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T Is for Trespass (Kinsey Millhone Series #20)
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T Is for Trespass (Kinsey Millhone Series #20)

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by Sue Grafton

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Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone embarks on a terrifying but all-too-real ride that will reveal not everyone is who they say they are.


Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone embarks on a terrifying but all-too-real ride that will reveal not everyone is who they say they are.

Editorial Reviews

Kevin Allman
As in her previous adventures, most of the people Kinsey encounters and investigates are everyday folks: bank tellers, apartment managers and hospital aides. Kinsey's beat is the banality of criminality, and Grafton's gift is making the minutiae of detective work and everyday life into something both sociological and suspenseful…Kinsey has barely evolved in her 25 years on the scene. What has changed in the past two decades is the number of female PIs on bookshelves, from hard-boiled women to cutesy shoe-shopping gumshoes. Few of them can match up to durable Kinsey Millhone, eternally on stakeout in the front seat of her latest beater, with a thermos of bad coffee, a revolver and her ubiquitous Quarter Pounder With Cheese all riding shotgun.
—The Washington Post
Marilyn Stasio
"For all its familiar comforts, this is one sad, tough book."
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Tony award-winner Judy Kaye has been the voice of private eye Kinsey Millhone since the beginning, and 19 titles later, she's still an inspired choice, capturing the character's unique combination of femininity and ruggedness, intelligence, street savvy and self-confidence with just a hint of uncertainty. Trespassis possibly a series best. Both reader and sleuth are working at full tilt as Kinsey interacts with a large cast. Her foremost opponent is the devious and homicidal black widow who has spun a web around the detective's aged and infirmed next door neighbor. Grafton deviates from Kinsey's narration to delve into the killer's history and mind-set, underlining the seriousness of her threat. Kaye offers a crisp, chillingly cold aural portrait of a sociopath capable of anything. Kaye's spot-on interpretation of the two very different leading characters would be praiseworthy enough, but she's just as effective in capturing the elderly men and women, the screechy landladies, the drawling rednecks, the velvet-tongued smooth operators, the fast talking lawyers and all the inhabitants of Kinsey's world. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 17). (Dec.)

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Forbes Magazine
Here's a thriller that painfully reminds us of how vulnerable many of us will become as we get older and are hit with chronic conditions that require in-home care. Grafton, who consistently turns out grade-A novels, has outdone herself with her latest. This chilling, poignant tale involves an injured 89-year-old man who ends up with a caregiver who decides to kill him slowly by poisoning his food. The fellow has only one known relative, who is far away and doesn't want to get involved. The scheming caregiver, as she has done with other victims, shrewdly knows how to keep the elderly man isolated from concerned neighbors, including our private-eye heroine, Kinsey Millhone. We get Kinsey's usual first-person case account but, in a shift for Grafton, we are also unnervingly brought into the amoral mind of the villain. (11 Feb 2008)
—Steve Forbes
Library Journal

In her 20th outing, another New York Times best seller for Grafton, private detective Kinsey Millhone finds her elderly neighbor Gus sprawled on his living room floor after a fall. His injuries make it impossible for Gus to care for himself, so his only relative, a niece who lives in New York, hires a home-care provider and hopes for the best. In a cursory background check, Kinsey finds Solana Rojas to be a competent and caring companion for Gus. However, the narrator reveals that Solana is a sociopath who steals the identities of others and uses their good names to abuse, rob, and eventually kill helpless elderly people. When Kinsey begins to suspect that something is wrong, Solana is well on her way to transferring all of Gus's property to her own name. Kinsey's struggle to liberate Gus from Solana and bring Solana to justice is hampered by a system meant to protect and defend the defenseless. Grafton's story confronts the dark side of society today; elder abuse, child abuse, bureaucratic roadblocks, social services incompetence, and absence of family values all play a part in this all-too-realistic tale. Judy Kaye's interplay of first and third person narration adds interest and suspense. Recommended.
—Joanna M. Burkhardt

Kirkus Reviews
Kinsey Millhone's 20th case, which pits her against a creepy pair of abusers who don't know of each other's existence, is one of her finest. In between big jobs (S Is for Silence, 2005, etc.), Kinsey works as a process server and does spadework on insurance claims. Now (in the winter of 1987-88) she's staying busy serving papers on a dad who owes child support and gathering evidence to show who was at fault in a low-speed traffic accident that left Gladys Fredrickson seriously injured. Kinsey doesn't know that a more important case is unfolding much closer to home. Her irascible old next-door neighbor Gus Vronsky, tottering around his house after a fall sent him to the hospital, has fallen into the clutches of predatory caregiver Solana Rojas. Hired by Gus's self-absorbed great-niece to check out Solana's credentials, Kinsey is initially fooled because Solana, whose backstory Grafton unfolds in a series of chapters from her point of view, isn't really Solana; she's stolen her identity from someone whose record is clean. Settling into Gus's house, Solana begins to pick him clean while Kinsey's distracted by her caseload, which eventually leads her to a child molester quite as frightening in his way as Solana. Each of Kinsey's cases stretches the private-eye formula in new ways. Her 20th, which reads like vintage Ruth Rendell, will bring shivers to every reader with an aged parent-or a young child. Book-of-the-Month Club/Literary Guild selection

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Kinsey Millhone Series , #20
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years


Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. Books in her alphabet series, begun in 1982, are international bestsellers with readership in the millions. And like Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker, and John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—Sue Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

Sue divides her time between Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. She has three children and two grandchildren. Grafton has been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine.

Brief Biography

Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky
Date of Birth:
April 24, 1940
Place of Birth:
Louisville, Kentucky
B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961

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T Is for Trespass (Kinsey Millhone Series #20) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1987 in Santa Teresa, California abrasive octogenarian Gus Vronsky suffers a shoulder separation from a fall that he cannot get up from. His next door neighbor private investigator Kinsey Millhone and her eighty-seven years old landlord Henry hear a wail. They investigate, find Gus debilitated, call 911 and care for him until his great-niece hires nursing home aide, Solana Rojas.--------- However, Millhone becomes concerned that the care-giver is mistreating her patient. She plans to intervene if she can find proof. Unbeknownst to Millhone (ironically the reader knows on page one) is that a diabolical thug has stolen the real Rojas¿ identity and knows who she must remain vigilant against with if she is to continue with her masquerade.--------- Although the ending violently rights things, this Millhone tale is T for terrific. The story line is action-packed as Millhone wants to do the right thing for her neighbor, but finds her interference not welcomed. The fake Rojas proves a clever adversary at they play a deadly game of chess in which Gus could prove the victim. Fans of the long running series will enjoy this entry as the normally confident heroine struggles with how much involvement is acceptable.------
PattiBascomb More than 1 year ago
Kinsey Millhone, the prickly star of Sue Grafton's California based alphabet series, is no slouch detective. So, when Millhone does a cursory background check on a home health aide and unwittingly places an elderly neighbor in harm's way, she feels obligated to undo the damage. The problem is that no one, especially not the neighbor's reluctant relative who hired her, wants to be bothered with the inconvenient truth. The villain in "T is for Trespass," an evil psychopath, is one of the best that Grafton has written. I found myself gripping the pages and worrying that Millhone might not survive this one. As is true in all the Grafton books, more than one case is being investigated, so that Millhone can pay her bills. The search for a missing witness to a car accident overlaps the search for the primary villain. Grafton has set the scenes in the two stories in such a way as to make the overlap seamless and absolutely believable. Each book in the series is set at sequential intervals in the 80s - before cell phones. This way, Kinsey Millhone gets shot at, arrested, threatened and harassed, all without backup coming anytime soon. What a life just to avoid a 9 to 5 schedule. What a ride!
BolivarJ More than 1 year ago
Kinsey Millhone, Sue Grafton " I know there will always be someone poised to take advantage of the vulnerable: the very young, the very old, and the innocent of any age. I know this from long experience. Solana Rojas was one..." And so begins the prologue of "T is for Trespass" one of the most interesting yet dark and touching stories Grafton has written. T is for Trespass is a sad, touching, and very dark tale of injustice taken from real life through the eyes of our own heroin P.I. Kinsey Millhone. Meet Solana Rojas, the villain sociopath of the story. Grafton does a wonderful job as usual creating characters that become as real as our neighbors next door. She develops Solana's character from her early childhood up to her adulthood. What' more important, by the end of the book, Grafton makes Solana's name a symbol of evil's keen desire to take advantage on the innocent. Solana's social and malign background set the tone of the book very early in the story, and enable readers a glimpse of the atrocities and the mayhem Solana is about to commit. Grafton Plot and writing style is at her best, As usual we find P.I. K Millhone dealing with a couple of cases at the same time, in this case what can be characterized as insurance fraud and the anatomy of the perpetrator. Grafton always manages to overlap all cases together and make the story not only interesting but very real. Taken from today's news, but having taken place in the late eighties Grafton touches in many social subjects such as: Identity theft, Elder abuse, sex offenders, family values, and the failure of the entities that are supposed to oversee them. T is for Terrific, because in the 20the installment of the Millhone's series, Grafton takes P.I. Kinsey Millhone through a journey of fighting evil to protect the innocent. Grafton's pace is magnificent, a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always feel like I'm visiting a friend when I read Sue Grafton's work and I almost hate to come to the end of the book, because that means my visit is over. So it was with Trespass. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have all the others in the series. Each one of Ms. Grafton's Kinsey Millhone mysteries is a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of the series, and feel that this latest book may indeed be the best of all. The very real possibility of exploitation of the elderly is treated honestly, openly, and compassionately, while maintaining the integrity of the characters that populate the series as a whole. This has been skillfully melded with the very contemporary issue of identity theft, making the reader feel just a little vulnerable and determined to be rather more careful in trusting strangers, a wise practice in these times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the alphabet books, and this is one of the best. It does take some 'dark' turns, but that's to be expected considering the subject matter. I was both sad, and a little relieved, when the story ended. After reading it, I think you'll understand what I mean.
Bookworm1951 3 months ago
One of the best in the series. Not your typical murder mystery but a study of a true evil personality. Back again are the familiar characters in Kinsey's life that we have all come to know and love: Henry, Rosie, etc. The ending was a bit predictable. Again, Kinsey gets beaten up and almost killed. Well written and edited. A must read for fans of this alphabet murder series.
Gaph More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. One of the best so far in the series ! I adore Kinsey, I will be very sad when the series ends. Ms Grafton needs to keep it going.
Carolaa More than 1 year ago
As with all the books in this series, I could not put this down. Sue Grafton knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. My hope is that she writes many, many more books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been a Sue Grafton fan for years, and having already read 'A' through 'S' I awaited the release of this book with great anticipation. However, this book was slow and arduous to read. Grafton's newest criminal , Sonya Rojas, is interesting, but not enough so to make this a 'page turner'. This is my least favorite of all of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally awesome
HaveninFla More than 1 year ago
T is for terrific in this one. A sly tale that is knowing in the ways of the human heart - evil as well as good ones.
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
The more I get to know Kinsey Millhone, the more I like her. This character is so interesting on her own, she has great strength of character and integrity and though she is flawed and makes mistakes, she doesn’t let it stop her from doing the right thing, even if doing the right thing causes her problems. I also enjoy her observant outlook on the world around her. She’s very intuitive and that serves her well in her day to day activities. Without her high level of perception, the outcome would have been much more horrific for the victims because the predator in this story is someone you should be able to trust. Someone you hire to care for your elderly parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt. Someone you rely on to have the needs of your loved one as their number one priority. When Kinsey’s cranky neighbor, Gus Vronsky takes a fall, it doesn’t take long for Kinsey and her landlord, Henry, to realize that Gus needs help. Kinsey is able to track down Gus’s only living relative, a niece who lives on the other side of the country. She hires a nurse to care for Gus, but she does not realize the woman she hired is not who she thinks she is. This woman is a predator who has assumed numerous identities over the years to ingratiate herself into the homes of her elderly patients, where in addition to drugging and stealing from them, she ultimately murders them. When Kinsey starts looking into the background of Gus’s nurse, she does not anticipate how shrewd this predator is and how she manages to stay just a few steps ahead of Kinsey. I enjoyed the cat and mouse game the author illustrates as Kinsey tries to figure out Solana’s plan only to have to backtrack and rethink it when Kinsey finds herself outwitted. I admired Kinsey’s vigilance and determination to protect Gus, in spite of his less than nice personality. Though she was certainly not required to step in and could have very easily ignored the matter as not any of her business, I liked that Kinsey’s instincts draw her into the matter so that she feels obligated to take action. I enjoyed the whole book, but the last few chapters are what drew me in. The anxiety building suspense was a real nail-biter as Kinsey has to first rescue Gus and then deal with the retaliation from Solana. The ending was completely unexpected but well played out. I recommend this book to all fans of mystery, thriller or suspense novels, but don’t start in the middle of the alphabet with this series. In order to understand the all of the character’s backstory, I recommend this series be read in order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books in order, and this has been the best one by far! Couldn't wait to find out how it would end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this series and I am concerned that we are nearing the end of the alphabet. This was a terrific book. It covered quite a few areas that will haunt me for awhile. Anyone with elderly family (most of us) should really take this book to heart. Again, just fabulous, and yes sad, but still fabulous. I am always sorry when I get to the end of Ms. Grafton's books. I feel like Kinsey and Henry live just around the corner and what good friends they are :>) I can't wait for our next visit.
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kronan1 More than 1 year ago
I've read the whole series but........................................................................... This one didn't do it for me.   Ihad to force myself to finish the book.   A first for a Kinsey Millhone.   Kinsey never seems to grow and the bad guy in this was plain boring.   I was very disappointed
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Slim20 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was different from the others. We got to hear things from not only Kinsey's point of view but the villain's as well. Very well written. I also was happy that things were wrapped up more and we got to find out what happened. In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene. Though set in the late eighties, T is for Trespass could not be more topical: identity theft; elder abuse; betrayal of trust; the breakdown in the institutions charged with caring for the weak and the dependent. It reveals a terrifying but all-too-real rip in the social fabric. Once again, Grafton opens up new territory with startling results.
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