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W is for Wasted (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Sue Grafton
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“Grafton is a writer of many strengths—crisp characterizations, deft plotting, and eloquent dialogue among them—and she has kept her long-running alphabet mystery series fresh and each new release more welcome than the last. Her greatest skill may be the way she melds disparate, unwieldy, often difficult subjects into a cohesive whole that satisfies as both entertainment and art. It's one thing to write a bestseller (or 23), but quite another to do so while addressing larger societal ills. Achieve both, and you reach the pinnacle of the profession—as Grafton has. Her work is layered, textural, sensate—ingenious and satisfying in any genre. . . Lesser authors churn books out; Grafton continues to knock them out of the park.”—Louisville Courier-Journal
 
“‘W is for Wasted’ is further proof – as if it were needed – of Grafton’s immense talent. And her ability to give equal weight to the story of the detective and the detective story sets her apart in the world of crime fiction.” ––Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“Kinsey Millhone, the well-nigh immortal sleuth in this enduring series, still has time to play her rebel role simply by living a spartan existence in a world of greedy narcissists…How sweet it is to see the California private eye back in her garage apartment…It’s also fun to watch her at work, taking notes on index cards, typing reports on a Smith-Corona and here’s what really matters—communicating with people face-to-face.” ––New York Times Book Review
 
“Involving, amusing and fast-paced.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“Nearing the conclusion of this celebrated series, Grafton continues to shape Millhone’s character, toughened by circumstance but still both understanding and forgiving.”—Booklist
 
“Grafton has lost none of her ability to bring her character vividly to life: Kinsey is as witty and engaging as ever, although somewhat more subdued and thoughtful owing to the emotionally charged tasks she has to perform. As Grafton nears the end of her long-running alphabet series, readers of mystery and suspense and Grafton’s many fans will delight in and savor this latest addition.”—Library Journal (starred review)
 
Praise for Sue Grafton

“After three decades Grafton’s iconic detective remains a quirky delight. With the help of McDonald’s pit stops and her single no-wrinkle black dress, Kinsey is sure to keep up the good fight through W, X, Y and Z—taking punches for the little guys and keeping the bad ones at bay.” —People

“Millhone’s complexity is mirrored by the novels that document her cases: books that nestle comfortably within the mystery genre even as they push and prod its contours.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“I’ve come to believe that Grafton is not only the most talented woman writing crime fiction today but also that regardless of gender, her Millhone books are among the five or six best series any American has ever written.”—The Washington Post
 
“Grafton purposively begins with a standard situation . . . and then sets about breaking every cardinal rule of the mystery novel.”—The Los Angeles Times

Présentation de l'éditeur

Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him. Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes. But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange links begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey finds the key to his identity . . . In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised . . .

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 849 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 497 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 033051279X
  • Editeur : Mantle (10 septembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Decevant 13 février 2014
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Il ne se passe pas grand chose dans cette histoire . Sue Grafton semble s'essouffler . Beaucoup de rappels inutiles pour les habitués .
En plus je suis tombée sur un tirage défectueux : débuts de pages effacés , sur deux pages .
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "Luck caught up with him and pushed him off the cliff." 10 septembre 2013
Par E. Bukowsky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
The year is 1988. When thirty-eight year old private investigator Kinsey Millhone tries to make sense of a puzzling crime, she jots her notes down on index cards, conducts research in library archives, and determines people's veracity using her finely-honed intuition and innate common sense. As Sue Grafton's "W is for Wasted" begins, Kinsey informs us that business has been slow of late, leaving her free to look into two unexplained deaths. One is the murder of a former associate, Pete Wolinsky, a shady private detective known for his habit of cutting corners. Pete "was morally shabby, disorganized, and irresponsible with money." The second involves a "John Doe" found with Kinsey's name and telephone number on a piece of paper in his pocket. When a representative of the coroner's office asks Kinsey to identify the body, she dutifully agrees. However, after taking a close look at the corpse, she informs the authorities that she has never laid eyes on the man.

Kinsey, partly through happenstance, and mostly because she is too nosy for her own good, meets up with distant relatives who respond with hostility when she brings them bad tidings. She also endangers he life when she digs too deeply into matters that do not directly concern her. As is her habit, Kinsey goes out of her way to lend a helping hand when needed, and sticks her neck out to right any wrongs she encounters. "W is for Wasted" is a bleak mystery that is partly about the unfortunates who live on the fringes of society--young runaways, alcoholics, and the mentally ill who have no fixed address. Grafton explores the plight of those who lose their way and end up in shelters or on the streets. Even though they may have brought some of their misery on themselves, we cannot help but pity men and women who drink excessively, are estranged from their loved ones and, because they "live rough," are prone to abuse, malnutrition, and debilitating illness.

As usual, Grafton tells her story with flair, imagination, and compassion. However, "Wasted" is not among her most stellar efforts. One reason is that, instead of asserting herself, Kinsey spends too much time reacting to the outrageous behavior of others. Rather than being the strong, take-charge woman whom we have come to admire, Millhone is strangely lifeless here, almost a pawn in a chess game that she only vaguely comprehends. With the help of her eighty-eight year old landlord, the kind-hearted Henry, and others who flit in and out of the narrative, Kinsey eventually pieces together the truth, but she is slow on the uptake and rarely in control of events. In addition, the plot requires a sizeable suspension of disbelief and many of the characters are obnoxious and unlikeable--greedy, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful.

Adding to the mood of doom and gloom, Kinsey's loneliness is almost palpable; even when she meets up with a former boyfriend, the hoped-for sparks fail to ignite. Kinsey poignantly states, when she reflects on her inability to sustain long-term romantic relationships, "I was always in danger of losing what I longed for most--stability, closeness, belonging." "W is for Wasted" is capably written (we expect no less from Grafton) but, at almost five hundred pages, it is a bit too long, rambling, and repetitious. It also lacks the delightful humor of Grafton's most entertaining and memorable novels. (Three and a half stars rounded up to four, since Kinsey, Henry, and company are almost members of the family at this point. I always enjoy spending time with them.)
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Honestly, this was terrible. 18 septembre 2013
Par ajdan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I started reading Grafton's alphabet series 20 years ago when I was 12 years old. I've kept up with them avidly since then, usually finishing the new release the day it comes out and whining that I now have to wait 2-3 years for the next installment. Though there were a few stinkers in the preceding novels, I've been shocked by how bad this book is.

The typos alone are inexcusable, but the entire book suffers from a severe lack of editing. Paragraph upon paragraph of tedious description and insignificant details coupled with every single character spouting completely unnecessary exposition and all doing so with the same narrative voice, does not make for good writing nor good reading.

Grafton seems to have forgotten that Kinsey is only 38, and a fit 38 at that, as she gives her asides about not knowing how she'll get up from sitting on the ground and other problems only a much older person and/or someone far more out of shape than her heroine would even think about. Grafton, also, gives us 88 year old Henry in 198whatever saying he and someone "hung out" for a while and uncountable instances where quotation marks inexplicably appear as the Mary Sue of the scene picks right back up telling Kinsey the rest of the exposition which had been narrative in the previous paragraph. And, then, there are the lists of California flora...Lists. Plural.

If the similarities between her 'drama queen' male characters were meant to reflect on each other, the effort failed because nothing about the behavior was ever illuminated and, instead, we just had four very similar characters floating through the book behaving redundantly; likewise, none of the strays in the book were used to any effect by comparison with each other or their relationships with the world, either.

Finally, I found the attitudes expressed about 'the homeless' -- who are presented as a universally monolithic tribe -- to be both wildly naive and incredibly patronizing; I expected more of Grafton, as I'd expect more of anyone over the age of about 15.

Whether it was because the publishers knew people would buy W regardless of what was between the covers, deadlines were missed, the contract required a page count Grafton didn't have enough story to fill properly or because Grafton refused to have her 'artistry' tampered with, it's clear an editor never came close enough to this manuscript to get a paper cut. We'll likely never know why W got published in the sorry shape it's in, but I sure hope the quality picks back up for the remaining 3 novels; it would be a real shame to go out on a note like this one.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Eh? Ho Hum 23 septembre 2013
Par C. Simpson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book made me want to go back and read A is for Alibi, by Sue Grafton. I have read every one of Grafton's books in this series and surely, they started out better than this very boring book. I mean I kept reading and reading and reading hoping the plot would develop and move forward..But, the first half of the book is filled with flat useless information and rambles along at a very slow pace. Then there are some scenes that made me roll my eyes and say, "Really????" Like the scene where Kinsey goes to an attorney's office whom she has never met. The attorney dashes in late for the appointment, motions Kinsey to come into her office, and proceeds to strip down in front of Kinsey to her thong underwear, wiping off her exercise sweat, and dress in her business attire. I mean, how ridiculous is this? It is crap like that that adds no value to the story or impetus to move it forward. Then, even when the plot picks up, I had little patience or empathy for the characters who are stereotypes of themselves. The end was all wrapped up with sweeping solutions - a donation here, a settlement there, and all is right with the world....Bleech.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 W is for Waste of Time 24 septembre 2013
Par Liz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I am a long time fan of Sue Grafton and eagerly awaited her newest book. Unfortunately I found it to be tedious and under-edited. The "mystery" was underwhelming. I wonder if like Jonathan Kellerman and Patricia Cornwall (both of whose latest books were also a shadow of their earlier works) Grafton is coasting with this one.

I almost put it down when I got to the scene with the lawyer who stripped out of her running clothes. Why??

I miss the old Kinsey who was fun and sassy. This one seemed way older than 38 and was ready to retire with Henry and the cat.

I bought this from audible and actually asked for a refund. It was that disappointing.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 W is for Wonderful! (5 stars) 11 septembre 2013
Par Obsidian Blue - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
After reading the recent Kinsey and Me: Stories by Sue Grafton all it did was whet my appetite for the new Alphabet Murder Mystery by Ms. Grafton.

I have to say I for one will be saddened when Ms. Grafton eventually reaches Z is for...since I will not know what I will do without my yearly dose of Kinsey Millhone.

This novel takes place more than a year after the events in V is for Vengeance. We have what at first seems to be a murder and one unexpected death with no ties between them. However, as Kinsey comes onto the scene, we eventually figure out how these two deaths are linked.

The murder victim was Pete Wolinsky, a local P.I. that Kinsey knew when she was working on obtaining her private investigator credentials. The unexpected death was a homeless man, John Doe, that had Kinsey's phone number and name in his pocket. Due to Kinsey having some downtime she decides to explore the homeless man's life and finds a surprising connection between herself and him.

What I thought was really well done was we have Kinsey interacting with the homeless community in Santa Teresa in order to found out who the homeless John Doe was and why he had her information. We still have Kinsey loving McDonald's Quarter Pounders, her hot hard boiled sandwiches, and Henry. However, there seems to be a certain new awareness about Kinsey as she is starting to realize that she is alone and though has always clamored for her independence is starting to realize that she wants more connections in her life.

Additionally, we have welcomed appearances by Henry, William, and also two former men from Kinsey's romantic life. I realized that one of the gentleman would be making a later appearance in the novel by the clues that were dropped throughout which made me happy to see I was right when it did happen. However, I am still hoping for Kinsey to make it work with the one guy over the other since I feel as if he will actually be what she really needs in her life, a man that stays.

I do want to let readers know that Ms. Grafton is still splitting the novel between Kinsey's narrative and another character. In this novel, we have the narrative shift between Kinsey and Pete Wolinsky in the few months and then days before he was found murdered. I actually was not bothered by this (and was never bothered by this in previous novels) but would like others to know that the majority of the novel is still told from Kinsey's point of view.

Finally, one thing that I really did love about this latest novel was that Ms. Grafton for the first time that I can remember mentions certain events such as the national debt, unemployment, and how the costs of stamps had been increased from 22 cents to 25 cents. I loved these little tidbits being dropped in because it really did blow my mind about the costs of cigarettes, drinks, hotel rooms and realizing that in 2013 things are sky high and would make Kinsey cringe inside at the costs of certain things.

I 100 percent recommend this novel!
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