E Is for Evidence

E Is for Evidence

Book - 1988
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No one writes a thriller like #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton. In E is for Evidence , PI Kinsey Millhone becomes the victim of a nasty frame-up...

E IS FOR EX

It was the silly season and a Monday at that, and Kinsey Millhone was bogged down in a preliminary report on a fire claim. Something was nagging at her, but she couldn't pin it. The last thing she needed in the morning mail was a letter from her bank recording an erroneous $5,000 deposit in her account. Kinsey had never believed in Santa Claus and she wasn't about to change her mind now. Resigning herself to a morning of frustration, she phoned the bank and, assaulted by canned carols, waitedon hold for an officer to clear up the snafu.

It was with something less than Christmas cheer that Kinsey faced off only minutes later with California Fidelity's Mac Voorhies. Voorhies was smart, humorless, stingy with praise, and totally fair. He was frowning now.

"I got a phone call this morning." he said, his frown deepening. "Somebody says you're on the take."

Suddenly the $5,000 deposit clicked into place. It wasn't a mistake. It was a setup.

"E" is for evidence: evidence planted, evidence lost. "E" is for ex-lovers and evasions, enemies and endings. For Kinsey, "E" is for everything she stands to lose if she can't exonerate herself: her license, her livelihood, her good name. And so she takes on a new client: namely, Kinsey Millhone, thirty-two and twice-divorced, ex-cop and wisecracking loner, a California private investigator with a penchant for lost causes--one of which, it is to be hoped, is not herself.

As Kinsey begins to unravel the frame-up, she finds that her future is intimately tied to one family's past and to the explosive secret it has protected for almost twenty years. Digging deeper, she discovers that probing the past can have lethal consequences as she follows a trail of murder that leads to her own front door. And in what may well be her most challenging case, Kinsey comes up against the fact that sometimes, "E" is forever.

"A" Is for Alibi
"B" Is for Burglar
"C" Is for Corpse
"D" Is for Deadbeat
"E" Is for Evidence
"F" Is for Fugitive
"G" Is for Gumshoe
"H" Is for Homicide
"I" Is for Innocent
"J" Is for Judgment
"K" Is for Killer
"L" is for Lawless
"M" Is for Malice
"N" Is for Noose
"O" Is for Outlaw
"P" Is for Peril
"Q" Is for Quarry
"R" Is for Ricochet
"S" Is for Silence
"T" Is for Trespass
"U" Is for Undertow
"V" Is for Vengeance
"W" Is for Wasted
"X"

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks c1988
ISBN: 9780805004595
9780312939038
Branch Call Number: GRAFTON
Characteristics: 309 p

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Sarah1984
Nov 28, 2014

Kinsey is so easy to read. Compared to my last book, which was very well enjoyed and earned the same number of stars, I read it in half the time. E is for Evidence is about insurance fraud, starting with a fire at a commercial building. To begin with there is no murder, not for about half the book, which surprised me as A through D have involved Kinsey investigating a missing person who turns out to be murdered or just a murdered person who needs to be investigated. We do, eventually, get a murder (and quite a gruesome one at that), and then a second and an attempted third (no prizes for guessing who the attempted one is, if you're a fan of the books), but it takes till about halfway through the book (I was starting to think this would be a murderless Kinsey book) before we get there.

I sympathise with Kinsey and her belief that it's better, and often more enjoyable, to be alone. In fact, I'd probably suffer even less (read: not at all) from loneliness if I was in her position. I also understand some of her more brutal comments and don't think they make her a bitch, as some of the other reviewers have called her. She's just thinking what a lot of people think (myself included). You see a person and think "God, what's wrong with that man/woman? Why the hell did he/she think it was appropriate to leave the house dressed like that?" I would never say anything, and I don't stare (because I know how soul destroying it can be when dogs and small children stare at you like you've got the plague), but I do wonder if they were completely confident in the way they looked when they left the house that morning (I rarely am, so if anyone was wondering the answer from me would be "No", which is why I only leave the house when I have to).

Kinsey isn't taxing reading, but she'd be perfect to make into a marathon while you were on holiday. Nothing overly upsetting, no strange or difficult language, and a generally likeable heroine - what more could you want from a book as you float down the Rhone on a late Autumn's afternoon? I just wish I had F is for whatever ready to go, not that I don't have plenty of other books with me, I just feel like reading more Kinsey.

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Ubalstecha
Aug 11, 2011

As part of my great Kinsey Milhone re-read I recently finished E is for Evidence. Author Grafton is not afraid to develop her main character. This novel finds Kinsey's ex-husband showing up and we get to see our protagonist relive the pain of her break-up while figuring out who is framing her. Very gripping page turner.

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Spillie
Jun 23, 2010

Another enjoyable episode in the life of Kinsey Millhone. One learns a bit more more of her background in this story.

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Auxesia
Apr 29, 2010

After reading "L is for Lawless" I wasn't too eager to start this one. I must say this one seemed to flow better. I'll def pick up another Sue Grafton book. Maybe I'll read them all ... who knows!

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