"K" is for Killer

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by Sue Grafton
     
 

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Lorna Kepler was beautiful and willful, a loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. Maybe that's what killed her.

Her death had raised a host of tough questions. The cops suspected homicide, but they could find neither motive nor suspect. Even the means were mysterious: Lorna's body was so badly decomposed when it was discovered that they couldn't be

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Lorna Kepler was beautiful and willful, a loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. Maybe that's what killed her.

Her death had raised a host of tough questions. The cops suspected homicide, but they could find neither motive nor suspect. Even the means were mysterious: Lorna's body was so badly decomposed when it was discovered that they couldn't be certain she hadn't died of natural causes. In the way of overworked cops everywhere, the case was gradually shifted to the back burner and became another unsolved file.

Only Lorna's mother kept it alive, consumed by the certainty that somebody out there had gotten away with murder.

In the ten months since her daughter's death, Janice Kepler had joined a support group, trying to come to terms with her loss and her anger. It wasn't helping. And so, leaving a session one evening and noticing a light on in the offices of Millhone Investigations, she knocked on the door.

In answering that knock, Kinsey Millhone is pulled into the netherworld of unavenged murder, where only a pact with the devil will satisfy the restless ghosts of the victims and give release to the living they have left behind.

Eleven books into the series that has won her readers around the world, Sue Grafton takes a darkside turn, pitching us into a shadow land of pain and grief where killers still walk free, unaccused, unpunished, unrepentant. With "K" is for Killer she offers a tale that is dark, complex, and deeply disturbing.

Editorial Reviews

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PHENOMENAL PRAISE FOR THE MYSTERY NOVELS OF #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR SUE GRAFTON

 “Exceptionally entertaining…an offbeat sense of humor and a feisty sense of justice.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Millhone is an engaging detective-for-hire…P.I. Kinsey Millhone and her creator…are arguably the best of [the] distaff invaders of the hitherto sacrosanct turf of gumshoes.”—The Buffalo News

“Once a fan reads one of Grafton’s alphabetically titled detective novels, he or she will not rest until all the others are found.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner

“Millhone is a refreshingly strong and resourceful female private eye.”—Library Journal

“Tough but compassionate…There is no one better than Kinsey Millhone.”—Best Sellers

“A woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner.”—Newsweek

“Lord, how I like this Kinsey Millhone…The best detective fiction I have read in years.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Smart, tough, and thorough…Kinsey Millhone is a pleasure.”—The Bloomsbury Review

“Kinsey is one of the most persuasive of the new female operatives…She’s refreshingly free of gender clichés. Grafton, who is a very witty writer, has also given her sleuth a nice sense of humor—and a set of Wonder Woman sheets to prove it.”—Boston Herald

“What grandpa used to call a class act.”—Stanley Ellin

“Smart, sexual, likable and a very modern operator.”—Dorothy Salisbury Davis

“Kinsey’s got brains and a sense of humor.”—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429911658
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Series:
Kinsey Millhone Series , #11
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
286
Sales rank:
11,685
File size:
383 KB

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Meet the Author

Sue Grafton entered the mystery field in 1982 with the publication of 'A' Is for Alibi, which introduced female hard-boiled private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, operating out of the fictional town of Santa Teresa, (aka Santa Barbara) California. 'B' is for Burglar followed in l985 and the series, now referred to as 'the alphabet' mysteries, is still going strong. In addition to her books, she's published several Kinsey Millhone short stories, and with her husband, Steven Humphrey, has written numerous movies for television, including "A Killer in the Family" (starring Robert Mitchum), "Love on the Run" (starring Alec Baldwin and Stephanie Zimbalist) and two Agatha Christie adaptations, "Sparkling Cyanide" and "Caribbean Mystery," which starred Helen Hayes. Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine. Sue has a home in Montecito, California, and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised.


Sue Grafton entered the mystery field in 1982 with the publication of 'A' Is for Alibi, which introduced female hard-boiled private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, operating out of the fictional town of Santa Teresa, (aka Santa Barbara) California. 'B' is for Burglar followed in 1985 and the series, now referred to as 'the alphabet' mysteries, is still going strong. In addition to her books, she’s published several Kinsey Millhone short stories, and with her husband, Steven Humphrey, has written numerous movies for television, including “A Killer in the Family” (starring Robert Mitchum), “Love on the Run” (starring Alec Baldwin and Stephanie Zimbalist) and two Agatha Christie adaptations, “Sparkling Cyanide” and “Caribbean Mystery,” which starred Helen Hayes. Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine. Sue has a home in Montecito, California, and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky
Date of Birth:
April 24, 1940
Place of Birth:
Louisville, Kentucky
Education:
B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961
Website:
http://www.suegrafton.com/

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K Is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone Series #11) 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 68 reviews.
Slim20 More than 1 year ago
This was a little different than the last few books. We get a glimpse of a dark side to Kinsey. It wasn't my favorite but it wasn't bad. When Kinsey Millhone answers her office door late one night, she lets in more darkness than she realizes. Janice Kepler is a grieving mother who can't let the death of her beautiful daughter Lorna alone. The police agree that Lorna was murdered, but a suspect was never apprehended and the trail is now ten months cold. Kinsey pieces together Lorna's young life: a dull day job a the local water treatment plant spiced by sidelines in prostitution and pornography. She tangles with Lorna's friends: a local late-night DJ; a sweet, funny teenaged hooker; Lorna's sloppy landlord and his exotic wife. But to find out which one, if any, turned killer, Kinsey will have to inhabit a netherworld from which she may never return.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was definately not G rated. The murdered participant was selling her body for sex and there was even mention of a porn video of the departed. Kinsey had to stay up late to meet with a lot of the deads friends and co-workers. Then normally spunky private investigator loses a lot of sleep and does not see clearly until a few more murders happen. Honestly i had to go over the end a second time because i did not catch how it ended, but it is definately different then the other books. Not my favorite, but still a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole "it's night, it's dark, it's unlike the day" thing was heavy handed and I wondered where her editor was. That aside, I really loved the book's premis. Grafton offers a bunch of unpleasant people, any of whom had a decent motive and opportunity. Great ending and unlike the other alphabet series novels in the way Milhone wraps up the case. Definnately one of my favorites in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with you because people are telling the story and they are spoiler alerts which means they are spoiling the fun of reading the book. Do not get this book if people are going to tell you the whole story. And it already give you a summary in the front if you have a NOOK. So why would they give you a summary if there is already one?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am hooked on the series. They are easy to read and keep you interested. Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many times a series has become mundane this many books in but this one is still going strong
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
K is for Killer by Sue Grafton is another whirlwind of mystery and intrigue.  I don't know how she get so many plot lines to come together in the end, but she always does.  And she always surprises me when the puzzle is finally solved.  Just when I think I have figured out the mystery, my theory dies with the character.  Kinsey Milhone is a strong, intelligent woman.  The police have tried to solve the same crime for 10 months, but she adds a new eye and a knack for inteviews.  I love the settings and the descriptions, and often find myself telling the characters where to go and not to go.  I even want to tell Kinsey to get a dog...LOL.
PeachesmomTX More than 1 year ago
I'm late in reading Sue Grafton, but have found all of her books to be very entertaining. One thing I find refreshing, her books are not full of profanity, just a little scattered her and there. I recommend reading Sue Grafton and you really don't have to start with the first book, that's just my preference.
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You look very dashing by the way"sits on the bed"
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A fun read.
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