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by Sue Grafton

Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Sue Grafton
ISBN: 1617931969
ISBN13: 978-1617931963
Language: English
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (2011)
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Kinsey Millhone mysteries. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission.

Kinsey Millhone mysteries. Published simultaneously in Canada. Grafton, Sue. V is for vengeance, Sue Grafton. p. cm. A Marian Wood Book.

Sue Taylor Grafton (April 24, 1940 – December 28, 2017) was an American author of detective novels. She is best known as the author of the "alphabet series" ("A" Is for Alibi, et. featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. The daughter of detective novelist C. W. Grafton, she said the strongest influence on her crime novels was author Ross Macdonald. Before her success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies.

More Praise for Sue Grafton and the Alphabet Series. Maybe this is part of the reason that I had a difficult time getting into V is for Vengeance. I think the initial set up in the first few chapters was engaging, but there were portions of the novel that were rather so-so

More Praise for Sue Grafton and the Alphabet Series. I’m going to miss Kinsey Millhone. Ever since the first of Sue Grafton’s Alphabet mysteries, A Is For Alibi, came out in 1982, Kinsey has been a good friend and the very model of an independent woman, a gutsy Californian . it’s Kinsey herself who keeps this series so warm and welcoming. I think the initial set up in the first few chapters was engaging, but there were portions of the novel that were rather so-so. I really couldn’t get into most of the secondary characters at all.

A spiderweb of dangerous relationships is at the heart of this daring new novel from the New York Times-bestselling author. Kinsey on Kinsey: I know there are people who believe you should forgive and forget. For the record, I’d like to say I’m a big fan of forgiveness as long as I’m given the opportunity to get even first. from V is for Vengeance. A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly.

He was actually Lorenzo Dante Junior, commonly referred to as Dante to distinguish him from his father, Lorenzo Dante Senior

He was actually Lorenzo Dante Junior, commonly referred to as Dante to distinguish him from his father, Lorenzo Dante Senior. ing, golf, and tennis were out. He’d set up a home gym, where he lifted weights three times a week. For cardio, he swam laps. The thirty-two-acre property was surrounded by a stone wall, with entrance effected through electric gates, one set at the front and a second set at the rear, each with its own small stone guardhouse complete with a uniformed armed guard.

V is for Vengeance book. A spiderweb of dangerous relationships lies at the heart of V is for Vengeance, Sue Grafton's daring new Kinsey Millhone novel. A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder?

V is for Vengeance book. A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt who thinks he can beat the system. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring working for the M A spiderweb of dangerous relationships lies at the heart of V is for Vengeance, Sue Grafton's daring new Kinsey Millhone novel.

V is for Vengeance is the twenty-second in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series by Sue Grafton. A young college graduate is murdered when he is unable to pay back a loan funded by notorious criminal Lorenzo Dante. While the police net begins to close in on him, Dante meets the beautiful Nora, who exerts a powerful pull over the gangster. As Kinsey’s enquiries reach a dramatic head, it becomes clear that she and Dante have one thing in common – they must be careful who they trust. Books by Sue Grafton.

is for Vengeance (Large Print) In V is for Vengeance, P.I. Kinsey Millhone sets out to right a host of wrongs, one being her busted nose. But that comes later.... The action takes off when a female shoplifter gets caught, and after making bail, leaps off a bridge. Kinsey was the one to alert authorities to the theft, and she feels some guilt over Audrey Vance's demise. Only when Audrey's fiancé asks her to look into the death, does Kinsey start thinking murder. From a dying old man lovingly cared for by the son he abused; a rich, cheating husband; a gorgeous woman whose life is coming apart and a brutal gangster to the spider at the center of this nefarious web-an elegant but ruthless businessman-Sue Grafton's V is for Vengeance is an A plus, plus, plus!
Comments to eBook V is for Vengeance
Honeirsil
I started reading these in 1986 and I have enjoyed them all but this one is my favorite in a long time. I like the way Grafton used Kinsey in this one. She had her make some uncharacteristically dumb decisions to put us, the readers, where we needed to be to let other character's stories unfold. I found myself yelling, "don't go in there," and had to laugh, I don't remember the last time I yelled at a book.
Ziena
I only read a few mystery series, only by women, so I don't know if the series written by men have this phenomenon, but Grafton is a good example of what I've seen with a couple of female mystery writers. Her series started off with books that were lean and economical, with engaging characters and a healthy dose of humor. By now, however, she has become overly ambitious and her writing is indulgent and the book is bloated. She started this writing from several different characters' points of view a few books ago and it served her well in a couple of books, but in "U is for Undertow" and this one, it just slows down the plot and serves to distract the reader from the central mystery and from the character of Kinsey. Maybe Grafton is bored with Kinsey? She hasn't evolved very much over the 20+ books, except to get more self-righteous and moralistic. Her relationships with her friends haven't evolved, either.

Anyway, as long as the characters whose points of view she is writing from are interesting, I can tolerate it, but in this book, she has one character who is dull and unsympathetic, the spoiled and wealthy housewife, Nora. I'm not sure Grafton has the skill to build a character by writing from their point of view in third person (I noticed this in a couple of the previous books), though she does a good job with Dante. Nora, however, has such a bland and boring writing style that I skipped half of her chapters. Her actions are inexplicable, partly because she is so poorly drawn as a character. I didn't like her and found her unsympathetic. I felt sorry for Dante at the end.

I also don't like the stuffy moralizing that Kinsey does. She certainly isn't averse to breaking the law and counts several law-breakers among her friends, including the character of Pinky Ford in this book. However, she excoriates the murder victim for contributing to the problem of shoplifting (yeah, like Nordstrom's is losing money) and yet likes Dante, who is the mastermind and leader of the entire shoplifting racket, whereas Audrey was just a cog in the machine. Dante was also a hood who had probably killed people and done other horrible things, but he was drawn as being a great guy. BTW, if anybody was interesting enough to write from his point of view, it was Pinky. I really liked him.

And, yeah, Grafton does go into excessive detail about every move Kinsey makes (opening doors, eating, turning on lights, etc.). Is she paid by the word, like Victor Hugo?
LadyShlak
Truth be told, V for Vengeance was a mixed bag for me. Sometimes I felt intrigued with the mystery; other times, not so much.

I guess I have a somewhat different perspective in that this is the only one in the alphabet series that I’ve read (as it was chosen for a book club read). Maybe this is part of the reason that I had a difficult time getting into V is for Vengeance.

I think the initial set up in the first few chapters was engaging, but there were portions of the novel that were rather so-so.

I really couldn’t get into most of the secondary characters at all. I thought they were somewhat underwhelming and mediocre. Even Millhone seemed to make perplexing decisions and judgments when it comes to solving the case. There were some points I had a hard time understanding her motivation (especially near the end of the novel).

Also, there seemed to be too much inconsequential detail that stalled the plot. Oftentimes, there were trivial details (especially from Millhone’s point of view) that went on too long (something about what she ate, taking a jog, going to the store to pick something up, etc.). Additionally, I also didn’t really care for many of the subplots, such as Dante’s love interest. While some of this moved the plot forwards, other parts weren’t of much consequence.

Maybe I was missing a good deal of context from the series and this effected how I viewed the novel. I have heard that this one isn’t quite as good as others in the series.

I still think it fascinating and amazing how Grafton had crafted and put this entire series together with her main protagonist, all the while managing to keep her mysteries within the confines of the 1980s. I’m still definitely interested in checking out the first couple ones in Grafton’s series, especially A is for Alibi and B is for Burglar.
Frey
I've been reading Kinsey Milhone books since I was in high school (I'm Kinsey's age now) and I've never missed one. And I will read all of them until the end. V is for Vengeance was not one of the strongest. Can't remember which one was the one I disliked more, R is for Ricochet or Q.

Strangely enough in this edition, I found the Kinsey segments to be the most boring. I find William to be a crazy, meddling old man, Henry was shipped off immediately in the beginning so he was totally inconsequential, and Rosie has annoyed me from book 'A'. I was far more interested to read about Dante and Nora (laughed out loud in some parts), and I appreciated the twist/link between them when it was revealed. Didn't see that one coming. But there could've been better 'meat' around their story. The first chapter was a knockout and drew me right in. Afterwards the book lost steam, and I wanted to punch Kinsey and give her two black eyes myself about midway through the book. And Kinsey has never annoyed/bored me before. Her self-righteousness about shoplifters in a store, her loyalty to Pinky and his shenanigans, her nosy insistence on getting in the middle of the whole Pinky and Cappi duel, the whole boring story with Len, and I didn't get her deal with Diana Alavarez. Did she like her wardrobe or NOT? And these are just a few things I'm listing.

I can appreciate Sue Grafton's honesty to her readers, revealing her struggle in coming up with a plot, but I shouldn't have had to say to myself: yeahhhh, Sue. Nevertheless, as I said, I will see it to the end. I still love the series and look forward to the next book.
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