I don't want her to change drastically, but I haven't seen her grow or change in a while. From the start we are introduced to a sociopath, so we know who the criminal is right away and are obviously supposed to be able to predict where she will end up working. And the real Solana Rojas was indeed an excellent caregiver. Really enjoyable and very comfortable. Once again, Grafton opens up new territory with startling results.
She also addresses the abuse many elderly live with each day from starvation to physical to verbal abuse to murder. Grafton, in general, has created a wonderful set of characters, both the traditional supporting characters and the new ones. How the hell is a random criminal on the run, yet going to get a tap on your phone? Without her high level of perception, the outcome would have been much more horrific for the victims because the predator in this story is someone you should be able to trust. And the real Solana Rojas was indeed an excellent caregiver. Lots of interesting twists and turns, this is one evil witch that is living next door and does she have nerves of steal, and can lie, and in the end, it is Kinsey who is on the hook as the bad guy.
This series starts in 1982 and does not progress very far in years during the series. And a few things begin to change. Realising that her neighbourly concern isn't going to get her past the front door Kinsey turns to more unorthodox methods to step up her investigation. So Kinsey gives her the thumbs-up, figuring Gus will be the ideal assignment for this diligent, experienced caregiver. Would Solana catch Kinsey breaking into her house? I'd resisted reading this one for years, but I'm glad I finally pressed through, as I found this one of the best in the series so far. Soon after, both writer and heroine became icons and international bestsellers. I loved this book in Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries.
The rest were greedy slugs and bitter losers. She seems to want to be alone in the world except for her two almost-ninety year old friends, even though she's only 37. She went to nursing school but had to drop out but she is an identity thief who steals the identity of real nurses. A technique I found interesting is that for the first time throughout this series, Grafton gives us a glimpse of Kinsey through another character's eyes. I also enjoy her observant outlook on the world around her. They want your poor-sweet-baby sympathy, but don't want to change.
But all's well that ends well, I guess. Book 20 in the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series from the New York Times bestselling author, Sue Grafton. I am reading and rereading all the books in the series as I put them on my Kindle, so it's pretty clear that I like Grafton as an author. This one was a little different than others in the series because we get some chapters from the villain's viewpoint. But you never know what may happen in the next Kinsey instalment, maybe he will be back. Sue Grafton is a fascinating writer and I'm just so jealous of her skill. So Kinsey gives her the thumbs-up, figuring Gus will be the ideal assignment for this diligent, experienced caregiver.
Grafton introduces some updates to the format, including a different perspective and point of view by introducing the thoughts of the villain. I also liked that there were other situations Kinsey was dealing with, so it wasn't just a one-note mystery. Whom I don't think we've met before; it's amazing how Grafton builds our empathy for such an initially unsympathetic character. The conclusion of the primary story was unbelievable and the two secondary stories were never fully developed. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. Kinsey doubts her own senses because she personally investigated the woman.
Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. It seems that as Ms. Do one little something for someone today, that's all it takes. I have been enamored with this series since A is for Alibi, and consider her books easy and enjoyable reads. Solana is one of the most evil, calculating characters Grafton has created. The suspense lies in whether Kinsey will realize what is happening in time to intercede.
In fact, there's more than one bad guy and more than one kind of trespass. One-third of the way through, no discernible action had yet occurred. Maybe this one slightly less comforting, but it was interesting and I really liked it. Grafton mixes deadly serious topics, in this case identity theft and elder abuse, with offbeat Kinsey-esque humor. How does Sue Grafton do it? Something was nagging at her, but she couldn't pin it.