W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
(Kinsey Millhone Mystery)

81%

10 Critic Reviews

Throughout it all, Kinsey, practically unique among her professional cohort, is driven not by greed, lust or revenge, but by the simple desire to do the right thing. As she approaches the end of the alphabet, Kinsey waxes ever more reflective and philosophical.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Of the #1 New York Times bestselling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, “Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters.”

W is for...wanderer...worthless...wronged...W is for Wasted.

Two dead men changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I’d never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.

The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He’d been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He’d been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone’s name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes.

But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. Not just between the two victims, but also to Kinsey’s past. And before long Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised…


From the Paperback edition.
 

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 September 10, 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 610 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Sep 29 2013
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 20 2013

Throughout it all, Kinsey, practically unique among her professional cohort, is driven not by greed, lust or revenge, but by the simple desire to do the right thing. As she approaches the end of the alphabet, Kinsey waxes ever more reflective and philosophical.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jul 08 2013

While some of Kinsey’s longer asides could have benefited from trimming, fans will rejoice that her observations on such topics as her previous failed relationships and the quirks of her hometown are as incisive and witty as ever.

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Examiner

Good
on Aug 28 2013

In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy on Sep 13 2013

While Kinsey has learned to leap hurdles in her career, Sue Grafton has become an Olympic-class pole-vaulter in hers. Impeccable plot, prose as rich as Wall Street, and everyone’s favorite private eye make W IS FOR WASTED a surefire bestseller, Grafton’s greatest novel ever.

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Deseret News

Good
Reviewed by Sharon Haddock on Sep 08 2013

It's really a fast-moving, readable novel that bears the mark of a master storyteller who has done her homework. It's a shame "W" is so close to the end of the alphabet.

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Times Dispatch

Good
Reviewed by Jay Strafford on Sep 08 2013

“W is for Wasted” is further proof — as if it were needed — of Grafton’s immense talent. And her ability to give equal weight to the story of the detective and the detective story sets her apart in the world of crime fiction.

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The Courier-Journal

Good
on Sep 06 2013

Grafton brings everything to a thrilling conclusion, complete with some erudite social commentary from William at the end. Even the book’s title bespeaks consideration...

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Booking Mama

Good
on Sep 23 2013

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed W IS FOR WASTED, although I admit that my reading experience was bittersweet. I am terribly sad that Ms. Grafton is running out of letters, and I sincerely hope she has a plan to keep Kinsey alive and well for many more years!

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Good
Reviewed by Lesa on Sep 16 2013

W is for Wasted is a difficult book to summarize without spoiling the book. Since Kinsey is the narrator, the reader should be just as surprised as she is to uncover the elements of the mystery. Saying that, this is one of the more appealing books in the series...

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Steinke on Sep 19 2013

This gripping murder mystery is so thrilling that the characters practically jump off the page, and you will be left guessing up until the very end.

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