27 April, 2019

#BookReview :: X (Kinsey Millhone #24) by Sue Grafton

When a glamorous red head wishes to locate the son she put up for adoption thirty-two years ago, it seems like an easy two hundred bucks for P. I. Kinsey Millhone. But when a cop tells her she was paid with marked bills, and Kinsey's client is nowhere to be found, it becomes apparent this mystery woman has something to hide. Riled, Kinsey won't stop until she's found out who fooled her and why.

Meanwhile, the widow of the recently murdered P. I. - and Kinsey's old friend - Pete Wolinsky, needs help with her IRS audit. This seemingly innocuous task takes a treacherous turn when Kinsey finds a coded list amongst her friend's files. It soon leads her to an unhinged man with a catalogue of ruined lives left in his wake. And despite the devastation, there isn't a single conviction to his name. It seems this sociopath knows exactly how to cause chaos without leaving a trace.

As Kinsey delves deeper into the investigation she quickly becomes the next target of this tormentor. But can Kinsey prove her case against him before she becomes the next victim? 

Set in the 1980s, Kinsey Millhone is the protagonist of Sue Grafton's Alphabet series. As a private investigator with a very practical outlook towards life, when she is approached by a lady to find her son, Kinsey feels that it would be an easy case and few easy bucks. Then she finds out that she was paid with marked bills and the client is nowhere to be found. At the same time, while trying to help a friend’s widow, Kinsey stumbles upon a coded list which leads her towards a sociopath. Maybe Kinsey has bitten off more than she can chew this time. Or maybe, Kinsey is the only one who can solve these two cases and come out on top.

What I enjoyed about this book was the multiple storylines that are followed in this story book. Aside from the two main cases demanding Kinsey’s attention, there is more going on in the book. It may feel like filling to some people, but I enjoyed that there were so many things going on in the book. It kept me involved along with Kinsey. Some had easy solutions and one needed more attention than the other.  I kept asking myself if these were all somehow connected throughout and got the answer towards the end.

I liked the character of Kinsey quite a bit. There is no doubt that she is smart and intelligent – she had to be in order to be able to make a name for herself in the field that she had chosen for herself. She is also very practical and has a no-nonsense attitude that I liked. The way she observes rather than just seeing things reminded me of the conversation that Sherlock and Watson had in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’. 

Even with so many things running parallel, and with a protagonist like Kinsey Millhone, the book had a few places where I could feel it drag a bit. That coupled with a predictable ending, the book just missed the mark by a bit. But yes, I would certainly like to read more of this series and Kinsey Millhone.

This post is a part of A to Z Challenge and BlogchatterA2Z

1 comment:

  1. I thought to finish this book and use it for my X post too, but haven't been able to get into it really. Not the book's fault, just some personal stuff. :) I've not read the review in detail, will do so after I finish. The rating is good so I know the book won't be a let-down.