Friday, February 24, 2012

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

I love Kinsey Millhone almost as much as Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon. Kinsey is one of the most well written detectives today and Grafton's stories always provide enough twists to keep me guessing. My only problem with the series is the titles: since they don't have a lot to do with what the stories are about I have a hard time remembering which I have read.

In U is for Undertow, Grafton moves the story back and forth between the 1960s and the 1980s. The "summer of love" sections are especially poignant, revealing the era's characters' total self absorption, while the 80s show Kinsey's pre-Google detective skills--including a strong reliance on her local public library.

Michael Sutton comes to Kinsey with a recovered memory he wants investigated. Unfortunately, Michael is not a reliable witness and the case involves much more that the original crime Michael is concerned about. Kinsey's own past comes to bear on the story as lives spin out of control.

All of Grafton's books are great reads, this one is especially moving in its contrast between the 60s and the 80s.

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