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R Is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries)by Sue Grafton
Synopses & Reviews
Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born, and he could deny her nothing. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institution for Women. Now, at thirty-two, she is about to be paroled, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence. Nord Lafferty wants to be sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers.
It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the rules of her parole. Maybe all of a week's work. Nothing untoward — the woman seems remorseful and friendly. And the money is good.
But life is never that simple, and Reba is out of prison less than twenty-four hours when one of her old crowd comes circling round.
"Bestseller Grafton offers more of the same-old same-old in her less-than-inspired 18th Kinsey Millhone novel (after 2002's P Is for Peril). In this sexy adventure, the spunky hard-boiled detective has to escort the newly paroled Reba Lafferty, privileged ne'er-do-well, to her stately home, keeping her on the straight and narrow. Reba challenges the PI with her barely concealed hankerings for the now off-limits booze, gambling and charming Alan Beckwith, married real estate developer and former employer for whom Reba took a two-year barbwire vacation courtesy of the California Institution for Women. Lust is in the air as studly, stylish cop Cheney Phillips enters in his red Mercedes, fanning the flames with Kinsey, when Beckwith's activities catch the eye of the feds. Kinsey lends a supportive ear to her beloved 87-year-old landlord, smitten by a 70-year-old neighbor. Kinsey and Reba team up to get the goods on Beckwith, but reckless Reba has vengeful ideas of her own and more than once lands their collective fat in the fire. If the chemistry between Cheney and Kinsey seems forced at times, Grafton as usual creates believable and enduring characters and a strong sense of place in her town of Santa Teresa circa 1987. And that should be more than enough for most fans. Agent, Molly Friedrich at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency. (July 13) Forecast: A decline in quality in this iconic series hardly matters. A national author tour will help fuel another bestseller. BOMC Main Selection, main selection of Doubleday Book Club, Literary Guild and Mystery Guild. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Sue Grafton's abecedarian mysteries are so consistently enjoyable you have to wonder what her secret is....Grafton establishes terrific chemistry between Kinsey and Reba." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"No more mystery than Q Is for Quarry. But Kinsey's frantic attempts to keep her balance on the tightrope between a pair of lovers scheming against each other...will have fans purring contentedly." Kirkus Reviews
"This is not an especially fast-moving Grafton....An uneven, lackadaisical Grafton, but plenty of Millhone for the sleuth's devotees." Booklist
"This isn't one of Grafton's stronger installments....Ricochet is so laid-back that, at its climactic moment, Kinsey takes a nap. Let's hope that S stands for Surprise; she could use one. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly
"The story plays out with Millhone as second fiddle to a far cleverer Reba Lafferty. No matter; this once-entertaining series has all the energy of VW Bug running out of gas on the side of a California freeway." Denver Post
"There's no real mystery here, and the plot contains few surprises....As always, however, Grafton provides a very good read. Predictable, perhaps, but never dull or boring." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A straightforward, shock-free crime novel, in which the detective is oddly passive and nearly all of the villainy occurs off the page....But Grafton, ever the professional yarn-spinner...turns it into a refreshingly unique and satisfying entertainment." Los Angeles Times
"You can almost feel Grafton's excitement when Reba comes on the scene. Now if she could just jumpstart this novel with less meandering and lackluster descriptions....Once it gets going, though, it's a page-turner." BookReporter.com
"As demonstrated here, Grafton's series remains fresh and exciting, with complex plots and well-developed characters. Kudos to Grafton for maintaining her high standards." Library Journal
The #1 New York Times bestseller is now in paperback. After five dark and gritty Kinsey Milhone mysteries, Grafton changes tone, giving readers a lighthearted novel featuring a wide range of characters, from a spoiled rich girl just out of prison to a too-good-to-be-true (and single) cop who seems to have the hots for Kinsey.
Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born, and he could deny her nothing. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institution for Women. Now, at thirty-two, she is about to be paroled, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence. Nord Lafferty wants to be sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers." "It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the rules of her parole. Maybe all of a week's work. Nothing untoward - the woman seems remorseful and friendly. And the money is good." But life is never that simple, and Reba is out of prison less than twenty-four hours when one of her old crowd comes circling round.
Private Investigator Kinsey Milhone is back on the job, hired by a privileged parolee's father to keep her out of trouble. It should be an easy assignment-until the parolee's past starts coming back to haunt her.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages — including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. Books in her alphabet series, begun in 1982, are international bestsellers with readership in the millions. And like Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker, and John D. MacDonald — the best of her breed — Sue Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.
Sue divides her time between Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. She has three children and two grandchildren. Grafton has been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine.
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