L is for Lawless

L is for Lawless

Sue Grafton / Jun 26, 2019

L is for Lawless Three cassettes hoursRead by Judy Kaye Kinsey s skills are about to be sorely tested She is about to meet her duplicitous match in a couple of world class prevaricators who quite literally take her

  • Title: L is for Lawless
  • Author: Sue Grafton
  • ISBN: 9780449221495
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Three cassettes 3 hoursRead by Judy Kaye Kinsey s skills are about to be sorely tested She is about to meet her duplicitous match in a couple of world class prevaricators who quite literally take her for the ride of her life L is for Lawless Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with trulThree cassettes 3 hoursRead by Judy Kaye Kinsey s skills are about to be sorely tested She is about to meet her duplicitous match in a couple of world class prevaricators who quite literally take her for the ride of her life L is for Lawless Call it Kinsey Millhone in bad company Call it a mystery without a murder, a treasure hunt without a map, a quest novel with truly mixed up motives Call it the return of Kinsey as a bad girl quick witted and quicksilvery poking her nose into everybody s dirty laundry as she joins up with a modern day Bonnie and Clyde in an Our Gang comedy that will take her halfway across the country and leave her with a major headache and an empty bank balance America s favorite borderline delinquent is back with her one liners on tape and her energy level on high, romping through her fastest and funniest adventure in this, her twelfth foray into the alphabet of crime.

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      • Sue Grafton

        Sue Grafton was a 1 New York Times bestselling author She is best known for her alphabet series featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies Her earlier novels include Keziah Dane 1967 and The Lolly Madonna War 1969 , both out of print In the book Kinsey and Me she gave us stories that revealed Kinsey s origins and Sue s past.Grafton never wanted her novels to be turned into movies or TV shows According to her family she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name Because of these things, and out of respect for Sue s wishes, the family announced the alphabet now ends at Y Grafton was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, three Shamus Awards, and many other honors and awards.Grafton had three children from previous marriages and several grandchildren, including a granddaughter named Kinsey She and her husband lived in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.


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    1. Book Review4 out of 5 stars for L is for Lawless, the 12th book in the "Kinsey Millhone" cozy mystery series written by Sue Grafton in 1994. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as it covered a lot with Henry, Kinsey's landlord and friend. He asks for her help to find the military records proving a good friend of his was in the service, in order to properly bury him. But this is where it takes a turn Kinsey goes dark well sort of she's on a trip around the country to find the answers, stuck side by s [...]


    2. My enjoyment of this book was really diminished by the fact that Kinsey NEVER punched Laura in the face. She needed punching repeatedly. Also, we're on book 12; Kinsey should not be getting tricked quite as easily or as frequently.But I want to hang out with the grandmother. She rocked.


    3. The author, Sue Grafton delivers another great astounding mystery in her alphabet series - L is for Lawless. In this book, the main character, Kinsey Millhone (a private investigator), is asked by her good friend/landlord, Henry, to help out a friend of his on a simple matter. She needs to show that Henry’s friend served in the military during World War II so he can be buried as a veteran. It was such a simple request but the problem is that the military has no record of the man ever being in [...]


    4. Kinsey helps a neighbor discover why his grandfather has been denied veteran's benefits. It seems like an easily, but boring case. Things change quickly when break-ins start occurring, and Kinsey starts to wonder what the burglars could have been after.The 12th Kinsey Millhone mystery in Grafton's alphabet series. Kinsey traveled away from Santa Teresa in this book, and I wasn't a big fan of the cross country chase. I wanted more of her crazy neighborhood stories, and less of the crazy character [...]


    5. A better title for this book should be Kinsey and her misadventures with the Clampetts. Even though this book is one big Murphy’s Law event for Kinsey, I still liked it. When main characters can’t seem to catch a break in a book until the very end, I usually get very annoyed but not so with L is for Lawless. I give the credit to Sue Grafton for giving this book a more light-hearted feel to some of the other books and Grafton didn’t allow Kinsey never to catch a break even in the end. This [...]


    6. I really enjoyed the comic caper style of this episode in the Kinsey Millhone series. The beginning was a good build-up, but not near as much fun as the end. I could understand Kinsey's appeal to some of the characters. Her instant attraction (family-style) made the plotline even more humorous. I hated the character, Laura, but enjoyed Kinsey's sister-style bantering with her. The mystery was more of a treasure hunt, but the true treasure was the character Helen (aka Hell on Wheels). She reminds [...]


    7. Didn't like this book at all. I thought the last book K is for Killer was the worst but I take it back, this one is. Totally unbelievable story line with characters I hated and would love to see get what they got coming to them. Kinsey is a complete 180 from her usual self in all the other books and not in a good way. She went from smart, sassy and cautious to stupid, annoying/mean spirited and dangerously impulsive and a criminal herself to boot. I'm surprised she didn't die or get arrested wit [...]


    8. This is probably my least favorite Kinsey Millhone book. I guess it was the author's attempt to get Kinsey out of her familiar setting. This is admirable, but not always successful. (Remember when Jessica Fletcher left Cabot Cove and moved to Manhattan? Blecch.) I dearly missed Kinsey's familiar setting and familiar friends and after they left Dallas, found my interest flagging. There were some interesting characters and situations but other than Kinsey, no characters to root for or really care [...]



    9. Having finished my judging for Florida Press Association, I dived right into “L,” hoping Kinsey hadn’t missed me for the few days I was away from her.In this installment, set in November of 1985 even though it was published in 1995, Kinsey is 35, having had a birthday May 5. Her adored and adoring landlord, Henry, asks her to do him a favor. My guess is this experience pays her up for years to come.Her adventures take her from her California hometown via air to Dallas and, eventually, to [...]


    10. This was a highly unusual, very twisty and intense story. Kinsey's landlord, the dapper and handsome octogenarian Henry asks her to help out a neighbor who is trying to claim Veterans burial benefits for his grandfather who served in WWII and Kinsey thinks it's a piece of cake. Then and old friend of the dead man shows up and twice the decedent's home is burglarized. At that point Kinsey is hooked by her own curiosity, particularly when she catches sight of the potential burglar the second time. [...]


    11. "L Is for Lawless" is the first book in the series that I've read in over four years, and I was a little surprised at my reaction to it. I had forgotten how "tame" this series is in comparison to the harder-core mysteries that are so popular today. Despite and "F-bomb" thrown in every so often, this one reminds me of some kind of cross between a "Cozy" and the grittier mysteries. I enjoyed the plot - although I think it did go on a bit longer than it should have - but never did find myself able [...]


    12. Either grafton is faltering or I'm getting better. I had this one figured out way before Kinsey did (and I'm not usually the first to figure things out). Not only that but the plot didn't ring as true for me for a couple reasons: *spoiler* 1.) i didn't get why kinsey would stay involved when she wasn't getting paid, even if she did start it as a favor to Henry; and 2.) there wasn't even a partial resolution at the end--the "crooks" seem to get away and the family who she was originally trying to [...]


    13. 4 StarsThis story turned out much better than the I thought it would after reading the book-blurb. Kinsey gets into one fine mess after volunteering to "help out" a friend of a friend. The entire story is a hot mess, really. We start out trying to get military benefits for a dead man; who may or may not have been in the military. We end up running away from bad buys, looking for stolen money and avoiding the cops too. I don't know how she does it; but Kinsey always manages to get in way over her [...]


    14. Much better on this outing! Ms. Millhone goes on a merry, cross-country chase & while I am sure that we, as readers, were supposed to feel sympathetic to her lack of funds and other problems, I took glee in listening to her whiny, judgmental self suffer. I liked the way that Ms. Grafton wove the title into the plot & I kept thinking of a fellow Pitt undergrad, Greg Lawless, as I read this one. Another quick read. On to M!


    15. Initially I found this book to be a tad better than its most recent predecessors, but then we got to Dallas and the stupidity hit. The longer our heroine hung out with this book's gaggle of ancillary characters, the more idiotic she herself became. By the end I was wishing Granny would take both her shotgun and her Louisville Slugger to the whole lot of 'em.


    16. I enjoy the alphabet series by Sue Grafton. They are well written and plotted. Each book can be read as a stand alone; however, if you read them in order, you can experience the evolving character of the protagonist Kinsey Millhone.


    17. The 12th book in the Kinsey Milhone alphabet series - and another good read. This one had Kinsey working a case for a friend of a friend for free. A "simple case" that turns out to be not so simple after all.


    18. This was a strange Kinsey book, though I certainly admire Grafton for being able to change things up and keep introducing novelty in this series. Overall an interesting ride though I felt a bit cheated (like Kinsey) by the ending.






    19. I was reading this on a trip and it didn't hold my interest as much as I'd hoped, but that may have been me. One thing that's interesting is how much of the plot would no longer hold true, given the advent of cell phones. Also, airports run in such a different way that some of the plot points couldn't happen now. Perhaps more than in most genres, mystery and crime fiction relies a lot on current technologies and policies.


    20. I really enjoy the ones where Kinsey ends up somewhere other that Santa Teresa. Loved all the vacuuming she had to do in this one. 😂


    21. Kinsey Millhone is actually taking a vacation. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and she has promised to stand up at the wedding of two good friends, but that doesn't stop her from taking on a case. Her good friend and landlord has asked her to talk to the Lees. Johnnie Lee recently passed away, and the family was hoping to get some money from the government to put toward his funeral expenses. He was was a World War II veteran, but their is no record of his service.After visiting with Lee's gr [...]


    22. The last two books in the Alphabet Series left me wanting more from Sue Grafton. I was left feeling like the endings were rushed, characters weren't given the right amount of introduction, or were introduced briefly and then not mentioned again, and wanting more from the storyline.Grafton redeemed herself with "L is for Lawless". This is the first book in the series where the job Kinsey is working on is as a favor to a friend of hers. This book's a lot like "H is for Homocide" in that Kinsey fin [...]


    23. My constant complaint about these books is the rushed ending. After 200 pages of not much happening, once again Grafton sprints to the finish line. All I can say is that if I were Kinsey, I would never do a favor for Henry ever again. Kinsey finds herself broke, beaten (again!) and alone almost on the exact opposite side of the country and what does she get for her troubles. She doesn't even get to give a satisfying conclusion to the people she was supposed to be helping. Considering almost ever [...]


    24. Oh Kinsey. You are a glutton for punishment. You let your love for dear sweet Henry Pitts drag you into a pro bono case with no upside at all for you. And you continue to allow your family issues to cloud your judgment. This time around, Kinsey is pressed into service by Henry to help one of their neighbors, and both of them have no idea what she is actually walking into. Kinsey, impulsive to the last, ends up hopping a plane to Texas where she goes undercover (naturally) and stumbles into a ser [...]


    25. This Kinsey book was a little bit different from the others, and it was pretty good. Kinsey isn't hired to solve a case, but agrees to do a favor for her landlord. This leads to all kinds of trouble and excitement that is different than most of the other alphabet books. H for Homicide is another similar Kinsey book to this one where Kinsey spends a lot of the book in danger. In this case, she looks into a VA claim that ends up being bogus and about bank robbery instead.Kinsey ends up traveling t [...]


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