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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and gripping story, 13 July 2008
This review is from: T is for Trespass (Hardcover)
This is a 4.75 star book, because I found it a little slow in the first pages. Other than that, I found it excellent.

Kinsey's elderly cantankerous neighbor, Gus Vronsky, needs some home nursing help. Enter Solana Rojas, a woman who systematically strips the old man of his confidence, dignity, his possessions and ultimately, potentially, his life. The book was sometimes written from Kinsey's and Solana's perspective, which worked very well.

As with all Sue Grafton's books, it is set in the 1980s, but is totally relevant to today.

Kinsey cannot get the authorities to act, and the frustration leaps from the page. Anyone who has ever dealt with bureaucracy in a similar situation will empathize.

There was one main storyline in this, unlike her earlier works which sometimes have multiple threads. I prefer the multiple storylines, yet this book was so strong it was impossible to put down. It was so plausible, and unlike the other books, could happen to someone we love, neighbor, or even ourselves.

I am a Sue Grafton fan, and I consider S for Silence her best S Is for Silence (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries). Maybe that is because I liked the little bit of romance in "S". T for Trespass is a very different book, and quite frightening as it is probably happening all around us, but as a book absolutely gripping once you get into it.

Kinsey is still a loner, living a solitary life. I find that aspect probably the least appealing. She doesn't have the complications of relationships, having ditched her boyfriend between S and T, which makes her a little one dimensional. Her closest relationship is still the friendship she has with her landlord and neighbor, the 80 something Henry, and Sue Grafton writes the older characters very well.

Definitely worth the cover price, and a story that will stay with you for a very long time. I'll never look at home nursing care in the same way again.

All the alibi series are good, starting with A Is for Alibi, and all stand on their own without the benefit of reading the earlier books, although I would recommend you read them.

I am really glad the price of this has just come down on Amazon UK, as I got it from the library and there was a huge waiting list. Had it been this price from the start I would have definitely bought the book in hardback.
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