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L Is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
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L Is for Lawless (edition 2008)

by Sue Grafton

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Title:L Is for Lawless
Authors:Sue Grafton
Info:Pan (2008), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 368 pages
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Not my favorite by far. Kinsey seemed too passive in this story. ( )
  Melissa_Gardner | Aug 28, 2018 |
Perhaps, Grafton was running out if ideas here, but this is a disappointment. Kinsey Milhone suddenly becomes dull witted and does stupid things with unbelievable motivations. The story is silly. Not one of Grafton's bet by any means. ( )
  dasam | Jun 21, 2018 |
I like Kinsey a lot. I'm more than a little in love with Henry. I am getting tired of watching Kinsey flail about hopelessly until someone tells her what the mystery is about, followed by foolish shenanigans. The earlier installments had much better mysteries. ( )
  hopeevey | Jun 9, 2018 |
This might be the best Grafton I have read so far. In this case, Kinsey is asked by her landlord, Henry, to help a family of a recently deceased veteran get through the red tape and find what unit he served in during WW II so they can receive his survivor benefits. Things become suspicious when the veteran's home is ransacked and his old army buddy is beaten up.

Soon Kinsey is traveling across the country following a strange woman who seems to be pursued by a very violent man. As she dodges hotel security and the suspicious woman who is supposed to have a suitcase of money, she becomes involved in increasingly dangerous case where her purser even sets fire to the hotel so he can smoke her and the others out. ( )
  lamour | Mar 11, 2018 |
Another thriller with P.I. Kinsey Millhone and how she solves a 40 year old bank robbery. ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 27, 2017 |
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Holleman, WimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaye, JudyReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For dear friends...
Sally and Gregory Giloth
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Connie, Marshall and Laura Swain
with love.
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I don't mean to bitch, but in the future I intend to hesitate before I do a favor for the friend of a friend.
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ISBN 1405057785 is for Macmillan Readers edition, retold by John Escott
ISBNs 0553714880, 0679424628, 140500651X, 0230701183, 0739314238 are for the abridged audiobook.
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Kinsey's skills are about to be sorely tested. She is about to meet her duplicitous match in a couple of world-class prevaricators who quite literally take her for the ride of her life.

"L" Is for Lawless: Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company. Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with truly mixed-up motives. Call it the return of Kinsey as bad girl-- quick-witted and quicksilvery, smart-mouthed and smart-alecky-- poking her nose into everyone's dirty laundry as she joins up with a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde in an Our Gang comedy that will take her halfway across the country and leave her with a major headache and an empty bank balance.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0449221490, Mass Market Paperback)

Both new readers and old fans will welcome this 12th Kinsey Milhone adventure in the "A" is for Alibi series by Sue Grafton. In this case, Kinsey agrees to do a favor for a friend of a friend and gets herself into so much trouble that she promises at the outset never to do such a thing again without careful consideration.

Henry Pitt, her longtime landlord asks her to help a fellow neighbor find evidence that his grandfather served in the military during the Second World War. With such proof, the man can be decently buried, courtesy of the U.S. government. It seems such a simple thing, but with Kinsey, it rarely is. Before long she finds herself entangled with an eccentric and quarrelsome family as well as a long lost buddy who has turned up just in time to get himself beaten up in a robbery attempt of the alleged veteran's apartment. It seems there is a reason the Armed Services have no record of the dead man's service. Kinsey sets out to determine what he might have been doing instead of fighting against the Japanese and why someone might think his shabby apartment worth a burgle.

Typical of the series, the mystery is not the central point of the story, but rather a starting point for Kinsey to become embroiled in a suspenseful (and delightful) search-and-rescue operation, usually against her better judgement. In this case, a gun-toting, arthritic octogenarian and revelations of the inner workings of bargain-rate motels are all part of the adventure. This is an easy and enjoyable read, and a solid addition to Grafton's string of alphabetical hits. --K.A. Crouch

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Follows detective Kinsey Millhone on her eleventh case, in which a favor to her elderly landlord puts her on the trail of a decades-old crime.

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