Post Script: Y Is For Yesterday – Sue Grafton

Y is for Yesterday

Y is for Yesterday

A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Sue Grafton

ISBN: 9781447260233

 

Description:

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

 

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

 

 

My View:

This episode is the standout in the series- PI fiction doesn’t get much better than this. I wonder what Z will offer?

This episode in the Kinsey Millhone private investigator series is action packed, tension filled and takes us on a different journey with Kinsey – a journey where she is apprehensive (and rightly so we soon discover) and not in control of events surrounding her.

The narrative is told from a dual time frame perspective – and the events of the past are harrowing and cast a shadow that eventually reaches Kinsey in the current time, in her current job.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode – the action is intense and the crimes of the past are horrific yet told with a subtleness that actually reinforces the darkness of the crime, the perpetrator vile in his manipulative behaviours – the perfect picture of a sociopath.  The revenge crimes in the present – are not so subtle, worrying and will keep you turning pages. A great read!

I can’t wait for Z – unless that means an end to the series?

 

 

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Post Script: X – Sue Grafton

X Did Hit the Spot!

Book Cover X Sue Grafton

X

Sue Grafton

Pan Macmillan Australia

Mantle

ISBN: 9781447260158

 

 

 

Description:

Of #1 New York Times–bestselling author Sue Grafton, NPR’s Maureen Corrigan said, “Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters.” With only two letters left, Grafton’s many devoted readers will share that sentiment.

 

X: The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.

 

X: The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: think xylophone.

 

X: The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.

 

Sue Grafton’s X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

 

 

My View:

Without a doubt, this has been the best read in the entire Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series – and as a serious fan of the series I have read all but one of books (W for Wasted) but that did not affect my enjoyment of this book one little bit. When you pick up a book in this series you generally have a good idea of what to expect which is part of the charm of the series – reading one of Sue Grafton’s books is like welcoming an old friend into your home; you are comfortable with your guest, you are aware of their tastes, their style, their sense of self. That same level of comfort extends to Grafton’s writing and her characters: you are familiar with and welcoming to the protagonist Kinsey Millhone and her troop of regular characters to your home, so comfortable that you kick off your shoes, curl up on the sofa with the book in one hand a cuppa/glass of wine or piece of chocolate in other; happy, relaxed, ready and eager to listen to the story your guests want to impart. And what a great story this one is.

 

This book just felt that little bit edgier, just that little bit harder, the plot seemed to be just that little more complex, with plenty happening in Kinsey’s own backyard and in the world of sleuthing. And the villain of the piece is indeed a psychopath/serial killer (but no spoilers here), but please note there is no hint of gruesome bloodletting and gore present here; sometimes less is more and that device works well here, Grafton allows your imagination to fill in the blanks…

 

The only problem with this read is…we are now one step closer to the end of the alphabet. I can’t imagine how this journey will end – I guess I will just have to keep reading and find out.