It seems like Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone is always getting involved in uncomfortable family dynamics in these books.
Kinsey is hired by the Malek family to track down the black sheep who’d disappeared years before after causing heart ache and swindling a neighbor family in addition to impregnating their daughter. Yeah. We are talking about a black sheep. Guy had been disinherited by his father and everyone knew it, but after Mr. Malek’s death, the last draft of his will can’t be found. This means that the family construction fortune will have to be split four ways if they can find Guy alive, and if they can’t have him declared dead. But Guy is very much alive (at least for the time being… spoiler!) and his return casts a light on all sorts of dark little secrets.
This one was predictable. It wasn’t horrible, but I didn’t feel a strong emotional connection to the story. Grafton writes in Kinsey’s emotional response, but it didn’t seem authentic. Fans of the series will tolerate this one, but if this were my first introduction to the series, I would feel underwhelmed.