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S Is for Silence (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries)by Sue Grafton
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Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.
But for the not-quite-seven-year-old daughter Daisy she left behind, Violet's absence has never been explained or forgotten. Now, thirty-four years later, she wants the solace of closure.
In S is for Silence, Kinsey Millhone's nineteenth excursion into the world of suspense and misadventure, S is for surprises as Sue Grafton takes a whole new approach to telling the tale. And S is for superb: Kinsey and Grafton at their best.
"Kinsey Millhone has kept her appeal by being distinctive and sympathetic without craving center stage. While some mysteries that provide the PI's shoe size or most despised food create a forced and intrusive intimacy, a master like Grafton makes the relationship relaxed and reassuring. Millhone's life is modest and familiar, though her love life, now featuring police detective Cheney Phillips, tends to be oddly remote. This 19th entry (after 2004's R Is for Ricochet) adopts a new convention: Millhone's customary intelligent and occasionally self-deprecating first-person reportage is interrupted by vignettes from the days surrounding the Fourth of July, 34 years earlier, when a hot-blooded young woman named Violet Sullivan disappeared. Violet's daughter, Daisy, who was seven at the time, hires Millhone to discover her mother's true fate. Violet had toyed with every man in town at one time or another, so there's no shortage of scandalous secrets and possible suspects. Constant revelations concerning several absorbing characters allow a terrific tension to build. However, the utterly illogical and oddly abrupt ending undermines what is otherwise one of the stronger offerings in this iconic series."
"Grafton brings every corner of Serena Station, past and present, more deeply alive than your own hometown." Kirkus Reviews
"The climax that results...will leave readers breathlessly awaiting the next installment." Library Journal
"As S is for Silence arrives at its satisfying conclusion, the only mystery left unanswered is whether Grafton purposely placed her heroine in the middle of a typical Christie setup or if this undeniably entertaining novel is...one more example that the more plots change, the more they remain the same." Los Angels Times
"S Is for Silence gets it right. Grade: A-" Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he 19th novel in Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series, is one of her best and also one in which she makes an interesting departure." Washington Post
"I almost wasn't sure Grafton had it in her to refresh the series to this degree....But in reading S if for Silence, I'm struck again by her talent." Detroit Free Press
"Although she gives us a bit too much of Millhone's eating and living habits (probably in response to fan enthusiasm), this novel also presents strong character portrayals, a mosaic of motives, and a stunning climax." Booklist
"This latest Kinsey Millhone novel may not be Grafton's best, but it does deliver a solid, satisfying mystery." Philadelphia Inquirer
Private detective Kinsey Millhone feels a bit out of place in Nordstrom’s lingerie department, 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. But Audrey Vance’s grieving fiancé suspects murder and hires Kinsey to investigate—in a case that will reveal a big story behind a small crime, and lead her into a web that connects a shadowy “private banker,” an angry trophy wife, a spoiled kid with a spiraling addiction, and a brutal killer without a conscience…
About the Author
Grafton has written novels, articles, short fiction, a screenplay, and numerous teleplays. She has also lectured on writing at colleges and conferences in Southern California.
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