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Also available as: Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. Private detective Kinsey Millhone feels a bit out of place in any department store's lingerie section, but she's entirely in her element when she puts a stop to a brazen shoplifting spree. For her trouble she nearly gets run over in the parking lot by one of the fleeing thieves—and later learns that the one who didn't get away has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Explosive Eighteen. Janet Evanovich.
However, Grafton pulls it all together at the conclusion, and I can honestly say it was a good read that begins in Las Vegas and ends in Las Vegas more or less. Feb 21, Lorrie rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed it!
The writing style is a little old fashioned somehow which was nice for a change. In 'V is for Vengeance', 22 in this series, Kinsey Millhone, private detective, gets in a lot of trouble after her new grieving client gets her involved with the mafia! She could have quit when the case began to spin out of control - after all, accepting a fee for solving mysteries does not normally include getting herself killed - but she is unable to walk away when friends put themselves in the line of fire!
Besides, in a way, it was her own pigheaded police instincts which led her into this In 'V is for Vengeance', 22 in this series, Kinsey Millhone, private detective, gets in a lot of trouble after her new grieving client gets her involved with the mafia! Besides, in a way, it was her own pigheaded police instincts which led her into this hornets' nest. There she was, checking out a sale at Nordstroms for clothes, when she spotted a pair of women who were shoplifting.
Did she mind her own business? After notifying a Nordstrom clerk about what she saw, and security employees catch one of the women, Kinsey chases the other, younger, woman, who gets away. Later, down in a parking garage, the same young woman tries to hit Kinsey with a car!
Kinsey did not get the license plate, so she lets it go. Can Kinsey help him get to the bottom of this? However, it might cost her a friend's life The series as a whole is a very satisfying escapist entertainment for mystery fans. The author Sue Grafton wrote A is for Alibi in and 'V is for Vengeance' in , with books from B to U in between, but only five years has passed for the character of Kinsey, who is now 38 years old living in I strongly suggest starting with the first book, as I think the fun of this series is lost if the books are read out of order.
Although each book reflects past and current front-page news stories that were ongoing during the actual year when the author wrote her latest fictional Kinsey novel, Grafton sticks to the 's context overall for Kinsey's life.
The character was married in her past and she has had love affairs during the series, but the ups and downs of her life, including in earlier novels where Kinsey, an orphan, learned about her mother and father, has not changed her much as a person.
She is a feisty talented woman who despite being a bit of a loner and a maverick, never allows the blindness of the law or the evil of bad guys get in the way of her finding justice for the people who hire her. Nov 23, Kathy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sue Grafton is amazingly keeping this series at a level of excellence in this her 22nd novel of the Kinsey Millhone thrillers. The story had great rhythm, moving the story along without any lag.
The characters were exciting and well-developed, new ones and old ones. The different characters' storylines came together beautifully. The only complaint I have is that Henry is away looking after his yr-old sister for the duration of the book. A very satisfying read. View all 16 comments. Apr 08, Franky rated it liked it Shelves: Truth be told, V for Vengeance was a mixed bag for me.
Sometimes I felt intrigued with the mystery; other times, not so much. Maybe this is part of the reason that I had a difficult time getting into V is for Vengeance. I think the initial set up in the first few chapters was engaging, but there were portions of the novel that were rather so-s Truth be told, V for Vengeance was a mixed bag for me. I think the initial set up in the first few chapters was engaging, but there were portions of the novel that were rather so-so.
I thought they were somewhat underwhelming and mediocre. Even Millhone seemed to make perplexing decisions and judgments when it comes to solving the case. There were some points I had a hard time understanding her motivation especially near the end of the novel. Also, there seemed to be too much inconsequential detail that stalled the plot.
Maybe I was missing a good deal of context from the series and this effected how I viewed the novel. I still think it fascinating and amazing how Grafton had crafted and put this entire series together with her main protagonist, all the while managing to keep her mysteries within the confines of the s.
Jun 07, Novelwhore rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love Sue Grafton, and "V" may be one of her best. I couldn't put it down and Kinsey was just as relatable and real as we've all come to expect.
I still smile every time she visits the microfiche machine in the library to do research - the lack of technology is quaint while the story is quick moving and contemporary. This book started out relatively slowly, at least for me, with Kinsey on the outskirts of the story, at least for the first pages or so.
Many different threads of the story than began to come together with Kinsey taking a more active role.
Considering Grafton is now on "V" she manages to keep her story lines interesting and well written, and her characters fresh. Entertaining and well written, dreading the thought that she will soon be on "Z'.
View 2 comments. Aug 23, Scott rated it liked it. I'll probably write a more fleshed out version of this mini review when the book comes out publicly.
V is for Vengeance
For now let me just say this while it's fresh in my mind: Sue Grafton books are always interesting - having worked her way from A to, now, V, she has done a great job of developing her protagonist, Kinsey Millhone. The plots - well, some grab me more than others. But I have to say having read some but not all of this series that she's definitely gotten better as an author fleshing our characters more, I'll probably write a more fleshed out version of this mini review when the book comes out publicly.
But I have to say having read some but not all of this series that she's definitely gotten better as an author fleshing our characters more, having plots that are full of more depth and interesting details. There's at least two types of the vengence from the title going on, possibly more. As the book starts Kinsey catches a lady shoplifting fancy clothing. She realizes there'a second person involved but the second person gets away.
The first is arrested and then either is killed or kills herself depending on who you believe. What transpires is the two are part of a much larger scheme and are affiliated with a shady character named Dante.
This book becomes more of a thriller than I remember some of Grafton's books being, or at least it is for the last pages or so. The first half is more of what I remember - lots of talking and frustration from Kinsey as, for example, she is hired by the boyfriend of the woman who died who is convinced she is innocent of doing anything more than maybe a small shoplifting incident, certainly not part of a larger criminal enterprises.
But Kinsey's investigations overturn other rocks and you know what happens then? That's right - mayhem ensues. While Grafton's books sometimes disappoint me in not having the depth of, say, Laura Lippman's recent books maybe it's unfair to complain about what they are not and I should instead just focus on what they are - interesting books that entertain and intrigue and at times fun. While I entertained hopes of interviewing Grafton it's unlikely to happen for this book - here's an index of my interviews with other authors including many of her contemporaries and colleagues including Lippman.
View all 4 comments. Jan 13, Maureen Casey rated it liked it. This book was OK, I don't think its even close to the best in the series. I'm disappointed because I thought very highly of "U is for Undertow" and in this one, I think most of the characters were shallow, one dimensional, particularly Nora. Most of Nora's actions were borderline unbelievable. Even Dante, who was better fleshed out than the rest, wasn't developed well enough to support some of his behavior- particularly in relation to Nora.
I think a few more chapters dedicated to character deve This book was OK, I don't think its even close to the best in the series. I think a few more chapters dedicated to character development would have made the story a lot more real. Oh and finally, I wanted to know more about how they make so much money on underwear theft- electronics, or baby formula, or medication would be believable- but the explanation that they make the money selling underwear, stripped of its name brand at flea markets doesn't work for me.
Expensive underwear NEEDS the name brand to be expensive, once the labels are stripped, it would be worth like a dollar at a flea market- and then only to people who are willing to buy questionable possibly used underwear.
Why send important cogs in your theft machine out to steal something so trivial and risk getting caught as Audrey did?? View 1 comment. May 28, Daniel rated it did not like it Shelves: I'm not sure if this is the worst in the series or if it's barely edged out by R is for Ricochet. Both were so bad that it's hard to split hairs on them.
Sep 24, Lormac rated it it was ok. Probably my least favorite of the series. Some of my reasons are endemic to the series and some are specific to this letter. To start, I get it that the food is awful at Rosie's. This was obvious from, oh, about the eighth book. It is just getting annoying to have to read the details all over again, and, frankly, it leads one to question Kinsey's judgment that she continues to eat there.
Is there no other cheap restaurant in all of Santa Teresa?! This is a common problem to the series - we have t Probably my least favorite of the series. This is a common problem to the series - we have to hear all over again about how robust Henry's family health is, his cinnamon-scented kitchen, Kinsey's limited wardrobe choices, etc.
Actually in this volume, the rest is toned down, except for Rosie's cooking. Of course, Kinsey's judgment is usually questionable, but especially so in this book - she fails to notice she is being tailed, runs after a shoplifter with no means of stopping her, falls asleep on a stake-out, doesn't pick up the suspicious packages being dropped into the charity bins, marches into a loan shark's office without knowing what she will do or say, and inserts herself, unarmed, into several gun fights.
It's like she forgot how to be a PI. I also had trouble with the character of Dante. It is clear that Grafton wants the reader to like Dante. We read all about how handsome he is, how fit, how faithful to family and employees, how generous - what a great guy. But the fact is that he is a criminal. He tells a story about how when some Columbians came to Santa Teresa his 'turf' , the gas heater blew up in their motel room, killing them, and then later, he tells Nora, "I have never killed anyone or ordered anyone to be killed.
Look, Grafton is no Jonathan Franzen with his complicated anti-heroes. In her series, she has always provided the reader with good guys and bad guys - sometimes a cop Len is a bad guy - and sometimes a criminal Pinky is a good guy - but you can always tell who is who, so giving the reader a good guy who is clearly a bad guy, albeit with mommy issues, is a misstep, and leaves me confused. But nowhere near as confused as I was about Nora Look, I am a mother with a teen age son, and no matter what a loser my son might turn out to be, I would never even consider running off with a man who played a part in my son's death.
That is a promise you can hold me to. I doubt any mother would. Well, except the character of Nora, who seems charming and lost in her life, but ends up seeming to be merely self-involved, and able to overlook the fact that this man is a criminal who set up her son just because the guy is rich, sexy and infatuated with her.
I end up with nothing but contempt for this character - why did Grafton do this? Finally, I think Grafton was planning to surprise me, the reader, with some thrilling plot twists, but really, if you don't see them coming a mile a way, you are just not paying attention. Did you really not know the blond at the poker table was a plant?
The identity of Nora's son? What happened to Dante's mother who goes missing the same night that her violent husband drains the pool? None of these are so surprising when they are finally revealed - so why the big build-ups? I just hope they are better than V. Apr 02, Patti rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the first time that I can honestly say that I wish Sue Grafton had stopped a few letters short.
"V" is for Vengeance
I have read her books since I was in my 20s and I turned 40 on my last birthday; in other words, you could say that Kinsey has "seen" me through law school, law jobs, grad school, teacher school, teaching jobs, marriage, divorce, new relationship, and the purchase of three houses. She has been with me longer than just about any of my friends, and so I appreciate Kinsey, Ms. Grafton and these b This is the first time that I can honestly say that I wish Sue Grafton had stopped a few letters short.
Grafton and these book. Therefore, I write this review wearing a big sad face. On the positive side, I do like the way that Grafton has started branching off and letting other characters narrate.
I especially liked the Dante character in this book. He was or at least seemed faithful, mildly bothered by his line of work and cursed or blessed with a conscious. What could have been a one-note "gangster" in other authors' hands became someone much more complex and ultimately likeable. The story itself failed to grab me.
I'm not sure who wrote the summary for the book, but I found it odd. For instance, of the people who are supposedly connected by this web, one is dead, another's malfeasance doesn't come out until near the end although I guessed it early on , the "wandering husband" is completely ancillary, the "sinister gangster" is likewise rarely seen and I wouldn't really describe Nora as a "lovely woman" I don't know.
I expected to get to know these people better, given that they were highlighted in the book jacket. That summary just really struck me as bizarre. Next, I found the Nora character irritating. I have often wondered about women who have no talent, no skills How the hell do they get men to take care of them?
This bitch was up the creek when her first husband died, yet found an uber rich guy to "take care" of her. That just as it always does hit me the wrong way How do women DO that?!? Besides that though, I just didn't find her interesting or worthy of so much focus. I guessed the connection between her and the kid with the gambling debt as soon as she said she lost a child. That made me even less interested in her. Overall, I just didn't see the "vengeance". From who?
The "sinister gangster" who we only saw in passing until the ending. I also found Grafton's writing dry and tedious.
In some parts, she added so much detail that I found myself wondering if she was being paid by the word or needed to stretch the manuscript out. This is the first book in this series that I can honestly say that I will not read again.
I hope that this was just a bad one for me and not indicative of how the final four books will play out. View all 3 comments. If that means her potty mouth expresses itself from time to time then so be it. Ultimately, Kinsey gets wrapped up in a mob-like criminal enterprise with pretty high stakes. We readers see what is going on from the first couple of chapters, who the victims and perps are, and how the crimes are committed. Kinsey, of course does not, so the story is about how she figures out what we already know.
Or do we? I love it when Kinsey figures out even more to the story than what we thought we knew. I enjoyed this one a lot but it did seem a bit too detailed in some places and dragged a bit here and there. It was a good primer on shoplifting, fences, money laundering, etc. Apr 09, Mary rated it it was ok. I enjoyed this book but definitely don't think it is as good as some of Grafton's previous work. There are some parts of the plot that just don't seem to stick together well.
The story opens up with Kinsey Millhone witnessing an act of shoplifting. And, even getting involved in reporting and trying to apprehend one of the suspects. Kinsey goes on and on about how bad shop lifting is and the cost to the industry and the consumer.
Yet in the end she is befriending the mobster Dante who is the head I enjoyed this book but definitely don't think it is as good as some of Grafton's previous work. Yet in the end she is befriending the mobster Dante who is the head of the mega shoplifting ring. How does this happen? Yes, Dante is developed into a character that you have empathy for because of his childhood and we find out his father killed his mother. But Kinsey never was privy to any of this information so why did she like him?
How about the accomplice that tried to mow Kinsey down with her car? She tries to hunt her down but then later in the book when she has had an encounter with Dante he tells her that she is upsetting one of his workers by her pursuit of her Weird plot in that regard.
Also, I missed having Henry being more prominent in the book. Having phone conversations with him just wasn't the same. Also, it was very tiring hearing about the bad food and the bad wine at Rosie's.
If this was supposed to be funny, I just didn't get it. And Nora When Dante really had as much responsibility in her son's death as his brother did. If someone killed my son I doubt highly I would ever get romantically involved with someone whose gangster family was responsible for killing him in cold blood.
I don't care if Dante did not mean for it to happen. When I first started writing this review I gave the book 3 stars but now I think I'm going to change it to 2 stars. The more I think about the plot the more irritated I get with Grafton. Dec 21, Joe rated it it was ok. I think W, X, Y, and Z will end this series. Maintaining a series must be one of the most difficult experiences for a writer, or possibly the easiest.
It's not difficult to understand why Doyle killed Holmes, and why he brought him back, but in today's world no author would ever consider killing a cash cow series character. The books aren't good , but what the heck, as it is proved over and over and over, readers aren't discrim I think W, X, Y, and Z will end this series. The books aren't good , but what the heck, as it is proved over and over and over, readers aren't discriminating.
Having said all this, Grafton succeeds in much the same way as the aforementioned authors- Familiarity. She also has created an interesting alphabetical shtick with the books. So what's good or bad in my opinion- well, here goes.
Books, especially this one, start out well and catch some interest.
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She proceeds by introducing new characters with some interesting developments and soon we have all these seeemingly unrelated plots going on. As the connections develop, the main plot becomes more apparent. However, the price the reader pays for this knowledge is reading tedious, boring pages of narration that left me gasping and speed reading like a demon to get through the book. Like many of those other authors, this is hardly an example of good writing. It's that familiarity that readers like-friendly faces and nice places to visit like Santa Teresa and Rosies's crap Hungarian food.
As for me, I'm asking Kinsey and Rosie for the check. My next read will be F is for finished. Dear oh dear. My jaw hit the floor at the customary sign-off by Kinsey in this book because the author spelt her surname wrong!! Yep, 22 books in and this happened.
Easily knocked it a star down for me and if this had been letter A in the series I'd have finished with it. I'm still reeling. I find it unforgivable, actually. And all of a sudden the stories are Dear oh dear. And all of a sudden the stories are subtitled The Fethering Mysteries-since when?
And what's THAT in reference to?? Once again it's full of hyphen and spacing errors throughout as well which I've complained about since I started reading the series in digital format. Each one on the Kindle has been the same. It's sloppy and I'd have expected better considering I've now paid for 22 of these stories, too. There were of course apostrophe mistakes as well. Plus mention of an alcohol-detecting flashlight which I'd never heard of so Googled.
But they don't seem to have been in existence in the 80s-another oversight. This has taken me a week to plough through I got bogged down with it at the beginning when we had all this superfluous card-playing "stuff" to wade through.
It really didn't warrant as much detail as it had and I could feel my interest waning. Made it hard to pick it up again. I still like Kinsey a great deal but I'm none too impressed with Sue Grafton right now. Feb 09, Jean Carlton rated it it was ok. Edited I have read all of Grafton's book in this series. This one made me want to go back and read A is for Alibi to see if I am right in thinking the early ones are better.
I noticed lots of places where fewer words could have said the same thing. Lacks conciseness. Her relationship with Henry, her elderly neighbor was sidelined and there Edited I have read all of Grafton's book in this series. Her relationship with Henry, her elderly neighbor was sidelined and there was no personal romance involved.
Not even a tidbit. I did Wikipedia to find out more about her because even though this was written recently the story takes place in the 's and mentioning typewriters, carbon paper, wall phones etc. I discovered, however, that she had planned when she started the series to have Kinsey age one year for every 2. That explains things - and tells us she intended from the beginning to write 26 books and that Kinsey would be turning 40 in the last book.
It's understandable if an author is writing about the same decade and the same character in 26 books that it could be forced and become a chore to keep it fresh. Jun 27, Ann rated it really liked it Shelves: I love Kinsey and this visit was write enjoyable with the expected trademark mentions: The visuals are vivid from only the merest mention, and I think I know what I love the most about the series.
I love how Kinsey is hands on with her investigations, I like how she really connects with the people she encounters and how even as a loner, she ends each case with more friend I love Kinsey and this visit was write enjoyable with the expected trademark mentions: I love how Kinsey is hands on with her investigations, I like how she really connects with the people she encounters and how even as a loner, she ends each case with more friends.
And a satisfied reader! Oct 21, Mark rated it liked it Shelves: Part of the rereading efforts of our travels to the Yellowstone basin Kinsey inadvertantly disrupts a professional shop lifting ring and confronts a crime organization as it disintegrates This was very exciting and fun but Kinsey is a dingbat and does ridiculous and silly things. Still you can't help but like her. I will have to read some more of these.
Unfortunately, I'm experiencing an ambivalence in my appreciation for Grafton's Kinsey Millhone Mysteries, nowadays. Hardcore Twenty-Four. Notorious Nineteen. The 17th Suspect. Shock Wave. John Sandford. Tricky Twenty-Two. Carnal Curiosity. Stuart Woods. The Litigators. John Grisham. Field of Prey. Smokin' Seventeen. You're Not Safe. Mary Burton. Left for Dead. The Late Show. The Rooster Bar. The Medical Examiner.
Down the Darkest Road. Tami Hoag. Private Games. Two Kinds of Truth. Death Comes to Pemberley. Bones of the Lost. The Bone Bed. Bones Are Forever. Mary Higgins Clark. Red Alert. The Target. David Baldacci. The Vault. Ruth Rendell.
Sandra Brown. Kill Me If You Can. The Heist. Glass Houses. Louise Penny. Zero Day. The Affair. Lee Child. Sara Paretsky. Love in a Nutshell.
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