Monday, November 14, 2011

V Is For Vengeance by Sue Grafton

    Ever wonder what it would be like to be one of your literary heroes or heroines?  Even as a very young reader I imagined what it would be like to live the life of a favorite, say Peter Pan, Dorothy?  Now, as I write, I’m thinking what an adventure it would be to become one of my favorites.  Say Kinsey Millhone, Sue Grafton’s smart, feisty, brave private investigator.  Oh, no, while I love to read anout her being Kinsey surely would be an adventure but far too dangerous for me, especially considering what she takes on in V Is For Vengeance.

    It begins so innocently - Kinsey’s in a department store where she’s gone to buy undies out of necessity, not her favorite thing to do.  She’s gathered a goodly supply when she begins “wondering if the strain of panty buying” had caused her to hallucinate because she sees a woman shoplifting, sliding 2 pairs of silk pajamas into her shopping bag.  Turns out the woman has an accomplice who escapes while thanks to Kinsey the other is caught.  The escapee is not of a gentle nature as she tries to run over Kinsey in the parking garage.

    Hate to say the plot thickens but it does when Audrey Vance, the arrested woman,  is found dead a few days later, evidently a suicide.  Things become darker and more dangerous when the woman’s fiancé comes to Kinsey for help.  He doesn’t believe for a minute that his beloved Audrey could have done anything wrong and wants Kinsey to investigate.

    From then on no holds are barred as Grafton holds us enthralled with the idea that a shoplifting incident is actually a major part of a worldwide industry involving billions of dollars.  Mix in a gambling addicted young man, a marriage quickly crumbling, an attractive mobster plus a crooked cop, and you know why I stayed up most of the night reading Grafton’s latest.

    This author simply gets better and better with each new title in her series.  One can only hope that after she’s worked her way through the alphabet for titles she’ll start on numbers.   

    - Gail Cooke

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