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Sue Grafton
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Book Description

11 Oct 2012

It is now nine weeks since Dr Dowan Purcell vanished without trace. The sixty-nine-year-old doctor had said goodnight to his colleagues at the Pacific Meadows nursing home, had climbed into his car and driven away – never to be seen again.

His embittered first wife Fiona is convinced he is still alive. His second wife, Crystal – a former stripper forty years his junior – is just as sure he is dead. Enter private investigator Kinsey Malone, hired by Fiona to find out just what has happened to the man they loved.

Enter also Tommy Hevener, an attractive flame-haired twenty-something who has set his romantic sights on Kinsey. And Tommy is a man with a very interesting past . . .

'Grafton is a delight to read, her books being highly literatre, with believable plots and three-dimensionally drawn characters' Irish Times


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1447212371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447212379
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,210 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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"Grafton has moved the private-eye story closer to real life than did either Hammett or Chandler."
--"Los Angeles Times Book Review"

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It is now nine weeks since Dr Dowan Purcell vanished without trace. The sixty nine year old doctor had said goodnight to his colleagues at the pacific Meadows nursing home, had climbed into his car and driven away – never to be seen again. His embittered first wife Fiona is convinced he is still alive. His second wife, Crystal – a former stripper forty years his junior – is just as sure he is dead. Enter private investigator Kinsey Millhone, hired by Fiona to find out just what has happened to the man they loved. Enter also Tommy Hevener, an attractive flame haired twenty something who has set his romantic sights on Kinsey, And Tommy is a man with a very interesting past… --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to her normal standard 16 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have always enjoyed this series of books but found this last P is for Peril a little flat. I found the plot weak and the characters that I always enjoy normally lacking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Disappointment 4 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As a big fan of the alphabet books I was really looking forward to this, the latest installment. All of the books up till now have been very enjoyable and, if anything, have been getting better and better. P is for Peril was, however, a huge let-down. There are 2 plot lines involved. The secondary story involves two brothers who Kinsey has rented new premises from. It turns out that they have a murky past which Kinsey gets involved with. This plotline is really weak, does not fit with the rest of the book and justs seems like an add-on, a way of getting Kinsey into a dangerous situation at the end of the book. The main plotline is just as bad. It involves the disappearance of a doctor. I wouldn't like to give the plot away but in this case I couldn't if I tried because I'm not really sure what did happen - who did what and why certainly eluded me. If you've read all of the others in the series then you'll want to read this anyway. Otherwise I'd suggest waiting for 'Q' to appear next year.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars P is for Profound Disappointment 2 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
It is not uncommon for writers of detective stories to go off the rails from time to time - I'm thinking, for example, of some of the wilder excursions into other genres of Sarah Paretsky and P. D. James - but I thought Sue Grafton was too sensible for that kind of thing.

But no! Ms Grafton, who refuses her heroine the luxury of a computer or a mobile phone (too easy), has indulged herself with that scourge of the modern novel, the tricksy unresolved ending. I truly thought I had bought a dud copy of the book, with the last few pages missing, until I looked at the reader reviews and realised that nobody had them.

"P is for Peril" is as skillfully crafted and well written as any of the alphabet series, except that we're left guessing at the end about what actually happened. But we want to KNOW!! Readers of detective stories want closure, resolution, neat endings - all that kind of thing. That's one of the reasons they read detective stories. Cliff-hanger endings are great in their place, Ms Grafton, (at the end of chapters) but NOT at the end of the book. I beg Ms Grafton never to do this to us again, and Kinsey Millhone to sign off with her usual "Respectfully submitted, Kinsey Millhone" from now to the end of the alphabet (even if she hasn't been paid her full fee!). If Sue Grafton had started like this, she would never have got beyond A.

For this devoted fan of Kinsey Millhone and Sue Grafton, "P is for Profound Disappointment".
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed to be honest.... 3 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Maybe it was reading it in hardback, maybe it was because I had been anticipating this book for months now, or maybe it just wasn't up to scratch...but something about the latest Sue Grafton seemed a little lacking when I read it last week.
As the 16th letter in the alphabet, P for Peril gives us the 16th Kinsey Millhone crime novel from Grafton, and maybe she's beginning to run out of ideas. Although there may be a masterplan I'm not aware of, or Grafton's ideas for her main character are at odds with my mental image of her, I can't help my disappointment.
First off, what's with this giving Dietz a back seat yet again? Yes, Kinsey has commitment problems, yes, her thing is solving mysteries not getting married, but her inability to have a fulfilling romantic relationship should not be mutually inexclusive with her work. Maybe her on-off-on-off lover was out of the picture in order to enable the shifty Tommy to attempt to win Kinsey's affections, part of a poor plot device, but it's getting wearing.
Oh, that brings me quickly onto the poor plot! It's the first time I've ever raced ahead of Kinsey - what is happening to her? Anyone could see (without wanting to give away the plot) a) what relationship was key in telling us how the Dr disappeared, and b) that you just don't put your trust in insurance investigators without investigating them thoroughly first. What is happening to the Millhone magic? Why has she suddenly gone dumb?
Also, it's beginning to irk that it's still 1983. Yes, Grafton may introduce sly details to remind us it's the proto-computer age, but it's boring that everything's so damn 80s without any other pop-culture references whatsoever. Even Kinsey's hair and dress never change - things are getting dull and in need of a shake-up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DETECTIVE FICTION, OR TRAVELOGUE? 9 Oct 2010
By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I enjoy the Alphabet novels, but this one struck me as a bit flabby, and I went back and checked. Sure enough, A Is For Alibi ran to 368 pages, which was about right, but this manages to stretch things out for 513, which is about a hundred too many. I noticed that every time Kinsey climbs into her car we're exposed to a detailed account of her journey, and every new house she visits receives a detailed description. This adds nothing to the plot, but slows down the action. I can only surmise that Sue Grafton's publishers have prevailed on her to increase the size of the book. But for whatever reason, she'd be well advised to cut out the padding, and revert to writing crisp plots, as she used to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange ending
Good plots but why leave the ending so abruptly. I like the end summarized and nicely tidy up at finish. Was there a need to do it this way?
Published 2 months ago by Bridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinsey Millhone mysteries, once again a hit
I have enjoyed all of
L Sue's books, it is so delightful to find one that you have missed.
I found this story really entertaining and engrossing, it is well up to all... Read more
Published 3 months ago by jillhazeljill
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
these books are always a safe bet for a good read, i hate reading books with spelling errors and a plot so improbable you have to put it down as it gets annoying, these are well... Read more
Published 4 months ago by bsms841
5.0 out of 5 stars p for peril
a good book got it for a friend who like them has a lot of the book to enjoyed it
Published 4 months ago by paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
If I want to write a review why should I have to write a certain minimum number of words ?
Published 5 months ago by Minder
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
Love these books by Sue Grafton, can be an easy read but always get you thinking and guessing and sometimes you just never can guess how it's going to end
Published 5 months ago by blewis
5.0 out of 5 stars alphabet soup
I really like Sue's sardonic style and enjoy the twists and turns in her plots. What's going to happen when she reaches Z?
Published 6 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Sue Grafton is superb
Always a jolly good read.

I have read most of Sue Graftons Alphabet Mysteries and always enjoy them. If you enjoy a mystery I would recommend this series of books.
Published 7 months ago by Ann French
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Relview
I am a great fan of Sue Grafton and her Alphabet books. I must have read most of them and found them all interesting and enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by Carolyn
3.0 out of 5 stars P is for Peril
Like many other people I was very disappointed at the end of this book. It did not include Sue Grafton's usual signing off "respectfully submitted " and as there 40 blank pages at... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert
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