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S is for Silence (edition 2006)

by Sue Grafton

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Member:akelei
Title:S is for Silence
Authors:Sue Grafton
Info:Berkely Publishing Co. (2006), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Read but not in possession, Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Crime, Kinsey Millhone, missing person, private investigator, detective, adultery, California, read in 2012, back broken after one read, given away

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S Is For Silence by Sue Grafton

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    How to Lose a Client by Becky A. Bartness (readafew)
    readafew: Laugh out loud funny book. Lola is a PI as well in Southern California
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    Hasta la Vista, Lola! by Misa Ramirez (readafew)
    readafew: Lola is a cross between Kinsey Milhone and Stephanie Plum
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    Fatlands by Sarah Dunant (christiguc)
    christiguc: Hannah Wolfe is a tough, intelligent PI like Kinsey Millhone. The mysteries are enjoyable.
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One of the more interesting Millhone tomes. Grafton going back and forth between time felt new and interesting though the basic formula of her Alphabet Series books was still there (once it hits 90% you know something's going down). I thought the forward by Grafton was kind of weird and bitchy. I don't think there are many authors that complain about their fans taking enough interest in a series to actually write in. Even if you don't end up reading the more monotonous for the sake of sanity.

Still, since the book was more interesting than the usual- I'm going with three stars. At least Millhone wasn't an idiot about needing a gun this time around. Although getting in your car and driving down a dark road when you know a killer is trying to mess with you (or at least probably is) when you could just stay in a house with an albeit drunk and dimwitted old lady until it's light out seems to smack plenty of the typical idiocy that imbues Millhone. Okay... I'm rethinking the three stars. However, I did end up being wrong on the whodunnit which is always a good thing when reading a mystery/suspense fic. I really wanted it to have been Kathy because that little psychopath got on my nerves to no end. It just ended up seeming predictable that it was one of the guys. Which is pretty sad if you think about it. That it would be predictable in fic and in reality that it would more than likely be one of the guys she was in a relationship with especially when you saw that her sleeping around and drinking were her only real defenses against how horrible she felt about herself and how dismal her options were. It might have been a defense but that doesn't mean there wasn't some trust lying around in those dalliances, some little notch of self worth blooming with the recognition of being wanted even if it didn't amount to being cared about. ( )
  lamotamant | Jun 23, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this episode in the Kinsey Millhone series. I say this every review, but this is my favorite so far! I liked that the plot alternated between the past and the present. Each chapter from the past would give the perspective of one of the characters in the story. The mystery was explained through each characters' eyes. These chapters were alternated with Kinsey's detective work from the present. It was a really neat way to have the mystery unfold. This techniques doesn't always work (it can be too repetitive if not done right), but Sue Grafton got it perfect! ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Review: S is For Silence by Sue Grafton.

This is one of the more pleasing mystery books in the series. Grafton employs an updated different style in strategies that is used more by other authors today. I liked the concept of the protagonist taking on a “cold case” and the use of flashbacks developing a new chapter simply taking place in the past, than moving on establishing the cold case characters to come alive as Kinsey, the private-eye who investigates the future timeline of 1987 to the past of 1953 where the disappearance timeline started. Sue Grafton made the story wisely intriguing for the reader.

Grafton tells part of her story in first person, through Kinsey eyes, and the rest of the chapters are the flashbacks of 1953. I think going back and forth, as over a timeline, gave the story more perspective, the cast of characters more structure and believability and an interesting ploy to follow.

It’s a story about Daisy Sullivan seeking help from Kinsey to uncover her mother’s past and find out if she could still be alive. Violet Sullivan had been missing for thirty-four years. Daisy needed some closure and she was always curious why her mother left her behind at a very young age. Her mother, Violet Sullivan was a beautiful fun-loving woman, but she was also considered the town trollop. However, Daisy still wanted to know one way or another where or what happened to her mother even if it pointed a finger at her father.

Kinsey uncovered many puzzle pieces about the past and present that she laid out and maneuvered to make every piece fit together which pointed fingers at a few people still living in the small town of Serena Station where her mother lived and where Daisy was born. This was an interesting mystery and a fast pace read.
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
great read ( )
  damselicious | Jan 25, 2016 |
great read ( )
  damselicious | Jan 25, 2016 |
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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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