Saturday, December 15, 2007
T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
This is the latest in the Kinsey Millhone series. I actually was a bit skeptical after my bad encounter with the latest Cornwell novel. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read another one in a long standing series. I also had to buy it in hard cover, which made me think twice!
In this one, Kinsey gets herself involved with an elderly neighbor who needs a caregiver. The caregiver turns out to be the villain and has stolen money and identities from a number of people and victimized the elderly in the past. It's fine to reveal this because the book is told both from Kinsey's point of view and from the care giver's, Solana's, point of view. So the reader does know all this information from the beginning. Kinsey's neighbor, Henry, is back and instrumental to the plot.
Strengths of T is for Trespass: I really like how Grafton has kept the series set in the late 1980s. Kinsey has to operate without cell phones and the Internet. I really like the excitement Grafton can generate because of that. In this one, I liked how the point of view shifted. Solana was such an awful person that it was interesting to get into her mind and see what she was doing. It made the book less of a mystery and more of a character study of these two women. It also made for a great suspenseful ending as they eventually had to collide. I liked how Grafton used Henry in this one. It made the friendship between him and Kinsey more clear, but it also gave him some depth, especially in his encounters with his real estate would-be girlfriend.
Weaknesses of T is for Trespass: I felt like it would be hard to pick up this book if you'd never read any of the other Millhone stories. Grafton assumed some knowledge of her character and past events in the series. But, then again, it's fairly late in this series so I'd assume that people would not be starting here.
Overall, this one renewed my faith in series books. I really enjoyed it and read it quite quickly because I was drawn into the story. I couldn't put it down in the last twenty pages. I'd highly recommend this one. Let me know what you thought about it.