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S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

S Is for Silence

by Sue Grafton

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Series: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (19)

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This is my first Sue Grafton novel and I'm not disappointed. An easy read filled with several plot lines. A woman, known for her wild life-style, disappears with her fancy new car one night leaving a young daughter and husband. Kinsey Milhone is a private investigator who get involved in the case many years later. The car is finally found buried on a remote location.... ( )
  maryreinert | May 27, 2019 |
The story is okay, but the characters are depressing.
It's a 35-year-old cold case of a missing mom, and the now 40-year-old daughter wants to know what happened to Violet.
Daughter Daisy needs to know what happened so she can move forward in her messed-up life -- did Dad kill her? Did she run away? And why did she take the DOG but not her daughter? The people with info include the husband aka Daisy's Dad, a babysitter who saw her get ready to go out, a best friend, a brother, a car salesman, some men at the local bar, etc. The story bops back and forth from the past to the present, like most cold cases do. And the tension ramps up when Kinsey finds out that not everyone seems to like her looking for Violet...either that or they just don't like the tires on her car.
The characterizations of the kids and what they're thinking or feeling back in '53 seem "off", more like adults guessing how they feel or act, and the interactions come off really clumsy. And I don't think there is a single character that I actually like.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Mar 19, 2019 |
Thirty-four years after Violet Sullivan's unexplained disappearance, Daisy, seven-year-old daughter she left behind, seeks the solace of closure and enlists the assistance of private detective Kinsey Millhone to help her find the truth.
  JRCornell | Dec 8, 2018 |
Liza Mellincamp asks Kinsey Millhone to find her mother, Violet Sullivan, who left her abusive husband and seven year old Liza in 1953. With thirty years having past, Kinsey feels it will be very unlikely she will have much success. However, we follow her as she interviews the people who knew Violet, her friends and her lovers. When her tires are slashed, Kinsey knows she is frightening someone and decides to continue her search.

To give the reader background on what happened in 1953, she lets us see through flashbacks what the characters saw and thought by describing incidents in that year. We are given several suspects to focus on with Liza's father being the prime one because of his past drinking and violent nature.

As I read my way through the series, each Millhone gets better than the last one. ( )
  lamour | Oct 28, 2018 |
The best Grafton since the early novels. At last Kinsey realizes that if you're hunting a killer, you might want to pack your gun. ( )
  dasam | Jun 21, 2018 |
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When Liza Mellincamp thinks about the last time she ever saw Violet Sullivan, what comes most vividly to mind is the color of Violet's Japanese silk kimono, a shade of blue that Liza later learned was called "cerulean," a word that wasn't even in her vocabulary when she was fourteen years old.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425212696, Mass Market Paperback)

S is for silence: the silence of the lost, the silence of the grave, the silence of oblivion.

Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband. But for the not-quite-seven-year-old daughter Daisy that she left behind, her absence has never been explained or forgotten.

Now, thirty-four years later, she wants the solace of closure.

In S IS FOR SILENCE, Kinsey Millhone's nineteenth excursion into the world of suspense and misadventure, S is for surprises as Sue Grafton takes a whole new approach to telling the tale. And S is for superb: Kinsey and Grafton at their best.

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"Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her polka-dot sundress, freshened her lipstick and left for the Fourth of July fireworks. She was never seen again. Now her daughter wants to find out what happened, and she wants Kinsey Millhone to help..." -- Back cover.… (more)

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