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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,295 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Grafton Narrator: Judy Kaye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries Release Date: January 1999 ISBN: 9781415920695
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The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. The weekend before, he’d bought a stack of cardboard boxes. In one, there was a collection of childhood memorabilia with Kinsey’s name all over it.

Though she’s never been one for personal possessions, curiosity is a powerful force. What she finds among the items is an old undelivered letter to her that will force her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of her first marriage, the honor of her first husband … and about an old unsolved murder. It will put her life in grave peril.

Through fourteen books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone’s past—a morsel here, a dollop there. You know about the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast. But husband number one has remained a blip on the screen. Until now. O Is for Outlaw is a revealing excursion into Kinsey’s past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Everything that has always worked for this first-class series works better here…O Is for Outlaw comes across with a freshness that suggests [Sue Grafton] has been taking stock of her skills, sharpening them up for the long haul.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Extremely good—outstanding, in fact. As always Millhone is an engaging detective—a bit lighthearted, a bit sarcastic, always resourceful, and frequently funny.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Suspenseful, surprising, and moving.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Grafton keeps pulling out surprises—and pulling us in.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Sue Grafton hits the bull’s-eye with this fifteenth installment of her bestselling alphabet mysteries.”

    People

  • “A fast, fun read, O Is for Outlaw is packed with Grafton’s clear, colorful imagery and signature metaphors.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “There’s comedy, melancholy, a clever puzzle, her usual cast of kooks and criminals, and lots of middle-aged angst redeemed by Kinsey’s winsomeness. In other words, the perfect Sue Grafton novel.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “One of the very best entries in a long-lived and much-loved series”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The story is well crafted and the characters are believable. Grafton’s fans will love it.”

    School Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candice Mckinney | 2/18/2014

    " These Sue Grafton books just keep getting better. In O is for Outlaw we learn a lot more about Kinsey's first husband and Kinsey's past. Kinsey receives a phone call from a man who bought a storage locker and found some things with Kinsey's name on them. Kinsey is curious as to why her ex husband did not pay the storage bill. As she looks into this matter she finds that her ex husband has been shot. Kinsey is forced to confront things she never did 14 years earlier when she walked out on her husband and never looked back. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/14/2014

    " Good escapist reading. I enjoy Grafton's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanel | 2/12/2014

    " I was kind of getting bored during "L" and "M" and "N" but this one pulled me in and kept me interested the whole time. Spoiler alert: the butler did it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Pearson | 1/30/2014

    " Here it is---the 15th book of this series---and we learn lots about Kinsey's past in this since one of her X-husbands reappears. I liked getting more info of her past and seeing how it fits into her presence. The story kept me guessing and I thought it tied up most of the loose ends neatly. One of my favorite I think in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/28/2014

    " I am really enjoying it as I work my way through this series by Sue Grafton. (In fact, it is getting a little sad as I work my way towards the end .. she is up to V at the time I am writing this.) While I enjoy all of the series, some I enjoy more than others and this was one that I particularly liked. In this book, we see a little more of Kinsey's life and past and it makes for a richer story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 1/23/2014

    " Kinsey Millhone's first ex-husband is in a coma after being shot. What surfaces are affairs all over the place and two murders in the past. One took place in Viet Nam and one a decade before the current time which the ex-husband was accused of. His lawyer is now running for pubic office. Kinsey feels a duty to find the truth about the ex-husband's case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed listening to this well-read book on CD, but lost my way in the intricate Vietnam War subplot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/24/2013

    " I liked the one since it brought in some of Kinsey's past that the reader has really never been shown. I would have chosen a different ending, but still enjoyed the book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 12/20/2013

    " This was my first Grafton novel. I'm not sure why this series is so popular. I thought that the main character was interesting, but I didn't think that the way the mystery unravelled was very interesting. I was disapointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 11/26/2013

    " See my review on Sue Grafton's "A is for Alibi" for info on what I think of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 9/22/2013

    " Grafton's "alphabet series" is one of my all-time favorites. Kinsey is a great lead character. I would recommend the whole series to anyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maribeth | 9/7/2013

    " I read this series for the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/7/2013

    " 4.5 stars, I think. I loved getting a look at Kinsey's past. It was interesting seeing her evaluate her moral code and the decisions she's made in her life. I just really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 7/31/2013

    " Well done. One of the better books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mishka | 6/26/2013

    " This one was great. I loved that she went back and filled in the back story of Michael. It was a great way to fill in some of the blanks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/16/2013

    " I love this series. What a great mystery. I am always guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 2/14/2013

    " I enjoyed it, though I would say it is in the mid-range of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 8/29/2012

    " Kinsey gets older but not wiser and is starting to bug me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 8/22/2012

    " private dick without the dick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 7/12/2012

    " had read before; listened to the audiobook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 12/27/2011

    " A good read, taking a day, about Kinsey Milhone's first husband and finishing old business. Not too difficult to anticipate the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 10/24/2011

    " Kinsey is confronted with a box found in a storage building that has answers of her past. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 10/18/2011

    " This book was interesting as it allowed us to see a young Kinsey before when she wasn't quite so jaded. Her life as a cop and her first marriage shows just the person she will become. Her actions and reactions then and now were telling. The ending was sad and I felt bad for Kinsey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 10/10/2011

    " Excellent as always so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Huey | 6/23/2011

    " Finally readers learn about Kinsey's first husband to flesh out her background even further. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 6/13/2011

    " A fun read, great for the beach. I really enjoy the Kinsey Millhone character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margiek2000 | 5/24/2011

    " Keep writing, Sue, keep writing! We love your work!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanel | 5/3/2011

    " I was kind of getting bored during "L" and "M" and "N" but this one pulled me in and kept me interested the whole time. Spoiler alert: the butler did it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/1/2011

    " This was a great mystery with many twists and turns. It also revealed more of Kinsey's past, which was quite interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/7/2011

    " It wouldn't be summer at our house if we didn't listen to at least one Sue Grafton mystery while on a road trip. This one got us through Montana as well as Alaska! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 3/22/2011

    " Loved it! As usual Kinsey just leaps from the pages, my favorite PI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 3/20/2011

    " Love Kinzie and her quest for justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 3/17/2011

    " Learnt a lot about Kinsey Milhone in this one. I've read quite a few of these - and have never been disappointed. Quite a few red herrings and dead ends and kept me guessing until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/7/2011

    " I love this series. What a great mystery. I am always guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 2/23/2011

    " I enjoyed it, though I would say it is in the mid-range of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/27/2011

    " Not quite as good as the rest of the series, but OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/20/2011

    " Audiobook-
    "O"h , if "o"nly Mary had read this one too ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerrica | 1/14/2011

    " I liked this one...didn't expect the ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thenerdmom | 12/31/2010

    " I read all the books in this series. They are nothing earth-shattering and after reading a few, you can see the formula. But I like the Kinsey character and they are easy and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 12/21/2010

    " An interesting story line, and a good read. "

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About the Author
Author Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is a New York Times bestselling author published in twenty-eight countries and twenty-six languages. She began her alphabet series in 1982, and they have become international bestsellers, with readership in the millions. Like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling prowess. She has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is a recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

About the Narrator

Judy Kaye is a singer and actress best known for her long runs in Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, and Mamma Mia! In 2012, she earned a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get it. She has also appeared in numerous plays and operas.