Review: F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton
F is for Fugitive

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 29 2016
Series: Kinsey Millhone #6
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
 

“Sue Grafton truly is a magician of her trade.”
~ Under the Covers

Kinsey Millhone has a cold case on her hands. Seventeen years ago, Jean Timberlake was found dead on a beach. Her boyfriend, Bailey Fowler, went down for the crime. But he managed to escape. Now that he’s been caught again, Bailey’s father wants Kinsey to find Jean’s real killer. And in this small quaint town she’s in, Kinsey is quickly realizing that there’s a lot more secrets than people are first letting on.

Again, I enjoyed this book in audiobook because I find that there’s really no other way to enjoy this series now. The narrator does such an excellent job with Kinsey’s narration that she is really and truly Kinsey Millhone to me.

In terms of the books that I’ve read so far, this one probably isn’t my favorite but I do still think it’s a solid book. Grafton creates an interesting case but the only thing that kind of stopped me from fully falling in love with this book was Bailey’s character. I didn’t feel that connection, but I also think that was intentional because he’s essentially the bad guy.

What I did love is the psychology behind this book. Instead of just setting up a crime and then revealing it, Grafton really goes into the whys of criminology and as some of you may know, I studied both Psychology and Criminology in university so this is a great interest to me and that’s pretty much why I have fallen in love with this series. I just love the way Grafton goes behind the simple crime and explores the why.

She manages to come up with some really amazing scenarios that are not only interesting but also very unique. Sue Grafton truly is a magician of her trade.

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About Sue Grafton

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She's an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She's a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey's own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I'd take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I'm not good at good-byes. I've suffered way too many in my day and I don't like the sensation. On the other hand, I'm not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you've given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton's readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey's creator? Well, she's been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and four grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone—but what a splendid imagination it is.

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Timitra

Thanks for the review Annie

Elizabeth

Great review!

Amy R

Thanks for the review.