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P is for Peril : A Kinsey Millhone Mystery - Sue Grafton

P is for Peril

A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

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Published: 1st July 2001
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It is now nine weeks since Dr Dowan Purcell vanished without trace. The sixty-nine-year-old doctor had said goodnight to his colleagues at the Pacific Meadows nursing home, had climbed into his car and driven away - never to be seen again.

His embittered first wife Fiona is convinced he is still alive. His second wife, Crystal - a former stripper forty years his junior - is just as sure he is dead.

Enter private investigator Kinsey Malone, hired by Fiona to find out just what has happened to the man they loved. Enter also Tommy Hevener, an attractive flame-haired twenty-something who has set his romantic sights on Kinsey. And Tommy is a man with a very interesting past ...

About the Author

Sue Grafton has become one of the most popular mystery writers, both here and in the US. Born in Kentucky in 1940, the daughter of the mystery writer C. W. Grafton, she began her career as a TV scriptwriter before Kinsey Millhone and the 'alphabet' series took off. She lives and writes in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.



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    Nine weeks after 69-year old Dr Dowan Purcell vanishes without trace after saying goodnight to his colleagues at the Pacific Meadows nursing home, the mystery of his disappearance remains unsolved. Unsatisfied with the efforts of the police and convinced Purcell is still alive, his bitter ex-wife Fiona decides to enlist the help of private detective Kinsey Millhone to track him down. However, his current wife Crystal - almost half his age and an ex-stripper to boot - is just as convinced that Purcell is now dead. Deeply suspicious of Fiona and her motives, Kinsey reluctantly agrees to take the case, and soon discovers that the good doctor may have been in more trouble than anyone could ever have predicted. As mysterious as the disappearance of Purcell is the appearance of Tommy Hevener, a redhead with a passion for Kinsey and a somewhat colourful past. Sue Grafton has earned herself quite a following as a result of her alphabetic crime novel series, and reading this exceptionally well-written and well-paced literary crime novel it's easy to see why. In Kinsey Millhone Grafton has created a refreshing and thoroughly likeable alternative to the scores of hackneyed male detectives that tend to populate the genre. The characterization as a whole is terrific, and Grafton manages to get the balance between background, description and narrative progression just right. The plot itself is entirely believable, with a few neat twists and turns along the way to keep readers on their toes and ensure that things don't get predictable. This is a definite must-read for all fans of the crime genre and anyone who loves a great storyteller. (Kirkus UK)

    Sue Grafton

    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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    ISBN: 9780330371964
    ISBN-10: 0330371967
    Series: Kinsey Millhone Mystery Ser.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 513
    Published: 1st January 2008
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.0  x 3.3
    Weight (kg): 0.279
    Edition Number: 1