V Is for Vengeance

V Is for Vengeance

Book - 2011
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V is for Vengeance is the twenty-second in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series by Sue Grafton. Las Vegas, 1986. A young college graduate is murdered when he is unable to pay back a loan funded by notorious criminal Lorenzo Dante. Two years later private investigator Kinsey Millhone finds herself assisting to apprehend a shoplifter - Audrey Vance - in a shopping centre. Events take a much darker turn when Audrey's body is discovered beneath the Cold Spring Bridge, a local suicide spot. Unable to believe she took her own life, Audrey's fianc#65533; Marvin Striker hires Kinsey to investigate. It soon emerges that the shoplifter had become caught up in a much larger operation. Meanwhile Lorenzo Dante has begun to grow weary of his life in organized crime and frustrated with his violent and impulsive younger brother Cappi. While the police net begins to close in on him, Dante meets the beautiful Nora, who exerts a powerful pull over the gangster. As Kinsey's enquiries reach a dramatic head, it becomes clear that she and Dante have one thing in common - they must be careful who they trust . . .
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2011.
ISBN: 9780330512770
9780425250563
9780399157868
0399157867
Characteristics: 437 p. ;,24 cm.

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chromybaby33
Aug 15, 2017

For some reason which is beyond me Kinsey gets involved emotionally with a married ex-con who really just wants to take advantage of her. I guess it is a lack of a love life that drives her to take on PINKY, a three time loser, try to help him and almost give her life for him until she gets a knock in the face that wakes her up to the stupidity of her ways. The story is a bit too detailed for me but generally a good read.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: If you like the Sue Grafton mysteries--you'll love this book. All of the old familiar characters are there--plus the new ones needed for this mystery. Lots of excitement--but all ends well!

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 04, 2013

Grafton started her Kinsey Millhone mystery series in 1982 with A is for Alibi; she's now up to V is for Vengeance. Grafton's plots and characters have remained consistently good over 30 years. Various plot points have stayed with me years—decades!—after reading: the woman shot through the eyeball as she looks through her front door peephole, the plot that hinged on the colour of a hydrangea, the intricacies of shoplifting rings in the latest. If you're a mystery lover who somehow missed this series, start with A and keep on reading through the alphabet.

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Pigeona
Mar 03, 2013

This series get better with every book. I will miss it when it gets to Z.

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superalisa
Jan 24, 2013

I am nervous about the ending of this series. I will really miss Kinsey Millhone. So, I'm trying to treasure every single page left in the series.

But the premise of this book is that "shoplifting is bad" and I have a hard time caring about shoplifting in general. Sometimes Kinsey's do-good, law-obediant attitude annoys me. This was one of those times.

I liked spending time with Kinsey, but she kinda annoyed the crap out of me when we hung out this time.

kelleypoole Jan 01, 2013

Loved it!

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spintodebader
Jun 07, 2012

I recently 'discovered' Sue Grafton and I'm hooked! I've read the whole alphabet series and can't wait for the next book. Kinsey Millhone is a fun, no-nonsense gal!

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astrella
Jun 05, 2012

Good, but more of a story than a mystery. not my favorite in the series, but not the worst one, either.

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EmilyEm
Jun 02, 2012

Kinsey turns in a shoplifter while buying new ?undies? on sale and so begins her twenty-second story on her nearly 38th birthday. It?s a tangled web of plots involving stolen goods, the Mob, unexplained suicides, betrayal, and revenge with characters both new and appearing again.

This mystery has more pages and a more intricate plot than some of Grafton?s series. I thought it was very well done and just turned page after page to the finish.

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jkovacs
May 28, 2012

Another good book in the alphabet series. A bit predictable, but still enjoyable. Story moved along at nice pace.

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