W Is For Wasted

Hardcover | September 10, 2013

bySue Grafton

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Of the #1 New York Times–bestselling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, “Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters.”

Two dead men 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 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 linkages begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity. “And just like that,” she says, “the lid to Pandora’s box flew open. It would take me another day before I understood how many imps had been freed, but for the moment, I was inordinately pleased with myself.”

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.

W is for . . . wanderer . . . worthless . . . wronged . . .

W is for wasted.

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Of the #1 New York Times–bestselling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, “Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters.”Two dead men 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...

SUE GRAFTON lives in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.25 × 6.37 × 1.5 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok to pass the time. Kinsey needs to add more romance to her life. I did like the family connection, they continue to give us more insure into Kinsey.
Date published: 2015-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only a few letters left! Then what? Is Sue going to throw down her pen and retire... because "Z" is imminent! Not sure if I've missed a letter along the way so I'll have to make a commitment to check. I know I've read most of them and never once regretted being a serial reader of Ms. Grafton's. Kinsey feels like a friend at this point so I hope there's many more mysteries left for her to investigate and solve. As in the past, this was a great read in the Millhone series! Thank you Sue for doing what you do SO well!!!
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Wait Again, a great mystery. I can't wait for X, Y, and Z.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from W is for wasted As a long time reader of this series you will not be disappointed. Kinsey Milhone isa character that is easy to love!
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good one! Nice puzzle, well formed and interesting, particularly when all the pieces finally fit. I always love these books!
Date published: 2014-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this character Good read. Kinsey still holds my interest ! Can't wait to see what X holds for Kinsey and her friends.
Date published: 2014-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I love Kinsey. I wait for the new books to come out. Only three more by my calculations. :( When I read the books I keep thinking about what I was doing at that time.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from W is for wasted Love the whole series.
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than ever! I like Sue Grafton novels, in fact I own copies of them all. I don't however follow an author blindly because they are one of 'my' authors. I can't just blindly keep reading the same old same old, you know different names and-Orr location but same basic story, ho-hum, big yawn. Every time I read a Kinsey Millhone story it is different, totally different, while still fitting into a recognisable framework and this one is even better, tying the past to the present and an intriguing story to boot. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Wonderful! I've read all of Grafton's books from the beginning. Ive eagerly awaited each addition. Periodically i've been a bit annoyed at some of the repetition of reoccurring facts. This title BLEW ME AWAY! Still tight and fast paced. Lots of details....threads to follow knots to untie. FABULOUS BOOK! If you've not become addicted to Kinsey? Go back to the beginning. A is for alibi. It's worth all that reading to get to this one!
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from W is for Wasted Sue gets better with each book in the Kinsey series! This one is excellent.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from W is for Wasted Another fun novel by Sue Grafton. I can't wait for "X" to come out.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from W is for Wasted After a lengthy wait after the disappointing V is for Vengeance, W is for Wasted has proven to be worth the wait. This is one of, if not the, best of the series to date. The characters are vivid, the action continuous, and the clues open in a way that kept me guessing right up until they start falling together for Millhone herself. It was a book that I did not want to put down, the writing was so engrossing. This is a book that goes onto the 'Read Again' shelf.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from W is for Wasted Great book, well written and easy to read. Loved it from beginning to end. Can't wait for X to come out.
Date published: 2014-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from W Another well written work!
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from W is for Wasted. Wow! Great read, as always. Now what to do in the time before the next book comes out. Read it in under ten days. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from W is for Wicked Another well written and delightful submission for Ms. Grafton
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another good one Waiting for more on kinsey. What will x stand for????
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from W is for Wasted brilliant Each release of Sue Graftons "Alphabet" brings intrigue, excitement and sleepless nights, as one cannot put the book down. Kinsey finds herself in a very unusual position meeting yet again relatives that fringe on her space of her orphan status, uncovering and exposing the reader to a subject of mixed emotions, the homeless, and medical trials which can result in the good the bad and the ugly. Once again Kinsey is my hero......only three more letters in the alphabet, stay tuned. For those of you who have not read Sue Grafton, pick up A is for Alibi, and meet Kinsey, she will not disappoint.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Haven't read a Sue Grafton book for years. I forgot what I was missing. I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for W IS FOR WASTED “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