W Is for Wasted

Grafton, Sue

(Audiobook CD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
W Is for Wasted
" 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. W is for wasted"--
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape/Random House Audio, p2013.
ISBN: 9780307704313
Characteristics: 14 sound discs (1033 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Kaye, Judy


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I thought this book "W" was great. I like the reader, enjoy the way the characters and scene is set up by Grafton, so you can imagine you are there. But I worry from book to book if Henry is going to die - he's in his 90's and lives on!

Mar 21, 2014
  • dgl4024 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is the 23rd installment of the Kinsey Millhone series and the 4th one I have read. I started with T is for Trespass and I found W is for Wasted to be significantly better than the other 3, especially the U and V episodes.
Some people have noted, with criticism, that Grafton puts a lot of detailed and meaningless descriptions into this story. I largely agree but not completely. While I enjoy some of that I think Sue Grafton took it too far in some instances. There were occasions where I wanted her to get on with the story. But much of the time it broadened the portrayal of Kinsey or other characters.
I also appreciated learning about a new aspect to Kinsey's family background and the windfall it brought her. I plan to read the last 3 letters in the series, though I doubt I will read the early letters (i.e. A to S).

Mar 02, 2014
  • synchdoc rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Extremely disappointing Sue Grafton Novel-- I think she was being paid by the word. She spends so much time elaborating on irrelevant details (like a detailed description of the cat) that I finally gave up. I have enjoyed her other books immensely. Too bad.

It used to be the other way around. I don't care for the reader on this series. She doesn't fit what seems like Kinsey should sound like. The reader got a bit old for the series in my opinion.

Listening to books is also valuable. It stimulates imagination. And, some of us are not able to read a lot so audio books are a blessing.

Why do you have an audio CD but no books? Shouldn't you be encouraging reading?


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