Joan Bregger, January 17, 2010 (view all comments by Joan Bregger)
Sue Grafton's smartly written Kinsey Millhone mystery, her 21st(!), is masterful. With deviations that resemble restauranteur Rosie's wiliness, the story traces the fallout of a young boy's fragmented memory of a possible child burial. A sidebar is further explication of the origin of Kinsey's prickly personality. This is the best Sue Grafton novel yet!
Booklint, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Booklint)
As usual, Sue Grafton comes out with a winner. A little confusing as it flips back between two decades, but it wraps up nicely in the end, like mysteries are supposed to do.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"False memory syndrome provides the core of bestseller Grafton's intriguing 21st crime novel featuring wry PI Kinsey Millhone (after T Is for Trespass). In 1988, Kinsey takes on client Michael Sutton, who claims to have recovered a childhood memory of men burying a suspicious bundle shortly after the unsolved disappearance of four-year-old Mary Claire Fitzhugh in 1972. But Sutton has a track record of unreliability, and Kinsey must untangle and reconfigure his disjointed recountings to learn if they are truth or fiction. Chapters told from the point of view of other characters in other time periods add texture, allowing the reader to assemble pieces of the case as Kinsey works on other aspects. A subplot involves Kinsey wrestling with conflicting information about her estranged family. Though whodunit purists may be a bit disappointed that the culprit is revealed well before book's end, both loyal Kinsey fans and those new to the canon will find much to like. Author tour. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Through 20 excursions into the dark side of the human soul, Grafton has never written the same book twice. Once again, she breaks genre formulas, creating a twisting, complex, surprise-filled, and totally satisfying thriller. Kinsey Millhone agrees to help Michael Sutton locate a grave he discovered 21 years earlier, but as the investigation unfolds, Kinsey discovers Michael has an uneasy relationship with the truth.
Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. Even more so when Kinsey Millhone's only lead is a grown man dredging up a repressed childhood memory-of something that may never have happened...
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