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.