Yes, back to the BEGINNING of these Sue Grafton books. For those who don’t remember, I am not reading these in any order other than the order that they come into my hands. I think the first of the Alphabet Murder books I read was N is for Noose. I’ve acquired various others along the way. One day I’ll get through all of them, perhaps before she writes Z. What I have found is the more she reveals about Kinsey Millhone, the less I actually like the character. Now that I am reading some of the earlier books, I like her sparse narrative and her impersonal tone. The latter Kinsey, though more human, is far less likable.
Kinsey is hired by Bobby Callahan to unravel a mystery surrounding a car crash that left him with some frontal lobe damage and left his best friend dead. Bobby seems to think that he was forced off the road, but his brain damage means he can’t remember. He keeps insisting that someone is trying to kill him. Kinsey feels drawn to Callahan and his struggle, but as she begins investigating Bobby dies under mysterious circumstances. Not one to let go of a case, Kinsey plods along with support from Bobby’s mother. Henry (Kinsey’s landlord) is going through some of his own worries as he begins a relationship with one Lila Sams. I was not so secretly pleased about this little side story as I have been reading references to this romance in later books.
I enjoyed this one. Kinsey shows a vulnerability and sensitivity that we don’t always find in her book. Though I felt toward the middle of the book it was obvious where the story was headed, it was still a pleasant read. If readers are going through Sue Grafton’s series in order, they will certainly find good things that make them eager to read future installments. If a reader picked this as his first introduction to Grafton’s books, they would most likely continue.