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V is for vengeance by Sue Grafton

V is for vengeance (edition 2011)

by Sue Grafton

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Title:V is for vengeance
Authors:Sue Grafton
Info:New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2011.
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Tags:series, mystery, California, private investigator

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V Is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton

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This installment showcases Kinsey at her peak of prickly, feisty behaviour, to the point where Kinsey even manages to find herself at odds with her client. Probably not the best way to retain a client, but I guess when you take on a case mainly out of a sense of guilt, one can be a bit prickly when said client comes across as rather narrow-minded. I always enjoy the “trips back in time” to California circa 1980s. I get the impression that Grafton enjoys researching and depicting the time period and has fun with it, given here attention to detail. For example, I loved how at one point she has Kinsey listening to the radio in her car while on a stake out and the DJ announces Whitney Houston’s “Where do broken hearts go” has just overtaken Billy Ocean for top spot in the charts (something that did occur in real life the week ending April 23, 1988) and has Kinsey musing over whether or not that is a good thing,. ;-) I find that Grafton always does a great job researching areas of crime. I found the detailed information about organized shoplifting syndicates in this installment to be fascinating reading. Supporting characters like Kinsey’s former love interest Cheney Phillips, landlord Henry Pitts, his brother William and wife Rosie are included in this installment but their involvement is kept to a minimum.

Grafton continues to flex her writing prowess and treats the reader to a main plot and not one, but two subplots to sink their reading chops into. While the story does have its slow areas – I felt that one of the subplots received more attention than is warranted and the head of the crime ring doesn’t seem to have the “grit” I would expect of a Mafia boss – but overall, I feel that Grafton has reached new heights with this installment in her ability to present a well written and absorbing crime read, and a story that delivers a satisfying resolution for the various plots. ( )
1 vote lkernagh | May 8, 2017 |
I think this is my favorite Kinsey book yet! Liked the way the stories wove together and thought the character development was great. Also like that Grafton ended the book with a storyline that looks like it will continue on in the next book. I needed a read like this after reading some "heavier" books and it was the perfect choice. ( )
  carolfoisset | Jan 16, 2017 |
V on the whole was pretty so-so. However, it definitely picked up in the end. This is kind of the formula for Grafton's series, however this novel's ending had a little more spunk and interest. I think Grafton often teeters on the breaking point of Millhone being witty and capable or snide and immature. I don't mind the latter, I don't need a cookie-cutter character. I just don't feel sufficiently connected to the character (for the most part) to want to deal overly much with it. Mainly because you have a lot of monotonous prose where Millhone/Grafton is saying, "I...," "I...," "I...," and you're kind of waiting for some interaction to break the coffee making, peanut butter & pickle sandwich feasting, and weirdly naive decision making lull. Then, though, there's a bit of a spark in some novels (and in the latter half of V) that picks everything up a pace and it's pretty interesting.

I think my current favorite is U at this point but it did pay off to read this to the end and if you're picking up V you're probably one of the unfortunate series junkies out there who, like me, have to read a series to the end whether it's a big hit or a fumble. So you at least have something to look forward to. ( )
  lamotamant | Sep 22, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this mystery and how the story lines come together ( )
  nx74defiant | Jun 4, 2016 |
Review: V Is For Vengeance by Sue Grafton.

Sue Grafton made sure her readers had a strong, well paced plot and interesting developed characters to follow. The story has many different points of views as the characters are introduced such as: a man who bereft at the loss of his fiancée wants answers, a straying husband who plays by his own rules, a dirty cop who believes he’ll never get caught, a wife whose life is about to burst wide open and apparently at the very center of all the webs, a threatening gangster and a professional shoplifting ring brings it all together but however, this story has some faults. The story was a little confusing at times but since I have been following Grafton’s writing I adjusted to the cons and followed it to the end. Overall it was still interesting.

The book begins from the perspective of a white-collar guy, Phillip from a rich family background who has a gambling problem. His family cuts him off and he goes to a loan-shark for money and than he can’t pay the loan back. His scene and character is left behind and the story then continues to bounce around from other scenes and various characters. The story moves on to Kinsey Millhone, the investigator of the series who is celebrating her thirty-eighth birthday, shopping at the mall and catches a couple of women shoplifting. The women separate and leave in different directions so Kinsey shadows one of them and then reports it to a clerk in the store. I’ll advance the story ahead a little…. all Kinsey got for her birthday at the mall was two black eyes and a broken nose….nabbing a shoplifter sometimes isn’t easy…..Plus, finding out a day later that the same shoplifter jumped off a bridge!!

Of course, Kinsey must investigate and it just so happens she is hired and later fired by the husband of the somewhat suicide victim. Adding spice to the story Grafton introduces another shady character named, “Pinky”, who Kinsey hesitantly tries to help out on an issue with a local pawnshop that Pinky visits often and somehow this issue, also becomes affiliated to the loan-shark business. In the end all the sub-plots, issues, murders, crimes, shoplifting ring, are all linked to the one and only King-pin Mafia, Dante…

The two things I missed in this book was that Sue Grafton excused Henry, Kinsey Millhone’s landlord/ friend, and Kinsey new found family out of the picture at the beginning of the book. Her new found family was just introduced to the series a couple of books back so I expected they were going to be a new twist to her series. Maybe she has something planned for them when this series ends…..
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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Here we are all the way up to V, and Sue Grafton is still springing narrative surprises. Grafton is of course the author of the series featuring the California private eye Kinsey Millhone. The titles for the books run through the alphabet, beginning almost 30 years ago with A is for Alibi. Now, in V is for Vengeance, Grafton performs the unthinkable by presenting readers with a portrait of the book’s major villain that is much more sympathetic than condemning.

The story begins with Millhone in the lingerie section of the local Nordstrom’s. That’s unlikely territory for casual Kinsey who usually confines her clothes shopping to low-end chain stores. In Nordstrom’s, she spots a 50ish woman who is carrying out slick pieces of shoplifting among the store’s silk lounge wear. In swift order, Kinsey alerts store security who pack the woman off to jail from which she’s soon released on bail. Next day, the shoplifter’s body is found at the bottom of a very high bridge, apparently a suicide.

Suffering from a guilty conscience over her role in the woman’s death, Kinsey decides to dig into the story behind the so-called suicide. Sure enough, she finds plenty of fishy people and puzzling events. All of this is usual in the Millhone books. Indeed, familiarity in concept and characters makes one of the series’ great comforts.

So we relax into the byplay involving Kinsey’s octogenarian landlord Henry and Henry’s equally aged but spry siblings. These people, as supporting characters, are unfailingly entertaining. In the new book, brother William’s disquisition on the value of attending the visitation and funeral of a complete stranger is alone worth the price of admission.

Meanwhile, as the cozy story of Kinsey’s life and investigation unfolds, all of it told in her first-person voice, Grafton drops in third-person chapters that trace the tale of a sinister but attractive man named Lorenzo Dante. This fellow happens to be the secretive capo of the mob as it exists in Kinsey’s hometown of Santa Teresa and environs.

Dante is rich, but has problems. His father, the retired capo, is blind to forces that threaten the mob’s existence. Dante’s younger brother is a psycho killer. Dante himself has been long planning an escape from this turmoil into an extravagantly funded retirement far from big time crime.

Though Kinsey’s crime solving has its fascinations, the reader becomes more deeply involved in Dante’s dilemmas. Will he evade his own mob’s clutches? And what about a woman who enters the plot, the wife of a wealthy lawyer? Is she part of Dante’s escape package? Gradually, these pressing questions upstage Kinsey’s adventures. Who, at this advanced stage in the Millhone saga, would have imagined such a delicious turn of events?
added by VivienneR | editThe Toronto Star, Jack Batten (Dec 31, 2011)
Kinsey plays a smaller role in this story, which may not please some of her many fans, but Grafton's pioneering sleuth is as clever and witty as ever.
added by Christa_Josh | editLibrary Journal, Linda Oliver (Oct 15, 2011)

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Private detective Kinsey Millhone feels a bit out of place in Nordstrom’s lingerie department, but she’s entirely in her element when she puts a stop to a brazen shoplifting spree. For her trouble she nearly gets run over in the parking lot by one of the fleeing thieves—and later learns that the one who didn’t get away has been found dead in an apparent suicide. But Audrey Vance’s grieving fiancé suspects murder and hires Kinsey to investigate—in a case that will reveal a big story behind a small crime, and lead her into a web that connects a shadowy “private banker,” an angry trophy wife, a spoiled kid with a spiraling addiction, and a brutal killer without a conscience…
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California PI Kinsey Millhone investigates the death of Audrey Vance, a woman she helped arrest for shoplifting, and antagonizes just about everyone, including Audrey's fiance, several loan sharks, a stone-cold killer, and a hapless burglar who knows more than is healthy for him.… (more)

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