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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Edit/Cover edition (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447212363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447212362
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wise-cracking, staunchly independent and chronically curious, Grafton's gritty gumshoe, Kinsey Millhone is back. This time, the alphabet series star will take on the toughest case to date: her past. What begins as a random phone call from a "storage space scavenger" (buys the contents of defaulted storage units), leads Kinsey to a box of old papers and personal effects that her ex, Micky Magruder, left behind. Inside, she finds a 15-year-old unsent letter from a bartender that, among other things, reveals her former hubby was having an affair. And she left him because he asked her to lie when he was charged with murder. Although he wasn't convicted, the letter reopens the past and the possibility of foul play--which proves to be a deadly temptation for Ms. Millhone.

Die-hard fans will especially enjoy Kinsey's self-disclosure--something she's infamous for not doing--about her childhood, the fate of her parents and the randy details of her first marriage. She also reveals a very vulnerable and interesting side to her character when her obsessive-compulsive fact-finding is mixed with matters of the heart. A fast, fun read, O is for Outlaw is packed with Grafton's clear, colourful imagery and signature metaphors: "Our recollection of the past is not simply distorted by our faulty perception of events remembered, but skewed by those forgotten. The memory is like orbiting twin stars, one visible, one dark, the trajectory of what's evident forever affected by the gravity of what's concealed." This review refers to the hardcover edition of this title.

--Rebekah Warren --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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" EVERYTHING THAT HAS ALWAYS WORKED FOR THIS FIRST-CLASS SERIES WORKS BETTER HERE. . . . O Is for Outlaw comes across with a freshness that suggests [Sue Grafton] has been taking stock of her skills, sharpening them up for the long haul."
--The New York Times Book Review
" EXTREMELY GOOD--OUTSTANDING, IN FACT. . . . As always Millhone is an engaging detective--a bit lighthearted, a bit sarcastic, always resourceful, and frequently funny."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"EVERYTHING THAT HAS ALWAYS WORKED FOR THIS FIRST-CLASS SERIES WORKS BETTER HERE. . . . O Is for Outlaw comes across with a freshness that suggests [Sue Grafton] has been taking stock of her skills, sharpening them up for the long haul."
--The New York Times Book Review
"EXTREMELY GOOD--OUTSTANDING, IN FACT. . . . As always Millhone is an engaging detective--a bit lighthearted, a bit sarcastic, always resourceful, and frequently funny."
--San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When a writer of crime fiction runs out of ideas, he or she tends to let bad things happen to the detective or the detective's family. That's always a bad sign. So when Kinsey Millhone's ex-husband is killed, and she starts investigating out of sheer quriosity (and, perhaps, for old times 'sake), this should be a warning to the reader.
Sue Grafton sticks to her well-known routine in the O-book. Her heroine Kinsey Millhone jogs her 4 miles, lifts weights, eats junk food and makes notes on cards as usual. She breaks into the sealed houses of victims and suspects, and gladly puts herself in life-threatening situations, as in every book. She makes friends among lower-class people in about the same unrealistic way as Enid Blyton's Famous Five.
The only new thing about this book is that it is more clearly fixed in time, in the early eighties. Not that Grafton makes much use of it.
However, Kinsey's charm, sense of humour and her self-irony go straight into the reader's heart. So does her honesty:"If the bad guys don't play by the rules, why should the good guys have to?" Sue Grafton knows how to create a good story; it's just entertainment, but good entertainment.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2000
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There are some good red herrings in this book, which she handles much better here than in K is for Killer. This is the most personal novel about Kinsey to date and I enjoyed the chance to find out more about her past and what makes her tick. Deception and false impressions are a strong theme of the book and make for a satisfyingly complex tangle to unravel.
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Another cracking tale by Sue Grafton featuring her irrepressible investigator, Kinsey Milhone. Part of the successful Alphabet series, this involves Kinsey personally as one of the victims is her exhusband whom she hasn't heard from for fifteen years. Whilst he lies in a coma, Kinsey has to delve into the past going back to the Vietnamese war.
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I have been an avid fan of the Sue Grafton series. I was give I is for Innocent as a pressie. Since then I have never looked back. A plucky female detective!!!! If you have never read an of her books before I can guarentee you will love it. If you have read any of the previous novels you will love this also, a lot of loose strings are ties, old and new character are there. So wait no longer, pick it up and have a jolly good read.
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By LFW on 31 Dec. 2012
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Maybe I read books too quickly, but the further I get into the alphabet, the longer the books seem to be. And this one was definitely padded out with scenic descriptions along freeways that we've had before in previous books. I'm giving Sue Grafton a rest before I go any further in the series, as I want to enjoy her books as I did at the beginning
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I enjoyed this book very much, having read most of the others in this A-Z series, and it sheds more light on the ever developing character of P.I. Kinsey Millhone. A most enjoyable read, I had to read it to the end in a few days, a good page turner!
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Another First for Sue Grafton. The central plot takes you into Grafton's PI, Kinsey Millhone's, past. With each novel we seem to learn more and more about the PI and her background. This is cleverly done, as it gives the author more scope for future novels. In the latest alphabet novel, Millhone investigates her first husband's involvement in a murder, which took pace some 15 years ago. At the time, she could have cleared his name, but chose to go her own way. Now she has to admit that she may have been wrong, and someone is after her Ex. For me, I enjoyed every page of this book. I look forward to each new alphabet novel, and I have not been disappointed yet! Please can she hurry up wiyh the next one!
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Another great Kinsey Millhone novel. The female gumshoe stuck in the eighties, no Internet or mobile phone. Real detective work, libraries and microfilm, intuition, hard yards and hard work. Familiar characters who have been developed through the stories. Believable and very readable.
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