U Is for Undertow

U Is for Undertow

Large Print - 2009
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A #1 A New York Times Bestseller -- It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's thirty-eighth birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is twenty-seven, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared. A recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories. Sutton now believes he stumbled on her lonely burial when he was six years old. He wants Kinsey's help in locating the child's remains and finding the men who killed her. It's a long shot but he's willing to pay cash up front, and Kinsey agrees to give him one day. As her investigation unfolds, she discovers Michael Sutton has an uneasy relationship with the truth. In essence, he's the boy who cried wolf. Is his current story true or simply one more in a long line of fabrications?
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2009
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410420374
141042037X
Characteristics: 655 p. (large print) ; 22 cm
Call Number: LT GRAFTON, S

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PolyWogg
Mar 21, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
Nice ending, but the story feels like retread
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Kinsey's client thinks he remembers seeing two men digging a hole back when he was six years old, just days after a child's kidnapping that subsequently ended tragically. Maybe it was the kidnappers?
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WHAT I LIKED:
The flashback story harkens back to a hippie-style couple living in a van in the driveway of his parents' house, which was mildly interesting at first. The introduction of a reporter named Alvarez is good for future stories too. But the only really good part is filling in some of Aunt Ginny's history, with old letters and a PI that was hired to look into Ginny's parenting ability.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The flashback storyline removes almost any mystery or tension from the story. You know who the bad guys are way before Kinsey, and the storyline with the reporter holds some initial promise but ultimately goes nowhere. Just a lot of wasted time and space.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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dhuelsmann
Jul 21, 2018

I have always liked Sue Grafton's books particularly the Kinsey Millhone series. I was real sorry to see that Sue Grafton died at age 77 from cancer before she was able to complete the final book in this series. Recently, I finally got around to renewing my library card and am now taking advantage of being able to download Kindle books from the library starting with Kinsey Millhone. And, as I remembered, these novels do not disappoint!

prettiipreppii May 17, 2017

Was not my fav book or author.Too much of nothing to get to the end. Blah!!

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sheojuk
Jan 24, 2013

Was Sue Grafton always this bad a writer? Is it series fatigue? 25% repetition from earlier books, 10% gross anachronisms, turgid prose, hokey dialogue, predictable plot developments, improbable ending... yeesh.

I plan to skip the rest of the alphabet...

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jdhmsw
Jul 17, 2012

This easy page turner is a delight. Ms G's voice and pace have not deteriorated at all as she makes her way through the alphabet.

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blossom21
Jun 09, 2012

Having read all of Sue Grafton's book I was eager to read her latest and enjoyed it thoroughly as usual.Kinsey Millhone is unchanged and a lot of fun as usual.

btmslt Mar 06, 2012

Another good one from Grafton. This one is interesting because it weaves in and out of various decades to finally reach the end.

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gwendloyn
Sep 13, 2011

EXCELLENT book: As always, Sue Grafton keeps the reader on the edge, until the final words of the book to solve the mystery

joyhuebert Jun 10, 2011

I haven't read a Sue Grafton in a long time, and needed an escape so picked up U. I was surprised by how readable and competent this book was, and how enjoyable to drift along through an interesting, suspenseful story.

Krajzel May 13, 2011

one of Graftons better ones!! Kept the reader spellbound.

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