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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; First Printing edition (31 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425192725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425192726
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,734,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Grafton has become one of the most popular mystery writers, both here and in the US. Born in Kentucky in 1940, the daughter of the mystery writer C. W. Grafton, she began her career as a TV scriptwriter before Kinsey Millhone and the 'Alphabet' series took off. She lives and writes in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.


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Based on a homicide that took place in 1969 and was never solved, Sue Grafton has produced another of her long list of 'alphabet' crime novels featuring Kinsey Millhone, private eye. An unidentified young white woman's body is discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. Eighteen years have passed since the original investigation and the two men who found the body are now approaching retirement, and want one last try at solving the case. They call in Kinsey, whose career is going through a lean patch. It makes an exciting and suspense-filled story with the added thought that this could spark off a solution to a real crime. In the final pages is a photograph of a facial reconstruction of a young woman, which is hoped may lead to her being identified. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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She was a "Jane Doe", an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on, and after months of investigation, the murder remained unsolved. That was eighteen years ago. Now the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case . . . and they turn to Kinsey Millhone to help them find closure. But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what begins with the pursuit of Jane Doe's real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer. Based on an unsolved homicide that occured in 1969, Q is for Quarry, and Grafton's interest in the case, has generated renewed police efforts. In the last year, the body has been exhumed, and a facial reconstruction made that appears in the last pages of the novel. It is hoped that the photograph will trigger memories that may lead to a positive identification. 'Kinsey Millhone is up there with the giants of the private eye genre' Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2002
Format: Hardcover
She was found on Sunday August 3rd, 1969, Grayson Quarry off California's Highway 1. The woman was young, her wrists were bound, she had multiple stab wounds and her killer had slashed her throat. After months of investigation, the case remains as stone-cold as it was on the day her body was found. The police didn't even find out her name.
It is 18 years later, and the two officers who found the body are now both ill and close to retirement. However, desiring one last crack at the case, if only just to give the poor woman a name, they turn to Kinsey Millhone for help. She is curious, and agrees to work with them. But what starts out as an investigation trying to find the identity of a dead woman, soon becomes a dangerous hunt for her killer.
Some fans who may have been disappointed by her last effort, "P is for Peril", will feel much warmer feelings towards this novel, which is one of the best books in the entire "alphabet" series. It's complex, intriguing, written in sharp, efficient prose, with a great cast of characters. Kinsey is on fine form once again, and there are some real treats in store for constant-readers of Grafton, in the shape of more insights into Kinsey's family and background. She's a likeable, resourceful hero, and I am incredibly impressed that Grafton is still able to develop her main character with each new book, whilst lesser writers tend to burn out at around the five book mark.
Grafton is adept at creating casts of likeable, essentially very normal, well-developed characters who keep her books moving and her plots flowing smoothly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By a Guildford Reader on 26 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
Do we NEED to know the steps in threading the reel of microfilm when Kinsey needs to looks something up in an old newspaper at the library?

"Once I had the box of film in my hand, I sat down at the machine and unreeled the strip, which I threaded under the lens, catching the sprocket holes. I hand-cranked it until the strip caught properly and then pressed a button and watched the Sunday paper speed by in a blur."

The book would have been a lot shorter without a description of every breath Our Heroine takes, and would have been much the better for being shortened. The flashes of humor and personality that made me care about Kinsey years ago and kept that relationship going for so long are buried here under a mass of pointless detail.

I finished the book out of habit and loyalty to Grafton, but I stopped caring who the murderer was half-way through and started thinking about what I'd read next and how long it would take me to finish this one.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Grafton and eagerly anticipate each new Kinsey novel. But I found this one not worth the wait. The fact that Grafton took as her inspiration a real homicide made me think she was losing her touch at coming up with an original plot line. I found it all a bit depressing - heart attacks, cancer scares, and two old boys as travelling companions doesn't really grab my attention. I also thought Kinsey was getting just a wee bit tired of it all - even Henrys cooking took a back seat - maybe Kinsey needs an injection of romance to get a smile back on her face. Lets hope R is for.........gets Grafton back to her best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
I would recommend reading any of Sue Grafton's books from A-I. They contain humour, pace and suspense. Q is for Quarry however totally lacks any degree of suspense. Further, the novel also lacks the wit which was characteristic of her former novels.
It appears that Grafton has been influenced by the trend towards writing an epic novel. One can only infer that the writer does not want to short-change the reader by writing a shorter piece of work. Nevertheless a long mystery novel is useless if it lacks suspense.
Here's hoping that Grafton returns to her old punchy style for the remaining letters of the alphabet series.
Q is for Quarry is in no respect "a real page turner".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 April 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is essential reading for all Kinsey Millhone fans!
Ms. Grafton has outdone her usual brilliance. She has taken a marvelous series and made it better by adding two new elements to her well-honed heroine and typical plot. The first new element is that you will learn a lot more about what was going on in Kinsey's family before, during and after she was born. This new information will provide the basis for many satisfying plot complications in future to expand your enjoyment. If you skip this book, the next books in the series probably won't work as well for you. The second new element is basing her mystery on an actual unsolved homicide in Santa Barbara County, California in August 1969. As a result, we can all speculate along with Ms. Grafton about what really happened. If the real case is ever solved, we can also see how close she and we came to the right answer. By including four forensic reconstructions of the real victim, readers can also potentially help identify the victim. It's one thing to make up one's own neat little mysteries. It's a much grander and exciting thing to take on the real thing. I hope that Ms. Grafton will create other reality-based mysteries in the future.
As the book opens, Kinsey is about to turn 37 in four weeks . . . and is in a little more reflective mood than usual. Soon some of that's dispelled when she takes on a new role as leg woman for Lieutenant Dolan and Stacey Oliphant, who originally investigated killing of the stabbed and dumped young female victim in 1969 at Grayson Quarry on Highway 1 in Lompoc. Stacey had retired from the Sheriff's Department eight years earlier, but is back working part time on cold cases. This one?s lack of closure has always bothered him.
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