"U" Is for Undertow

"U" Is for Undertow

Audiobook CD - 2009
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It's April 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's thirty-eighth birthday, and she's alone in her office catching up on paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. Michael Sutton is twenty-seven, an unemployed college dropout. More than two decades ago, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent newspaper story about her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories. Sutton now believes he stumbled on her lonely burial and could identify the killers if he saw them again. He wants Kinsey's help in locating the grave and finding the men. It's way more than a long shot, but he's persistent and willing to pay cash up front. Reluctantly, Kinsey agrees to give him one day of her time. But it isn't long before she discovers Sutton has an uneasy relationship with the truth. In essence, he's the boy who cried wolf. Is his story true, or simply one more in a long line of fabrications? Moving effortlessly between the 1980s and the 1960s, and changing points of view as Kinsey pursues witnesses whose accounts often clash. Gradually, listeners come to see how everything connects in this twisting, complex, surprise-filled thriller. And as always, at the beating heart of her fiction is Kinsey Millhone, a sharp-tongued, observant loner who never forgets that under the thin veneer of civility is a roiling dark side to the soul.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2009.
Edition: Library edition
ISBN: 9781415966709
Characteristics: 11 audio discs (approximately 77 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Kaye, Judy


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Apr 05, 2016

I'm getting tired of novels nowadays all seeming to insist on including a lot of gratuitous foul language. It was, however, an interesting story.

siammarino Aug 21, 2014

College dropout Michael Sutton hires PI Kinsley Millhone to find the spot where he believes he saw kidnappers bury a young girl years ago. The plot is compelling, but Grafton frequently skips to new characters making the story hard to follow, especially on audio CD.

Jun 04, 2013

I stopped reading Sue Grafton for years because she'd become so formulaic. This novel breaks the mold. A lot of the story is told from the points of view of the perpetrators - it's much more interesting that way and intensifies the moral predicament at the heart of the story.

Apr 17, 2013

Not great, but still entertaining. 6 of 10 for me.


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