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L Is for Lawless (Kinsey Millhone Series #12)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Diehard-Sue Grafton Fan

Loved it, but was mad at the end about how Kinsey was wronged!!! thats all I'm going to say, I don't want to give anything away.

posted by Ve on August 23, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not bad

This wasn't too bad. It was kind of slow in the beginning, but it got better. I still wish the endings were a little more detailed.

Kinsey's skills are about to be sorely tested. She is about to meet her duplicitous match in a couple of world-class prevaricators wh...
This wasn't too bad. It was kind of slow in the beginning, but it got better. I still wish the endings were a little more detailed.

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 bad girl-- quick-witted and quicksilvery, smart-mouthed and smart-alecky-- poking her nose into everyone'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 tap and her energy level on high, romping through her fastest and funniest adventure in this, her twelfth foray into the alphabet of crime.

"A" Is for Alibi
"B" Is for Burglar
"C" Is for Corpse
"D" Is for Deadbeat
"E" Is for Evidence
"F" Is for Fugitive
"G" Is for Gumshoe
"H" Is for Homicide
"I" Is for Innocent
"J" Is for Judgment
"K" Is for Killer
"L" is for Lawless
"M" Is for Malice
"N" Is for Noose
"O" Is for Outlaw

Kinsey Millhone's latest is her most spellbinding mystery yet--and her biggest book to date! When Kinsey agrees to do a favor for her elderly landlord, she finds herself on the trail of a decades-old crime.

posted by Slim20 on April 11, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    L is for Lawless

    This was yet another great read from Sue Grafton. Kinsey was exploring being apart of a family for some of the book. Short on money and short on help from her employer she trys to find out the mystery of her employers father's past. The only problem is he is not even sure what they are looking for. She is in for a surprise when she makes friends with an ex con and his daughter. Surprises are throughout and you never know where she is going next... and honestly neither does she.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    enjoy the series

    just another good read by Sue Grafton. I enjoy the Kinsey Miilhone series. Do not have to read them in alphabetical order

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    Enjoyable

    The plot and characters were interesting. There were some dull parts but for the most part enjoyable reading. I've read some of the other books in this series and this was one of the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    Good mystery about career criminals

    It can be a great mistake to do a favor for a friend of a friend, as Kinsey Millhone learns the hard way. As a favor to her landlord, the good-hearted Henry Pitts, Kinsey agrees to help the family of John Lee get a proper veteran's funeral. Lee, after all, served his country heroically as a Flying Tiger, fighting the Japanese in Burma on the eve of World War II. Yet, strangely, the Air Force cannot verify his service. Kinsey agrees to help find out what the problem is, and discovers that she has taken on much more than she bargained for... 'L' is for Lawless is full of good writing, interesting observations about life, and interesting descriptions of real facets of our existence (locks and safes in this case). It contains a really excellent portrayal of what it is like to become involved with career criminals, habitual liars, and habitually violent men. It contains good portrayals of family bickering, of mutual disdain in families, and of thoroughly aggravating stupidity. It also contains some ingenious ideas on the art of hiding money, even over decades, and some interesting pointers on the art of being cheap. In my opinion, the main flaw of the novel lies in the dialog. Kinsey slips into easy conversation about personal matters with people whom she dislikes and distrusts and who return her feelings--something that people seldom really do. In the same vein, dialog about ordinary matters occurs at moments of great stress, such as the aftermath of a shooting, where it seems inconsistent with the characters' likely moods and preoccupations. At the end, a hardened criminal explains his misdeeds to people that he is about to kill. All of this comes across as clumsy attempts to feed the reader information. All in all, however, 'L' is for Lawless is a captivating yarn, always interesting, never tedious. I recommend it highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2001

    She's doing it again

    Year by year Sue Graftoin gives us an exciting, mystery thriller in the life of PI Kinsey Milhone. Almost half way through the alphabet one wonders what Ms Grafton has in store for us in 2012. This is a novel of mix-ups though the assignment seems straightforward. Kinsey agrees to check out why a family friend, now deceased, has no military record when he claimed to be a fighter pilot during WWII. Despite trecking around the country with only the clothes she stand up in Kinsey still retains her sharp sense of humour.

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