Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

K is for Killer by Sue Grafton

K is for Killer

by Sue Grafton

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (11)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,891291,998 (3.67)32



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 32 mentions

English (27)  Spanish (1)  Danish (1)  All (29)
Showing 1-5 of 27 (next | show all)
I experienced K is for Killer as an abridged audio book. This work is of course part of Sue Grafton’s “alphabet series” (A through Z) of mysteries, all starring private detective Kinsey Millhone. Here, Kinsey is asked by a grieving mother to investigate the death of her daughter, Lorna. Kinsey finds that Lorna had a secret life, having been working as a call girl and porn actress. Kinsey’s investigation takes her into a complex web of plots involving business shenanigans and family dysfunction, culminating in a frightening scene in the gloomy underground of a water treatment plant where Kinsey nearly meets her demise. I found this to be an above- average mystery, and having listened to the abridged audio tape, would be glad to read the entire book. ( )
1 vote danielx | Jul 20, 2017 |
Kinsey is asked by a grieving mother, Janice Kepler, to investigate the death of her daughter, Laura. Slowly Kinsey puts the pieces together discovering that the beautiful young woman was a high end call girl, acted in a pornographic film and was going to marry a gangster. Kinsey becomes friends with another teenage hooker, with an all night DJ, battles Laura' sloppy landlord and his paranoid wife and wonders about a powerful businessman. Which if any is the killer?

This is a fascinating read and is tough to put down. ( )
  lamour | Apr 21, 2017 |
I think this was one of my least favorite books in the series. It felt like Millhone's token "sarcasm" was more like plain bitchiness. I liked the idea of the mystery in and of itself but I think the main character just wore on me way too much in this particular instance and the ending seemed overly flubbed and completely lacking any connection or intensity. ( )
  lamotamant | Sep 22, 2016 |
Another good episode in the Kinsey Millhone series. The storyline was interesting and didn't have a lot of distractions taking away from it. I enjoyed following the cold case clues along with Kinsey and Grafton did a great job of sticking to the point. The ending was not what I expected, but gave a great view into Kinsey's developing character and I really liked it. My only complaint was that the motive behind the murder was not crystal clear and if you blinked you missed it. (Not good when your listening to the audioversion). Still, everything did make sense in the end! ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Review: K is for Killer by Sue Grafton.

Here is another book from the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series. Grafton’s back on the right track to keep her readers on the edge of their seats.

In this story, a mother believes her daughter’s death a year ago is the result of something more than natural causes, which is what the police determined after their investigation. However, not giving up, the mother hires Kinsey, who finally agrees to take the case, which puts the reader on a roller-coaster ride throughout the journaling into the death of the secretary who has more money than she should have because of her meager job earnings. This ride resembles the lurid adventures of the open society we have today. There are a lot of twists, turns, and loops, but above all it’s fast, thrilling events and creative characters keeps you reading to the end.

This novel of the series is a little different than we’ve seen in the past as there is more humor involved. Kinsey, the private investigator, is tough, funny, and take-no prisoners, is displaying more personality traits. This is one of her better books in this series…..
( )
  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 27 (next | show all)
Grafton exhibits a sharp ear for dialogue and a quarter-horse pace. Her characters are as real as any this side of Elmore Leonard. K Is for Killer offers further proof of Grafton's growth as a writer. This is one mystery series that gains strength with each passing letter.
added by Shortride | editPeople (May 9, 1994)

» Add other authors (11 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Grafton, Sueprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holleman, WillemTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaye, JudyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For Mary Lawrence Young and crew...
Richard, Lori, and Taylor,
and Mary Taylor,

and, of course, the dogs...

Sadie and Halley,
Toto and Emmy
Oz, Bob, Dee, Lily, and Tog,

and cats...

Yukio, Ace, Karmin, and Kit,
and beloved Charmin, much missed.
First words
The statutory definition of homicide is the "unlawful killing of one human being by another."
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
ISBNs 0739314211, 0230701175 and 067942461X are an abridged audiobook.
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449221504, Mass Market Paperback)

When Kinsey Millhone answers her office door late one night, she lets in more darkness than she realizes. Janice Kepler is a grieving mother who can't let the death of her beautiful daughter Lorna alone. The police agree that Lorna was murdered, but a suspect was never apprehended and the trail is now ten months cold. Kinsey pieces together Lorna's young life: a dull day job a the local water treatment plant spiced by sidelines in prostitution and pornography. She tangles with Lorna's friends: a local late-night DJ; a sweet, funny teenaged hooker; Lorna's sloppy landlord and his exotic wife. But to find out which one, if any, turned killer, Kinsey will have to inhabit a netherworld from which she may never return.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:03 -0400)

(see all 7 descriptions)

Janice Kepler is a grieving mother who can't let the death of her daughter Lorna alone, so she approaches Kinsey Millhone for help.

» see all 9 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.67)
1 5
1.5 4
2 16
2.5 5
3 166
3.5 36
4 188
4.5 6
5 78

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 124,075,914 books! | Top bar: Always visible