W Is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone Series #23)

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Of the #1 New York Times–bestselling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, “Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters.”

Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I’d never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.

The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He’d been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. ...

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Overview

Of the #1 New York Times–bestselling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, “Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters.”

Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I’d never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.

The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He’d been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He’d been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone’s name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes.

But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity. “And just like that,” she says, “the lid to Pandora’s box flew open. It would take me another day before I understood how many imps had been freed, but for the moment, I was inordinately pleased with myself.”

In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised.

W is for . . . wanderer . . . worthless . . . wronged . . .

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Editorial Reviews

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Two bodies, on or near the beach; one a murder; the other, an apparent natural demise. In the pants pocket of one man, a piece of paper with Kinsey Millhone's name and phone number.... From those slender, mysterious beginnings emerges a case that California's most plucky female detective cannot ignore. A resilient series still showing its stuff; editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
Kinsey Millhone goes through a dry spell workwise in bestseller Grafton’s absorbing 23rd mystery featuring the Santa Teresa, Calif., PI (after 2012’s V Is for Vengeance). The death of a homeless man, who was found with a slip of paper in his pocket with Kinsey’s name on it, provides some wanted distraction. The man may be Kinsey’s distant relative—who, it turns out, has left her his entire life savings, putting Kinsey in the middle of a case of a more personal nature than she’s used to. Along with the murder of a fellow PI, the disreputable Pete Wolinsky, Kinsey finds little time to deal with the reappearance of her onetime boyfriend, Robert Dietz. Grafton ties together these disparate threads with her usual skill. While some of Kinsey’s longer asides could have benefited from trimming, fans will rejoice that her observations on such topics as her previous failed relationships and the quirks of her hometown are as incisive and witty as ever. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Kinsey Millhone finds yet another way to be connected to a sudden death: as the victim's executor and sole heir. The first contact Kinsey has with Terrence Dace is in the Santa Teresa coroner's office after investigator Aaron Blumberg phones her to say that a homeless drunk has been found dead with her name and phone number in his pocket. Kinsey's ignorance of the man is so profound, and his recent companions--Felix, Dandy and Pearl--are so closemouthed about supplying information about him, that it takes her quite a while even to track down his name. Once she does, though, things start to happen. A safe deposit box in Dace's name reveals assets of over half a million dollars and a will that leaves it all to Kinsey, who's also appointed his executor. Taking this unwelcome job as seriously as you'd expect, Kinsey drives out to Bakersfield to inform Dace's son Ethan and his daughters Ellen and Anna that the father from whom they've long been estranged for perfectly logical reasons is dead and that he's disinherited them all in favor of a woman they've never heard of. Kinsey's ticklish dealings with these ill-assorted mourners are deliciously fraught. But the case takes a turn toward more conventional waters as Grafton (Kinsey and Me, 2012, etc.) begins to connect it to the shooting several months back of unsavory private eye Pete Wolinsky, whose death was anything but the by-product of a robbery that it first seemed. Throughout it all, Kinsey, practically unique among her professional cohort, is driven not by greed, lust or revenge, but by the simple desire to do the right thing. As she approaches the end of the alphabet, Kinsey waxes ever more reflective and philosophical.
Library Journal
★ 09/01/2013
Grafton's 23rd Kinsey Millhone mystery (after V Is for Vengeance) features a strange twist in the life of the popular private detective, as she's drawn into the investigations of two murders: the first, of a fellow PI with a shady reputation; the second, of a homeless man who has her name and phone number in his pocket. Her inquiries lead to a maze of troubles involving a bank, a will, a large amount of money, and a new connection with her long-lost relatives. Grafton has lost none of her ability to bring her character vividly to life: Kinsey is as witty and engaging as ever, although somewhat more subdued and thoughtful owing to the emotionally charged tasks she has to perform. VERDICT As Grafton nears the end of her long-running alphabet series, readers of mystery and suspense and Grafton's many fans will delight in and savor this latest addition.—Linda Oliver, Colorado Springs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399158988
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Series: Kinsey Millhone Series , #23
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 25,006
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

SUE GRAFTON lives in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.

Biography

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages -- including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She's an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She's a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that 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.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey's own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I'd take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I'm not good at good-byes. I've suffered way too many in my day and I don't like the sensation. On the other hand, I'm not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you've given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton's readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey's creator? Well, she's been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and two grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone -- but what a splendid imagination it is.

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    1. Hometown:
      Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 24, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    One of her best in the series! I was sorry when it ended. I hope she writes another book sooner than she normally does!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Lovely

    I love Kinsey and this is one of the best. My only complaint has more to do with myself than the book. By keeping it set in 1988, the author has really made me aware of how dependent I am on technology. I actually get stressed out when Kinsey is looking for a phone to use or looking for info. My mind keep screaming "Google!" LOL

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Another winner & fasr paced read a

    Another winner

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    I loved this. I had already read a review in the Cleveland Plai

    I loved this. I had already read a review in the Cleveland Plain Dealer that called it "bloated" and "sluggish." That reviewer must have either had an upset stomach or experienced some kind of personal trauma, because that was way, way off base. I sailed right through this and enjoyed every page, even the one that made me cry, and one did. I cringe to think there are only three letters left in the alphabet.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2013

    I have read all of the abc..books and this one was very good. Ev

    I have read all of the abc..books and this one was very good. Even it had 2 story lines, it was all tied together and it really kept you interested

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    this book did not have any sex in it and its a good thing that it wasn't just throw in for whatever reasons. It followed the probate guide lines and it didn't go off the deep in .

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Fantastic

    Another hit!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    One of her best

    The plot is more complicated that most of her books & it was one of her best. Loved reading it & am sorry it's over. I hope we dont have to wait so long for her next book!

    Only thing I could have done without is the silly sermon on the homeless at the end. Does she really think all of the homeless prefer not to have a home? That they simply choose a different life? I guess that's one way to feel better about their plight instead of helping them.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Superb

    Up to par with the rest of the series, homelessness remains one of society's ills, glad to see Kinsey's good fortune!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    would love to read this book. However, it is not formatted for

    would love to read this book. However, it is not formatted for my eReader. I have a Pandigital. I also tried to buy 2 other books in the last couple days, and got the same message. Why aren't these books being formatted for ALL devices?

    3 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Don't waste your money

    This book was boring. My 12 year old granddaughter has more sense than the detective, Kinsey, has. It was not realistic at all. I will never buy another one of her books. I felt that this book was a complete waste of money.

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

    Having read (in order) all the books in this series, I'm glad to

    Having read (in order) all the books in this series, I'm glad to report that Kinsey and Sue still make a remarkable team. Although I am looking forward to the "rest of the alphabet," I will be sad when the series is finished. Your time certainly won't be "wasted" when you read this book. Enjoy!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Her best yet

    Still fresh. Great story. I will be sorry when we get to Z.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Excellent!!!! Highly recommended!!!

    Loved this book and the whole series. This is a riviting tale. Great characters and awesome mystery. Another great book on the Nook is "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. Both books deserve A+++++++

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Great read

    I bought the book on pre-sale so I could get it on my Nook right away. Really engrossing puzzle with two plot lines that come together. Not looking forward to "Z", only 3 away...then what? Love this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Great

    I love it :-)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Another terrific Sue Grafton novel. It has been a while since I

    Another terrific Sue Grafton novel. It has been a while since I read it, but here goes. our gal Kinsey finds herself in a situation where she is involved with a homeless community trying to find out what happened to a drifter. As always, once Kinsey starts picking at the loose thread all sorts of things come unraveled. Just a good story. As soon as I had read it, I was ready for the next volume. I also want to brag that I was able to meet. Ms. Grafton to get my volume signed. She was a very approachable and nice lady. I consider myself to be a huge fan of hers and Kinsey's.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Excellant as usual

    Perfect as usual. 436 pages. I can hardly wait for X. It seems like I have read these books my whole life. I do not know if they would be better updated or should be stuck in the time warp of the 1970s. Regardless, Kinsey Millhone will always be my favorite PI. Recommended for all mystery lovers ages 15 and up. No cursing or sex, no religion. These are nice, clean reads. There is some violence and the murder(s) are never graphic. It is so nice read a book with great editing. I will hate to see this series completed. But I can always reread them.

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I loved W is For wasted! Sue Grafton just gets better with each book. Listening to the audio version adds so much to the enjoyment. Judy Kaye IS Kinsey Milhone! Make sure you don't miss this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

    I was so excited when "W" was released.  I started it

    I was so excited when "W" was released.  I started it the day it was available on my Nook.  Loved it !!  I was sad when it ended, I wanted it to go on for 400 more pages.  Just love Kinsey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Just okay

    I was disappointed in the story. It moved slowed and was not as interesting as previous books. It was not worth the wait.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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