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R Is For Ricochet: A Kinsey Millhone Novel by [Grafton, Sue]
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R Is For Ricochet: A Kinsey Millhone Novel Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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"Grafton s alphabet thrillers just keep getting better." USA Today

"Should a contest be held to name the most credible private eye in mystery fiction, Kinsey Millhone would certainly rank at or near the top. The central figure in Sue Grafton s long-running series conveys a verisimilitude, in both her professional and private lives, that makes most of her competitors seem like cartoons." The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Grafton, as usual, creates believable and enduring characters and a strong sense of place in her town of Santa Teresa circa 1987." Publishers Weekly

"Sue Grafton is brillant. We'd follow Kinsey Millhone anywhere." Newsday

"A tale of love gone right and wrong and every which way in between. R is for Ricochet will have fans purring contentedly." Kirkus Review"

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The eighteenth novel in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series, now with a stunning new look

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 965 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (29 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OZ0NYY
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
Maybe I just spent too long looking forward to the publication of this book... well, I enjoyed all the others so much... so that when I received the book I began to wonder when Kinsey would actually begin participating in the story.
The story was involving, following Reba Lafferty's release from jail, gradually stumbling and slipping back into the life-style that put her there in the first place. In the meantime, Kinsey played the role of child-minder, trying to keep her on the straight and narrow for the sake of Reba's father. A role that seemed a little at odds to me with Kinsey's character and some of her activities in previous books.
Normally a strong but defensive character, also capable of being mischievous sensible, I felt Kinsey had been altered. While Kinsey warned Reba of the dangers of drinking, drugs and breaking and entering, I felt Kinsey was being made a more pious character than she had been before. Reba had become the adventurer, leaving Kinsey the rather disappointing role of monitor and chaperone.
Perhaps this book serves to mark a developmental change in Kinsey as she becomes more settled, no longer dons her multi-identity boiler suit to carry out illegal searches of offices and takes to frowning at those who leave at a moment's notice for other states in America. Perhaps this is the effect the man in her life has on her, an aspect I found her too eager to embrace! But maybe that's just me!
All in all, I enjoyed the book, but I don't feel it was a Kinsey Millhone adventure. I missed Kinsey, and although she acknowledged sometimes in life we are not the main characters, I had been looking forward to spending some more quality time!
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Format: Paperback
As an avid lover of Sue Grafton's "alphabet series" I read all the reviews and was a bit wary about purchasing this one. But they're pretty much all wrong. Our much-loved heroine is truly back on form and I loved this adventure. If anything I'd say that Kinsey emerges as a more-rounded character and that combined with a great story made this novel utterly compelling. In fact I've just read the book in 24 hours and only paused to eat and sleep! All I can say is that if you're a fan of this series, then this novel is a must.
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Format: Hardcover
Sadly, I was rather disappointed by this book. It's not exactly a bad book, or a bad thriller, either, but I just personally wasn't very interested by it. I find financial chicanery very, very dull, and not even a writer as skilled and realiable as Grafton was able to turn me over to it. For those who follow Kinsey's life avidly, this is still a must, as her character is still excellent, and was the only part of the book which really entertained me (well, Reba Lafferty did as well; but only as a character, not in terms of her plot). There are some very interesting developments, too. But sadly I just can't get excited by this book. Considering that I've loved almost everything she's written in the past (especially the last offering, Q), I'll forgive her this. Besides, the problem's mainly just on my part anyway. After all, every book is someone's award-winner (just look at vernon God Little).
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By A Customer on 23 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Like the other reviewers, I am a huge Sue Grafton fan and bought this book immediately upon publication. Whilst it's always enjoyable to meet Kinsey again, the book for me didn't live up to expectations.It never seemed to "get going" -no nice juicy murder or anything to investigate until quite near the end! Kinsey spent the whole book "babysitting" ex-prisoner Reba and trying to stop her getting into trouble. Instead of her normal feisty self, she came across as indecisive and a more minor character. Fine if I was totally fascinated by Reba, but I wasn't -she seemed to be a hard-as-nails character who deserved what she got. There was also a sub-plot regarding Kinsey's elderly neighbour Henry and his brother competing for the affections of a lady-friend. This fizzled out inconclusively and didn't add anything really to the enjoyability of the book.
I think part of the problem is that the main plot centred around financial schenanigans and for a British reader these were quite difficult to follow -our own system is complicated enough, never mind the American one!
I'll stick with Sue, but for me this one is a "miss".
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Format: Paperback
this was very disapointing from sue grafton, i have read all the alphabet murders and this was the worst, it had no suspense and was very drawn out .The plot was weak and there were no twists to the story. I hope the next book is better as i am a fan of the alphabet books, but for this book dont buy it borrow from a friend or get it from the library as its not worth the money.
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Format: Hardcover
Sadly, I was rather disappointed by this book. It's not exactly a bad book, or a bad thriller, either, but I just personally wasn't very interested by it. I find financial chicanery very, very dull, and not even a writer as skilled and realiable as Grafton was able to turn me over to it. For those who follow Kinsey's life avidly, this is still a must, as her character is still excellent, and was the only part of the book which really entertained me (well, Reba Lafferty did as well; but only as a character, not in terms of her plot). There are some very interesting developments, too. But sadly I just can't get excited by this book. Considering that I've loved almost everything she's written in the past (especially the last offering, Q), I'll forgive her this. Besides, the problem's mainly just on my part anyway. After all, every book is someone's award-winner (just look at vernon God Little).
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