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Q Is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
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Q Is for Quarry (2002)

by Sue Grafton

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Series: The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (17)

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The plot for this novel was inspired by real murder in Santa Barbara, California. The body of a young woman was discovered in a quarry near Lompoc, CA. The victim was never identified and thus her killer never found. Grafton heard about the case and using many of the details learned from the detectives and police officers who had worked it created the plot of this novel.

In it Kinsey joins forces with two retired detectives one being Con Dolan, her police contact in many of the previous novels to reopen the cold case of an unidentified teenage murder victim. Starting with little, the three investigators track down clue after clue while eating a lot of junk food which is something Kinsey is known for. Eventually they identify the girl and then close in on several potential individuals who could be the killer.

Through Grafton's and the police officers' who had originally worked the case efforts, the real victim was exhumed and her skeleton given to a facial recognition artist who create a portrait of what the girl may have looked like. It is included in the back of the book in hopes that some reader may recognize her and bring closure for her family. ( )
  lamour | Sep 24, 2018 |
Grafton returns to form with this novel, believable and real, based on a real cold case. ( )
  dasam | Jun 21, 2018 |
In "Q" is for Quarry Kinsey Millhone is now 37 years old. She still lives alone without plants, animals, or family to speak of. In other words, she has plenty of time to devote to her newest cold case: the 18 year old unsolved mystery of who murdered an unknown teenager in 1969. She was found dumped in a quarry, hence the 'Q' for quarry. But, it could also mean prey as readers will discover deeper in the mystery. In truth, it's the case of Lieutenant Con Dolan and Detective Stacey Oliphant, the two police officers who were previously on the case. Retired and ailing both men need to see this case through before they die. Only they are too ailing to do any of the heavy lifting. Enter Kinsey Millhone. Together they make an interesting threesome. ( )
  SeriousGrace | May 12, 2017 |
In "Q" is for Quarry Kinsey Millhone is now 37 years old. She still lives alone without plants, animals, or family to speak of. In other words, she has plenty of time to devote to her newest cold case: the 18 year old unsolved mystery of who murdered an unknown teenager in 1969. She was found dumped in a quarry, hence the 'Q' for quarry. But, it could also mean prey as readers will discover deeper in the mystery. In truth, it's the case of Lieutenant Con Dolan and Detective Stacey Oliphant, the two police officers who were previously on the case. Retired and ailing both men need to see this case through before they die. Only they are too ailing to do any of the heavy lifting. Enter Kinsey Millhone. Together they make an interesting threesome. ( )
  SeriousGrace | May 12, 2017 |
This is book 17 in the Kinsey Millhone series and though this is the first book of the series I have read, there was no problem with reading out of order. I enjoyed this book so much I am planning to read others in this series.

Kinsey Millhone is a private detective in Santa Theresa, California and she has just joined forces the two Santa Theresa homicide detectives in an attempt to identify the victim of an 18-year-old cold case.

The detectives are Con Dolan, a 30 year veteran who has been side-lined with a heart attack and Stacey Oliphant a retired veteran cop who’s cancer has come out of remission. Con had approached Kinsey for her help in an effort to pull Stacey from a deep depression.

The combination of these three is a treat to a jaded reader. The relationship between these three grows and evolves throughout the story. The cold case while police procedural is humanized by a skillful author. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Sep 27, 2016 |
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THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO
Bill Turner and Deborah Linden
Bob and Nancy Failing
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Susan and Gary Gulbransen.
Thank you for making this one possible.
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It was Wednesday, the second week in April, and Santa Teresa was making a wanton display of herself.
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Q is for Quarry is based on an unsolved homicide that occurred in 1969, and Grafton's interest in the case has generated renewed police efforts. During the past year, the body was exhumed and a nationally known forensic artist did the facial reconstruction that appears in the closing pages of Q is for Quarry. Both Grafton and the dedicated members of the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department are hoping the photograph will trigger memories that may lead to a positive identification.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399149155, Hardcover)

Private investigator Kinsey Millhone has served Sue Grafton well through 16 letters of the alphabet in a perennially popular series that occasionally breaks new ground but more often traverses familiar territory, as is the case here. Two old, ailing cops--one retired, the other disabled--try to breathe some life into an 18-year-old mystery that haunts them both for different reasons. They enlist Kinsey's help in identifying the victim, a young woman who was murdered and left for dead in the old quarry of the title. Neither they nor Kinsey expect that reopening an old case will incite the killer to strike again--not once, but twice. And while the real case of the still-unidentified victim that inspired this fictionalized scenario continues to languish in the cold case file in the Santa Barbara sheriff's office, Grafton's solution is as plausible as any. While the unlikely trio of Millhone and her cranky geezer sidekicks offers a few chuckles, the inner reaches of Kinsey's soul remain largely inaccessible to her as well as to the reader, which will probably not bother most of Kinsey's or Grafton's many admirers. --Jane Adams

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:13 -0400)

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Eighteen years after the body of an unidentified young woman is discovered in a quarry off California's Highway 1, two police detectives nearing retirement enlist Kinsey Millhone's aid to help identify the long-ago murder victim.

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