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every little thing
on 26 October 2006
Do we NEED to know the steps in threading the reel of microfilm when Kinsey needs to looks something up in an old newspaper at the library?
"Once I had the box of film in my hand, I sat down at the machine and unreeled the strip, which I threaded under the lens, catching the sprocket holes. I hand-cranked it until the strip caught properly and then pressed a button and watched the Sunday paper speed by in a blur."
The book would have been a lot shorter without a description of every breath Our Heroine takes, and would have been much the better for being shortened. The flashes of humor and personality that made me care about Kinsey years ago and kept that relationship going for so long are buried here under a mass of pointless detail.
I finished the book out of habit and loyalty to Grafton, but I stopped caring who the murderer was half-way through and started thinking about what I'd read next and how long it would take me to finish this one.