Sunday, January 24, 2010

Latest from Grafton

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton (NY: Putnam's, 2009).

I've liked almost all the books in this series, and this installment struck me as particularly good. Although Grafton goes forward and backward in time with characters who seem unrelated at first, the story comes together well. Set in 1988, it revolves around solving the kidnapping and presumed murder of a four-year-old girl nearly twenty years ago.

Kinsey Millhone, now almost thirty-eight years old, has aged well and remains an engaging character who deals sharply with a variety of situations. I look forward to seeing if she can adapt to computer technology, which is just on the horizon for her if the series continues to Z.

Adult themes, language, and situations; high school readers on up will find the book accessible.

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