I have found a Q book for the A-Z Book Challenge. It wasn’t until I got to the end of the book that I realised I had read the book previously, probably in 2003 shortly after the book was published.Sue Grafton started her A-Z crime series, featuring the female detective Kinsey Millhone in 1982 with the first novel A is for Alibi. I know I read several of the books at the beginning of the series but I didn’t think I had read as far as the letter Q, obviously I did as I found I had read this one.
Ten years ago is a long time in the reading world so it didn’t do me any harm to discover I had read it previously. I enjoyed the book as if it was a first time read.
She was a Jane Doe, an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California’s Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff’s Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab woulds , and her thoat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the murder remained unsolved.
That was eighteen years ago. Now the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case . . . . and they turn to Kinsey Millhone to help them find closure. Kinsey is intrigued and agrees to the job.
But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business and what begins with the pursuit of Jane Doe’s real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer.
Overall, another great crime fiction novel from Sue Grafton but I do wish she would resolve her family issues which have been ongoing since A is for Alibi.