By Sue Grafton
A tough-talking former cop, deepest investigator Kinsey Millhone has organize a modest detective organization in a quiet nook of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few own possessions and less own attachments, she’s received a tender spot for underdogs and misplaced reasons. Eight years in the past, Nikki Fife used to be convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and wishes Kinsey’s support to discover the true killer. If there is something that makes Kinsey consider alive, it is taking part in at the side. When her research turns up a moment corpse, extra suspects, and a brand new cause to kill, Kinsey discovers that the sting is closer—and sharper—than she imagined.
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His family had money. Mine had none. I lost track of him for a few years and then I heard he'd opened his own law firm here in town. So I came out and talked to him about going to work for him and he said fine. " "Yeah, Gwen. She's still around town someplace but I'd be a little careful with her. She ended up bitter as hell and I've heard she's got surly things to say about him. She has a doggrooming place up on State Street somewhere if that's any help. " He was watching me steadily and I got the impression that he knew exactly how much he would tell me and exactly how much he would not.
So the two of them, after five years of that regime, were both withdrawn and shut-down. Defensive, uncommunicative. From what I could tell, his relation to them was based on attack, being held accountable, much like what he had done with me. Of course, I'd been seeing them alternate weekends and that sort of thing, and I had the usual summer visitation. I just didn't have any idea how far it had gone. And his death was a kick in the head to them on top of that. I'm sure they both had a lot of feelings that were never resolved.
It's the sort of place where you look to see if the chair needs brushing off before you sit down. The plastic seats have little rips in them that leave curls of nylon on the underside of your stockings and the tables have black Formica tops handetched with words like hi. To the left above the bar, there's a dusty marlin, and when people get drunk, Rosie lets them shoot rubber-tipped arrows at it with a toy gun, thus averting aggressions that might otherwise erupt into vicious barroom snits. The place appeals to me for a couple of reasons.
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. 1) by Sue Grafton