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"O" Yeah, Kinsey's Back!
There are two ways to judge a mystery series: 1.) How good the books are individually and 2.) How fresh the author can keep the primary characters and the situations.
"O" Is for Outlaw is not only one of the best in the Kinsey Millhone series, it's also the freshest. One senses Grafton getting a second wind. Or maybe starting to see Kinsey in a slightly different way.
The set-up is beautifully simple: Kinsey comes into possession of the contents of an abandoned store garage. One of the things she finds in there is material that makes her wonder if she was right about her first husband after all. His being accused of murder broke up their marriage. She pretty much bought into the cops' story that their fellow cop, and her husband, was the killer. Now she's not so sure.
This is a wonderful device for taking us on a journey into Kinsey's past. A lot of questions readers have had over the years are answered here in Grafton's usual fetching voice. The novel investigates two mysteries -- the one surrounding her husband Mickey; and the mystery that is Kinsey herself, the forces that shaped her into what she is today.
There's comedy, melancholy, a clever puzzle, her usual cast of kooks and criminals, and lots of middle-aged angst redeemed by Kinsey's winsomeness. In other words, the perfect Sue Grafton novel.