness in his relationship and life with alcohol. There is the teenage boy consumed with hostility and in a power struggle with his stepmother, his father's second wife.Read more ›
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Love this series, great buy, great condition, fast delivery! Thank you.Published 5 months ago by jim blackmore
I just love all of Sue Grafton's novels. I have just completed reading all of them a second time. I get a constant chuckle from Kinsey's deep thoughts on the human race. Read morePublished on July 9 2014 by Steve Watson
I don't know. Grafton does what Grafton does and this is what she does. We drive up the coast, we drive down the coast (I will leave it to Rebus fans to decide which description... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2013 by Dave the Rave
It was up to her usual standard and very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this book U for Undertow to my friends.Published on Aug. 29 2013 by Anne Harrison
I have read ALL that is available so far of Sue Grafton books, they are fabulous, really keep you in suspense.Published on July 9 2013 by nature girl
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