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ISBN13: 9780399154485
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trespass \'trespes\ n: a transgression of law involving one's obligations to God or to one's neighbor; a violation of moral law; an offense; a sin — Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, Unabridged

In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene. Though set in the late eighties, T is for Trespass could not be more topical: identity theft; elder abuse; betrayal of trust; the breakdown in the institutions charged with caring for the weak and the dependent. It reveals a terrifying but all-too-real rip in the social fabric. Once again, Grafton opens up new territory with startling results.

Review:

"The 20th Kinsey Millhone crime novel (after 2005's S Is for Silence), a gripping, if depressing, tale of identify theft and elder abuse, displays bestseller Grafton's storytelling gifts. By default, Millhone, 'a private investigator in the small Southern California town of Santa Teresa,' assumes responsibility for the well-being of an old neighbor, Gus Vronsky, injured in a fall. After Vronsky's great-niece arranges to hire a home aide, Solana Rojas, Millhone begins to suspect that Rojas is not all that she seems. Since the reader knows from the start that an unscrupulous master manipulator has stolen the Rojas persona, the plot focuses not on whodunit but on the battle of wits Millhone wages with an unconventional and formidable adversary. Grafton's mastery of dialogue and her portrayal of the limits of good intentions make this one of the series' high points, even if two violent scenes near the end tidy up the pieces a little too neatly. Author tour. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"In 1982, when Sue Grafton published her first Kinsey Millhone mystery, 'A Is for Alibi,' Millhone was a 32-year-old private investigator, a woman in a field still dominated by men. The same was true of Grafton, who, along with Marcia Muller and Sara Paretsky, moved the female-PI genre from niche market to mainstream acceptance in the 1980s.

In the 25 years since 'Alibi,' Grafton... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"This is vintage Grafton, set in the 1980s but scarily current, carefully plotted, and fast paced." Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

"Each of Kinsey's cases stretches the private-eye formula in new ways. Her 20th, which reads like vintage Ruth Rendell, will bring shivers to every reader with an aged parent-or a young child." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"[I]t's terrific to testify that Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is toned, taut and tense." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Review:

"For Ms. Grafton's legion of alphabet fans, the only thing they'll dislike is that it's book No. 20, which means only six more to come. For newcomers, T Is for Trespass will be perfectly understandable as a stand-alone treat, but better carve out some time because you'll be hankering for the other 19." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"[T]he best and strongest book in the series....It may be two years before we get U Is for... from Grafton, but if it's half as good as Trespass, it will be worth the wait." Carol Memmott, USA Today

Review:

"It's been two years since Sue Grafton's last alphabet mystery — S is for Silence — and, judging by her newest, the vacation has invigorated both her and her series star, Kinsey Millhone.... [A] ceaselessly engrossing thriller." Dick Lochte, LA Times

Synopsis:

In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past.

“I've come to believe that Grafton is not only the most talented woman writing crime fiction today but also that, regardless of gender, her Millhone books are among the five or six best series any American has ever written.”—Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton's mother died. Together, they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator’s past even as they reveal a child who, free of parental interventions, read everything and roamed everywhere. But the dark side of such freedom was that very parental distance.

The same unique voice and witty insights readers fell in love with in A Is for Alibi permeate the Kinsey stories. Those in the And Me section trace a remarkable voyage, from anger to understanding, from pain to forgiveness. They take us into a troubled family, dysfunctional as most families are, each in their own way, but Grafton’s telling is sensitive, delicate, and ultimately, loving. Enriching the way we see Kinsey and know Sue, these stories are deeply affecting.

Synopsis:

tres¥pass \'trespes\ n: a transgression of law involving one's obligations to God or to one's neighbor; a violation of moral law; an offense; a sin

-Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, Unabridged

In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene.

Though set in the late eighties, T is for Trespass could not be more topical: identity theft; elder abuse; betrayal of trust; the breakdown in the institutions charged with caring for the weak and the dependent. It reveals a terrifying but all-too-real rip in the social fabric. Once again, Grafton opens up new territory with startling results.

About the Author

Sue Grafton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries. She has won the Anthony and Shamus awards and lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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shubeteach, November 14, 2008 (view all comments by shubeteach)
Ok, girlfriend! I need a new "fix"! Where's U is for...?? This one is well done, with just the correct amount of "catch up" with stable characters, and a dynomite, on target plot that could be set in the 2000s as well as the 1980s.

There are twists and turns a plenty and, while I guessed the ending, that was ok because the ride was fun.

If you've never dipped you toe in to the "alphabet", do start with the earlier ones, and have some fun trying to spot some errors as you go along.

I know Grafton has said she hates the idea of having her babies turned in to either movies or TV programs, but we, the fans, would love it.
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redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by redrockbookworm)
Sue Graftons alphabet is progressing nicely. She has 20 letters down and 6 to go. With T is for Trespass she presents us with a guided tour into a world where identity theft is as simple as purchasing an ice cream cone, thinly disguised sociopathic behaviour goes unnoticed by most observers, defrauding insurance companies is the order of the day and agencies created for the protection of the elderly and infirm are understaffed and for the most part ineffective.

In this latest offering Kinsey is confronted by a wily and resourceful adversary named Solana Rojas, a caregiver to the elderly who understands the system and knows how to manipulate it and the situation to her advantage. Written from the alternating points of view of Kinsey and Solana, this battle of wits is both engrossing and at times frustrating for the reader as Kinsey's attempts to navigate the waters of government bureaucracy in an attempt to save the life of an elderly neighbor. You will find yourself as irritated as our heroine as Solana's Maciavellian machinations result in a restraining order being issued against Kinsey.

This is by far one of the best books in the Kinsey Milhone series and an entertaining companion to take along on your summer vacation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399154485
Author:
Grafton, Sue
Publisher:
G. P. Putnam's Sons
Author:
Graf, T.
Author:
on, Sue
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Millhone, Kinsey (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Caregivers
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
California
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Kinsey Millhone Mystery
Series Volume:
20
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The 20th Kinsey Millhone crime novel (after 2005's S Is for Silence), a gripping, if depressing, tale of identify theft and elder abuse, displays bestseller Grafton's storytelling gifts. By default, Millhone, 'a private investigator in the small Southern California town of Santa Teresa,' assumes responsibility for the well-being of an old neighbor, Gus Vronsky, injured in a fall. After Vronsky's great-niece arranges to hire a home aide, Solana Rojas, Millhone begins to suspect that Rojas is not all that she seems. Since the reader knows from the start that an unscrupulous master manipulator has stolen the Rojas persona, the plot focuses not on whodunit but on the battle of wits Millhone wages with an unconventional and formidable adversary. Grafton's mastery of dialogue and her portrayal of the limits of good intentions make this one of the series' high points, even if two violent scenes near the end tidy up the pieces a little too neatly. Author tour. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This is vintage Grafton, set in the 1980s but scarily current, carefully plotted, and fast paced."
"Review" by , "Each of Kinsey's cases stretches the private-eye formula in new ways. Her 20th, which reads like vintage Ruth Rendell, will bring shivers to every reader with an aged parent-or a young child."
"Review" by , "[I]t's terrific to testify that Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is toned, taut and tense."
"Review" by , "For Ms. Grafton's legion of alphabet fans, the only thing they'll dislike is that it's book No. 20, which means only six more to come. For newcomers, T Is for Trespass will be perfectly understandable as a stand-alone treat, but better carve out some time because you'll be hankering for the other 19."
"Review" by , "[T]he best and strongest book in the series....It may be two years before we get U Is for... from Grafton, but if it's half as good as Trespass, it will be worth the wait."
"Review" by , "It's been two years since Sue Grafton's last alphabet mystery — S is for Silence — and, judging by her newest, the vacation has invigorated both her and her series star, Kinsey Millhone.... [A] ceaselessly engrossing thriller."
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past.

“I've come to believe that Grafton is not only the most talented woman writing crime fiction today but also that, regardless of gender, her Millhone books are among the five or six best series any American has ever written.”—Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton's mother died. Together, they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator’s past even as they reveal a child who, free of parental interventions, read everything and roamed everywhere. But the dark side of such freedom was that very parental distance.

The same unique voice and witty insights readers fell in love with in A Is for Alibi permeate the Kinsey stories. Those in the And Me section trace a remarkable voyage, from anger to understanding, from pain to forgiveness. They take us into a troubled family, dysfunctional as most families are, each in their own way, but Grafton’s telling is sensitive, delicate, and ultimately, loving. Enriching the way we see Kinsey and know Sue, these stories are deeply affecting.

"Synopsis" by ,
tres¥pass \'trespes\ n: a transgression of law involving one's obligations to God or to one's neighbor; a violation of moral law; an offense; a sin

-Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, Unabridged

In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene.

Though set in the late eighties, T is for Trespass could not be more topical: identity theft; elder abuse; betrayal of trust; the breakdown in the institutions charged with caring for the weak and the dependent. It reveals a terrifying but all-too-real rip in the social fabric. Once again, Grafton opens up new territory with startling results.

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