Sue Grafton has become one of the most popular mystery writers, both here and in the US. Born in Kentucky in 1940, the daughter of the mystery writer C.W. Grafton, she began her career as a TV scriptwriter before Kinsey Millhone and the 'alphabet' series took off. She lives and writes in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.
Four heirs ask series star Kinsey Milhone to find their missing black sheep brother‘perhaps just to fleece him.
Approaching middle age warily, PI Kinsey Millhone of the Southern California coast is mildly depressed, romantically vulnerable and in the process of reassessing her family ties. Yet, when it comes to her professional abilities, she's at the top of her form, as this deftly plotted and absorbing novel (her 13th appearance, after L Is for Lawless) proves. Bader Malek, a local industrial tycoon, has died, and his four sons now stand to inherit a substantial fortune. But one of them, Guy, has been missing since 1968. A drug addict, ne'er-do-well and all-around miscreant, Guy had been disinherited by his exasperated father shortly before he vanished. But that particular will has disappeared, and Kinsey has been hired by the family to find out if Guy is still alive and thus in line to collect his original portion of the estate. She quickly succeeds in locating him and brings back a sweet, guileless and totally reformed man. But is he? The three other brothers‘a truly devious, arrogant and greedy lot‘are deeply ambivalent about Guy's return. A murder in the family leaves the surviving Malek kin as prime suspects. This is a subtle and swiftly moving novel, pleasantly unpredictable, with an agreeable overlay of smoldering romance, as fellow PI and former lover Robert Dietz reenters Kinsey's life. Grafton's heroine‘more introspective, yet still feisty and surefooted‘leads this finely tuned and at times electrifying tale to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. 1,000,000 first printing. (Nov.)
YA‘As the alphabet of crime continues, Kinsey looks for Guy Malek, the missing son and partial heir to a huge fortune. She finds him, but then he is murdered. During their short friendship, Kinsey comes to believe that Guy's Christian conversion had been genuine and that he had been clean of drugs for most of his 17-year absence. The background provides scenes of disrupted family life in the 1970s. The informal style, witty repartee, and Kinsey's personality should appeal to teens.‘Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA