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W is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Novel Hardcover – Sep 10 2013
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Praise for W IS FOR WASTED
“Grafton is a writer of many strengths—crisp characterizations, deft plotting, and eloquent dialogue among them—and she has kept her long-running alphabet mystery series fresh and each new release more welcome than the last. Her greatest skill may be the way she melds disparate, unwieldy, often difficult subjects into a cohesive whole that satisfies as both entertainment and art. It's one thing to write a bestseller (or 23), but quite another to do so while addressing larger societal ills. Achieve both, and you reach the pinnacle of the profession—as Grafton has. Her work is layered, textural, sensate—ingenious and satisfying in any genre. . . Lesser authors churn books out; Grafton continues to knock them out of the park.”—Louisville Courier-Journal
“‘W is for Wasted’ is further proof – as if it were needed – of Grafton’s immense talent. And her ability to give equal weight to the story of the detective and the detective story sets her apart in the world of crime fiction.” ––Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Kinsey Millhone, the well-nigh immortal sleuth in this enduring series, still has time to play her rebel role simply by living a spartan existence in a world of greedy narcissists…How sweet it is to see the California private eye back in her garage apartment…It’s also fun to watch her at work, taking notes on index cards, typing reports on a Smith-Corona and here’s what really matters—communicating with people face-to-face.” ––New York Times Book Review
“Involving, amusing and fast-paced.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Nearing the conclusion of this celebrated series, Grafton continues to shape Millhone’s character, toughened by circumstance but still both understanding and forgiving.”—Booklist
“Grafton has lost none of her ability to bring her character vividly to life: Kinsey is as witty and engaging as ever, although somewhat more subdued and thoughtful owing to the emotionally charged tasks she has to perform. As Grafton nears the end of her long-running alphabet series, readers of mystery and suspense and Grafton’s many fans will delight in and savor this latest addition.”—Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for Sue Grafton
“After three decades Grafton’s iconic detective remains a quirky delight. With the help of McDonald’s pit stops and her single no-wrinkle black dress, Kinsey is sure to keep up the good fight through W, X, Y and Z—taking punches for the little guys and keeping the bad ones at bay.” —People
“Millhone’s complexity is mirrored by the novels that document her cases: books that nestle comfortably within the mystery genre even as they push and prod its contours.”—The Wall Street Journal
“I’ve come to believe that Grafton is not only the most talented woman writing crime fiction today but also that regardless of gender, her Millhone books are among the five or six best series any American has ever written.”—The Washington Post
“Grafton purposively begins with a standard situation . . . and then sets about breaking every cardinal rule of the mystery novel.”—The Los Angeles Times
About the Author
SUE GRAFTON lives in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.See all Product Description
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We now have her new book, "W is for Wasted". The story of Kinsey Milhone and her involvement in two murders and a whole bunch of cover-ups. Related to one victim and knowing the other in a peripheral fashion, Kinsey is drawn into the murders. Kinsey is also drawn back into her birth family and its problems. For a while, Grafton had made her twisted family tree large parts of her stories. They weren't particularly interesting and in recent books, she's left her aunts, grandmother, and cousins out of the story. Now some are back and are a bit more interesting and some of the characterisations the reader saw in "Kinsey and Me" are there.
Is "W" a character study or an action-plot book? I'd say it's a bit of both. Sue Grafton has always been an interesting, off-beat writer. Kinsey Milhone and her life are set in the 1980's - a eon or two ago in terms of technical development. Living before cell phones and Ipads, Grafton refuses to move her characters forward in time. "W" is an excellent story and one that goes along well with her previous "stand-alone", as well as her alphabet series!
Bogged down with a mishmash of unrelated, needless and unnecessary detail and descriptions is why I rate this 3 stars. It took forever to get to the crux of the matter. I was tempted to skip but didn't, what I did instead was I kept putting the book down for extended periods of time. Simply put, the book (484 pages) was just way too long.
All the mysteries in the alphabet series have complicated plots, but this one is exceedingly complex. One imagines that Kinsey would like to escape to anonymity. And what finally do all these diverse plot elements have to do with each other?
As a very independent person, virtually a loner, Kinsey is pressured in a way that connects with her as a person as none of the others in the series have, given that she genuinely wants to “make things right.”
In W, Kinsey also experiences the homeless community in Santa Theresa via the deceased person’s three friends or companions. While Kinsey perceives this social issue quite objectively – it is clear the homeless have made some bad choices in life as well as experienced some tragic hardships – but each of the homeless has a story to tell. So Kinsey alternates between empathy and dismay at their self-destructive behavior. Again this portrayal gives W some psychological depth.
There is a dual message from the title: colloquially,“Wasted” can mean drunk or stoned on drugs or both.Read more ›
They tell it like they are telling a person's life story as well as being a mystery/thriller.
I have all her books and can hardly wait for ''Y'. A must read for anyone who likes this type
Most recent customer reviews
I totally enjoyed this book, looking forward to the next one.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Anxiously awaiting "Y", reading "X" now. Hoping the series will continue starting with "AA" is for Always AwesomePublished 4 months ago by Digger
Great read. I always enjoy Mrs. Grafton's writting. Very enjoyable book.Published 4 months ago by G. Poirier
Absolutely love Sue Grafton books, and this one does not disappoint.Published 8 months ago by geldon
Always enjoy this lady's books. Would recommend to all my friends. I have all her books and look forward to next one.Published 14 months ago by Evelyn M Hall
A bit too much detail. Slow moving but the plot is interesting.Published 14 months ago by Brian Fisher
W is for wasted is a suitable title for a book which wasted my time reading it.Published 15 months ago by Don Durst