"C" Is for Corpse

"C" Is for Corpse

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You haven't read a thriller until you read #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton's novels with her unforgettable P.I. Kinsey Millhone...

"C" is for Corpse

He was young-maybe twenty or so-and he must once have been a good-looking kid. Kinsey could see that. But now his body was covered in scars, his face half-collapsed. It saddened Kinsey and made her curious. She could see he was in a lot of pain. But for three weeks, as Kinsey'd watched him doggedly working out at the local gym, putting himself through a grueling exercise routine, he never spoke.

Then one Monday morning when there was no one else in the gym, Bobby Callahan approached her. His story was hard to credit: a murderous assault by a tailgating car on a lonely rural road, a roadside smash into a canyon 400 feet below, his Porsche a bare ruin, his best friend dead. The doctors had managed to put his body back together again-sort of. His mother's money had seen to that. What they couldn't fix was his mind, couldn't restore the huge chunks of memory wiped out by the crash. Bobbyknew someone had tried to kill him, but he didn't know why. He knew he had the key to something that made him dangerous to the killer, but he didn't know what it was. And he sensed that someone was still out there, ready to pounce at the first sign his memory was coming back. He'd been to the cops, but they'd shrugged off his story. His family thought he had a screw loose. But he was scared-scared to death. He wanted to hire Kinsey.

His case didn't have a whole lot going for it, but he was hard to resist: young, brave, hurt. She took him on. And three days later, Bobby Callahan was dead.

Kinsey Millhone never welshed a deal. She'd been hired to stop a killing. Now she'd find the killer.

"A" Is for Alibi
"B" Is for Burglar
"C" Is for Corpse
"D" Is for Deadbeat
"E" Is for Evidence
"F" Is for Fugitive
"G" Is for Gumshoe
"H" Is for Homicide
"I" Is for Innocent
"J" Is for Judgment
"K" Is for Killer
"L" is for Lawless
"M" Is for Malice
"N" Is for Noose
"O" Is for Outlaw
"P" Is for Peril
"Q" Is for Quarry
"R" Is for Ricochet
"S" Is for Silence
"T" Is for Trespass
"U" Is for Undertow
"V" Is for Vengeance
"W" Is for Wasted
"X"

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, c1986.
ISBN: 9780805028188
0805028188
Branch Call Number: FIC Graft
Characteristics: 243 p.

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DANIEL F HAMMANG
May 30, 2019

A nice, gentle, we'll sort of gentle ... not quite a cozy, read...Kinsey Millhone is an easy to like private eye. It's a hoot to read the time capsule descriptions of this tale published in 1986. Table top PCs lined up on the desk next to IBM Selectrics... May Ms. Grafton Rest In Peace. She has left a trail of the alphabet to sort through at your leisure. If your looking for a good suspense novel with no footing in noir this series is not a bad bet.

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PolyWogg
Feb 17, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
A decent story, but not a home run
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Kinsey meets an accident victim in physical rehab, and he wants her to find out who ran him off the road and why
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WHAT I LIKED:
Kinsey gets to know Bobby in the early stages of the case, and the mystery of the case is intriguing. It takes a while for the pinball to hit enough buzzers to do anything, particularly as his only real evidence is that he remembers knowing "something" and that he was in danger, but not what it was or from whom. The further developments of Kinsey's character and her sense of justice are awesome.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
One of the sub-characters, his step-sister, is a caricature and a wasted distraction. Equally, another sub-story with someone trying to take advantage of Henry is both obvious and boring.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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Dreamstime
Jan 17, 2019

I like Kinsey's attitude. Story was better than just ok, but not great.

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Ubalstecha
Aug 01, 2011

Lovely story where Kinsey gets emotionally involved with her client. When he is killed, she continues to investigate to finds out who is behind it.

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Spillie
May 21, 2010

Another fun adventure for the heroine, Kinsey Millhone. Not as lighthearted as the By-the-Numbers series by Janet Evanovich, but still a good read.

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