F Is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone Series #6)

F Is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone Series #6)

by Sue Grafton
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F Is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone Series #6) by Sue Grafton

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton crafts a thriller set in a town so small that P.I. Kinsey Millhone wonders just how private her investigation can be . . .


When Kinsey Millhone first arrives in Floral Beach, California, it’s hard for her to picture the idyllic coastal town as the setting of a brutal murder. Seventeen years ago, the body of Jean Timberlake—a troubled teen who had a reputation with the boys—was found on the beach. Her boyfriend Bailey Fowler was convicted of her murder and imprisoned, but he escaped.


After all this time, Bailey’s finally been captured. Believing in his son’s innocence, Bailey’s father wants Kinsey to find Jean’s real killer. But most of the residents in this tight-knit community are convinced Bailey strangled Jean. So why are they so reluctant to answer Kinsey’s questions? If there’s one thing Kinsey’s got plenty of it’s persistence. And that’s exactly what it’s going to take to crack the lid on this case.


As Kinsey gets closer to solving Jean’s murder, the more dirty little secrets she uncovers in a town where everyone has something to hide—and a killer will kill again to keep the past buried.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250025432
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Series: Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Series , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 169,178
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

SUE GRAFTON is the New York Times #1 bestselling author for the alphabet series. She has been working on this series since 1982. V is for Vengeance was a major New York Times bestseller in hardcover in November 2011.


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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F Is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone Series #6) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
BolivarJ More than 1 year ago
F is for Fugitive becomes the sixth installment in the Millhone's series, and Sue Grafton doesn't fail in delivering a brilliant and well-crafted novel. Grafton delivers another outstanding mystery, a page turner with twist and turns. An exquisite lineup of characters make F is for Fugitive, much alike as previous installments; the narrative technique that Grafton uses is simple and eloquent. Grafton has a way to unfold the story, and make Kinsey's character very truthful. F is for Fugitive puts Kinsey on the task to uncover who really killed Jean Timberlake, seventeen years after Bailey Fowler plead guilty and was convicted. One year later he escaped from prison to never be seen again. He became a fugitive. F is for Fugitive is beautiful because as the series progresses and the novel unfolds Grafton gives us another insight into Kinsey's life. F is for Fugitive makes no exception. As she puts it " Every violent death represents the climax of one story and an introduction to its sequel" The story is a reflection of that and how the characters' lives were affected by it. Grafton is magnificent in wrapping the story, and giving Kinsey a lot of room to reflect on her own life. F is for fugitive has one of the most delicate endings when it comes to kinsey's character, and somehow becomes unforgettable.
KKaisl35 More than 1 year ago
'F is For Fugitive' is worthy of a five-star rating because Sue Grafton has written this book with: acute descriptions, an awesome plot, and wonderful clues to keep the reader guessing about the murderer's identity till the very end. This book shows how a detective, Kinsey Millhone, is hired to indentify the murderer who had committed the murder of a teenage girl 17 years ago! Kinsey works arduously to achieve vital pieces of evidence, and has to deal with tricky situations just to solve a mystery. It is a very difficult case for her to solve and you HAVE to read till the very end to see if she actually does solve it. The book is meant for adults or young adults, since it uses grueling vocabulary. This book is part of a remarkable series featuring the splendid female detective, Kinsey Millhone. In this book, Jean Timberlake, a high-school girl, was murdered 17 years ago, and the one accused was none other than her boyfriend, Baylee Fowler. He was sentenced to quite a few years in prison since he could not deny the charge, but after a year and a bit he becomes a fugitive, who escaped from the jail. Seventeen years later, he is caught and Royce Fowler, his father, hires Kinsey Millhone to solve the mystery behind Jean Timberlake's murder, and find the actual murderer. It brought out the best in her and helped her understand the value of a family. Sue Grafton 'weaves' this mystery so well that by the end of the book you are left dumb-founded and kicking yourself because the conclusion of the mystery made a lot of sense and seemed obvious. The criteria, according to which this book deserves full points, are based on the details put in by the author, character development, the added suspense, thoroughness of the clues, and the effect of the conclusion. The book was a 'complete package' because its critical elements were immaculate. The plot, characters, theme, style and setting were all used in a perfect way. It was pure genius of Grafton to create that small-town atmosphere in that community. She used the background of the murder perfectly to create a feeling of how a murder case would be like to solve after a gap of 17 years. All of the characters fit in very nicely and helped develop the story. The mystery is in first person (according to Kinsey's point of view), which generates a lot of voice. All through the mystery you will see how Grafton refers to the background by adding more and more information. Every clue that Grafton uses in the book is so cleverly 'hidden', that by the end of the mystery you actually understand how they fit together. All the characters in the book are different because of their uniqueness. A lot of mystery books have been written, and this book is right up there, with the best of the lot. All in all, this book has what it takes to keep the reader going on, page by page. As you read the book you will see: how acute the descriptions are, the effectiveness of the plot, and the numerous clues to keep the reader guessing about the murderer's identity till the very end. So, Kinsey's role in this mystery is not only to solve the mystery, but to also make sure that Baylee Fowler is unharmed. Jean Timberlake's identity as a depressed teenager also has a great role to play because the actual cause of the murder can only be found after Jean's unusual background is uncovered. If you want to read a true mystery, this would be the one I would recommend. It is a memorable. This book is definitely worth full points
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sue Grafton, the author of F is for Fugitive and the rest of the alphabet mystery books, writes another entertaining book that keeps the reader guessing about what will happen next. Kinsey Millhone, a PI. from Santa Teresa, California, is hired to track down the true killer in a murder investigation 17 years ago. The father of the accused murderer hires Kinsey to retrace the steps of the wrongfully accused son that was sent to jail for a murder he swears he didn't commit. After escaping from prison, he is picked up by the cops a year later, then his father hires Kinsey to find the real murderer. Kinsey is faced with exciting twists and turns has she hunts for the true killer to save an innocent man from going back to jail. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys an exciting book.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Another great installment in the Kinsey Milhone series. An enjoyable, fast paced read with lots of twists and turns. Wonderful series. Read one & you'll be hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun and easy book to read.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton is everything that I had hoped it would be.  This is the first book in the series that I actually figured out before the final chapter.  The writing style is amazing.  One little paragraph in the middle of the book is the only one that led to the final realization.  I did not know how it would end at the time, but once I finished, my mind flashed back to that paragraph and all the pieces fell into place.  I have said this before about the other books in the series, but Sue Grafton weaves the individual strands of the story, then pulls them all together into the web of lies and deception at the end.  Where does she come up with all of these ideas.  I am a fan.  Moving on to G. 
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Proving the Innocence of a Killer on the Run When I started listening to Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series a couple of years ago, it actually wasn’t my first introduction to the series. I had listened to “F” is for Fugitive over 15 years ago, and my guess is it was an abridgement, although I don’t remember for sure. I was curious to see what I would think of this book now and what I would think of it in context, not that I truly remember any of the story. Turns out I loved it. Seventeen years ago, teen Jean Timberlake was murdered on the beach in the town of Floral Beach. Her boyfriend, Bailey Fowler, was convicted of the crime, but he escaped after serving a year of his sentence. Now, he’s been recaptured, and Bailey’s father has hired Kinsey to find out the truth of what happened back then. And so Kinsey drives the hour and a half north to Floral Beach and begins interviewing the people who were involved with Jean back then. She finds that Floral Beach is a very small community, and everyone knows everyone else. Even today, Jean’s reputation with the boys is legendary, and it seems like the suspect list is long. But with no one willing to tell Kinsey the truth, can she solve this cold crime? This book takes place almost exclusively outside of Kinsey’s usual stomping grounds of Santa Teresa. What’s funny to me is that I actually remembered just a tad of how this book opens thanks to the ending of the previous book in the series. Other than that, I was coming to this book with a completely fresh slate. Which means I was in for all the fun twists and turns as the story progressed. It seems that everyone Kinsey meets has a motive for the killing, and as Bailey’s return and Kinsey’s questions put everyone on edge, the ride truly gets crazy. Yet Kinsey is once again able to put everything together to reach a logical conclusion in time for the wonderful climax. This book also features an almost completely new cast of characters, but they are completely real to us as soon as we meet them. This isn’t a surprise to me since I’ve always found Sue Grafton’s characters to be strong. We do see a little growth in Kinsey in this book as well, and I really liked that. Of course, this is a departure from my usual cozies. Just know that going in and you’ll be fine. When I get to the first book not narrated by Mary Peiffer, it’s going to be quite an adjustment for me. I love her work here. She brings Kinsey to wonderful life, which is important in a first person narrated story, and injects just enough into her voice to help us get Kinsey’s amusement at some of the people and events of the story. She also helps bring the other characters in the book to life. While I didn’t remember much about this book from my first time listening to it, I’m glad to have re-listened to it now. “F” is for Fugitive is a wonderful book that will leave you guessing until the end.
comett More than 1 year ago
This is much better than the five preceding alphabet novels. The plot is more complex and, by extension, more entertaining.
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HaveninFla More than 1 year ago
Another highly satisfying read from Sue Grafton.
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As usual, Sue Grafton puts together a great mystery. I'm reading them in order so obviously I've only been through a few, but haven't yet been able to figure out 'who done it' til almost the end. I like Kinsey's self-deprecating humor, it makes her seem more human. I plan to read them all!
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Wincy1326 More than 1 year ago
I have just recently became a reader of Ms. Grafton. But I have fallen in love with her Kinsy Millhone character. She is gutsy and not afraid to take on any situation. Can't wait for the next book to come out. Love it..............
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