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    1. The Testament
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    Asin: 0440234743
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-28)
    Publisher: Island Books
    Sales Rank: 3410
    Average Customer Review: 3.63 out of 5 stars
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    Heart of darkness...

    In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions, a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives.

    Because Troy Phelan's new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.

    Enter the lawyers. Nate O'Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last job: to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan's family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate is crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman--pursued by enemies and friends alike--holds a stunning surprise of her own....
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Testament
    The Testament, one of John Grisham's newest novels, is different than most of his previous works. Most of Grisham's previous novels were set in courtrooms and dealt primarily with the law. Grisham shied away from his usual legal thriller writing style with The Testament. This novel does involve several primary characters who are lawyers and the setting is often in the courtroom, however this book also deals with other issues such
    as morality, sacrifice, and family issues. This is something that I enjoyed about this book. Another aspect of this book that I enjoyed was the fine job the author did of describing the characters in a way that made them seem like real people. Grisham did a very good job describing the greed of Troy Phelan's relatives who were all trying to get his money.
    One of the most exciting moments happens in the first few chapters of the book as Troy Phelan describes his dramatic suicide. "No one has seen me walk in a year. I grab the handle and open the door...I step barefoot on to the narrow terrace which borders my top floor. Without looking, I lunge over the railing." (pg. 20) The theme of this book is that no one ever knows exactly how something is going to end until it happens. I agree with this theme because it relates in at least one way
    to my life. When I first moved to Virginia during my freshman year, I did not think I would like it all. Now, my attitude has completely changed and I like it a lot here. In The Testament, one of the primary characters, Nate, is introduced as a recovering alcoholic who has deserted his family. By the end of the book, he has fallen in love with a missionary in Brazil and he decides to stay there with her. This shows the theme very
    well. I would recommend this book to others because it has many enjoyable aspects. The characters are complex yet at the same time seem like they are real people,the storyline is exciting, and there is a great twist at the end. The story also grabs readers right from the beginning with some very exciting moments.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book!
    This was my first John Grisham book and I certainly enjoyed it.
    In this book one of the ten richest men in the country(Troy Phelan) has a ceremony to read his last will and testament to
    his greedy family.He has three psychiatrists on hand to verify his sanity.After the ceremony ends and the family leaves he
    produces a holographic will disinheriting his family and leaving
    the entire estate to an illigitemate daughter who is a missionary
    in Brazil.Phelan has left each of his children $5 million dollars
    on their 21st birthday.They have all squandered the money.In the
    meantime the daughter Rachel Lane must be found.
    That job is given to lawyer Nate O'Reilly(a rehabbed drunk).He
    makes a perilous trip to Brazil to locate the missing heiress.He
    discovers that she wants nothing to do with her 11 billion dollar inheritance.Nate returns to America emptyhanded.In the meantime the disinherited heirs and their lawyers are trying every type of legal manuevering to overturn Troy Phelan's will.
    It is imperative that Nate return to Brazil and talk to Rachel
    Lane again.
    This was a very good book that I enjoyed reading.The ending was
    shocking.Buy it and read it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all!
    I've felt that Grisham has been in the midst of a literary downslide for the past several years. The Testament, however, was an interesting and refreshing change of pace for the author. I was taken along on a satisfying roller-coaster ride in which I thought I knew how it would end -- but was ultimately way, way off-base. The characters were all interesting -- not entirely likeable, but interesting nonetheless -- and the pacing was more than enough to keep me turning the pages. I think anyone who enjoyed Grisham's earlier work will enjoy this one as well.

    As side note, why does nearly *everyone* insist on summarizing the plot -- yet again -- when reviewing novels? Is it just me or, by the one-thousandth customer review, shouldn't we get the general idea?

    4-0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT I EXPECTED! was a good read. I was expecting something a little more thrilling, a little more intense and exciting. But the slower pace of this book still kept my attention. Grisham has a good writing style and had no trouble getting me interested in the story, the location, the people. Parts of it were like a travel documentary, but surprisingly I found it all interesting. I was never at the edge of my seat, but never wanted to put the book down.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Master storyteller
    Grisham has literally before our eyes turned into a master storyteller with his book, THE TESTAMENT. His characterizations are vivid in depth portrayals and his smooth plots go down like a shot of Jack Daniels on a hot summer afternoon. As the plot the book progresses, the characters find themselves in life-and-death situations, entangled in the legal process, and fighting against others and their own wills. Will Nate ever find Rachel? And if so, what is she like? Will she accept Troy's fortune? Will the greedy Phelan family get to it first? The Testament has a detailed and gripping plot, threading the legal world to that of our own actions and resolve. John Grisham has written another best seller, one that everyone is sure to appreciate. Not since McCrae's THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD and Grisham's KING OF TORTS have I so enjoyed a book. ... Read more

    2. The Surgeon
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    Asin: 0345447840
    Catlog: Book (2002-07)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 6828
    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    Performed by Dennis Boutsikaris
    Three cassettes, 5 hours

    Murdering women in the most obscene way imaginable, a sadistic killer terrorizes Boston. The hideous precision of his methods suggests it is a deranged man of medicine, propelling the tabloid press to name him "The Surgeon." The cops' only clue rests with another surgeon, the victim of a similar brutal crime, who killed her attacker before he could complete his assault. Dr. Catherine Cordell is a professional who hides her new terror of intimacy behind a cool and elegant exterior. But Cordell's careful facade is about to crack-as the unknown killer cuts closer to the one woman with the skills to reveal his identity...

    Filled with authentic detail that is the trademark of this doctor-turned-author, THE SURGEON is a thriller of unprecedented depth and suspence.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Defeating evil: a thriller for our post-Sept.-11th world
    I've read all but one of Tess Gerritsen's books and The Surgeon is my favorite. Page 1 pulled me into the worlds of the characters and their actions where I willingly remained until the last page, despite experiencing occasional knots in my stomach.

    Her lucid writing, lively dialogue, and attention to detail brought characters such as emergency room physician Catherine Cordell and homicide detective Thomas Moore vividly to life. She took me for an informative, believable, empathic, and non-psychobabble journey into the mind of the book's serial killer.

    I felt warmly when reading her sensitive portrayal of a developing love between two of the characters--a beautiful piece of writing. With the exception of this portion of the book, the characters were too serious and intense; I would have appreciated more lighter interludes, perhaps even a dash of humor.

    I appreciated her deft oscillation beween gradually turning up the suspense of her well-constructed plot and gradually disclosing the personalities of the characters.

    I experienced a satisfying sense of closure at the end of this believable and absorbing story of evil and its defeat, of failure and ultimate success, and of the vicissitudes and satisfactions of love.

    Tess Gerritsen, I rise out of my seat to applaud your virtuoso performance and hereby add to your M.D. degree a doctorate in detective and thriller writing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Move over Robin Cook!
    Published in 1996, Tess Gerritsen's first medical/criminal suspense/thriller novel, Harvest, showed that she was going to give Robin Cook a run for his money in that particular writing genre. With the 2001 publication of The Surgeon, her 5th novel, she has pushed him aside to become the more exciting writer.

    Dr. Catherine Cordell is a young, attractive, trauma surgeon who harbors a dark secret from her past in Savannah, Georgia - her rape and near mutilation and murder and then her successful killing of her attacker. Two years later, similar attacks/murders occur around her in Boston, Massachusetts. She is asked to assist the police in their investigation and then finds that she is the real object of the killer's obsession.

    As a surgeon myself, I especially enjoy the detail and accuracy of the medical stuff about which Dr. Gerritsen, a former internist, writes. Her writing skills have developed with each novel, and her character development is now quite good, especially with Dr. Cordell, her surgical partner Peter Falco, the two lead detectives Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli, and the killer. She knows how to build to a climax, and I could not put the book down after I got halfway through. Finally, she can just flat out write a very chilling scary thriller!

    A final caution - this book is not for the sqeamish or younger audience due to the graphic descriptions of female mutilation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Very Worthwhile Read-Exciting Book!
    This was the first I have read of Gerritsen's books, and it was a good one!

    Catherine Cordell is a surgeon who is highly skilled in repairing broken people's bodies.

    There have been some horrendous murders taking place in the city of Boston. This killer would tear women apart by carving out their female organs, stabbing them with a scalpel, and leaving some dead, and others barely alive at the scene.

    With each repeated act of great violence, the monster comes closer and closer to capturing Cordell, and hurting her. The thing one, he did hurt Catherine once, and she managed to escape. But this time, she may not be so lucky. She's in this monster's obsessions all the time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an intelligently written medical thriller/police procedural
    The person who wrote this book is actually a real life MD (specializing in Internal Medicine) who gave up her career to write full time. This book she wrote is nothing short of brilliance. Not only was she able to use her medical expertise to write out all of the gory details of the killings, but she does well in putting together great detective work and really makes some interesting and believeable characters.

    The story is centered around the search for a serial killer who performs hyterectomies on women in the Boston area while they are still alive and then kills them. The killer is called the surgeon because he seems to have skills that only someone with specialized medical training should have. The killings seem strikingly similar to the style of another killer over two years ago in Savanna, Georga. But the killer in Georga was killed by his would-be victim (Catherine Cordell). One would think that maybe it's just coincidental that another killer just happened to have the same style as another killer who was killed over two years ago. The possiblility of it just being a coincidence was shattered when the police realized that the same woman (Catherine Cordell) who killed the killer two years ago is now living in Boston. The killer starts taunting Catherine by writing her email messages and even writes a message to her on a victim's body. But what is this killer's link to what happened in Georga and why is Catherine being targeted?

    Another part of the story focuses on the relationship of a male detective (Thomas Moore) with Catherine and the building resentment of a female detective. It also takes us into the world of a female detective's struggle for recognition and respect on the police force.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Surgeon - lock your doors
    A great read. Kept me up reading long after everyone else was asleep. The ending could have been a little more exciting but was a book that made me lock my doors. ... Read more

    3. The Street Lawyer
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    Asin: 0440225701
    Catlog: Book (1999-01-05)
    Publisher: Dell
    Average Customer Review: 3.13 out of 5 stars
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    He gave up the money.He gave up the power.Now all he has left is the law.

    Michael Brock is billing the hours, making the money, rushing relentlessly to the top of Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm.One step away from partnership, Michael has it all.Then, in an instant, it all comes undone.

    A homeless man takes nine lawyers hostage in the firm's plush offices.When it is all over, the man's blood is splattered on Michael's face--and suddenly Michael is willing to do the unthinkable.Rediscovering a conscience he lost long ago, Michael is leaving the big time for the streets where his attacker once lived--and where society's powerless need an advocate for justice.

    But there's one break Michael can't make: from a secret that has floated up from the depths of Drake & Sweeney, from a confidential file that is now in Michael's hands, and from a conspiracy that has already taken lives.Now Michael's former partners are about to become his bitter enemies.Because to them, Michael Brock is the most dangerous man on the streets.... ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not JUST another lawyer book.
    For readers who read Grisham's ninth title they will be rewarded with the author's best effort. This will please his legions of diehard fans and attract some new ones. The author drags you into the story rather than grabbing you and the more you read the more hooked you become. Grisham turns his attention to the plight of the homeless and sets the stage in Washington, DC. What is interesting about this theme, the homeless and their problems, is that the plot could realistically be played out in any large city. Our hero is on the fast track to the million-dollar-a-year partnership at a prestigious DC law firm. He and his colleagues get held hostage by a homeless person with a grudge against the firm.... I've read several reviews of this book suggesting the plotline is unrealistic, and I disagree. I step over homeless people regularly on a 4-block walk to work at 6 in the morning. I've seen several of the same faces several times over several years and wonder how they survive. A homeless person with a grudge and some ingenuity just might be able to saunter into a private building without adequate security and threaten life and property, and it could conceivably happen in any large city. The possibility of this scenario lends credibility to the storyline. The only outright criticism I can make is that the book what too short. But therein lies a benefit: You can start this book after dinner and be done before Nightline. An ancillary benefit: Grisham's books make great movies. THE STREET LAWYER in celluloid shouldn't disappoint.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I understand where the negative comments are coming from but
    ...I still liked reading this one. It's one of Grisham's lesser works and a bit too preachy but if you're not looking for anything special it WILL keep your interest. A good, rather mediocre read that's entertaining and not like Grisham's other works, which says something...

    2-0 out of 5 stars Ok, Nothing special
    The Street Lawyer is about a young lawyer, who comes close to death when a homeless man holds him hostage, and his sudden changes of lifestyle and thinking. He quits his current job as a hot-shot lawyer after is encounter and becomes extremely into helping the poor. When he finds out about some wrong-doing at his old law firm, he steals a file that tells all. He thinks he got away with it until he gets into a bad car crash and the file is found by the wrong people. The main character is Michael Brock, who begins the story a lawyer in an unhappy marriage. After his encounter with the crazed homeless man, he realizes that homelessness is a problem in Washington DC, where he lives. He joins a small firm that helps only the poor. He and his wife later separate and he moves into an apartment where he sleeps on the floor in an attempt to relate to his customers. Obviously, the book's title is The Street Lawyer because that is what he becomes. I didn't like this book because it was over-the-top dramatic and preachy. I have never read a book by John Grisham, and I guess I was expecting much more. The ending of the book is the worst part; it simply cuts off on the part that is remotely interesting. Before I read this book, I hadn't thought of poverty being in the streets as much as it probably is in the US, and this is the only thing I've learned from this book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars OK, Nothing special
    This was my first grisham and it did not work for me. The Street Lawyer is about a young lawyer, who comes close to death when a homeless man holds him hostage, and his sudden changes of lifestyle and thinking. He quits his current job as a hot-shot lawyer after is encounter and becomes extremely into helping the poor. When he finds out about some wrong-doing at his old law firm, he steals a file that tells all. He thinks he got away with it until he gets into a bad car crash and the file is found by the wrong people. The main character is Michael Brock, who begins the story a lawyer in an unhappy marriage. After his encounter with the crazed homeless man, he realizes that homelessness is a problem in Washington DC, where he lives. He joins a small firm that helps only the poor. He and his wife later separate and he moves into an apartment where he sleeps on the floor in an attempt to relate to his customers. Obviously, the book's title is The Street Lawyer because that is what he becomes. I didn't like this book because it was over-the-top dramatic and preachy. I have never read a book by John Grisham, and I guess I was expecting much more. The ending of the book is the worst part; it simply cuts off on the part that is remotely interesting. Before I read this book, I hadn't thought of poverty being in the streets as much as it probably is in the US, and this is the only thing I've learned from this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Never really gets started
    The opening scene, with 9 lawyers being taken hostage by a homeless man, starts out pretty intense. But, like the whole book, this scene looses it's luster after a few pages. The book just loses its intensity and becomes more of a waiting game. Sure, you keep reading to find out what happens, but you never really buzz through the pages waiting to see what's next. There just wasn't enough going on to really grab me. The entire story could be told in less than 5 minutes and you wouldn't really miss much.

    In addition, there wasn't much character development (which may be why I felt like things never really got started). This can be a good thing in some cases, as too many fiction writers find it necessary to tell me how his character got beat up by a bully at age 9. But in this case it lacks too much. You never really know much about Michael Brock's failing marriage except that it's failing. We know nothing about his wife and very little about Mordecai Green, his new partner. As a result, the few storylines that are present come off forced. ... Read more

    4. Q Is for Quarry
    by Sue Grafton
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    Asin: 0425192725
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
    Sales Rank: 5379
    Average Customer Review: 3.45 out of 5 stars
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    The #1 New York Times bestseller is back featuring Kinsey Millhone! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Q is a Winner.....
    It was eighteen years ago that officers Stacey Oliphant and Con Dolan, out on a morning hunting trip, found the decomposing body near the quarry. She was young, white, bound, and stabbed multiple times, and then her throat was slashed. She'd never been identified, her murderer never brought to justice, and the unsolved case has haunted Oliphant and Dolan all these many years. Now, old and sick, and at the end of their respective careers, they want one more shot at solving this Jane Doe homicide, and decide to enlist the help of Santa Teresa private detective, Kinsey Millhone. After hearing the whole story, and reading over the old murder book, Kinsey has to admit she's hooked, packs her duffle, and joins this "odd couple" on what turns out to be quite an intriguing and ultimately dangerous adventure in search of the truth..... Inspired by a still unsolved murder in Santa Barbara County over thirty years ago, Sue Grafton weaves a compelling and suspenseful story. Her well paced plot is filled with clever twists and turns, vivid, laugh-out-loud scenes, and witty and irreverent dialogue. But it's Ms Grafton's brilliant characterizations and delicious descriptions that really make this novel stand out and sparkle, and no one does it better. Q Is For Quarry is the seventeenth mystery in this marvelous alphabet series, and definitely one of the strongest entries. If you're new to Kinsey and company, begin at the beginning with A Is For Alibi and read them all. If you're already a fan, Q is a very satisfying and engaging read that should find itself at the top of your "must read" list.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of Grafton's best
    With seventeen novels to her credit, inevitably readers will like some better than others. Q is for Quarry is a new take on a familiar theme.
    Two aging cops, friends of Kinsey Milhone, want to solve a fifteen year old puzzle: a girl's body was found in Lompoc, California.The body was never identified and the murder never solved.

    Grafton keeps the suspense flowing more than she has in some books. The action doesn't stop. It's a straightforward mystery and an alert reader will pick up clues -- although not necessarily identify the killer.

    We learn a little more about Kinsey's long-lost family. Her two partners -- retired cops -- are fighting life-threatening illnesses and one discovers the joy of junk food. Grafton's strength comes in plot and setting. She describes everyone the heroine meets in excruciating detail. Outward appearances hold clues to personality, as we realize from the great portrait painters.

    Kinsey has her usual quirks: she dresses down and she lives small and cheap. Here she's totally unattached and she likes it that way. She doesn't age and she's still using a typewriter sometime in the 80's. I must admit I kept looking for anachronism: were Sauconys the shoe of choice back then? I must admit I wish the author had aged Kinsey and brought her into the present, so we could get a sense of depth by growing with her.

    This is a female tough detective story. We don't get into the deeper nuances of personality, as we do with heroines of Nevada Barr or Margaret Maron -- or even Marcia Muller. Spenser, Robert Parker's hero, is more sensitive. You get an old-fashioned quick read with no great lessons about life -- just the thrill of the chase and a great relief, at the end, that your own world isn't populated by the people Kinsey encounters in her frequent brushes with murder witnesses.

    3-0 out of 5 stars not great, but typically entertaining
    I've read all of these except the new one, "R", at this point. Obviously, I like them. I think "Q Is For Quarry" is a perfectly respectable specimen of the series, if not one of the best.

    As is happening more and more often, Kinsey spends most of the book far from Santa Teresa, this time in a small town near the Arizona border. This location is better executed than the small California town in "N Is For Noose," I think, though there seems to be less of an effort to produce a sense of local colour. There's more just a feeling of isolation, of being stranded in the desert, which works for these characters.

    As also often happens in these books, the last few pages, in which there is a sudden outbreak of action and danger and the perpetrator stands revealed, are not really satisfying or convincing. And there are a few scenes involving Kinsey's landlord Henry, who has a new girlfriend, and his sister-in-law the Hungarian cook Rosie, apparently intended as comic relief, which I didn't like at all. Luckily, Grafton abandons this stuff early on.

    The meat of the book, as far as I'm concerned, consists of Kinsey's interactions with a variety of ordinary unhappy people in ordinary American settings, credibly described. I get the feeling that Grafton can write this stuff in her sleep, but I enjoy reading it. Her friends and co-workers the unhealthy older ex-cops also provide some reasonably interesting interaction that doesn't detract from the story.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Darker and Darker
    I've mostly enjoyed the Alphabet series, but Sue Grafton's last few books have been darker and darker. I'm tired of the same old whining about her love life, her family, and her relationships in general. Her writing has become contrived, predictable, and frankly down right boring. I usually keep all my books, hardbound or paperback, but Q is for Quarry is going straight to my public library as a donation.

    1-0 out of 5 stars C is for crappy
    I read a lot. I enjoy mysteries. After finally getting around to reading a book by Sue Grafton, I have to say that I'm utterly disappointed. This was my first, (and last, thank you very much), Sue Grafton novel. It was boring, contrived, and PREDICTABLE. At some point, (I'm not exactly sure, but it could have been when Grafton was trying in vain to make Kinsey's estrangement from her family a viable sub-plot), I started rooting for all of the main characters to be killed. I have never disliked 'the good guys' as much as I did when reading this novel. Hey, here's a cop that drinks and smokes too much. Naw, shucks ma'm - that's not cliche! In fact, the entire book was one, long, ridiculous cliche. Ah, but enough of this. I've wasted too much time reading this horrible book to write any more. Do yourself a favor - don't read this book. ... Read more

    5. The Client
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    Asin: 038542471X
    Catlog: Book (1993-02-01)
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Sales Rank: 33571
    Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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    In a weedy lot on the outskirts of memphis, twoboys watch a shiny Lincoln pull upt ot thecurb...Eleven-year-old Mark Sway and his younger brotherwere sharing a forbidden cigarrette when a chanceencounter with a suicidal laywer left Mark knowinga bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts ofthe most sought-after dead body in America.

    Now Mark is caught between alegal system gone mad and a mob killer desperate tocover up his crime. And his only ally is a womannamed Reggie Love, who has been a lawyer for all offour years.
    Prosecutors are willing to break all the rules to makeMark talk. The mob will stop at nothing to keep himquiet. And Reggie will do anything to protect herclient -- even take a last, desperate gamble thatcould win Mark his freedom... or cost them boththeir lives. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Grisham¿s worst.
    I was extremely disappointed in this book. Grisham, who is one of my favorite authors, spews out this terrible book for no reason. In a contrived, boring, unbelievable story, Grisham goes through the motions in this long, drowned out novel.

    A young boy, from a poor trailer family, tries to intervene in a suicide, only to be caught in a web of secrets concerning the missing body of a Senator. With the mob, FBI, and an old boring lawyer, the very young boy, who Grisham portrays as the smartest, most cunning person ever for some odd reason, has to endure a lot of annoying stuff in order to get to an ending that everyone, but Grisham, knew was going to happen.

    A poor boy finds out a secret that puts his life in danger from the mob. Sounds like the perfect solution would be the witness protection program? Guess what, that is the ending. Of course, for some reason Grisham goes about in the most roundabout, superfluous way. There was no story here.

    This book is pointless, boring, repetitive, and the young kid, who Grisham accidentally blessed with a superhuman intelligence and an amazing ability to annoy, absolutely kills it.

    I have no idea what Grisham was thinking when he was writing this book. I could not recommend this at all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Client
    The Client is a really good book. Yet, it was really short.I think I read it in a couple of days. The bad thing about it was the ending. It didn't explain much of what happened.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Grisham, You Could Do Better
    Grisham writes good books, but this one is exceptional. This is an exception to his other books. This book is INCREDIBLY unrealistic. This book is very good, but unrealistic. Don't let my opinion change your mind. If you want this book, go ahead. Just be prepared, it is not realistic at all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
    This book was set in a little town. This was a very well written book about a teen who watches a man kill himself. This is not such a big deal, until they find out that he is defending a man on trial for the murder of Senator Boyd Boyette. The little boy and the murder are the only people now that know where the body is buried. The boy is being threatned and questioned by many police officers. The boy has grown up in a trailer park with his mother and his little brother. He hires an attorney. The attorney defends him and then she outsmarts the authorties. They tried to question him without the consent of his mother. The ending of the story is the best. It was a very good book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is a cool book!
    I really thought that this was a cool book! I had seen parts of the movie first and I think that that might have made it seem more real. I really enjoyed this book and I recomend it to mystery lovers! ... Read more

    6. Harvest
    by Tess Gerritsen
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    Asin: 067155302X
    Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
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    Sales Rank: 17589
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    Medical resident Dr. Abby Matteo is elated when the elite cardiac transplant team at Boston's Bayside Hospital taps her as a potential recruit. But faced with a tormenting life-and-death decision, Abby helps direct a crash victim's harvested heart to a dying teenager -- instead of the wealthy older woman who was supposed to receive it. The repercussions leave Abby shaken and plagued with self-doubt.

    Suddenly, a new heart appears, and the woman's transplant is completed. Then Abby makes a terrible discovery. The donor records have been falsified -- the new heart has not come through the proper channels. Defying the hospital's demands for silence, she begins her own investigation that reveals a murderous, unthinkable conspiracy. Every move Abby makes spawns a vicious backlash...and on a ship anchored in the waters of Boston harbor, the grisly truth lies waiting. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Medical Thriller!
    In "Harvest," Tess Gerritsen writes a moving and suspenseful tale of Abby DiMatteo, and Bayside Memorial Hospital. From within the first few pages, Ms. Gerritsen has you hooked, and you'll be turning pages a mile a minute. The story is basically centered upon the topic of harvesting organs. Dr. Abby DiMatteo, a second year resident at Bayside, is starting to work with the transplant team, and they seem a little weird. She uncovers some things, and learns more of the team's past history. Meanwhile, she is in love with a member of the team, Dr. Mark Hodell. When a needy boy needs a heart, Abby and another doctor think that this boy will get the heart. But it doesn't seem that way now. It appears that the team is doing some business behind the hospital's back, and are getting organs for people not in desperate need of them. This gets Abby thinking, and thus begins one of the best books I've read.

    "Harvest," is first rate suspense. Former romance author and current doctor Tess Gerritsen weaves a tale full of medical wonders, intrigue, and romance. Whether a fan of a science thriller, mysteries, or just a good book, you're bound to enjoy "Harvest." This is not only one of the best thrillers I've read, it's one of the best books that I've read in mainstream fiction. The is the first novel that I've read by Ms. Gerritsen and it certainly won't be my last. This is a book that should not be missed. Need a great, entertaining read? Then this is for you. Don't miss out on this great novel.

    Happy Reading!

    5-0 out of 5 stars RIVETING MEDICAL THRILLER!!!!
    Firstly, I have to say that Harvest is in my Top Ten List of all-time most favorite reads (and I've been a voracious reader for forty years).........This book has it all.............thrills, chills, great twisted plots, superb character development...........bad guys, good guys....kept me guessing.......and guessing......... Abby Di Matteo was a second year resident at Bayside Hospital in Boston when she was chosen to be part of the cardiac transplant team.... When she discovered that a heart was to be given to a rich man's wife, rather than a young 17 year old boy who was next in line, both Abby and Dr. Chao, took drastic measures....which had immediate repercussions! Finding donor records as being falsified, and knowing that some hearts aren't coming through the correct channels, Abby starts an investigation........ Since I first read Harvest when it came out in hardcover in 1996, the details and characters have stayed with me....this is a book that one can't's an "edge of the seat" thriller, which is even scarier knowing that it's so easy for this to happen in real life.............Gerritsen's knowledge of the medical field shines through without all the jargon that we lay people can't understand! No matter where I am, at weddings, wakes, bookstores, beaches, if I see or know someone who reads, I always recommend any Tess Gerritsen book, so long as it includes Harvest!! Better than Cook, Crichton, or Palmer, and they are great authors, I assure you............This book is a MUST read..... Gotta mention, I was lucky enough to meet this beautiful and talented lady, twice at booksignings.........she is such a down-to-earth, friendly, sincere person, I hope each of you gets to meet her someday also!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great medical thriller!
    I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it! I don't always read medical thrillers, but this one had me turning the page up until the wee hours of the morning. I read this book in about 2 sittings! Gerritsen did a wonderful job with making you relate to the characters. Great read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
    I've had this book on my shelf for quite a while--don't know what I was waiting for! What a great storyteller Ms. Gerritsen is. This book kept me turning pages from page 1. It is very well written, even the medical terminology is done in such a way that it is easy to understand. And the story keeps you guessing right along. Having worked for doctors most of my adult life, I found the characters well drawn and believable. And the story of harvesting organs for money is probably not that far off the mark, unfortunately. I loved this book and will definitely read the rest of Ms. Gerritsen's books.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best audiobooks I've listened to in a long while.
    I enjoyed "The Harvest" as an abridged audiocasette.

    The tension is quite well crafted: simmering low at first, and then rising to a boil, and the tale is strong, with characters that begin quite disparate, but weave toward each other with edgy craftiness. By the end of the first tape, you're ready to give up on sleep to keep listening.

    When a young resident heart surgeon steps into what might just be a "purchased organ transplant" fraud, and chooses to send a heart to a young boy instead of a rich man's wife, things start to go bad for her. Soon, she has lawsuits against her, and then even more career-ruining events that might not just end her career, but potentially her freedom - or her life.

    Dodging bullets, accusations, career-wrecking lawsuits and worse, Abby DiMatteo struggles even to keep her life while still fighting to find more evidence, before she's buried with the rest of the information.

    There were a few weak moments - and the ending was very sudden, which is likely an effect of the story being abridged. Though the story was wrapped up, I think I just needed a few more bits of conversation out of Abby. Ah well.

    Read by Jayne Brooke with aplomb, (Dr. Diane Grad on "Chicago Hope," which I doubt is a coincidence), the tale is wonderfully performed, which always has the power to make or break a tale.

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    7. The Apprentice
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    Asin: 0345447867
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-29)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 14681
    Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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    The bestselling author of The Surgeon returns—and so does that chilling novel’s diabolical villain. Though held behind bars, Warren Hoyt still haunts a helpless city, seeming to bequeath his evil legacy to a student all-too-diligent . . . and all-too-deadly.


    It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the city’s woes is a series of shocking crimes, in which wealthy men are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. A sadistic demand that ends in abduction and death.

    The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt, recently removed from the city’s streets. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires. At least that’s what Detective Jane Rizzoli thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who scarred her—literally and figuratively—she is determined to finally end Hoyt’s awful influence . . . even if it means receiving more resistance from her all-male homicide squad.

    But Rizzoli isn’t counting on the U.S. government’s sudden interest. Or on meeting Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who knows more than he will tell. Most of all, she isn’t counting on becoming a target herself, once Hoyt is suddenly free, joining his mysterious blood brother in a vicious vendetta. . . .

    Filled with superbly created characters—and the medical and police procedural details that are her trademark—The Apprentice is Tess Gerritsen at her brilliant best. Set in a stunning world where evil is easy to learn and hard to end, this is a thriller by a master who could teach other authors a thing or two.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gerritsen scores again!
    Another great thriller from Dr. Gerritsen! The suspense never lets up. The writing style's a mixture of art and craft; sometimes objects seem to be almost alive. The story is woven into a whole very nicely with thin strands of motifs and thicker strands tying together past and present. Gerritsen makes effective use of the senses: what the characters see, how things smell and feel to them. It adds another dimension to the reading. The medical and technical scenes are fascinating!

    It's sort of a continuation of THE SURGEON, but you won't have to have read that book to enjoy this one. The salient points are covered.

    A couple of reservations. The characters could've been fleshed out a bit more. At times they seemed more like 'types' than real people. I found the ending rather abrupt.

    THE APPRENTICE is not only a gripping thriller, but one that will leave you with some haunting thoughts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tess Gerritsen does it again!
    I have been patiently waiting to get my hands on this book and finally I have. I have read every single book that Gerritsen has released and in The Apprentice I have not been disappointed. It is more or less a continuation of her earlier novel, The Surgeon. The big difference is that this novel focuses more on the female detective that helped crack the case in the first one. Jane Rizzoli was to me not a very likable character in the first book, but in this book she takes on a new light. She was portrayed as a very masculine type of female in The Surgeon, but in The Apprentice she takes on the role of the strong woman who is feminine yet at the same time a spitfire.
    When murders start happening in Boston a year after the Surgeon has been in jail, Rizzoli is the only one who sees the connection at first. But as the body count mounts suddenly an FBI agent appears on the scene. Rizzoli who in all of her years as a detective has never seen the FBI work in this way, is very puzzled. Her puzzlement only deepens as her attraction to the FBI agent Gabriel Dean does also. When The Surgeon, Warren Hoyt, who she put behind bars in the first book, escapes from prison, all hell breaks loose. Rizzoli has suspicions that The Surgeon and their new killer, The Dominator are working together to fulfill their murderous fantasies. Tensions increase as Rizzoli and her fellow officers keep coming up with dead ends and no suspects in sight. The only problem that I had with this story was its abrupt ending.
    Once again, I am impressed with Gerritsen's style and attention to detail. She is a wonderful story teller and I fully intend to keep reading her books and I highly recommend them to anyone!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not nearly good enough
    Tess Gerritsen has written a serial-killer novel. Other reviewers has said the same thing, and I will repeat it: it is not good enough, it has been done better before! The Apprentice is a rip-off of great serial killer/frustrated police-woman/gruesome medical examiner facts-books by Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and others, who does it much better than Ms. Gerritsen. There is not much new in this book, and it is hard to feel anything for the characters. Even the serial killer is just annoying. Jane Rizzoli, the frustrated police-woman, battling not only with sexist issues at the station but also the mental and physical scars from the same serial killer in a previous book, is trying hard to find him again, when he escapes prison. She cannot admit that she is scared to death, and while we try hard to gain some sympahty for her, the killer is getting closer and also playing gruesome mindgames with her. She is almost too stubborn for her own good. When the story is about to get going, it ends. Too much space in this book is used to descibe Jane Rozzoli's mental health, and her angst and anxiety and it gets boring. I was not impressed with this book, but - will not rule out that I could pick up another Tess Gerritsen book another time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Hot Sequel!
    Detective Jane Rizzoli is back as the tough and determined homicide investigator we met in The Surgeon. This time, however, she carries with her the physical and emotional scars given to her by Warren Hoyt. This time around she is slightly broken, a victim survivor that still sees the predator that had once stalked her around every corner. To make matters worse, a series of violent crimes appear to be the Surgeon's handiwork-wealthy men are forced to watch their wives being brutalized, ending in death for both-but he's safe behind bars. The police can only assume that another madman has taken up Warren Hoyt's banner of sadism and murder-an apprentice the police moniker the Dominator. Rizzoli suddenly finds herself the lead investigator in a case that mirrors her nightmares. The investigation turns even deadlier when Warren Hoyt escapes from prison and somehow joins forces with his pupil. Now there are two predators, and their prey is Jane Rizzoli.

    The Apprentice is a suspenseful and scary thriller that can even be enjoyed without having first read The Surgeon. Jane Rizzoli is a bundle of contradictions, from tough cop to recovering victim to lonely, single woman. You've got to love her and pull for her. The supporting cast is great as well, and the forensic science is superb. My only complaint is we don't get to learn more about the Dominator. He's only the sum of his crimes. This book seems to be more about Warren Hoyt than the new killer. But all in all, The Apprentice delivers the adrenaline rush it promises. You'll be hooked within the first few pages.

    3-0 out of 5 stars nothing new to see here - pass it by
    there is nothing here that hasn't been done before. Everything in The Apprentice has been done before, somewhere else (often better) and as a result this is really just like reading good bits from other serial killer thrillers that have just been cut out and stuck in here in a different order.

    All the best crime novels are brilliant because they serve up a well-brewed mix of character, plot, and setting. This doesn't really fulfill any of those criteia, let alone all three. The plot is nothing new, Gerritsen has nothing original to say. This is highlighted not just by the fact that everything here can be found in a far better serial killer novel (I advise you to look toward "Mortal Fear" by Greg Iles, anything by Thomas Harris, or Val McDermid's "The Mermaids Singing" or Michael Connelly's "The Concrete Blonde" for really sublime serial killer books) but by the fact that "The Apprentice" is practically just a re-write of "The Surgeon"!. There is nothing particularly great about the setting, either. there is nothing here to really distinguish Boston from any other American city (or maybe that is just a factor of American cities, rather than Gerritsen's writing!), and the characters are quite bland as well. Rizzoli is nothing new at all. It's not even as if the depiction of a professional, gutsy woman-in-a-man's-policeforce hasn't been done before, either. Admittedly, Gerritsen does do it quite well, but in the end it actually becomes repetitive, tired.

    The prose ain't special, either. Occasionally, she does sparkle, but that is only when she narrates the short passages from the killer's point of view.

    Gerritsen doesn't exactly do anything WRONG here, but its all very run-of-the-mill, seen it before kinda stuff. It's a pageturner, too. I read it really quickly and it passed the time of day enjoyably. But that is not enough any more, certainly not in the field of serial killer novels. To be honest, it's a genre that's msotly had its day. Only really great writers who still have new things to say, original things, can still succeed in this genre, and they are the ones who are really getting down-and-dirty with humanity, reaching down into the murky, hellish depths of the souls of us all, and bringing back jewels.

    My advice to Gerritsen would be to leave this kind of stuff to Mo Hayder, John Connolly and Thomas Harris. My advice to readers would be to pass this by unless you MUST read it, and pick up something by an of the other authors I've mention, who are still capable of bringing something new to this type of book. ... Read more

    8. D Is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries (Paperback))
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    Asin: 0553271636
    Catlog: Book (1988-06-01)
    Publisher: Bantam
    Sales Rank: 8752
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    He called himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he had for Kinsey was cut-and-dried:locate a kid who'd done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. It was only later, after he'd stiffed her for her retainer, that Kinsey found out his name was Daggett. John Daggett. Ex-con. Inveterate liar. Chronic drunk. And dead. The cops called it an accident--death by drowning. Kinsey wasn't so sure.

    Pulled into the detritus of a dead man's life, Kinsey soon realizes that Daggett had an awful lot of enemies. There's the daughter who grew up with a cheating drunk for a father, and the wife who's become a religious nut in response to an intolerable marriage. There's the lady who thought she was Mrs. Daggett--and has the bruises to prove it--only to discover the legal Mrs. D. And there are the drug dealers out $25,000. But most of all, there are the families of the five people John Daggett killed, victims of his wild, drunken driving. The D.A. called it vehicular manslaughter and put him away for two years. The families called it murder and had very good reason to want John Daggett dead.

    Deft, cunning, and clever, this latest Millhone mystery also confronts some messy truths, for, as Kinsey herself says, "Some debts of the human soul are so enormous only life itself is sufficient forfeit"--but as she'd be the first to admit, murder is not a socially acceptable solution.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of suspects
    Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone is back again in this fourth installment of Sue Grafton's alphabet series. This time she is offered a fee to give a $25,000 cashier's check to a young man named Tony Gahan. The check for the fee bounces and Kinsey is now looking for the man who gave it to her, plus the young man she is to give the cashier's check to. Everything she finds out about her client is bad. He is a drunk, who has killed several people in a car wreck, and appears to be a bigamist. When he is found dead, Kinsey has plenty of suspects including survivors of the dead motorists and two angry wives. This book is written in Grafton's usual breezy style, and Kinsey becomes more independent and more likeable with each book. I would recommend the whole series to mystery-lovers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I liked it!
    The funniest passages in this book involve the deadbeat's wife/widow (and she's not who you think in the beginning of the book) both at home and later at the funeral parlor. (Sue Grafton does funny funerals). When I first read this book, I snickered over the anniversary picture description, Kinsey's Sunday School memories, and her Wonder Woman sheets for days. Then I handed it to my mother and said, "you have to read this. It's FUNNY." She liked it, too. Like most of the "Alphabet" books, this one builds to a tension-filled last chapter, with the "respectfully submitted" epilogue that wraps it up for this go-around.

    4-0 out of 5 stars flawed but delicious
    In this fourth novel, private detective Kinsey Millhone is hired for routine search-and-deliver work, but before she can begin on the case her client drowns. She decides to look into his death, first on her own and then in the employ of the client's daughter. She quickly discovers that the drowning may not have been accidental, and between creditors, buddies from jail, and wives, there are more than enough suspects.

    "D is for Deadbeat" has more flaws than previous Kinsey installments, and sometimes the detective's motives make little sense. But the book is pleasurable reading, and the thrill of the chase overwhelms any flaws in the plot.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Where's The Actual Killer Hiding Out?
    The client came to Kinsey Millhone with an easy job she thought-deliver $25,000 to a fifteen-year-old kid. A little odd, and Kinsey wasn't sure what to make of this thing. So she takes Alvin Limardo's retainer check anyhow. It turns out that his real name is not Alvin Limardo, but John Daggett. And the check of course, is as phony as he is. John Daggett has a record as long as your arm and a reputation for sleazy deals. But he wasn't just a deadbeat. By the time Kinsey caught up with him, he was a dead body-with a whole host of people who were delighted to see him dead. There was four in particular that REALLY wanted him dead. Kinsey knew his death was no suicide-it was a plan to kill John. But which one of the four did it? Kinsey must put her detective skills to work and find out someone's secret.

    5-0 out of 5 stars D is for Dandy
    I found this to be one of the best of Sue Grafton's books so far. I found it extremely suspenseful and was guessing all the way up to the end as to who was the murderer. The ending surprised me and saddened me. I have found myself engrossed in the series and can't wait to get on to the letter "E". ... Read more

    9. L Is for Lawless
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    Asin: 0449221490
    Catlog: Book (1996-07-31)
    Publisher: Fawcett
    Sales Rank: 30545
    Average Customer Review: 3.49 out of 5 stars
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    "THIS IS ONE OF GRAFTON'S MOST FUN-TO-READ BOOKS. . . . One of [Kinsey Millhone's] wildest adventures yet."
    --San Francisco Examiner
    When Kinsey Millhone agrees to do a favor for Henry Pitts, her lovable octogenarian landlord, she literally gets taken for the ride of her life. The family of a recently deceased WWII veteran wants her to find out why the military has no record of his service. All Kinsey has to do, she thinks, is cut through some government red tape. But when the dead man's house is ransacked and his old army buddy is beaten up, she quickly realizes he was not all he seemed. Before long Kinsey is trailing crooks halfway across the country, impersonating a hotel maid, tangling with a baseball bat-wielding grandmother, and running from one very dangerous character. With her money almost gone and her nerves frayed, Kinsey's got to solve a decades-old crime and make it back home in time for Henry's wedding . . . if she can make it back at all. . . .
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Loved L Is For Lawless From Hardcore Grafton Fan
    It is late and other reviewers have given superior synopses of the plot. All there is left to say is: Read This Book. You will not regret following Kinsey Millhone on the ultimate wild goose chase for her dear friend and landlord, Henry. For a tough girl detective, Kinsey sure has a big heart of gold. She ends up with another set of marginal characters (probably inspired by the first set of yahoos in H Is For Homicide) and is forced to endure their company and cause for days and untold miles with superhuman tolerance and sympathy.

    Sue Grafton keeps surprising us her with the depth of her talent as a writer with every letter of the alphabet. This is coming from an inveterate reader of the finest in British Murder Mysteries. So please, try to trust a complete stranger, and race right off for this installment of great American Mystery Writing by a master of the trade.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favourite.
    I've read them all, and this is my favourite.

    The plot is great, and the book moves along at a really fast pace. For the first half of the book i just couldn't stop turning those pages. Kinsey is great as usual. The plotting is tight, the use of humour just right, and the recurring subsidiary characters (Henry, Rosie, etc) are all back in full force. They're really a wonderful cavalcade of characters.

    The only thing which lets this book down only slightly is the fact that the fast pace lets up around the halfway mark, and isn't reached again. It's not quite as exciting as the first half, and returns to the normal Sue Grafton pace. (Not in itself a bad thing) it's just that after such an exciting first half, the second half seems a bit too slow.

    Nonetheless, great book. Exciting, intriguing, perfect plot. Best in the series. Wonderful fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Grafton's Best! Kinsey Solves Another Puzzle Yet
    I enjoyed this book very much and thought that it was one of Grafton's best.

    As a favor to her friend and landlord Henry, Kinsey agrees to solve a case involving Henry's buddy Johnny Lee who was deceased.
    The agreement was that Kinsey would solve it pro bono, being that it would be the most simple case to solve. Wrong! Instead, the case is much deeper than Kinsey ever thought possible, and curiosity getting the better of her, Kinsey goes all the way with it. Especially when she sees the house getting broken into, and two people escaping with a duffle bag, headed for the airport. Was it a duffle bag of stolen money? It had to be. Kinsey follows the crazy couple to the airport, and flys with them way across the US to see what they're up to.

    In the process, Kinsey gets herself into trouble and danger is ahead all the way. If she gets out of this one alive, it'll be a miracle!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe a 2.5
    This is my first Sue Grafton book. She is a good writer, very detailed-oriented. On the one hand, i found the minutia a bit tedious. On the other hand, i liked having everything spelled out. Mysteries are sometimes so convoluted i get lost after a couple of turns.
    That said, the book was alright, perfect light reading. I do have some problems as to the resolution of the whole story: why Kinsey held on to the end, why Gilbert came back unarmed, and so forth. Still, an OK read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Working vacation
    Kinsey is going to be in the wedding of her elderly landlord, Henry Pitts, so she decides to take a few days off from her job as a private investigator to help with wedding plans. Instead, Henry asks her to look into the case of one of his old friends, recently deceased, whose son tries to get help from the military to bury him. The family is told that there is no record of the man serving in the military, so they want Kinsey to find out the truth. She figures that this will be a simple matter, but of course, it's not. Her investigation leads her across the country following a woman with a mysterious duffle bag, which she feels may contain important evidence. Nothing is as it seems and Kinsey is soon embroiled with a couple of ex-cons, a young girl, and an eighty-five-year-old woman who is studying self-defense. This is a wild Kinsey Milhonne escapade with the usual interesting cast of characters. ... Read more

    10. Gravity : A Novel of Medical Suspense
    by Tess Gerritsen
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    Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 16253
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    A young NASA doctor must combat a lethal microbe that is multiplying in the deadliest of environments -- space -- in this acclaimed blockbuster of medical suspense from Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of Harvest, Life Support, and Bloodstream.


    Dr. Emma Watson has been training for the adventure of a lifetime: to study living beings in space. But her mission aboard the International Space Station turns into a nightmare beyond imagining when a culture of single-celled organisms begins to regenerate out of control -- and infects the space station crew with agonizing and deadly results. Emma struggles to contain the outbreak while back on Earth her estranged husband, Jack McCallum, works frantically with NASA to bring her home. But there will be no rescue. The contagion now threatens Earth's population, and the astronauts are stranded in orbit, quarantined aboard the station -- where they are dying one by one... ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Just try to defy 'Gravity'!
    I just happened to pick this book up because I loved the cover. It also happened to have a blurb by my favorite author, Stephen King, across the front and I quote, "She is better than Palmer, better than Cook...yes, even better than Crichton." That's a pretty high recommendation, so those 2 factors encouraged me to read this book and boy, does it live up to the potential! Emma Watson, a brilliant research physician, has been training for the mission of a lifetime: studying life in outer space. Emma's ex-husband, Jack McCallum, has also shared her dream of space travel, but a unforeseen medical condition leaves him grounded and very bitter. He must watch Emma take the chance of a lifetime and watch her go into space without him. Once Emma reaches the space station, however, things begin to go wrong. An experiment runs deadly, stranding Emma aboard the station with no way to get home without threatening the Earth's population. The rescue attempts have all but failed, and one by one the astronants are dying...what happens next will amaze you! This is a fabulous read, nice and easy, but yet, keeps you on the edge of your seat. After reading Gravity, I went back and read Tess Gerritsen's other books. You will too, and you won't be disappointed

    5-0 out of 5 stars The guys need to be reading this one!
    If you're a guy like me who likes to read Stephen Hunter or John Sandford or Michael Connelly, Baldacci is cool, Stephen King is still the king; liked Michael Crichton's AIRFRAME or SPHERE; maybe still hasn't given up on Clancy by the pound; maybe read some Michael Palmer or Robin Cook's COMA...but wouldn't read a book written by a WOMAN on a bet--c'mon guys, you know who you are--

    Well, it's time to rethink your thinking.

    The biggest problem you'll have with GRAVITY is that Doc Gerritsen's picture is on the inside back flap of the dust cover. And she's a petite, pretty woman with big dark eyes.

    This is one cool, hair-raising, blood-splattered, techno-packed, perfectly thought-provoking, deep sea to outer-space, technically-correct, stay-up-till-dawn read.

    You think you might see some "hairy-chested, bronzed muscled, quivering loins" sorta girl-book stuff?


    GRAVITY is as good a techno-thriller as has been written.

    You can't be seen reading a book by a woman? Gerritsen's tough-as-nails heroine Emma Watson would easily dismiss you: "You're all f**ked up!"

    Take a chance, guys. Sooner or later, you're gonna be a fan of Gerritsen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Virus from Space Threatens to Kill Us All
    Dr. Jack McCallum washed out of astronaut training because of kidney stones. However, his wife Emma stayed with the program. Though not divorced, they are not together. They keep finding excuses to put the divorce off.

    Emma is training for a mission to the ISS, the International Space Station, in the near future. Then because the wife of one of the astronauts up on the Station is in an accident, he has to come home, so Emma is tapped to replace him. All of a sudden she's going into space now.

    Meanwhile the ne'er-do-well brother of the director of the Houston Space Center is working on his own space plane, one that's much cheaper than the shuttle, however his first attempt ended in disaster and he needs a pilot for his second attempt.

    After Emma gets up on the station things start turning terrible. The lab mice start dying. Green blobs are floating around. Than the astronauts themselves start dying horrible deaths, worse than Ebola, and it appears to be highly contagious.

    Jack frantically tries to track down a cure before the disease attacks Emma, but even after he believes he's solved the riddle of what's killing our spacemen, no one will let him go up. Better to let them all die, the authorities say, rather than to risk the disease getting back to earth.

    So where was that cheapo space plane again?"

    This is a futuristic thriller that is pretty straightforward. You just know what's going to happen before it does, but that doesn't take away form this story one bit. There are plenty of thrills here, lots of suspense and some plain old grisly horror. Also this story is very different from anything Tess Gerritsen has done to date, but don't let that put you off, because this is one very good book. I couldn't put it down.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Medical Thriller at it's BEST
    I am an avid reader of Tess Gerritsen and absolutely love her writing style. My favorite book was, (up until now) Harvest. This book was an exciting change from her others as it takes place in space. Gravity gives you an inside look at Johnson Space Center in Houston, along with all of her great medical insight. I would recommed this title to anyone in search of a great medical thriller -- this one blew me away!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to stay up all night!
    Tess Gerritsen has become my favorite medical suspense writer. I agree with Stephen King that she is better than Michael Palmer, Robin Cook, and Michael Crichton. A retired internist, she brings a medical authenticity to her novels that I appreciate as a surgeon.

    After reading her first novel, Harvest, and then the more recent two, The Surgeon and The Apprentice, I backtracked to Gravity. It's placed a bit out of her usual setting in that it's set at NASA and in outer space on the International Space Station (ISS) and aboard the shuttle. Astronauts are getting infected with a novel organism and dying. Nefarious forces are at work to undermine NASA's control over the situation. Earth is at risk should the disease make it back down. There are heroes and villains (or at least people trying to do their jobs who make mistakes). Along the way, you learn a bit about what makes NASA, the astronauts, the ISS, and the shuttle tick. I cannot do justice to the suspense of the book. Suffice it to say that I bothered my wife a bit by my immersion in the book until I completed reading it.

    If you liked Crichton's Andromeda Strain and Cook's Outbreak, you'll really like Gerritsen's Gravity. I'm running, not walking, to get another novel of hers. ... Read more

    11. The Brethren
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    Asin: 0440236673
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-26)
    Publisher: Island Books
    Sales Rank: 12631
    Average Customer Review: 2.76 out of 5 stars
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    They call themselves The Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. One was sent up for tax evasion. Another, for skimming bingo profits. And the third, for a career-ending drunken joyride. Meeting daily in the prison law library, taking exercise walks in their boxer shorts, these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong.

    Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich--very fast. And so they sit, sprawled in the prison library, furiously writing letters, fine-tuning a wickedly brilliant extortion scam...while events outside their prison walls begin to erupt. A bizarre presidential election is holding the nation in its grips--and a powerful government figure is pulling some very hidden strings. For The Brethren, the timing couldn't be better. Because they've just found the perfect victim...
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Grisham let me down
    I have hardcover editions of every one of John Grisham's novels. He, Michael Connolly and Stephen Hunter are my three favorite novelists. However, with The Brethren, Mr. Grisham has really let me down. The book isn't about anything. Yes, there's a plot about three boring judges and their homophobic scam, and yes, there's a secondary plot about an obsessed government bureaucrat and a presidential candidate, but the story goes absolutely nowhere. The novel is badly in need of a strong protagonist. There's no true main character in the book, no person around whom the action centers. Mr. Grisham needs to remember that he's writing FICTION, so the sky's the limit. He is capable of creating interesting characters and solid plotlines, but The Brethren is boring and it seems to be a lonely book, sort of like being in jail. Call me greatly disappointed. Mr. Grisham needs to stop cranking them out and needs to really sit and think out his next story. When the next book arrives, I will think long and hard about buying it, and I will not buy it until I've read a lot of reviews of it, something I've never had to do in the past when it comes to Mr. Grisham's work.

    4-0 out of 5 stars classic grisham
    Grisham has once again written a masterpiece, yet without clearly identifying a main protagonist. The story constantly changes the central character but still manages to advance the plot as is needed. Unfold an interesting tale of criminality or evil doings that moves at a quick pace and never gets boring is what Grisham does best. In his latest novel, Grisham brings a modern factor into his storytelling. He shows the endlessly repeated image of gay men reduced to quivering jelly at the threat of exposure that is hard for the average reader to identify with. While most of the characters aren't likable they aren't unlikable either. The interesting part of the book is watching the interactions between the characters. While some books are filled with action and sudden plot twists this book is more subtle and always leaves open many different plot paths to hold your interest. The influence of money and company interests, the manipulation of the people by media are all factors that Grisham has gone to again and again in almost all of his books. This book is unique in that it follows two apparently different stories until they predictably meet in the middle. This another example of Grisham's classic writing style which still turns out page turners.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read
    This is your typical Grisham book, entertaining.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book
    I got stuck on a couple of Grisham's books and was unable to finish them (the rainmaker and one other i can't remember the name of), but this one was good. not really like the other recent books, i liked how many people were tied into the plot who seemingly had nothing to do with one another. there was no love interest, but that was okay.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The world is a big plot of the CIA
    John Grisham leads us into some political fiction about a presidential election in the US that is entirely rigged by the CIA. This is a very banal idea that many authors have worked upon over several decades now. Everything that happens in the US and in the world comes from the CIA. The CIA is the real and only ruler of the world. Note the boss of this plotting organization is an old man in a wheel chair. Physically impotent, yet he is the brain of all plots, events, and violence in the world. The first idea here is that finally that clandestine king that rules the CIA wants to have a President that would be their real toy, a man that they would have done, made, produced, crowned, through popular vote manipulated by some guided violence in the world. The second idea is that the only winning motto in the US is war, violence, security, the desire to be safe at home, and to control the world in order to be safe at home. The world is dangerous and the US, Americans are the prime target of all those in the world who want a share of power. Hence the only policy can be to double the budget of the Pentagon to have the best defense and weapons in the world. That is a little simple, even simple-minded. But that was acceptable in 2000 when the book came out. Today we would have our doubts because we have found out that the best weapons are nothing against the will of masses of people to counteract and to resist, if these people are ready not to count casualties on their side : they are numerous enough to cause damage, to create havoc, and yet to find more volunteers to go on with the sea of such a popular, massive guerrilla warfare. The last idea, and the thrilling plot of this novel is a scam against gay people organized by three judges (from all levels of justice) operating from a prison. It is easy. It is effective. It can bring in a lot of money, especially when they manage to trap the CIA-made candidate in their net. The whole book is about how they negociate the obstacle that becomes at once a great asset in their scam. And they do that very effectively. An entertaining book in a not so entertaining world. But also a frightening book in a very frightening world.

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    12. P Is for Peril
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    Catlog: Book (2002-05)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 29413
    Average Customer Review: 3.27 out of 5 stars
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    Kinsey Millhone never sees it coming. She is mired in the case of a doctor who disappeared, his angry ex-wife, and beautiful current one–a case that is full of unfinished business, unfinished homes, and people drifting in and out of their own lives. Then Kinsey gets a shock. A man she finds attractive is hiding a fatal secret–and now a whole lot of beauty, money, and lies are proving to be a fatal distraction from what Kinsey should have seen all along: a killer standing right before her eyes. . . . ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A return to high quality
    I began following the adventures of Kinsey Millhone when _A Is for Alibi_ came out in 1982 and I've stuck with the series ever since. I'm not generally a fan of procedurals, but I make an exception for Grafton. By now, Kinsey is a fully realized personality -- as are her landlord, the octogenarian Henry, Rosie the Hungarian tavernkeeper, her acquaintances on the police force, and all the other repeating characters. This time, she has to unravel another missing persons case, the subject of the investigation being a prominent doctor (on his second wife, but she's been hired by the first wife) who seems to have been involved in a Medicare scam. And just to keep things interesting, there's a secondary plot involving two brothers from whom Kinsey is considering renting new office space -- which leads to a couple of fairly unnerving scenes. The plot develops logically and Grafton is adept at letting you (and Kinsey) stray off on dead-end paths. Nothing important was telegraphed -- not to me, anyway. My only real complaint is probably picky (except that I'm an editor, so it doesn't seem picky to me), and that's the poor job of editing from which the last few books in the series have suffered. For instance, though one of the supporting characters is named Harvey Broadus, when Kinsey finally meets him, he introduces himself as "Harry" Broadus. And the rear entrance to a building is consistently spelled as one word, "backdoor." Very sloppy. But I'll forgive that for a really good story. Along about the middle of the alphabet, though, Grafton seemed to flag. "L," "M," and "N," were pretty mediocre; in one of those, she used the verb "to tuck" about once every three pages, making me want to scream every time I read it. They also showed a lot of laziness in the research. (She obviously had never personally bothered to check out the area around Dallas!) So I was beginning to worry that the series might never be completed. But "O" was a great improvement, and I'm happy to say that "P" is the best one yet.

    4-0 out of 5 stars P is for perfect summer reading
    This is the best Grafton mystery in several years. It is a "two-fer" in which the doughty PI, Kelsey Millhone, gets involved with two cases simultaneously in monsoon-struck Santa Theresa/Santa Barbara. The first case is a search for Dr Purcell, the missing physcian/administrator of a nursing home. The second involves missing jewels from a murder/robbery in Texas. There are so many plot twists that this reader utterly failed to solve the "whodunit" aspect of the book.

    Kelsey is supported by her usual cast of friends: her 86 year-old landlord Henry, his older brother, William. who is married to the Hungarian tyrant of Rosie's Tavern, and lawyer Lonnie Kingman. One of Kelsey's former lovers, Jonah Robb, who is now head of Santa Theresa's homicide unit also plays a role in "P is for Peril".

    It is the new characters -- mostly women -- that make this Grafton book special. Fiona Purcell, Art Deco decorator, hires Kelsey to find her vanished ex-husband, but seems equally interested in digging up dirt about his current wife, Crystal. Crystal is a former Las Vegas stripper with a troubled teen-age daughter, Leila, (born out of wedlock) and a baby son born to Dr. Purcell. Bright, tough Mariah Talbot arrives from Texas to enmesh Kelsey in the attempt to locate some missing jewelry. Anica Blackburn is the guidance counselor at the Malibu boarding school where Leila is incarcerated. The only person Leila seems to relate to is her Santa Theresa street pal, Pauline. All six women are strong personalities, vividly drawn, that engage the reader's emotions in one way or another. For contrast there is handsome Tommy Hevener, co-owner of the new office Kelsey has leased, who has designs to make their relationship more intimate.

    The only fault I have to find with this book -- and it is one shared by most contemporary mystery novels -- is that Grafton feels compelled to put Kelsey in mortal danger at the end of the story. The "Cheap Thrills" ending has become a cliche in the mystery genre. "If it's good enough for Dick Francis, it's good enough for me", seems to be the prevailing notion. Classic mystery writers, even the hard-boiled ones like Chandler and Ross MacDonald, devised climaxes to their stories that did not necessarily involve the imminent death and dismemberment of their investigators in the final chapter. At least Grafton has made risk-taking an integral part of Kelsey Millhone's character.

    2-0 out of 5 stars No Peril in "P is For Peril" by Sue Grafton
    There is very little peril except for the reader who might fall asleep from sheer boredom. Instead, this slow, boring book should have been titled as "P is for Poor."

    Dr Dowan Purcell has been missing for weeks when Kinsey receives a call from his ex-wife Fiona. Fiona, a potentially difficult client at best, is sure the good doctor ran away from his current wife Crystal. Fiona is convinced that she drove him away and that he eventually would have come back to her. Instead, to avoid the evil clutches of Crystal, the Doctor has skipped to Central America or maybe even Europe. Fiona is abusive and condescending and still Kinsey agrees to take the case.

    She then sets out on a tedious and detailed canvass of everyone and anyone that ever knew Dr. Purcell. She starts with his current wife Crystal who is convinced now that nine weeks have passed, that he is dead. She seems accepting of the possibility and has her hands full with her out of control daughter, Leila. Leila does not break new ground and like all the other characters in this novel, comes right out of character maker software. Leila is a classic out of control teenager. If you have ever seen any talk television or were unlucky to have a punk in your neighborhood, this is Leila. She hates her life and everything she has and spends the novel whining and rebelling. This allows the reader to meet the biological father as well as the other characters that populate Leila's world.

    Along the way, as she investigates the doctor and the nursing home where Dr. Purcell was a glorified administrator, Kinsey manages to get herself into a conflict between brothers. After renting out office space from them, she finds out that they probably killed their parents and fled from Texas with ill-gotten gains. Unlike the notorious Menendez brothers, these two seem to have gotten away with it until now.

    With stereotypical characters, plodding action, and a weak story that just does not move for much of this 352-page novel, this offering is a real disappointment.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
    Sue Grafton's series is my favorite addiction! Her stories are exciting and her characters are very real. It's evident she is an observant people watcher.

    Because I love her series so much, I decided to start one of my own. Under False Pretense is the first and I am presently working on my second book. I can understand why Sue enjoys Kinsey so much. You get to know so much about the characters they become a part of you. I love spending time with Samantha Parker as much as the many hours I've spent and continue to spend with Kinsey. I'll miss her after Z.

    Maria Pease

    4-0 out of 5 stars Art Deco
    Dr. Purcell has been missing for nine weeks. Kinsey Millhone had followed the disappearance in the newspapers and then his former wife sought her services. He was the director of a care facility. The client collects art deco.

    Sue Grafton's character is an effective protoganist. She represents good in the war waged in genre fiction of good against evil. She is refreshing, not rule bound, considerate of others, her elderly neighbors for example, and seeks to cut through the noisy insincerities of social intercourse to reach the truth. She is a sort of Western star, a loner, she explains, in female garb. Her roughness is meant to be endering and one has to admit that Grafton is successful.

    Kinsey Millhone is looking for a new office. Kinsey discovers the nursing home was under investigation when Dow Purcell disappeared. The investigation was being conducted by HCFA on medicare billing. An associate wondered if the missing man could handle the loss of face in the event of prosecution. Dow may have been a good practitioner and an incompetent adminstrator. A former employee certainly held such a view of the situation.

    In the midst of the investigation into his disappearance, which at least from a reader's perspective finally seems to be going somewhere, Kinsey learns of questionable conduct on the part of her prospective landlords. She does not know if she is inclined to use her investigative skills to discover their crimes to help an insurance company, but at a minimum decides to back out of the rental. She continues to have a contentious relationship with her client and feels that spending time on the case in order to justify the retainer accepted is a form of indentured servitude.

    Kinsey locates the dead man's car in water. The most interesting parts of the story are the medicare fraud strand. The villians portrayed are pretty convincing. Peril is a good word for the position of the characters in this yarn. Under the circumstances Kinsey Millhone would be a good person to know. The book is a nice job of writing. ... Read more

    13. "O" Is for Outlaw
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    Asin: 0449003787
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-02)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 14664
    Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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    Read by Judy Kaye
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    The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction.The weekend before, he'd bought a stack of cardboard boxes.In one, there was a collection of childhood memorabilia with Kinsey's name all over it.

    Though she's never been one for personal possessions, curiousity is a power force.What she finds among the items is an old undelivered letter to her that will force her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of her first marriage...about the honor of her first husband...and about an unsolved murder.It will put her life in the gravest peril.

    Through fourteen books, listeners have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past:a morsel here, a dollop there.We know about the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast.But husband number one has remained a blip on the screen.Until now."O" Is for Outlaw:a revealing excursion into Kindey's past.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars You Could Lose Your Head Over This One!
    "O" Is for Outlaw was my introduction to Sue Grafton and the Kinsey Millhone series. The PBS interview with Grafton made me curious; and the dollar deal at the garage sale was an offer I couldn't refuse. I enjoyed the detective who is very well drawn, not a perfect person, but one who tries. The supporting characters including Cordia, the ex-husband's eccentric landlady, and Dorothy, the reincarnated cat, add spice to the events. Each chapter lets us in on a little more of the unfolding mystery and made me want to read 3 chapters at a time when I should have turned out the light and gone to sleep after 1. Even Mickey who we never meet comes through as a clearly-experienced personality from the description. The ending was startling. I wasn't expecting quite the level of violence. It was thrilling. It was certainly something one could could lose their head over! This was a fast, fun read. I think you'll enjoy it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Consistent Grafton
    Like many of the people here I've also read this whole series. I think Kinsey Millhone is my favorite among all of the female PI's that abound today and I find that Ms. Grafton is consistent in her portrayal from book to book. "O" is no exception to that.

    There were many things I liked about this book. The way it begins with Kinsey breaking into someone's house because she won't pay $10 for information is funny. Kinsey's outlook is just a little off-center and I find that amusing. So, I liked the book. However, after saying all of that I was disappointed in the ending. I hate it when the protagonist does something dumb just to advance the plot. I don't want to ruin the ending for anyone who hasn't read it yet, however, if you're being pursued by someone who has a gun and you're pretty sure this person means to harm you would you drive right past not one, but TWO Santa Teresa deputy cars and the LAPD detectives who are backing you up? I don't think so. This was clearly designed to end the book in a certain way at a certain place but it was done in an unbelievable way. With all of Ms. Grafton's expertise this surprised me. Good book anyway. Kinsey Millhone is head and shoulders above her other sisters in crime.

    4-0 out of 5 stars V is for Very Good!
    I really enjoyed this book. I've read other/most of the alphabet series by Sue Grafton and this is one of the best. Kinsey is such a realitic character and the humor wrapped in and around the mystery is a treat.

    One criticism I have is that many of the characters are so similar, plus we have a lot of fathers and sons with the same last name, so it can be confusing to keep it all straight.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kinsey Never Gives Up
    Private Detective Kinsey Milhone gets a phone call from Teddy Rich, a scavenger who buys the contents of defaulted storage units and then resells them. He's found documents containing her name and she buys them.

    The storage locker belonged to her first husband, a cop named Mickey Magruder. She'd left him fourteen years earlier, when he asked her to lie and alibi him. She did, even though it was a murder case and Mickey looked good for the crime. She always believed him guilty, but a letter she finds in the stuff she got from Rich proves he was with another woman at the time of the victim's death.

    Now she wonders if she'd been a little more supportive, believed in Mickey, maybe things might have worked out differently. She also wonders why he couldn't pay for his storage locker and she sets out to find out.

    By the time she finds him, he's been shot, is unconscious and under police protection in a Los Angeles hospital. She is initially eager to cooperate with the LAPD, but changes her mind when she finds out they're acting like she is the prime suspect.

    So while Mickey remains unconscious, she eludes the LAPD and investigates her ex's life, uncovering evidence of multiple false identities and a strange alliance with the son of an old police buddy in Santa Teresa. She also makes some disturbing discoveries about her ex-husband's women, current and long past and she even learns a little something about herself.

    As usual when Kinsey gets her teeth into a problem, she refuses to let go. Her bulldog-like pursuit takes her into ever increasing danger. The pacing increases exponentially, like a runaway train, and you find yourself reading well into the night. It's hard to believe how Sue Grafton can keep up the suspense after so many books, but somehow she does, somehow the stories just keep getting better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I am still not tired of Kinsey
    It's pretty hard to keep a series going this long without readers saying yeah, yeah, yeah, enough already. Not so with Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone. She's got enough quirks, character flaws, secrets, and depth of character to probably keep me interested right up to Z is for Whatever Grafton comes up with.
    In O Is for Outlaw, Kinsey gets re-involved with ex-spouse Mickey Magruder and exposes some details of her past marriage, which will delight regular readers who pant for the newest addition to the series. This one gets tricky, switching back and forth between past and present, as Kinsey stumbles on some memorabilia that provides him with an alibi for an incident that let to Kinsey leaving him in the first place. Then, bingo, Mickey gets shot and is lying in a coma, and Kinsey investigates the shooting, which leads to all sorts of complications.
    I do believe this is my favorite so far. ... Read more

    14. The Rainmaker
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    Asin: 044022165X
    Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
    Publisher: Dell
    Sales Rank: 9806
    Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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    Rudy Baylor, a new law school graduate, once dreamed of the good life as a corporate attorney.Now he faces joblessness and bankruptcy--unless he can win an insurance case against a heavyweight team of lawyers, a case that starts small but mushrooms into a frightening war of nerve and legal skill that could cost Rudy not only his future, but also his life. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars One of Grisham's better novels. A funny look at the law.
    "The Rainmaker" is one of Grisham's better novels ("The Firm" still remains my favorite by Grisham). It is the story of a young law student-then lawyer who is trying to make it in the legal profession; specifically, in the world of small-time civil litigation. Young Rudy Baylor lucks into a fairly big-time case, and the fun begins.

    Grisham gives us a cynical, funny, and mostly authentic look at the law. Oh, there are a few flaws. I doubt many judges would ever favor one side as much as the judge did in this novel, although I suppose such things happen (I've seen it once.) But overall, Grisham gives the reader a more or less accurate look at the world of civil litigation. This give the novel a gritty sense of realism that carries the reader through what is mostly an excellent read. There are some hilarious pieces to the story--I love that "paralawyer" guy. And Grisham's cynical portrayal of big firm lawyers hits the mark. This is a very funny book.

    One of Grisham's better ones. By the way, the novel is quite a bit better than the movie.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Humorous, engaging, and realistic
    I thoroughly enjoyed Rainmaker. It was on the few Grisham novels that I had yet to read and after the disappointing Summons I wasn't excited about reading another Grisham novel. However, once I began I just could NOT put it down. I went everywhere with the book as I was reading it. I just couldn't get away from it for more than a few of my waking hours. Why? Well, I'm glad you asked. First of all, the most pleasantly surprising thing about the book is its humor. It's a mix of sarcasm and wit. I just loved his characterization of the Defense and their actions. In one courtroom scene all eyes turn toward one of the corporate baddies after a wrenching testimony places blame on them. Grisham paints his reaction along the lines of "Suddenly, his shoelaces became the center of his life." I couldn't stop laughing after reading that. The book is full of these quips.

    Secondly, the book won me over in how Rudy is portrayed. I felt really really sorry for the kid. All the things that could of gone wrong, did after Law School. However, he was a moral, bright, and hard working kid that was fortunate enough to come across the Black case. I loved his character arc.

    Finally, the coutroom drama was riveting. The legalese was palatable and believable and it showed Grisham's amount of research into the material. I loved the fact that he didn't make it too easy for Rudy. Drummond did have some minor wins with the jury.

    Overall I'd give this film a 5/5. I can't say there weren't any negatives(insufficient explanation of the fire/death, unrealistic assistance by the Judge) but they didn't take away from what is one of Grisham's top two novels.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with ending
    This book has a superb plot and very interesting characters that are colorfully described by the author. It is fast moving and keeps the reader interested at all times until the ending. Frankly, it fell flat there. However, it is worth the read and I recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Rainmaker
    Rudy Baylor couldn't buy a job when he graduated from law school. He eventually gets a job but the guy who hired him tries to still his case that is worth millions. The night he gets fired that office gets torched and he is the one blamed. His friend then gives him a job with one of his friends. But his boss is in trouble with the law to so he and a friend of his from the office get their own firm and work on that one case.
    Through the Rainmaker John Grisham keeps the story going so you can never put the book down. One other thing I like is how Grisham kind of makes you feel bad for the kid in Rudy Baylor's main case. He is diagnosed with cancer and you don't know what to think. Grisham describes the details of his cancer very well.
    John Grisham makes the Rainmaker very witty, and is always gaining a new story to keep you along.
    In my opinion this is one of the greatest books that he has written. I like how The Rainmaker is always gaining a new story so you want to finish that one small story to get to the biggest story.

    4-0 out of 5 stars No objections, Your Honor!
    Quite like a few of John Grisham's novels but feel this is by some way his best. Not sure quite why. Enjoy the first-person narrative, which is self-deprecating and funny. Also like the romance with the battered woman, the other characters in the legal practice, as well as the general atmosphere of Memphis. I think above all the characters are quite three-dimensional, which I don't always find with Grisham's books. ... Read more

    15. The Chamber
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    Asin: 0440220602
    Catlog: Book (1995-05-01)
    Publisher: Dell
    Sales Rank: 17172
    Average Customer Review: 3.61 out of 5 stars
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    "The decision to bomb the office of the radical Jew lawyer was reached with relative ease." So begins Grisham's legal leviathan The Chamber, a 676-page tome that scrutinizes the death penalty and all of its nuances--from racially motivated murder to the cruel and unusual effects of a malfunctioning gas chamber.

    Adam Hall is a 26-year-old attorney, fresh out of law school and working at the best firm in Chicago. He might have been humming Timbuk 3's big hit, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," if it wasn't for his psychotic Southern grandfather, Sam Cayhall. Cayhall, a card-carrying member of the KKK, is on death row for killing two men. Knowing his uncle will surely die without his legal expertise, Hall comes to the rescue and puts his dazzling career at stake, while digging up a barnyard of skeletons from his family's past. Grisham fans expecting the typical action-packed plot should ready themselves for a slower pace, well-fleshed-out characters, and heavy doses of sentimentalism. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Chamber
    The Chamber: Adam Hall is a Chicago attorney who takes on a case that could destroy his life. His racist grandfather Sam Cayhall is sitting on death row for the fatal bombing of an office building in the 1960's that paralysed a man and killed his two children. Adam senses there is more to the story and while the nation waits for his execution, Adam tries to uncover the truth with the help of many people including his own aunt who at first wants nothing to do with him or Sam, but she eventually begins to sense a need for closure and so she begins to talk of life with a father like Sam. As he gets closer to the truth he puts his life on the line. Grisham has tackled racism before, but never quite like this. Here we have a character that isn't sorry for what happened all those years ago. Making the main character someone that we cannot like makes it hard to have to read material like this, but Grisham makes the novel work and doesn't become to preachy. The only problem is that the book is really long and I think that the books content could have been trimmed. Besides that it is still another sure fire hit from the master writer.

    Grisham, in his usual fasion. has woven together a story that, although predictable, is emotionally drenching and entertaining. It is true that all of Grisham's main characters are essentially the same person ( I've read all his works ) and that his plots are somewhat similar, although I really don't see this as a negative. His subtle humor and clever cynicism make Grisham enjoyable almost regardless of the plot. In this story, there is no need to feel sorry for Sam to like the book. I like the death penalty and despise people like Sam Cayhall and believe that death is too good for them, and I don't think that Grisham necessarily defends Sam in the book either. Regardless of your feelings on the death penalty, the book is an emotional thriller, and Grisham's portrayal of Nungent and his gang as morons merely increases his ability to work humor into the book, rather than turning the book into a political forum. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for people who have read Grisham and appreciate his humor.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and moving
    A friend of mine lent this to me saying it's the best book he's ever read. I can see why some people would think this.
    After just finishing The Chamber my first thoughts are that it was compulsive read but also that the ending left me feeling a little flat. It was fast paced, and at times moving (re the lynching photo and Halls thoughts about it). You're left feeling how awful it is to spend years on death row but...the alternatives are never gone into in depth-there is only so much one can do with this I suppose, especially if the authors trying to entertain as well as enlighten. It reminded me of Dead Man Walking where it took the murderers pending death, moments away, for him to be truly repentant. Like that movie The Chamber inspires sympathy and forgiveness for the main characters and shows that people can change. I got a little disinterested in all the legal procedures and ended up trying to flip through these paragraphs to concentrate on the plot and emotion. There were some loose ends but you can't often squeeze life into a perfect little package.
    I was very happy with the lack of romantic interest to slow the pace down (Grisham uses an alcoholic Aunt for this) at key moments. And happy that I didn't feel preached to by the author. Even now I'm not sure how strongly, if at all, Grisham is anti execution. He certainly didn't hold back on Cayhalls crimes.
    All in all a very good book. Very different to my normal fare and one I would strongly recommend.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book on death penalty
    I think this book has portrayed fairly well on the position against the death penalty. It made more powerful argument than, I'd say, Life of David Gail. It has a more realistic ending as opposed to an happy ending of the most novels. The issue is between forgiveness as justice. Are we supposed to forgive even the worst of the mankind? Is death penalty justified for a cruel bloodthirst racist? The author is toward forgiveness in the novel. Anyways it was a book that makes you look at the other side of the coin if you're for the death penalty, and I strongly advise you to read it and give a second thought on death penalty if you support it. (That would probably include most of our politicians.)

    4-0 out of 5 stars My Review on the Chamber
    The Chamber by John Grishman was an okay book. The good points of the book were the details, the legal "terms", and the realistic quality. The only downside of the book, to me, was how long it was. I felt that the story was carried out a bit more then needed. Overall, this book is decent. This book is for anyone who is interested in law, controversy, drama, and debatable topics. I also recommend this book to anyone who can stand to read 676 pages or more of John Grishman's writing. ... Read more

    16. Life Support
    by Tess Gerritsen
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    Asin: 0671553046
    Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 11237
    Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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    New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen weaves authenticity into another novel of searing medical suspense, as a dedicated woman doctor probes into the cause of a mystifying and lethal outbreak.

    The quiet overnight shift at Springer Hospital ER suits Dr. Toby Harper just fine -- until she admits a man in critical condition from a possible viral infection of the brain. The delirious man barely responds to treatment -- and then disappears without a trace. Before Toby can find him, a second case occurs, revealing a terrifying fact: the virus can only be spread through direct tissue exchange. Following a trail of death that winds from a pregnant sixteen-year-old prostitute to her own home, Toby discovers the unthinkable: the epidemic didn't just happen -- someone let it loose.... ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Certified Page Turner
    Tess Gerritsen has done it again...she has managed to make me lose track of an entire day...and not reget it for a moment.
    I have read some of her other books, and since I am a student in the medical profession, I like reading them based on her medical background. But thats not the only reason...the woman can plot a book with the best of them and ratchet up the tesnion level like no other.
    Toby, an ER doctor sees something strange come into the emergency room while on shift, but the patient leaves the hospital, and Toby is blackballed at every turn by those who hold higher positions than she does.
    The story of this mysterious disease in one steeped in money, wicked doctors, stolen babies and hidden truths. As each layer of the mystery is peeled back further and further, Toby loses those that are most dear to her. Will her fears win the day, or will the quest for truth and accountability be the ultimate victor?
    When this book reaches its conclusion, you will be left with a breathless feeling of relief, but hungering for more of Ms. Gerritsen's novels. Certainly one of the best I have read in a long while.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Life Support is a fast-paced medical mystery
    Tess Gerritsen doesn't fall victim to the sophomore slump with her second medical thriller, Life Support. A peaceful evening in the ER is broken by the arrival of a delirious elderly man. Dr. Toby Harper does her best to treat the patient, but he mysteriously disappears from the hospital when left unattended. Toby searches for her lost patient and tries to determine the cause of his behavior when another patient with similar symptoms dies under her care. Her concern is deepened when the cause of the patient's death is determined to be Creutzfeldt- Jakob, or mad cow disease. Following this disclosure, Toby is beset by personal tragedies as someone is trying to prevent her from discovering the evil truth and unthinkable research responsible for this outbreak.

    Life Support is a fast-paced medical mystery full of intrigue and suspense. The plot-driven story grabs the reader and never lets go. I couldn't put this book down. Gerritsen effectively uses medical terminology that's not over the average reader's

    4-0 out of 5 stars Held my attention from beginning to end
    I am reviewing this book in its ABRIDGED format of only two tapes.

    This abridged recording begins when an underage prostitute is delivered to her client. She's immediately put off by the sleazy location but plays along entering a white walled room filled only with a bright light and what appears to be a doctor's examination table. She hops up on the table as instructed but is soon sucking in noxious fumes and knocked unconscious . . .

    Next we meet Dr. Toby Harper who works the graveyard shift in the emergency room. One night an old man appears in the ER with no apparent illness besides a penchant for stripping off his clothes in public and a bit of disorientation. As Toby goes about examining him his leg starts to twitch. She's called out on another call and when she returns he has disappeared and Toby is held responsible. Soon another old man arrives (who was, coincidentally, living in the same fancy retirement community as the first mystery man) with similar symptoms but this man dies. Toby is suspicious, orders an autopsy and does some snooping around on her own when she is met with unreasonable resistance to her questions. It seems that some experimentation with prolonging life has been going on at the retirement home with frightening side effects. When Toby eventually discovers a bit of what has been going on her own life becomes endangered.

    This was an interesting medical thriller with an engaging protagonist but once Tape 2 begins the abridgement becomes very apparent. Events begin to happen fast and furiously and characterization is minimal. For the most part, the cuts necessary for this abridgement are smooth but I did find myself left a bit confused on more than one occasion and would've loved to have gotten to know all of the players a bit better. If I stumble across an uncut version of "Life Support" I'll definitely check it out to read all that I missed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Belivable medical thriller
    Dr. Toby Harper has a lot on her plate. She works the twelve-hour overnight shift in the Emergency Room, and at home, she takes care of her elderly mother who has Alzheimer's. When a patient is brought into Toby's hospital in the middle of the night, delirious and confused, she's stumped as to what he may be suffering from. His immediate medical tests are clear, and his family knows nothing of any former medical history that may have led up to this. Then things get even more complicated. The patient disappears right off the table, even though he's been strapped down.

    In an effort to get to the bottom of things, Toby starts investigating a nearby retirement home for the wealthy. With the help of Dr. Robbie Brace who works at the Brant Hill retirement center, Toby slowly starts uncovering clues that finally begin to point her in the right direction. At the same time, Toby's career is in danger as she's being blamed for letting the patient disappear, and her home life is quickly collapsing around her as her mother's nurse quits and she's forced to hire someone else on short notice.

    Toby Harper makes a wonderful heroine in LIFE SUPPORT. She's strong and intelligent, and yet she's also very vulnerable and incredibly loyal to her mother. Though it means basically giving up her privacy and her social life, Toby would rather have her mother continue living with her than consider putting her in a nursing home. The secondary characters are also wonderfully three dimensional and interesting, from Robbie Brace, the black doctor among the elitist white staff at Brant Hill, to Molly Picker, the sixteen year old prostitute who wants nothing more than to get off the streets and go home, even though her parents want nothing to do with her.

    A fully believable, beautifully crafted novel, LIFE SUPPORT is a must-read for fans of medical thrillers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good medical thriller
    If you enjoy medical thrillers, then you should like this book. Dr. Toby Harper works the ER night shift and admits a patient who is delirious and has tremors that are uncontrollable. She is interrupted by another emergency and when she returns to her patient he is gone. Then other patients turn up with similar symptoms and deaths and Toby is worried there is an epidemic starting, but when she tries to investigate, she is blocked, and then problems at home arise with the health of her mother who has alzheimers disease. It looks like her mother was being poisened. She is put on the police's suspect list. Keeps you interested till the end. ... Read more

    17. J Is for Judgment
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    Asin: 0449221482
    Catlog: Book (1994-04-02)
    Publisher: Fawcett
    Sales Rank: 15949
    Average Customer Review: 3.61 out of 5 stars
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    "Ms. Grafton writes a smart story and wraps it up with a wry twist."
    Wendell Jaffe has been dead for five years--until his former insurance agent spots him in a dusty resort bar. Now California Fidelity wants Kinsey Millhone to track down the dead man. Just two months before, his widow collected on Jaffe's $500,000 life insurance policy--her only legacy since Jaffe went overboard, bankrupt and about to be indicted for his fraudulent real estate schemes. As Kinsey pushes deeper into the mystery surrounding Wendell Jaffe's pseudocide, she explores her own past, discovering that in family matters, as in crime, sometimes it's better to reserve judgment....
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Missing person
    Wendell Jaffe swindled a lot of people out of money and then conveniently disappeared from his boat. The verdict was suicide, but the insurance company that had sold him a half-million dollar insurance policy is not convinced. When 5 years passed, the company was forced to pay the premium to Jaffe's wife. Two months later, a man looking very much like Jaffe is spotted in Mexico. The insurance company hires private investigator Kinsey Millhone to investigate and she does spot a man who appears to be Jaffe, along with his girlfriend Renata. They escape Kinsey's surveillance and she returns to California. Jaffe's son Brian is in big trouble with the police and Kinsey concludes that Jaffe will return to help his son. As she continues her investigation she becomes acquainted with Jaffe's supposed widow and his two troubled sons. She also comes in contact with some of her long-lost family, and agonizes over whether she wants to establish a relationship with them, and open up old wounds. Sue Grafton can be relied on to provide a good read, and this book, although not the best in the series, is no exception.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Where is Wendall Jaffe? Did He Fake His Own Death?
    Kinsey Millhone has to solve the case of what happened to Wendall Jaffe. Did he fake his own death in order to defraud the
    insurance company? Kinsey spends most of the book trying to put the clues together and runs into trouble along her way.

    I enjoyed the book and found it a good read, though not as good as some of the others in this series.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "J" is for Judgment and Jaffe
    "Wendell Jaffe is about six four, weight maybe 230. He's in his late 50's, but is in good shape," for a dead guy. Around this man and his infamous disappearing acts, Sue Grafton opens the files to a once closed case about money fraud and alleged suicides. Narrator, Kinsey Milhone, along with the Jaffe family paves the way for this suspense filled and invigorating novel. Through Grafton's use of setting, characterization, language and plot she ties this story into a well-written piece of literature. For any aspiring investigator or just a fan of a good mystery, this book along with the rest of the Grafton alphabet series would be appropriate.
    Kinsey, ex-California Fidelity Insurance Agency employee, just received a call to open a case from about five years before involving millions of dollars said to be stolen. The suspect's, Jaffe, boat was found off the Californian coast with a suicide note alongside soon after the news of his business' failure. Kinsey immediately launches a tracking excursion and follows him to Mexico. While there, they receive news of Jaffe's youngest boy being arrested and charged with murder. Suddenly, Jaffe disappears, yet again. While Jaffe runs from the cops and searches for the love of his family left behind, Kinsey gets involved with a little family exploration as well.
    To get the full affect, go back in time about ten years ago. Take a trip west to the southern part of California and there Ms. Milhone and the Jaffe family's story will take place. Grafton uses so much descriptive language that one feels they are surfing the waves as Kinsey "...drives down Highway 10 with the salty air from the ocean rushing by." In everything Grafton masters imagery, by telling just enough and then letting each imagination complete the picture as it sees fit.
    Just as well as Grafton uses the setting to draw the reader into this realistic, yet make-believe world, she takes the reader into Kinsey's head as well. Throughout the story, Kinsey is the omniscient narrator and therefore can only tell us x-number of details. However each character has been used accordingly and created purposefully for every detail in the book. Characters bring not only their actions, but their individual lives and stories to help devise this mystery of love, lose, and revenge.
    Each specific character is a unique individual as well as there dialogue should be, too. Grafton uses very likely and everyday language for each specific character and circumstance. Since they live in southern California, quite close to Mexico, Kinsey enrolls in a Spanish class to help further her knowledge of the language and it actually helps her to gain information about the Jaffe case while in Mexico. Another instance, the Jaffe boys receive news of their fathers doings and are outraged. As young adults growing up in this era, both express some extreme and foul language to show their emotions.
    Since the main purpose, stereotypically, of a mystery should represent suspense and misleading, Grafton does not leave anything out. She does an excellent job of keeping the book snappy and going, making each chapter significant and exposing new evidence or yet another twist. She tends to lead you to believe one thing, letting the imagination soar, and then veers off course with new facts that turn the whole lot around. The conflicts seem to be mostly external are and easy to pick out. The dénouement and resolution do not appear until the end, making it harder and harder to wait for those last unraveling details.
    Putting this all, the setting, characterization, language, and plot, plus everything not mentioned composes quite the tale. With Kinsey's high spirits and Jaffe's well-known disappearing acts, this book is full of apprehension and a shocking ending. Kinsey said, "Put me close to an interesting proposition and my pulse accelerates," and for readers, that is captured.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good mystery, and well-written
    A good story, and a lasting character in Kinsey Millhone. I think I liked this story because the first person female narrative is so refreshingly different than my regular staples -- Clancy, Demille, Leonard, Crichton, John D. MacDonald...Although I should say that I have some pretty wide-ranging tastes in reading, and I doubt fellow members of the Clancy/DeMille fan club would be engaged by Kinsey's stories. The perspective tends to have a very 'Lifetime Television' feel to it, and that's not for everybody.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "J" IS FOR JUDGMENT
    Sue Grafton is amazing in this book. With her writing she is able to take a woman and show how strong, independant, strong-willed, and driven she is in her activities. It all begins with the thought of a man trying to claim bankruptcy for his old company, yet someone sees him in Mexico five years prior to the bankruptcy claim. Her job is to investigate and see if it is really him, how he is able to hide from the insurance and police, as well as what his intentions are.
    As Mrs. Grafton takes us through the trials and tribulations of Kinsey Millhone (the private investigator) and her search for Wendell Jaffe we are drawn further into the story. Sue Grafton's work is very strong in her ways of describing characters or scenes to the point that it gives the characters or scene their personality and appeals. ... Read more

    18. M Is for Malice
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    Asin: 0449223604
    Catlog: Book (1997-11-26)
    Publisher: Fawcett
    Sales Rank: 29668
    Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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    "There are few writers able to sustain the solid mixture of detection, narrative energy and cultural observations that one finds in Grafton." -- Washington Post Book World

    "M" is for money.Lots of it."M" is for Malek Construction, the $40 million company that grew out of modest soil to become one of the big three in California construction, one of the few still in family hands.

    "M" is for the Malek family: four sons now nearing middle age who stand to inherit a fortune - four men with very different outlooks, temperaments, and needs, linked only by blood and money.Eighteen years ago, one of them - angry, troubled, and in trouble - went missing.

    "M" is for Millhone, hired to trace that missing black sheep brother.

    "M" is for memories, none of them happy.The bitter memoirs of an embattled family.This prodigal son will find no welcome at his family's table."M" is for malice.

    And in brutal consequence, "M" is for murder, the all-too-common outcome of familiar hatreds.

    "M" is for malice . . . and malice kills.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Kinsey Millhone
    After reading some of the other comments, I have to disagree with some. I too liked the "spunkier" Kinsey Millhone, but at age 35, single, etc. I think the fact that she's going through a "black" period is actually very realistic. I think what Sue Grafton is trying to do is develop Kinsey's character enough that she is able to continue on with the rest of the alphabet. Come on, we all go through changes and if Kinsey didn't, I'd find her hard to believe as a character. As far as the story line goes, I too like it better when Kinsey's in mortal danger at the end, but then, if that happened in all the stories, it would get repetitious. And I have liked some of the other episodes better, but that's the way it goes with any series (take Patricia Cornwell, for instance). So ease up guys!! And if this is the first alphabet series book you read, then shame on you. You need to start this series at the beginning to really understand the character.

    I for one, am looking forward to the next letter!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars M is for Malice
    Sue Grafton does it again continuing on with the alphabetical, mysterious novels. A father of four sons and an owner of a multi-million dollar business, Malek Construction, has passed away. In order for the brothers to gain their fortune of millions, the fourth brother has to be found. Kinsey Milhone, a private investigator, is hired to find the lost brother, Guy, after eighteen years. Guy has had a bad past as a teenager, from the lines of drugs to fraud. Guy is found and bad things start to happen when the public finds out he's back into town. When you put a lot of money together and four sons, you get greediness, which is equal to murder. Could it be from Guy's past or one of his greedy brothers? The book started off slow in the first chapter and yanked you into it as a character, and you cannot put the book down. It's an interesting book to me because I love mysteries and suspense. So I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries and suspense.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Who Did Kill Guy Anyway? Kinsey Gets Tangled Up!
    This book was pretty good to read. I didn't find it that hard to get into as many people said on here-but the ending could have been better.

    Kinsey was assigned a job to try and find the missing member of the Malek family-Guy. He has a share coming from his father's will of 5-million dollars, but the family is holding a lot of hatred against Guy for their own reasons. Therefore, when Kinsey does find Guy almost right away in the story, there is another reason the Malek's wanted him back-for malice, and evenmore so for Murder. And this is what happens when Guy chooses to try and make amends. Kinsey sort of liked the man, and is feeling guilty for leading him back to his malicious siblings. One of them had the nerve to kill-but whom? Was it Donovan, Jack, or Bennett? Or maybe it was Kristie or Myrna? Kinsey is watching everything with a very close eye to see exactly who the guilty one is.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Listen
    Duly chided for not reading anything else in this series, I compounded the chastisement (of another reviewer, see below) by not reading, but only listening to this one, on a Thanksgiving drive to Arkansas. I wasn't expecting all that much but I was pleasantly surprised; it kept me awake and interested, and the character of the female private investigator, as well as her love interests, was deftly handled. The murderer at the end seemed somewhat pulled out of a hat, but I guess that is an occupational hazard of formulaic fiction. It served its mysterious purpose.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into, but GREAT twist around Ch 13!
    This was a difficult book to get involved with, that is until Grafton began developing relationships between the characters. GREAT plot twist between ch. 12 & 13, worth reading through to the end. ... Read more

    19. Sue Grafton's ABC Mystery Collection (Alphabet Mystery Series)
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    Asin: 0375402306
    Catlog: Book (1997-12-02)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 5336
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Now available: the first three titles in Sue Grafton's Alphabet Mystery series, collected in one deluxe, six-cassette package.

    6 cassettes / 9 hours
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    Includes A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar, and C is for Corpse

    In the mega-selling Alphabet Mystery series, Sue Grafton has created one of America's most popular fictional detectives--Kinsey Millhone, P.I.She's smooth, sexy, and oh-so-wise--a tough cookie with a soft center who's out to crack every case that comes her way!

    In "A" is for Alibi--Kinsey Millhone's first appearance in the world of bestselling mysteries--the P.I. is hired by a woman out on parole after eight years of wrongful imprisonment to find out who really killer her husband. . .

    In "B" is for Burglar, Elaine Boldt is missing and her sister wants Kinsey Millhone to find her.Seems like a routine job.Not so.And the killer is still at large . . . and looking for Kinsey . . .

    In the third exciting and action-packed adventure, "C" is for Corpse, Kinsey Millhone is hot on a trail that leads to nowhere but trouble, Kinsey must capture a coldblooded killer--before he kills again. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars SHE IS THE BEST

    5-0 out of 5 stars ABC Mystery Collection:
    I am a first time Sue Grafton reader and chose this book that contains three of her first novels....and I loved Kinsey Millhone, P.I.! The story takes you along at such a fast pace you are unwilling to put it down! You also are given multiple possibilities of "who done its', it is a rush to the finish to see who it actually is....and are surprised with the results...Sue Grafton is very cunning and wonderful! I intend to read the entire alphabet of Kinsey mysteries! ... Read more

    20. I Is for Innocent
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    Asin: 0449221512
    Catlog: Book (1993-03-22)
    Publisher: Fawcett
    Sales Rank: 19065
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    "One of Kinsey's most electryfing adventures to date...Another irresistible installment of Ms. Grafton's series."
    Fired by the insurance agency for whom she investigates, Kinsey is forced to take on a last-minute murder investigation in which the ex-husband of a murdered artist claims that David Barney, her current husband, is guilty as sin. Barney gets to Kinsey and insists he's innocent. But if he is, who's guilty? In trying to learn who's been getting away with murder, Kinsey may be courting her own....
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Sue Grafton doesn't let you down.
    "I" is also for impressive, interesting and intriguing. Sue Grafton's ninth book in the Kinsey Millhone series is all these and more. In this installment, Kinsey is asked to take over the investigation of the five-year-old Isabelle Barney murder. David Barney, Isabelle's second husband, was tried and acquitted of her murder. Now he's being sued for wrongful death, and it is Kinsey's job to find evidence that implicates David in the murder. That turns out to be easier said than done. Kinsey finds out that there are a lot more people who would have liked Isabelle dead than just David. Her employer, her ex-husband, her ex-husband's wife, her best friend and even her sister all held grudges against Isabelle. Kinsey clearly has her hands full with this one. Everyone is a suspect. Slowly but surely, she puts all the clues together and finds the killer. This novel is almost identical in style to the other Kinsey Millhone books and that is what makes it so good. Grafton is smart enough to find a formula that works and stay with it. It's a basic mystery story with enough twists, turns and characters to keep it interesting. The characters in this novel are part perfection and part hindrance. Grafton paints them vividly -- my favorite is Curtis McIntyre, the ex-con who tries more than one to pick Kinsey up. They are more than supporting players. But, while the characters are wonderfully created, the abundance of them may confuse some readers. I had a little trouble remembering who was married to whom and who was doing what when Isabelle was killed. I was so interested, though, that I flipped back through the pages to find out what I needed to know. Some people may not think it's worth the trouble, however, and give up. My favorite thing about this novel is that it is almost impossible to figure out who actually did the killing before reading the last page. I guess an experienced sleuth could figure it out, but for those of us who are amateurs it's a great puzzle. Don't let the fact that you haven't read the eight novels published before this one stop you from enjoying it. In this book, as in each of the ones before it, Kinsey gives a "25-words-or-less" narrative of her past that catches you up and teases you to go back and read the other ones. This novel is one of those you either deliberately read slowly because you don't want to get to the end, or you read as quickly as possible so youc an go back and read the others. Either way you do it, Sue Grafton won't let you down.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kinsey Always Finds the Right Answers!
    In this Kinsey Millhone mystery, Kinsey solves yet another puzzle. This time she has to tie up the loose ends of a murder investigation. Is David Barney REALLY guilty? Or did someone else really kill Isabella? Kinsey takes every shred of evidence that there possibly is to solve this strange puzzle. David seems innocent enough, and there seems to be other suspects involved. But as Grafton ties up the story, the answer will surprise you!
    A great book, and one of Grafton's very best!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of Show!
    There are no bad books in Sue Grafton's alphabet series, only varying degrees of good. That said, the series, to date, reached its peak somewhere around "F" or "G" and held its top form at least through "L." This one is my pick for best of the lot-which is saying a good deal. The book features a temporarily subdued Kinsey (still smarting under a career setback encountered in a prior book), the usual cast of rich snobs, an unusually intriguing puzzle whose vital clues I spotted but nevertheless failed to piece together, some unusually likeable supporting characters, and a lot of Santa Barbara (oops Theresa) atmosphere.

    Next time I point friends at the series, this is where I'll tell them to start. Highly recommended.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Really not much here.
    Sue Grafton has written many good books but this one is weak, weak, weak. Try 'A is for Alibi' or 'J is for Judgement'. They show off Grafton's writing talents much better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A rather good find.
    This novel may prove to be one of the better enteries in Garfton's series. It is well worth the time it takes to read. ... Read more

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