V Is For Vengeance, Hardback book

V Is For Vengeance [Hardback]

by Sue Grafton

3.93 out of 5 (22 ratings)

Pan Macmillan 
Publication Date:
05 January 2012 
Crime, Thrillers and Mystery 


Las Vegas, 1986. A young college graduate is murdered when he is unable to pay back a loan funded by notorious criminal Lorenzo Dante. Two years later private investigator Kinsey Millhone finds herself assisting to apprehend a shoplifter - Audrey Vance - in a shopping centre. Events take a much darker turn when Audrey's body is discovered beneath the Cold Spring Bridge, a local suicide spot. Unable to believe she took her own life, Audrey's fiance Marvin Striker hires Kinsey to investigate. It soon emerges that the shoplifter had become caught up in a much larger operation. Meanwhile Lorenzo Dante has begun to grow weary of his life in organised crime and frustrated with his violent and impulsive younger brother Cappi. While the police net begins to close in on him, Dante meets the beautiful Nora, who exerts a powerful pull over the gangster. As Kinsey's enquiries reach a dramatic head, it becomes clear that she and Dante have one thing in common -- they must be careful who they trust ...

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  • Sue is still writing one great book! Love her characters and how they fit into her plots. One of her best yet. Can't wait for the next one.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone is getting better and more sophisticated with each book. She states that her books are a long time in the making, and it shows. I find her books complex and the plots are intricate. The characters, both the returning, and non-returning, are very well-developed. In this book Kinsey finds herself shopping for underwear in an upscale shop, and she encounters what she determines is a very sophisticated shoplifting ring. The encounter puts her in harm's way with some very unsavoury bad guys (and gals). I like the fact that Ms. Grafton has her heroine firmly ensconced in the eighties. All the wonderful eighties excesses are there for our enjoyment. And we have Kinsey who is one of my favourite fictional female detectives. I have read each book in this wonderful alphabet series and have never been disappointed. This book is particularly good because we see a much less-impulsive Kinsey who appears to have matured a great deal. I personally can't wait for W, and I know that Ms. Grafton will take her time with it until she has it exactly right.

    5.00 out of 5


  • A woman with a murky past who kills herself - or was it murder? A spoiled kid awash in gambling debts who thinks he can beat the system. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring working for the Mob, racking up millions from stolen goods. A wandering husband, rich and ruthless. A dirty cop so entrenched on the force he is immune to exposure. A sinister gangster, conscienceless and brutal. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers, which may be worse than the pain of his loss. A private detective, Kinsey Millhone, whose 38th birthday gift is a push in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted move. And an elegant and powerful businessman whose dealings are definitely outside the law - the magus at the center of the web.

    5.00 out of 5


  • I always enjoy Kinsey Milhone and I loved V is for Vengeance!!! I will be so sad to see this series end:(

    5.00 out of 5


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