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Q is for Quarry (A Kinsey Millhone mystery) Hardcover – 7 Feb 2003

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (7 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333906543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333906545
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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The seventeenth novel in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series, now with a stunning new look --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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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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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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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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In this 17th installment of the respectfully submitted cases of Kinsey Millhone, the Santa Teresa private eye is asked to look into an unsolved 'Jane Doe' case by her aging sparring partner Lieutenant Dolan. So far so Grafton - these stories are set in the eighties and already have a period feel, but the events investigated are usually much older. What's different about this is the passion that Grafton brings to this novel, where the last two or three have been fairly routine and there's been a sense of going through the expected motions. There is also a real sense of time passing, with the middle aged becoming older (although the very old seem to remain the same) and with Kinsey also less sure of her ground. The afterword that described how she came to choose this particular subject for exploration made me cry, as it seemed so heartfelt.
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I'm a big fan of the Sue Grafton books. I read N is for Noose, randomly, on holiday and enjoyed it so much that I went back to the beginning of her alphabet books and am working my way through them. (On Kindle, so no space problems).
To be honest, I've found them to be better written than I expected from an American detective novel (my prejudice, I know), but I also enjoyed the humour and irony and the occasional quirky phrases and description, so much so that I had to check to see that Sue Grafton was not, in fact, British. I love the way the characters have developed over time: as well as good plots, there's good descriptive writing and character-insight. She does have a tendency to finish the stories quite abrubtly which, generally, is a refreshing change from the long drawn-out, heroine-in-danger finales of much crime fiction. Grafton does not have her heroine, Kinsey Millhone, act stupidly or unrealistically, merely to create a dramatic consequence.
I couldn't comment individually on all the novels I've read, I may have enjoyed some more than others, but there hasn't been one I've NOT enjoyed.
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