V Is For Vengeance, Paperback book

V Is For Vengeance[Paperback]

by Sue Grafton

3.86 out of 5 (37 ratings)

Pan Macmillan 
Publication Date:
02 August 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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  • Her books keep getting better and better. Can't wait for the next one :-)

    5.00 out of 5


  • Another great one from Sue Grafton. Each book gets better and better. I love all the characters (even the shady ones). Her descriptions and characterizations pull you so fully into the lives of Kinsey and her cohorts that they feel like real people you've known for years. I read a LOT, but there are only a handful of series that feel like a homecoming each time you crack open the newest book. Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone is definitely one of them.

    5.00 out of 5


  • In the past week, I've read Janet Evanovich's "Explosive Eighteen" and Sue Grafton's "V is for Vengeance." Of the two, Grafton's is much more enjoyable. One writer has grown; the other has not. While Evanovich seems to write the same story over and over, to my mind Grafton seems to have grown. I believe this is the best of hers and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was nice to read about other characters and have them developed in such a way that we made a decision as to whether we liked them or not, whether we were pulling for them or not. The so-called bad guy in this book turned out to be a person I liked and was pulling for. You'll have to read the book to see if he came out ahead.

    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


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