V Is for Vengeance

V Is for Vengeance

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California PI Kinsey Millhone investigates the death of Audrey Vance, a woman she helped arrest for shoplifting, and antagonizes just about everyone, including Audrey's fiancé, several loan sharks, a stone-cold killer, and a hapless burglar who knows more than is healthy for him.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2012
ISBN: 9781101548134
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jan 30, 2018

Updated on Jan 30, 2018 with quotes to remember Kinsey Millhone:

Sue Taylor Grafton (April 24, 1940 – December 28, 2017)
Story was told when the private detective was 38 years old that allowed the old school gum-shoe investigation of an organized crime cell. Too much non-essential information to the plot as the other Grafton novels, but the finish was great writing -- fast paced and satisfying.

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chromybaby33
Aug 15, 2017

For some reason which is beyond me Kinsey gets involved emotionally with a married ex-con who really just wants to take advantage of her. I guess it is a lack of a love life that drives her to take on PINKY, a three time loser, try to help him and almost give her life for him until she gets a knock in the face that wakes her up to the stupidity of her ways. The story is a bit too detailed for me but generally a good read.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: If you like the Sue Grafton mysteries--you'll love this book. All of the old familiar characters are there--plus the new ones needed for this mystery. Lots of excitement--but all ends well!

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 04, 2013

Grafton started her Kinsey Millhone mystery series in 1982 with A is for Alibi; she's now up to V is for Vengeance. Grafton's plots and characters have remained consistently good over 30 years. Various plot points have stayed with me years—decades!—after reading: the woman shot through the eyeball as she looks through her front door peephole, the plot that hinged on the colour of a hydrangea, the intricacies of shoplifting rings in the latest. If you're a mystery lover who somehow missed this series, start with A and keep on reading through the alphabet.

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Pigeona
Mar 03, 2013

This series get better with every book. I will miss it when it gets to Z.

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superalisa
Jan 24, 2013

I am nervous about the ending of this series. I will really miss Kinsey Millhone. So, I'm trying to treasure every single page left in the series.

But the premise of this book is that "shoplifting is bad" and I have a hard time caring about shoplifting in general. Sometimes Kinsey's do-good, law-obediant attitude annoys me. This was one of those times.

I liked spending time with Kinsey, but she kinda annoyed the crap out of me when we hung out this time.

kelleypoole Jan 01, 2013

Loved it!

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spintodebader
Jun 07, 2012

I recently 'discovered' Sue Grafton and I'm hooked! I've read the whole alphabet series and can't wait for the next book. Kinsey Millhone is a fun, no-nonsense gal!

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astrella
Jun 05, 2012

Good, but more of a story than a mystery. not my favorite in the series, but not the worst one, either.

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EmilyEm
Jun 02, 2012

Kinsey turns in a shoplifter while buying new ?undies? on sale and so begins her twenty-second story on her nearly 38th birthday. It?s a tangled web of plots involving stolen goods, the Mob, unexplained suicides, betrayal, and revenge with characters both new and appearing again.

This mystery has more pages and a more intricate plot than some of Grafton?s series. I thought it was very well done and just turned page after page to the finish.

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Jan 31, 2018

Remembering Sue Taylor Grafton (April 24, 1940 – December 28, 2017)

Early in my career, after I’d graduated from the police academy and during my two-year stint with the Santa Teresa Police Department, I’d worked a six-month rotation in property crimes—the unit handling burglaries, embezzlement, auto theft, and retail theft, both petit and grand.
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There had to be somebody out there who was fearless and aggressive, someone who could manipulate the facts and drive the message home while managing to sidestep the repercussions.
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In his face, she could see the Channing she’d loved once upon a time, the Channing who’d loved her even while her heart was broken and she was half dead, emotion drained out of her, leaving only dust. She felt tears welling and she turned over onto her side so he couldn’t see her face.

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Jan 31, 2018

Remembering Sue Taylor Grafton (April 24, 1940 – December 28, 2017)

I made myself a peanut butter and pickle sandwich, which I cut on the diagonal, wrapped in waxed paper, and placed in a brown paper bag. I took a wash rag from the linen closet, wet it, and squeezed most of the moisture out, tucking it into a Ziploc storage bag that I placed in my shoulder bag. This was so I could tidy up after I ate. I’m ever so dainty when I’m out in the field. I was thrilled to discover that the Fritos I’d tucked in there earlier were more or less intact. I filled a thermos with hot coffee and set that beside my brown bag lunch. I found my clipboard and tucked a legal pad under the clip. Then I added two paperbacks, my denim jacket, my camera and film, a baseball cap, and a dark long-sleeve shirt to the pile. This was as much trouble as leaving town for a week.

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jimg2000
Jan 31, 2018

Remembering Sue Taylor Grafton (April 24, 1940 – December 28, 2017)

I made myself a peanut butter and pickle sandwich, which I cut on the diagonal, wrapped in waxed paper, and placed in a brown paper bag. I took a wash rag from the linen closet, wet it, and squeezed most of the moisture out, tucking it into a Ziploc storage bag that I placed in my shoulder bag. This was so I could tidy up after I ate. I’m ever so dainty when I’m out in the field. I was thrilled to discover that the Fritos I’d tucked in there earlier were more or less intact. I filled a thermos with hot coffee and set that beside my brown bag lunch. I found my clipboard and tucked a legal pad under the clip. Then I added two paperbacks, my denim jacket, my camera and film, a baseball cap, and a dark long-sleeve shirt to the pile. This was as much trouble as leaving town for a week.

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jimg2000
Jan 30, 2018

For those of you just making my acquaintance, my name is Kinsey Millhone. I’m a licensed private detective in Santa Teresa, California, doing business as Millhone Investigations. In the main, I deal with bread-and-butter jobs—background checks, skip tracing, insurance fraud, process serving, and witness location, with the occasional rancorous divorce thrown in for laughs. I’m female, which is why I was shopping for ladies’ underwear instead of men’s. Given my occupation, I’m no stranger to crime and I’m seldom surprised by the dark side of human nature, my own included. Further personal data can wait in the interest of getting on with my sad tale of woe.

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jimg2000
Jan 30, 2018

Nell had never married and had no children of her own. Her four younger brothers had served as surrogates, aggravating the life out of her as kids are meant to do. Henry, as the youngest, was more closely allied with Nell than any of the intervening sibs. The two of them were like bookends, holding the three middle brothers upright. After Nell, Henry was the take-charge member of the family. In truth, he sometimes served in that capacity in my life as well. William, age eighty-nine and senior to Henry by one year, had relocated to Santa Teresa four years before and had subsequently married my friend Rosie, who owns the neighborhood tavern where I hang out. As for Lewis and Charlie, still living at home, they were entirely capable of taking care of themselves. It was Nell, ... All the boys deferred to her, giving her full command over their lives and well-being. If she was out of commission, even briefly, Lewis and Charlie would be lost.

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