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V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 22)
V is for Vengeance - Kinsey Millhone, Bk 22
Author: Sue Grafton
V: Victim. Violence. Vengeance. — A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780399157868
ISBN-10: 0399157867
Publication Date: 11/21/2011
Pages: 437
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 163 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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cathyskye avatar reviewed V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 22) on + 2100 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
First Line: Phillip Lanahan drove to Vegas in his 1985 Porsche 911 Carrerra Cabriolet, a snappy little red car his parents had given him two months before, when he graduated from Princeton.

Phillip is a typical young man who believes he's ten feet tall and bullet proof. He also thinks he's a first-rate gambler, even though he owes thousands to a loan shark. If you're under the impression that his story doesn't end well, I won't try to change your mind.

From Phillip's story, we move to Kinsey Millhone, who's just celebrated her thirty-eighth birthday by being on the receiving end of two black eyes and a busted nose. (Who says trying to collar a shoplifter is easy work?) But this particular shoplifter winds up jumping off a local bridge, and Kinsey's gut tells her there's a lot more to the shoplifter's story than overwhelming guilt at being caught.

The story moves on in alternating points of view as each of the main characters is introduced-- a man who, bereft at the loss of his fiancée, wants answers; a straying husband who plays by his own rules; a dirty cop who believes he'll never get caught; a wife whose life is about to implode; and seemingly at the very center of the web, a baleful gangster and a professional shoplifting ring.

Professional shoplifting rings don't cross the minds of most citizens, but they do exist, as anyone who's worked retail for any length of time can tell you. My personal favorite, although they weren't part of a ring, were the elderly couple who came into my store almost everyday. The wife was confined to a wheelchair, and her husband would push her throughout the store, stopping to chat and laugh with the clerks. Most of us were shocked when they were arrested and we learned that the wife was sitting on top of a big empty compartment that they were filling each and every time they came in the store. Once something like that happens, you begin looking at customers in a very different way!

Even if you don't have personal experience of shoplifters, this will be an interesting part of the plot as Kinsey investigates and uncovers more and more facts about it.

I also appreciated the alternating points of view in the book. There is a strong cast of characters in V is for Vengeance, and Grafton's letting them tell their own stories really lets readers get to know them and form their own opinions about each one. Don't set too much store on your impressions, though. Grafton throws in a few twists so you may not know the characters as well as you think.

A strong, well-paced plot and interesting characters made sure that I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I may have come late to Kinsey's party (having read only three of the books), but at least I've finally arrived!
momof2furkids avatar reviewed V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 22) on + 57 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This one is more like the Kinsey mysteries I remember from earlier. The last ones have been rather dark, but this one was hard to put down and not nearly so dark. Very good read!
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reviewed V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 22) on + 14 more book reviews
Love this whole series
irishlass avatar reviewed V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 22) on + 12 more book reviews
Not sure if I'm just tired of the same old formula or her writing is getting tired, but I didn't like this one at all. I was disappointed because I always look forward to when the next one is published, but i thought this was really boring. No suspense. Characters I could care less about. Hope the next one is better.
fastfingers avatar reviewed V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 22) on + 73 more book reviews
I have read all from this series. This was very well written and I loved it!!! The last couple were kinda dry and boring but she got it right with "V" is for Vengeance! Kinsey Milhone never disappoints!
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I'm a big fan of Sue Grafton. I have enjoyed all her books. I think she keeps getting better and her character is maturing, etc. Can't wait to read the next one!
dryheat avatar reviewed V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 22) on + 23 more book reviews
Excellent from start to finish
reviewed V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 22) on + 11 more book reviews
I found Grafton's style of writing more honed in this book than in previous ones. I think it's the best one to date. A little slow initially, but I immediately began to look for clues that would become important later on in the story and I wasn't disappointed as the storyline played out. There were a few Aha! moments. All-in-all a very good read. Once engrossed, I couldn't put it down. I had to see if what I'd figured out actually ended up happening.

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