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V Is for Vengeance [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Sue Grafton , Judy Kaye
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8 Jan 2013
A woman with a murky past who kills herself—or was it murder? A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt who thinks he can beat the system. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring working for the Mob, racking up millions from stolen goods. A wandering husband, rich and ruthless. A dirty cop so entrenched on the force he is immune to exposure. A sinister gangster, conscienceless and brutal. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers, which may be worse than the pain of his loss. A private detective, Kinsey Millhone, whose thirty-eighth-birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted nose. And an elegant and powerful businessman whose dealings are defnitely outside the law: the magus at the center of the web. V: Victim. Violence. Vengeance.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Abridged edition (8 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385366272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385366274
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 13 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,391 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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`Kinsey Millhone is an iconic figure in the world of the contemporary crime novel.'
--Irish Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Sue Grafton has become one of the most popular female writers, both in the UK and in the US. Born in Kentucky in 1940, she began her career as a TV scriptwriter before Kinsey Millhone and the 'alphabet' series took off. She plans to take Kinsey all the way through the alphabet to Z. Sue lives and writes in Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good return to the series. 20 Nov 2011
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Ordinarily, I wouldn't have bothered to post a review of a book that has already received so many good reviews, but I was so impressed by Sue Grafton's writing in "V is for Vengeance" that I just had to put my two cents in!

I've read all of Grafton's alphabet books since "A is for Alibi". Some I've liked better than others, but I've always appreciated her tight writing style. Both characters and plots tended to be well-thought out, but for a while there she was mixing Kinsey's cases with her private life in such a way that felt "tentative". She'd write about Kinsey's family-of-birth and with each book go a little further in introducing an aunt or a cousin or a grandmother to the plot as she put Kinsey through the agonising mental work of "Do I want to know these people from my past or don't I"? And, frankly, Grafton was putting her readers through the same agony. I had reached the point a few books ago that I really didn't care one way or the other. Grafton seems to have dispensed with these hangers-on and now concentrates on the Henry and his siblings and the crew at the Hungarian restaurant. Much better.

This new book is the best in the series so far. Grafton goes beyond Kinsey's cases - generally written in the first-person - and includes two other plot lines written in the third-person. It's not a common plot devise but Grafton has the writerly chops to carry it off. All her characters in this novel are fully drawn in a nuanced way that makes them seem real to the reader - or at least to THIS reader. Sometimes I felt I was reading a much more "literary" novel than the average series novel. And to the reviewers who complain about Grafton setting her books in the late 1980's rather than bringing them up to date? Well, this novel is Sue Grafton's to plot and write.

I would almost say that "V is for Vengeance" is a very mature novel. Grafton seems to have reached a new, high level with her writing. It's really good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sue Grafton back at last! 18 Feb 2012
By Jay
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's a long wait for Sue Grafton's next alphabet books to be published, but the wait for V for Vengeance has been well worth it. Her main character, Kinsey, is back on form with a new assignment but with various twists and turns throughout. Sue Grafton also doesn't disappoint with the usual interplay of the usual characters which play a large part of her life. V for Vengeance hooked me from the beginning and kept this up until the very last page. I can't wait for W for ???
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
I have faithfully read all of Sue Grafton's "alphabet" series and have usually enjoyed them; but it is only in the past few outings that I've come to look forward to each new letter avidly. The author is now well into her stride with her characters and setting, and rather than sticking to the formula established in the first several titles, she is exploring and creating new situations in her fictional town of Santa Teresa (based on Santa Barbara) and its environs. Perhaps more than usual, I felt in V for Vengeance that the author is feeling somewhat constrained by her title style; although vengeance does indeed feature here, it is by no means the only motivation for the many dark deeds described in the pages.

Kinsey Millhone is a private investigator in her late 30s. While in an upmarket department store she sees a woman blatantly shoplifting and reports her to the sales assistant and, via her, the security officers. Although the thief is apprehended, her accomplice escapes - injuring Kinsey in the process. Later, Kinsey reads that the shoplifter, awaiting trial, has apparently committed suicide by jumping off a cliff. Skipping a few plot points, she is hired by Marvin, the dead woman's fiancé, to look into her death as he is convinced it was no accident. Kinsey makes some progress, discovering that the dead woman was involved in much more than the occasional piece of casual thievery, but runs out of leads.

What raises this book above the level of a straightforward crime novel is its two vivid subplots. One of these involves a crooked businessman called Dante, who has inherited his father's enterprises but who has little enthusiasm for some of the family's more lethal methods of settling their affairs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'm not going to go on and on about this novel. If you've read Sue Grafton's series, you already know it's wonderful - and by that I mean, a difficult-to-produce combination of mystery and literary thinkpiece. NOT of the navel-gazing variety, but of the scrabbly-underside-of-humankind-revealed variety.
Grafton's character studies, which are such an integral part of her writing, are spot on.
Example in V is for Vengeance: in my hardback edition, pages 133 and 134 and their immediate surroundings, there's a description of one of the houses in a marriage that stands in and for the marriage itself. This is done, not in an overt way, but in a way that unfolds and makes you think about all marital relationships. About yours as reader as well, perhaps.
I love Kinsey, and I'm pleased with this addition to her story. She's not as central to this plot as most of the earlier novels, but her stamp is on the story, and it's a damned fine one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars V is for VaVaVoom Vanished 3 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I suspect Sue Grafton has written this one as a chore. I missed Kinsey's central role and her first person narrative but I missed the sparkle and charm of books A-U even more. Technically superb writing - I don't think this author could write badly if she tried - but the magic has gone. I can imagine after so many books in a series it could become a real burden to have to write yet another; it happens with lots of series. Out of loyalty I'll read W but if it isn't 'W is for Welcome back, Kinsey' then I'm done with this series. BTW anybody else find it inconsistent that Kinsey is so morally outraged by shoplifting yet in the very next chapter she is so kind to a burglar because he paid her fee with a set of lockpicks so she could do some B and E when needed in any of her cases? I think the real Kinsey would have gone after the shoplifter but without the rant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another very good read
I always look forward to Sue's latest book because I know it will be another absorbing tale of detection featuring our heroine Kinsey who always gets the better of the bad guys in... Read more
Published 8 days ago by jillhazeljill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Once You Get Past the Opening Chapter
It took me a while to get in to this book, but once I got past the opening story set before the main story starts, I was reklieved to find that this book didn't disappoint -... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Stephanieo
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Published 17 days ago by Mrs W Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best she has written.
Published 28 days ago by Mrs. Anne Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinsey at her best
Most enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by D. M. Leggett
5.0 out of 5 stars V for vengeance
Once again sue Grafton creates a good read
Published 1 month ago by christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading!
After reading other reviews of this book I was a bit skeptical about Ms Grafton's change in writing style. However, I found the change refreshing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debbie Jarratt
5.0 out of 5 stars A list authors
Sue Grafton is one of the above-she brings her characters to life.What will Monday do when she reaches Z? I wonder!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Sue Mee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another excellent Kinsey Millhone mystery that keeps you turning the page. This lady never let's you down. Great reading.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good instalment in the series
Another good instalment in the series, maybe starting to entertain a little less, will continue to end of alphabet but probably not such a bad thing that there are only 4 letters... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alison
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