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3.00015611853791 out of 53.00015611853791 out of 53.00015611853791 out of 53.00015611853791 out of 53.00015611853791 out of 5 3.00 (10,697 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Grafton Narrator: Judy Kaye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780739323199
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It's April 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is 27, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared. A recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories. Sutton now believes he stumbled on her lonely burial when he was six years old. He wants Kinsey's help in locating the child's remains and finding the men who killed her. It's a long shot, but he's willing to pay cash up front, and Kinsey agrees to give him one day.

As her investigation unfolds, she discovers Michael Sutton has an uneasy relationship with the truth. In essence, he's the boy who cried wolf. Is his current story true, or simply one more in a long line of fabrications?

Grafton moves the narrative between the 80s and the 60s, changing points of view, building multiple subplots, and creating memorable characters. Gradually, we see how they all connect. But at the beating center of the novel is Kinsey Millhone, sharp-tongued, observant, a loner - "a heroine", said The New York Times Book Review, "with foibles you can laugh at and faults you can forgive."

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L | 2/17/2014

    " If you want a good, fun read with a smart, spunky woman detective, Grafton is your author. You won't find much social commentary or political analysis, but she delivers a solid mystery, just enough personal life to make Kinsey interestingly human without detracting from the main event, and a really swell living space. (I found myself wanting to move as I read.) "

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

    " Nice mode of storytelling in this one, bouncing back and forth between the past - when the crime was committed - and the present when Kinsey is on the case. I never fail to enjoy this series from Grafton, been reading them since C was the newest (and that's a long time ago!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Sullivan | 2/11/2014

    " Enjoyed it, as I always do enjoy spending a couple of days with Kinsey. But unless I missed something there are things in the plot that didn't get tied up at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynda | 2/7/2014

    " Another in Sue Grafton's alphabet series. Just a nice mystery. My favorite character may be the next door neighbor/landlord of the PI main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/31/2014

    " enjoyed this like all the others "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty Sutton | 1/26/2014

    " just might be her best yet. Couldn't put it down, read it in a day! Hey, New Strawn Library, do you want this copy for your collection? Will be glad to donate it - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rogers | 1/17/2014

    " As enjoyable as ever. Sue Grafton has used the flashback technique again and uses it well. She still manages to provide a gripping tale, but the whodunnit becomes apparent through the flashbacks rather than clues along the way. There is also an air that the series is winding down as there are only another 6 letters of the alphabet. There is more background provided on our heroine and it is undoubtedly satisfying. Only read this if you have read the first books in the series as it will spoil the previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Franceyp | 1/17/2014

    " I have always enjoyed Sue Grafton's stories, even though I traditionally am not a huge mystery fan like many people are. I love her character of Kinsey Milhone, and the plots always offer unexpected twists and turns yet you don't get lost in them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire Haeg | 1/14/2014

    " Another great read from Grafton. I love these books. I have a plan to re-read all of them if and when Z comes out. I do hope Grafton ties up some of the dangled plot lines! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/12/2014

    " I liked it. It's the good old Sue Grafton much better than T is for... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/6/2014

    " Just as good as all the rest! This one was a little more complex, I wasn't sure what was going on with all the extra characters until the end. And the additional mystery about Kinsey's Grand was really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 1/1/2014

    " I've read all the books from A through U and I was a little disappointed by this one. It wasn't as good as her other books but was good enough to keep my interest. I would recommend her other books before this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dbroder74 | 12/26/2013

    " kidnap and murder of a 4 year girl in 1967 and strange guy who thinks he saw the body being buried 21 years ago "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalind Bright | 12/23/2013

    " I love Sue Grafton's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz DeMarco | 12/21/2013

    " AAS always Graftonn does not disappoint. Hard to believe I am caught up with the series starting back in 85 with "D" is for Deadbeat! Still love Kinsey! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/5/2013

    " A fun read for the end of the summer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terribrown | 12/5/2013

    " All are fun quick reads.... Love the character and neighbor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Farley | 11/30/2013

    " Sue Grafton never disappoints! Love this whole series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ljstubbs | 9/10/2013

    " The best yet? Maybe, it was certainly a great read and quite different from the previous letters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 8/8/2013

    " I love the Kinsey Millhone series and am kind of worried that we are getting close to the end of the alphabet! Another great book from Sue Grafton featuring an old murder, and some new family info for Kinsey. Definitely draws you in! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Jane | 6/13/2013

    " Another good read from Sue Grafton. This was a bit different as she took us back and forth from Kinsey's "present day" 1988 to farther in the past to the late 1960's. I'm looking forward to her next one, but yet, I'll be sad if she stops writing after she finishes the alphabet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agnes | 12/19/2012

    " Usual Kinsey Milhone tale - she gets involved, continues on like a terrier with a rt, and finally prevails. Did enjoy learning more about her family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn Puerto | 9/14/2012

    " This series keeps getting better and better! U is for Undertow lives up to the others and delievers even more: plot twists, the story told from different points of view, and an emotionally satisfying finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Remy | 7/6/2012

    " Grafton continues to experiment a little as she gets farther along in the alphabet. Good. I'd say there's better and worse in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/15/2012

    " Great. I'm a big fan of this series. Sue Grafton never disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaretb | 4/23/2012

    " I just love Sue Grafton! Easy to read, and she keeps me entertained. I loved the Grand part... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Hebert | 1/4/2012

    " I always enjoy sue graftons books. in undertow, kinsey once again snoops around in shady business, but this time doesn't get shot at or pummeled for a change. as usual her writing is snappy, sarcastic and even snarly at times. she never fails to give enjoyment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 9/11/2011

    " Sue Grafton just gets better and better and better. What a shame there are only five letters left! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Lind | 6/10/2011

    " Well written. Fun vacation read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/24/2011

    " I have really enjoyed this whole series. This book was no exception. Sue Grafton has a writing style that just grabs and spins me in her web. "

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

    " "U" could be for unexpected, too. Imagine my surprise when Sue called and asked if she could use our names in this book. No kidding - page 50! I love wondering what the title of the next book will be. I bet Kinsey could figure it out!! Ready for the next one!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/23/2011

    " For some reason, this just wasn't what I expected from Grafton and I have to admit that the mystery style in this one didn't end as interestingly as I'd hoped... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 5/23/2011

    " Great plot. Now I am going to have to go back and pick up the books I've missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/22/2011

    " I've enjoyed everyone of Sue Grafton's books. She 'hooks' me on the very first page and everything gets put aside until I've finished the book. Now I can't wait for her next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tegan | 5/18/2011

    " one of my favorites in this series! seemless transitions from present day to the past and a very entertaining storyline! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/14/2011

    " Sue Grafton gets better and better...so good every single time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agnes | 5/13/2011

    " Usual Kinsey Milhone tale - she gets involved, continues on like a terrier with a rt, and finally prevails. Did enjoy learning more about her family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/8/2011

    " I liked it. Grafton really does the whole set up well, and keeps you guessing until the end when everything comes together. This one was a bit different with skipping back and forth in time for the different characters, but I still liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evie | 5/6/2011

    " Although it was an entertaining read, I found some aspects pretty hard to believe. For instance, after 20 years, I don't believe that a six year old could remember the face of a person he saw once. Do you remember anything you did when you were six years old with any clarity? I don't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 5/5/2011

    " My guilty pleasure. I LOVE these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 4/28/2011

    " Another in the Kinsey Milhone series-Grafton will soon run out of letters. In this one Kinsey investigates the disappearance of a little girl 20 years ago and deals with her mother's newly found family with some new info on that score. Good mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/27/2011

    " Good as always with this series, but the last two books have had a sad edge to them. It also ended rather quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/26/2011

    " I really like this continuing series! "

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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 and has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.