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M Is for Malice by Sue Grafton

M Is for Malice (1996)

by Sue Grafton

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Series: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (13)

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Private investigator Kinsey Millhone is hired to track down Guy Malek, a man who walked away from his family eighteen years earlier and now stands to inherit part of his deceased father's forty-million dollar estate, but unfortunately, not everyone is eager to welcome home the prodigal son.
  JRCornell | Dec 8, 2018 |
I really wanted to like this, since I really like the person who suggested this series... but I don't. The writing is sophmoric, the plot is weak, and the characters are too flat. It didn't help that the narration was mediocre. ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
Sue Grafton's Kinsey never fails to offer a good story. I'm way behind on the series, so it's also enjoyable to read about the pre-cell phone, pre-Internet days of private investigations. ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
Kinsey finally meets one of her cousins. Tasha is a lawyer and she hires Kinsey to track down a missing man who if found could inherited five million. When Kinsey meets the missing man's family, his three brothers do not want him found and obviously do not like him. Even though Guy, the missing son, has been missing for 15 years, Kinsey finds him in a day.

When she meets him she immediately likes him and finds it difficult to believe the ugly stories his brothers tell about him. He comes to town to meet his family and work out his father's will. As the tension rises, Kinsey tries to protect Guy, but when he is found murdered, she becomes deeply involved in the investigation. ( )
  lamour | Mar 17, 2018 |
Current favorite of the series so far. For one thing, it didn't seem as if the emotional side and mystery side of the novel were competing or lacking. They both felt well fleshed out and balanced which made for a very satisfying book. I have to admit, I was wrong about the whodunit denouement and quite happy about it. ( )
  lamotamant | Sep 22, 2016 |
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Grafton, Sueprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holleman, WimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my good friends...
Barbara Brightman Jones and Joe Jones
Joanna Barnes and Jack Warner
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Robert Dietz came back into my life on Wednesday, January 8.
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Every investigation has a nature of its own, but there are certain shared characteristics," explains private eye Kinsey Millhone in her 13th alphabetic outing. "Here's what you hope for: a chance remark from the former neighbor on a skip-trace, a penciled notation on the corner of a document, an ex-spouse with a grudge, the number on an account, an item overlooked at the scene of a crime. Here's what you expect: the dead ends, bureaucratic bullheadedness, the cul-de-sacs, trails that go nowhere or simply fade into thin air, denials, prevarications, the blank-eyed stares from all the hostile witnesses. Here's what you know: that you've done it before and you have the toughness and determination to pull it off again. Here's what you want: justice. Here's what you'll settle for: something equivalent, the quid pro quo." All of the above are on display in Grafton's latest entry in her increasingly popular series set in a thinly-disguised Santa Barbara, as the virtually ageless Kinsey finds and loses a missing heir and gets back an old lover.
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Kinsey Millhone, the normally bubbly California private investigator, is depressed in Sue Grafton's new alphabet mystery; so depressed she goes back with old flame Robert Dietz for a while. Bad move. Meanwhile she gets wrapped up in a family affair, locating the missing heir to a fortune and then protecting him from his ill-intentioned brothers. Typically, our woman Kinsey has little patience with the boys, but a firm grasp of family dysfunction.

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Private investigator Kinsey Millhone is hired to track down Guy Malek, a man who walked away from his family eighteen years earlier and now stands to inherit part of his deceased father's forty-million dollar estate, but unfortunately, not everyone is eager to welcome home the prodigal son.… (more)

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