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Wise-cracking, staunchly independent, and chronically curious, Grafton's gritty gumshoe Kinsey Millhone is back. This time, the alphabet series star will take on the toughest case to date: her past. What begins as a random phone call from a "storage space scavenger" (someone who buys the contents of defaulted storage units) leads Kinsey to a box of old papers and personal effects that her ex-husband, Mickey Magruder, left behind. Inside, she finds a 15-year-old unsent letter from a bartender that, among other things, reveals her former hubby was having an affair. The letter also contains details about the murder of a transient--a crime for which Mickey was blamed. Although never convicted, Mickey was ruined--losing his job, wife, and friends. But 15 years later, Kinsey realizes that foul play may have been involved in the murder, a deadly temptation for her.
Die-hard fans will especially enjoy Kinsey's self-disclosure--something she's infamous for not doing--about her childhood, the fate of her parents, and the randy details of her first marriage. A very vulnerable and interesting side to Kinsey's character is also revealed when her obsessive-compulsive fact-finding bent is mixed up with matters of the heart.
A fast, fun read,O Is for Outlaw is packed with Grafton's clear, colorful imagery and signature metaphors: "Our recollection of the past is not simply distorted by our faulty perception of events remembered, but skewed by those forgotten. The memory is like orbiting twin stars, one visible, one dark, the trajectory of what's evident forever affected by the gravity of what's concealed."--Rebekah Warren
"O" Good This is much better than "N"!!! Gives you more of an insight of her past. I wanted to cry at the end when Mickey died. Each time she went to his apartment to search put me on edge...what was she going to find or was she going to get caught!!! I need to get one of these books on tape to see if I would like it. Will start reading "P" soon!!!
O is for Ordinary - NOT - It's Great Sue Grafton is definitely back on course with O IS FOR OUTLAW. In one word, it's Outstanding in that it not only gives the devoted readers of this series more insight into Kinsey Millhone's past, but it also has a great mystery to go along with that insight.
Kinsey comes home from working out at the gym to find two Los Angeles detectives on her porch. As they're talking with her, she learns that her first ex-husband (remember she's twice divorced), Mickey MacGruder, has been shot, is in a coma, and the outlook isn't good. Kinsey is shocked by those events, but when the detectives inform her that her handgun (the one Mickey gave her as a wedding present years ago) was the weapon used to shoot him, she was completely baffled.
Those of us who have been with this series since A is for Alibi knew that Kinsey is too curious about anything and everything to not jump in her Volkswagen Beatle Bug and drive to Los Angeles to see Mickey for herself. Sure enough, that's what she did. After the visit, she finds out where Mickey lived and picks the lock on the door (around the crime scene tape, of course) to see what she can find out in the apartment that could give her a clue as to who shot him and why. Now this is when it's very interesting - Kinsey remembers how Mickey is paranoid and figures out where he stashes his secrets. Ok, I never even thought about stuffing/hiding things in the light switch box, the curtain rod, etc.
The support characters are dynamic from a wanna be congressman, his hoity-toity wife, a handicapped Vietnam vet who went from being a drunk to a wealthy businessman, his two-timing wife, an ex-con bent on revenging his brother's death, to the Honky-Tonk's new owners - the sons of cops with whom Kinsey used to work. At times I laughed at the characters' antics and other times just shook my head in disbelief. But Grafton was definitely consistent with these personalities as they were all very vivid, strong and animated. She gave a new meaning to "mental picture".
The downside to this book, at least in my opinion, is the dates in which the story takes place. I have read each of the books in this series and when Kinsey says she's 39 years old, I always thought she was close to my age. Well it turns out that Kinsey graduated in 1967 - yes, it appears these books have been written in a time period of ten years ago. This may not be a big deal to some, but to me, it threw off my whole line of thinking. These events are not current. This is definitely something I need to get used to.
Overall, I'd say Sue Grafton is back on target with O is for Outlaw as it's full of action, adventure, humor and wit. It's packed full of all the things we've come to expect from this fantastic writer! This book should definitely be added onto your reading list! A solid member of this alphabetical family "O is for Outlaw" is not exceptional and it is not bad. I'd rate it a notch above average - not because of the quality of the mystery (it was average), but because of the quality of the characters. There were a number of interesting people, from the man who buys auctioned off storage garages to Dixie, the loose waitress turned loose rich hostess of parties to the elite to Mickey, Kinsey's mysterious ex-husband. More than enough suspects to keep the reader guessing!
I listened to "O is for Outlaw" as a book on tape and it was a great companion on my 45-minute drive to work. Judith Kaye reads all of them and she does a fabulous job!