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    Sue Grafton(Author)

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She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the case remained unsolved. That was eighteen years ago. Now, the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case. Old and ill, they need someone to do the legwork for them, and they turn to Kinsey Millhone. They will, they tell her, find closure if they can just identify the victim. Kinsey is intrigued with the challenge and agrees to work with them. But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what begins with the pursuit of Jane Doe's real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Although this latest Kinsey Millhone novel features all of Grafton's tried and true elements of suspense and humor, there's something unusual here: the story-of an unsolved homicide that occurred in 1969-is based on a real event. Grafton became interested in this case, of an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a California quarry. While Grafton was writing the novel, Jane Doe's body was exhumed and a forensic artist did the facial reconstruction, in the hopes that seeing the victim's image might trigger someone's memory. Kinsey is pulled into working on the case when her old friend Con Dolan asks for her help as a favor, to help Stacey Oliphant, an aging, ailing policeman, fulfill his dream of solving the mystery of Jane Doe's murder. There's not much to go on, as the case has been cold for years, yet the trio-Kinsey, Dolan and Stacey-persevere; slowly, leads begin to turn up. Kaye gives a fine performance. While she's well accustomed to reading Kinsey (she's been the audiobook reader for the entire series) and performs that part with gusto here, she also deftly handles the craggy old voices of Dolan and Stacey (although at times it's hard to distinguish between them). By turns sassy, professional and heartbreaking, her portrayal of Grafton's beloved heroine will delight fans. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Sue Grafton(Author)
  • Pan Books; New edition edition (2012)
  • English
  • 3
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Guest on December 9, 2014

    This book was from start to finish a real gripper. I have read all the previous books from A to Q. This book was different from the previous books because Kinsey worked with two police detectives one from Santa Teresa Police and the other from the Sheriff's department. She work well with them even though she normally a loner. Both were older men very much her senior. They both had very serious health issues, one Lt Dolan had heart trouble and the other was cancer patient in remission. Lt Dolan did end up in the hospital because of a heart attack. Previous to that Stacey was in the hospital for a check to see if his cancer had returned. Kinsey continued organizing and working the case to find who killed "Jane Doe" 18 years ago. They find out who she was and meanwhile another murder was committed to conceal the murderer' s identity. I was very surprised who the murderer was. Good read my favorite so far.

  • By MarionLibrarion on July 31, 2016

    This was the best book in Sue Grafton's alphabet murder mystery series yet. It was based on a real life unsolved homicide that occurred in Santa Barbara County in August 1969. It included illustrations of how the young woman may have looked created by a retired medical illustrator. Even thought the plot was fictional, Sue included many details of this case. Sue hopes that someone will recognize the young woman and come forward with information about her. Fantastic!

  • By Fred Camfield on October 21, 2002

    This novel is like a slow baseball game with two announcers, one giving the play-by-play and the other giving color commentary - in this case long descriptions of passing scenery, people, restaurant menus, etc. This is the 17th novel about private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California (set geographically in the location of the real life Santa Barbara). In this case, she teams up with Lieutenant Con Dolan, on medical disability from the Santa Teresa Police Department, and retired Dectective Stacey Oliphant of the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Office.The time setting is early in 1987. Kinsey is helping out on an 18-year old unsolved murder case. Con and Stacey had been the men who discovered the body, and they are interested in closing out the case. A new look at the case reveals new evidence. The play-by-play is interesting, but the color commentary seems a bit excessive and makes the story drag. Along the way, Kinsey discovers additional information about her mother's family. A major part of the story is the rehabilitation of Con and Stacey.The novel has some motion picture potential, where the side commentary could be covered visually. As an added feature, look in the back of the book for the forensic reconstruction of an unidentified murder victim that the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office would like help in identifying.

  • By Mr. D on July 18, 2015

    This story will sharpen your skills as an investigator. Grafton's wit and humor are tops. She develops her characters with the skills of a sculpture who brings them to life in the mind's eye. Any reader with imagination becomes part of the investigation that follows the reopening of a cold-case that begs for justice. I've been reading Sue Grafton since "A is for Apple" (just kidding) and I would have never been able to pick a favorite except for one night I fell asleep while reading "Q" and dreamed that I was a part of the investigation. I didn't get to meet Kinsey in the dream because she had some family business to take of and I became a third wheel with two other detectives in the story; they unceremoniously invited me to butt out of the investigation after I threatened to hold a rather uncooperative witness' head under water for two hours. When they discovered that Kinsey had no idea who I was, I got booted off the team. That's when I woke up and finished this marvelous story. Had they been available I would have voted for 6 Stars. Have fun!

  • By M. C. Crammer on January 29, 2003

    So many authors write decreasingly well as time goes on, no doubt burning out from the pressure to write a blockbuster each year. Sue Grafton is *not* in this category. I thoroughly enjoyed Q is for Quarry and think it is just as good -- and probably better -- than earlier works (which for the most part I also enjoyed). This witty and fast paced book tells the story of Kinsey teaming up with two retired police detectives -- good buddies, each of whom has health problems that the other worries about -- to solve a "cold" case of a teenage girl found dead near a quarry. No-one knows who the victim is, let alone who killed her or why. The characterization is very vivid, particularly the emphasis on the friendship between the detectives. This is wittier than some of Sue Grafton's earlier works. The plotting is excellent, although (and perhaps I was reading too quickly) I sometimes couldn't figure out quite how they got from A to B -- although much of the plot does involve following hunches.I sent my copy on to a person who doesn't read mysteries -- I hope she makes an exception for this one.

  • By Janel Silva on October 16, 2014

    This story is based on a real cold case and so it made it even more on the edge of your seat. Regretfully the real case wasn't solved, but this one was done rather surprisingly. So sit back and enjoy the book. See if you know the real Jane Doe whose facial reconstruction pictures are at the end of the story. I'm glad Sue Grafton took an interest in this case and did so much to help out the police to try and find this young ladies family.

  • By Jason Poe on March 28, 2014

    I have currently read books A through R. And I would say hands-down that Q is the best out of the entire series, thus far. I have always been drawn to mystery novels and TV shows. However, I am still drawn to times where the internet couldn't do all the work. PI's still had to pick locks and dust for prints. With Remington Steele being my all time favorite tv show, I was naturally hooked to this series of books for the nostalgia of it all.What sets this book apart from the rest is the detailed and in depth sleuthing Kinsey has to undertake to get to the bottom of a cold case without the help of Google and Facebook. In some of the books, it feels that a lot of the breakthroughs rest in the hands of accidental discoveries. Not the case for Q. I am amazed that with the amount of action in this book, Ms. Grafton was able to fit it in under 1,000 pages!


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