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R Is For Ricochet: A Kinsey Millhone Novel…

R Is For Ricochet: A Kinsey Millhone Novel (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Sue Grafton (Author)

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Title:R Is For Ricochet: A Kinsey Millhone Novel
Authors:Sue Grafton (Author)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2005), Edition: 1st, 390 pages
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R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton (2004)



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More like rebound than ricochet.
Kinsey is hired to be a babysitter for a newly-paroled wayward daughter who apparently turned to embezzlement when her gambling losses got too high.
The description of the daughter's original crime, the limited evidence against her, and a rapid guilty plea sound a tad suspicious, and so it isn't a great surprise to find that her former boss (the one she supposedly embezzled from) is sniffing around her in an oddly-friendly manner just after she is paroled. It also doesn't take long for the various federal agencies to all show up hoping Kinsey will convince wayward Reba to inform on her former boss about money laundering and drug cartels. Reba's definitely a handful, and there are some moments where Kinsey and Reba almost act like friends, even if can't last.
The financial stuff is a little too simplistic, the feds are mostly caricatures, and the ending has almost nothing to do with Kinsey, she's just along for the ride (as the book itself notes in the epilogue).
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Mar 17, 2019 |
I always enjoy a Kinsey Millhone story and this one had a couple of neat twists in its 'tale'!

Kinsey has to baby sit a spoilt brat, Reba Lafferty, whose rich and doting father couldn't keep her out of prison. She was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institution for Women. Now she's released and Kinsey has to keep her away from trouble or she'll be back in prison.

It should be simple if only Reba was genuinely contrite and determined to be a good girl and follow all the rules of her parole. Alas, poor Kinsey soon finds out there's real mayhem afoot.

Another well written and enjoyable story in the series.
  p.d.r.lindsay | Sep 6, 2018 |
A good read until the last 10% when once again Grafton has her detective go brain dead, I suppose to make things more "exciting." ( )
  dasam | Jun 21, 2018 |
This was a hard one for me. My least favorite of the series. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
My favorite Private Investigator, Kinsey Milhone, is hired to transport a wealthy man’s daughter home after her release from prison and help in making sure she settles back into the “real” world. Counting on a fairly easy job, Kinsey did not expect to end up in the middle of a money laundering investigation, which is exactly what happens.

In the latest installment of Sue Grafton’s alphabet mystery series, Ms. Grafton provides readers with a slightly different angle than usual, from that of the passenger seat, which seems to be where her main character Kinsey sits for most of the book, being led along by the various characters as the crime and mystery unravel. Love was also a theme throughout the book: love betrayed, love lost, and love found. Readers are allowed a glimpse of the love life of dear Henry, Kinsey’s landlord, who is by far one of my favorite characters in the series. Will Kinsey taste love in her own life? And then there is Reba, the parolee, who demonstrated that she is not quite so dumb once the blinders created by love come off.

R is for Ricochet got off to a slow start, and I began wondering if perhaps I have been reading too many murder mysteries lately. However, about a third of the way through, the book finally grabbed my interest and held it until the very last word. This mystery was not so much about the whodunit, but was more about where Kinsey would find herself next and what she would be led to do by those around her. I could not help but feel a tad disconnected from events, not knowing everything that was going on. I imagine that was what Kinsey felt too and in that way, Sue Grafton succeeded. Sue Grafton is one of my favorite mystery writers. She never fails to create an intriguing and well-written book. Her characters could very well be real people. The mysteries are believable. In a society where so many authors go for over the top crimes and aim for the shock value, Ms. Grafton provides readers with a more down to earth and realistic mystery, a refreshing and needed change at times.
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  LiteraryFeline | Nov 25, 2017 |
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When wealthy octogenarian Nord Lafferty hires Kinsey Millhone to help his newly paroled daughter find her way back to the straight and narrow after doing time for embezzlement, the Santa Teresa P.I. has no idea what she's getting into. Reba Lafferty's ex-boss, land developer Alan Beckwith, is the man who sent her to prison--so how come she's meeting him just hours after her release, and treating Kinsey to an X-rated reunion scene played out in his parked Mercedes? And why is he also playing sex games with Reba's formerly best friend, who still works for him? A visit from an old friend from the FBI clears up the mystery--Beckwith is suspected of running a money-laundering game, and they need Reba to make their case by rolling over on him. It’s not until Millhone presents Reba with photographic evidence of Beckwith's two-timing that she agrees to do what the Feds want... but she'll only do it her way, which could get a lot of people killed. Grafton fleshes out this well-crafted thriller with a romantic subplot involving a romantic triangle that features Kinsey's elderly landlord Henry, his brother, and a vivacious widow who can't seem to choose between them. It doesn't add much to the plot, but the fans of this evergreen series (who must be wondering what will happen to Millhone when Grafton gets to the end of the alphabet) probably won't mind a bit. --Jane Adams

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An assignment to "babysit" Reba Lafferty, a wealthy and spoiled young woman just out of prison on probation from the California Institution for Women for embezzlement, turns unexpectedly dangerous for Kinsey Millhone.

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