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X: Kinsey Millhone, Book 24

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Publisher's Summary

Of number-one New York Times best-selling author Sue Grafton, NPR's Maureen Corrigan said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters." With only two letters left, Grafton's many devoted listeners will share that sentiment.

X: the number 10. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.

X: the shortest entry in Webster's Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: Think xylophone.

X: the 24th letter in the English alphabet.

Sue Grafton's X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

©2015 Sue Grafton (P)2015 Random House Audio

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    Purple Sandra 16/01/2016
    Purple Sandra 16/01/2016
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    "I Must Be Missing Something........"
    Would you try another book written by Sue Grafton or narrated by Judy Kaye?

    Yes definately


    What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

    I found it pretty much a non-story. There were kind of three threads all at the same time - but the two main ones had non of the usual investigative detail this series usually has. All of the ideas were great - i just found them lacking.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Nothing particularly stands out.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Nope - but nothing to do with this book - I never go and see a film if I have read the book. I find that the films are always disappointing. I guess that when reading you form your own idea of how things look etc but then when you see the film things are nothing like you imagined. Details are always missed out or the focus is on another character as you are viewing someone elses vison of the book not your own.


    Any additional comments?

    Love most of the Sue Grafton Kinsey series - I just felt that this one was written to fill a contractual obligation rather than with heart. It certainly won't stop me reading her next book :-)<br/>

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Leicester, United Kingdom 14/09/2015
    Sue Leicester, United Kingdom 14/09/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Sue Grafton Cracker!"

    I absolutely loved this. As an avid fan of Sue Grafton's alphabet series I was really looking forward to this and wasn't disappointed. Judy Kaye's narration was brilliant, the story gripping and I finished it in record time. My only disappointment is that's there's only another two to come before the series of books comes to an end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    san2har 29/08/2015
    san2har 29/08/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Another excellent story in the series"

    I can never wait for the next book in the series. This did not disappoint

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mrs 05/03/2016
    mrs 05/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Love her books"
    Where does X rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up to Sue Grafton's usual entertaining standard. Always a shame to get to the end of her books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read or listened to all her books. The narration is really true to the character and the storyline and details make for a great book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. M. Simpson 06/09/2015
    Ms. M. Simpson 06/09/2015 Member Since 2013

    book bear

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    "There don't seem to be any black people in Grafton"

    sadly the ABC stories are getting tired, formulaic and rather empty as they near the end. Generally black people don't play a prominent role in Sue grafton's books but I didn't notice any at all in this story.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Simone
    St-Laurent, Montreal
    02/09/15
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    "My X-pectations were too high"

    Many of the complaints I read about this book centered around the fact that there was “too much filler” but that didn’t bother me at all! I like the filler and I like the way it makes me feel like I am just hanging out with Kinsey. Had the book just all been filler I think I would have enjoyed it much more.

    What disappointed me was the general lack of a good story. I didn’t get the point of any of it, it felt too jumpy and disjointed… I had trouble following.

    Also, I found it particularly annoying how easily EVERYBODY blabs. People she just met and to whom she posed just one question all spill their beans to her on the spot; too easy.

    Ah well, win some – lose some. I’m still in for Y in 2017!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • JMM
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    31/08/15
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    "What a disappointment"
    What disappointed you about X?

    3 different story lines that were of no real mystery. Not at all what I have come to expect from this story. It's as if the author ran out of steam. Boring, Boring, Boring.


    What was most disappointing about Sue Grafton’s story?

    I would give away too much but the story was just silly and not at all the interesting mystery that I enjoy in this series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Judy Kaye’s performances?

    Not sure


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • karen
    United States
    24/02/16
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    "Really? Not that good!"

    Like most of Kinsey's big time fans -- I've read/listened to the whole series, most of them twice, several three times -- so I was really looking forward to this book. Heck -- I look forward to ANY of them, but this one I bought and then "saved" for awhile, to enjoy at some time when I really could savor it. And when I finally started in, right from the beginning, I was disappointed.

    Were my expectations too high? Or did the book just seem flat? Hard to say, but there wasn't any sizzle in this one. It just sort of plodded along, Kinsey being Kinsey, which is enough to rate three stars, but .... not a memorable story. Aside from one small moment at the end, nothing exciting ever happened. (Want a really really good one in the series? Go for "C" -- I just reread that one, and realized again what a truly great book that one is.)

    Maybe it's tough to make real estate interesting. Or maybe having characters messing around with paintings is inherently dull. Whatever, there just wasn't any there, there. Nothing caught my attention to the point that's I'd do anything to keep on listening. I had no problems walking away from it when I had to, no great expectations coming back.

    The only matter of interest -- at least for us die-hard fans -- is that Kinsey encounters a computer for the first time. And she's actually entertaining thoughts of being nice to a cat -- continuing her liberation from "W" -- something highly unlikely for this confirmed animal dis-liker.

    No matter what any of we reviewers say, Grafton's millions of fans will read this one anyway -- which is fine. But beware: this isn't the best of the series. Far from it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beth
    Green Bay, WI, United States
    27/08/15
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    "Not as advertised"

    The blurb for the book couldn't be more misleading! Just dive in and enjoy what we love about Kinsey, her tenacity and humor. While it feels a little like it's a buildup for "Y", it's still a great ride.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Jacque
    Lander, WY, United States
    30/08/15
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    "Good Kinsey Milhone"

    These books are always a treat. I've come to love the repeat characters. This particular story was a bit long, but the complicated plot may have required that. The 1989 setting startles with its lack of technology we've come to expect.




    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Fernando Rodriguez
    United States of America
    28/08/15
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    "Is one of the good ones, not the great ones"

    The book is divided in three different stories.
    It is a compelling book with interesting characters, but it feels unfocused and rushed at the end.
    Don't believe the hype that this is the darkest book, is just marketing.
    Low your expectations and you will enjoy it better

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Jillene Dolister
    04/09/15
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    "Another winner!"

    I've seen some reviewers posting that they did not think this book was as good as her other books, but I disagree. It held my attention to the end and her description of the 1980's every day life was spot on! And as always the characters were real and either likeable or unlikeable.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • C P Heaney
    Springville Ca
    01/09/15
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    "eXcellent"

    I am a HUGE fan of these novels. I really feel that this is one if not the best. It only makes me worry that we might be coming close to the end. What do we have after Y and Z. If the next two are like X, lucky us. It's been a wonderful collection of wonderful reads. Thank you Sue Grafton

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    07/09/15
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    "Exciting"

    Kinsey is helping Ruth, Pete Wolinsky’s widow; find financial records for a pending IRS audit. Kinsey finds a list of numbers that turn out to be a code, when Henry breaks the code it turns out to be a list of women’s names.

    Ruth’s house is broken into and then Kinsey’s office. The IRS agent turns out to be bogus. Kinsey discovers some the women on the list are dead or missing and all had contact with Ned Lowe. Kinsey also learns of many missing young girls that went missing after last in contact with Ned. Is he a sociopathic serial killer and can Kinsey prove it before she gets killed.

    We get to visit with some of the regulars of the series, Kinsey’s landlord Henry, local pub owners William and Rosie and police office friends Cheney and Dietz. Henry has new neighbors that turn out to be neighbors from hell. The story is still placed in the 1980s and we find that Kinsey traded in her Mustang for a 1983 Honda.

    The story, of course, is well written. The pace is fast and there is lots of suspense and humor to keep the reader’s attention. Judy Kaye narrates the story.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly D.
    29/08/15
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    "Loved it!"

    Having lived in the 80s, it's nice to visit and see the simpler,
    yet exciting life that Kinsey leads.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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