U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
(Kinsey Millhone Mysteries)

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...the current book is a true standout. At a time when many other long-running detective franchises have lapsed into formula, Grafton finds new ways to push the edges of the genre and keep her books fresh. As the title suggests,"U Is for Undertow" moves fast and has an irresistible pull.
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Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. Even more so when Kinsey Millhone’s only lead is a grown man dredging up a repressed childhood memory—of something that may never have happened…

Looking solemn, Michael Sutton arrives in Kinsey’s office with a story: When he was six, he wandered into the woods and saw two men digging a hole. They claimed they were pirates, looking for treasure. Now, the long-forgotten incident has come back to him—and he is convinced that he witnessed the burial of a kidnapped child.

Kinsey has little to go on. Sutton doesn’t even know where he was that day—and, she soon discovers, he has a history of what might generously be called an active imagination. Despite her doubts, Kinsey sets out to locate the so-called burial site. And what’s found there pulls her into a current of deceit stretching back more than twenty years…
 

About Sue Grafton

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Sue Grafton, with four more letters of the alphabet to come, is deep into "W is for" . . . She lives in Montecito and Louisville.
 
Published October 22, 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 496 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Roz Shea on Jan 24 2011

Sue Grafton is an author who defies pigeon-holing into any single genre. Although recently named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and the recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, she goes beyond the classic whodunit.

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Reviewed by Jack Batten on Jan 10 2010

U is for Undertow happens to be as brisk, engaging and inventive as anything in Grafton's novels from "A" to "T"...Grafton stretches the tantalizing personal angle in ways that add texture to Kinsey's character.

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Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky on Dec 01 2009

Grafton is a craftswoman whose solid descriptive writing, crisp dialogue, and well-constructed plot keep U is for Undertow moving along swiftly and satisfyingly.

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Reviewed by Daniel Stashower on Mar 02 2010

...the current book is a true standout. At a time when many other long-running detective franchises have lapsed into formula, Grafton finds new ways to push the edges of the genre and keep her books fresh. As the title suggests,"U Is for Undertow" moves fast and has an irresistible pull.

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