K Is for Killer
K Is for Killer
By Sue Grafton
Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805019360, 286pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 1994
Lorna Kepler was beautiful and willful, a loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. Maybe that's what killed her.
Her death had raised a host of tough questions. The cops suspected homicide, but they could find neither motive nor suspect. Even the means were mysterious: Lorna's body was so badly decomposed when it was discovered that they couldn't be certain she hadn't died of natural causes. In the way of overworked cops everywhere, the case was gradually shifted to the back burner and became another unsolved file.
Only Lorna's mother kept it alive, consumed by the certainty that somebody out there had gotten away with murder.
In the ten months since her daughter's death, Janice Kepler had joined a support group, trying to come to terms with her loss and her anger. It wasn't helping. And so, leaving a session one evening and noticing a light on in the offices of Millhone Investigations, she knocked on the door.
In answering that knock, Kinsey Millhone is pulled into the netherworld of unavenged murder, where only a pact with the devil will satisfy the restless ghosts of the victims and give release to the living they have left behind.
Eleven books into the series that has won her readers around the world, Sue Grafton takes a darkside turn, pitching us into a shadow land of pain and grief where killers still walk free, unaccused, unpunished, unrepentant. With ""K" is for Killer" she offers a tale that is dark, complex, and deeply disturbing.
"Book for book, this may be the most satisfying mystery series going."--Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
"The best first-person-singular storytelling in detective novels."--Mark Harris, Entertainment Weekly
"Grafton has moved the private-eye story closer to real life than did either Hammett or Chandler."--Dick Lochte, Los Angeles Times Book Review