C Is for Corpse A Kinsey Millhone (Hardcover)
|Author: Sue Grafton|
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|He was young-maybe twenty or so-and he must once have been a good-looking kid. Kinsey could see that. But now his body was covered in scars, his face half-collapsed. It saddened Kinsey and made her curious. She could see he was in a lot of pain. But for three weeks, as Kinsey'd watched him him doggedly working out at the local gym, putting himself through a grueling exercise routine, he never spoke. |
Then one Monday morning when there was no one else in the gym, Bobby Callahan approached her. His story was hard to credit: a murderous assault by a tailgating car on a lonely rural road, a roadside smash into a canyon 400 feet below, his Porsche a bare ruin, his best friend dead. The doctors had managed to put his body back together again-sort of. His mother's money had seen to that. What they couldn't fix was his mind, couldn't restore the huge chunks of memory wiped out by the crash. Bobby knew someone had tried to kill him, but he didn't know why. He knew he had the key to something that made him dangerous to the killer, but he didn't know what it was. And he sensed that someone was still out there, ready to pounce at the first sign his memory was coming back. He'd been to the cops, but they'd shrugged off his story. His family thought he had a screw loose. But he was scared-scared to death. He wanted to hire Kinsey.
His case didn't have a whole lot going for it, but he was hard to resist: young, brave, hurt. She took him on. And three days later, Bobby Callahan was dead.
Kinsey Millhone never welshed a deal. She'd been hired to stop a killing. Now she'd find the killer.
The daughter of lawyer and mystery writer C. W. Grafton, Sue Grafton attended the University of Louisville where she graduated with a B.A. in 1961. She published her first novel, "Keziah", in 1967. While working on the screen adaption of her second novel, "The Lolly-Madonna War", in 1973, Grafton began a 15-year career writing for television and film in Hollywood. In 1982 she wrote her first mystery to feature private investigator Kinsey Millhone, "'A' is for Alibi". Each successive installation in this popular series of novels has begun with the next letter of the alphabet. Millhone, twice-divorced and living on her own, is a tough, independent woman, one the first and most successful of a new breed of female detectives to branch off from the hard-boiled, male detectives who have dominated the genre. Grafton's biography, "'G' is for Grafton", goes further in describing Millhone than it does her creator, although it does illuminate the many similarities between the two. Grafton had three children in her two marriages previous to her third, to writing partner Steven Humphrey. For years, she has lived in Santa Barbara, which serves as a model for the fictional town of Santa Teresa, where Millhone is based.
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