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"An inventive plot and incisive character studies elevate MWA Grand Master Grafton's twenty-fourth Kinsey Millhone novel...This superior outing will remind readers why this much-loved series will be missed as the end of the alphabet approaches."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

X: The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss...

Perhaps Sue Grafton's darkest and most chilling novel, X 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 deadly sociopath. The test is whether private investigator Kinsey Millhone can prove her case against him-before she becomes his next victim.
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"Grafton's endless resourcefulness in varying her pitches in this landmark series, graced by her trademark self-deprecating humor, is one of the seven wonders of the genre."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An inventive plot and incisive character studies elevate MWA Grand Master Grafton's 24th Kinsey Millhone novel....This superior outing will remind readers why this much-loved series will be missed as the end of the alphabet approaches."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Ratcheting up the heat as she heads toward the finish line of her alphabetically-framed series, Grafton has turned in a corker of a novel with X, upping her already high-level game."-The Boston Globe

More Praise for Sue Grafton

"Lesser authors churn out books. Grafton continues to knock them out of the park."-Scott Coffman, Louisville Courier-Journal

"Just beneath the extroverted mask she presents at bookstore appearances is the deeply contemplative writer still determined to stretch her chops and chart territory that removes any semblance of a comfort zone."-Sarah Weinman, Los Angeles Times
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Sue Grafton first introduced Kinsey Millhone in the Alphabet Series in 1982 and since then, both writer and heroine have become icons and international best sellers. Ms. Grafton is a writer who consistently breaks the bonds of genre while never writing the same book twice. Her awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger and the Edgar Grand Master Award. She has also won three Shamus Awards, three Anthony Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, and the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. She lives in Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky.

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton first introduced Kinsey Millhone in the Alphabet Series in 1982. Soon after, both writer and heroine became icons and international bestsellers. Ms. Grafton was a writer who consistently broke the bonds of genre while never writing the same book twice. Named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, her awards and honors included the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, the Ross Macdonald Literary Award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from Britain's Crime Writers' Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Malice Domestic, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, three Shamus Awards, and three Anthony Awards-including the first two ever awarded. She passed away in December 2017.
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  • I never hear the word "Nevada" without thinking of Robert Dietz. This coming May, we would celebrate our sixth anniversary of barely ever seeing each other. Truly, in the time I'd known him, I don't think we'd been together two months at a stretch, and that was only once. But now I needed his Nevada smarts and I dialed his number in Carson City. Three rings and his machine picked up. I listened to his message, which was terse and to the point. I waited for the beep and said, "Hey, Dietz. This is Kinsey. I need a favor from you. I'm looking for a woman named Susan Telford in Henderson, Nevada, and I wondered if you'd see what you can find out. There are thirty-three Telfords listed, and it doesn't make sense for me to tackle the job from Santa Teresa. Pete Wolinsky put her name on a list of six women who are all connected in one way or another to a man named Ned Lowe. Before Pete was killed, he went to some lengths to do background on Lowe, who seems like an all-around bad egg. If you have questions, call me back, and if you don't want to do the job, that's fine. Just let me know."

    I decided it was time to convert my investigation into report form. I was formulating a sense of the relationship between Ned Lowe and the six women whose names appeared on Pete's list, but so far the link existed only in my head.

    I'd inserted paper into my typewriter when the phone rang. "Millhone Investigations."

    A gentleman with a powdery voice said, "Miss Millhone, this is Stanley Munce, formerly with the Burning Oaks Police Department. Clara Doyle told me you'd spoken to her about a case I worked on some years ago. Is that correct?"

    "Yes, sir. Absolutely. Thank you so much for calling. I was asking about Lenore Redfern Lowe."

    "That was my understanding. I'm afraid I don't have much to offer on the subject, but I will tell you what I can. I was the coroner's investigator at the time of that young girl's death. In order to complete a death certificate, the coroner has to determine the cause, mechanism, and manner of death.

    "Simply put, cause of death is the reason the individual died, as would be the case with a heart attack or gunshot wound. The mechanism of death would be the actual changes that affect the victim's physiology, resulting in death. In death from a fatal stabbing, for instance, it might be extreme blood loss.

    "The manner of death is how the death came about. Five of the six possibilities are natural, accidental, suicide, homicide, and undetermined. The sixth classification would be 'pending' if the matter's still under investigation, which is obviously not the case here. There was no question about her ingestion of Valium and alcohol. The generic diazepam is a central nervous system depressant, the effects of which can be intensified by alcohol. However, when the toxicology report came in, it appeared there wasn't a sufficient quantity of either to say with certainty death resulted from the combination of the two.

    "What seemed questionable, at least in my mind, was the presence of petechiae, which are tiny broken blood vessels, like pinpricks, visible in the area of her eyes. Hard coughing or crying are common causes; sometimes the strain of childbirth or lifting weights. Petechiae can also be a sign of death by asphyxiation."

    "You mean she might have been suffocated?"

    "Smothered, yes. There were no fractures of the larynx, hyoid bone, thyroid or cricoid cartilages, and no areas of bruising, which ruled out manual strangulation. Mrs. Lowe had been under doctor's care. With her history of mental problems, absent any other compelling evidence, Dr. Wilkinson-the coroner-felt a finding of suicide was appropriate. I put up what objections I could, but I have no formal medical training, and his experience and expertise prevailed. For my part, I was never fully persuaded."

    "So there was never an investigation into the circumstances of her death?"
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 416
Erscheinungsdatum 02.08.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-399-57697-3
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17.3/10.6/3.2 cm
Gewicht 202 g
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1989,Kalifornien befindet sich inmitten einer langandauernden Dürre:Privatdetektivin Kinsey stößt in den alten Unterlagen ihres ermordeten Kollegens Pete auf verschlüsselte Namen und beginnt auf eigene Faust zu ermitteln.Dabei gerät sie in das Visier eines gefährlichen Psychopathen.. Zusätzlich muss sie sich um die neuen Nachba... 1989,Kalifornien befindet sich inmitten einer langandauernden Dürre:Privatdetektivin Kinsey stößt in den alten Unterlagen ihres ermordeten Kollegens Pete auf verschlüsselte Namen und beginnt auf eigene Faust zu ermitteln.Dabei gerät sie in das Visier eines gefährlichen Psychopathen.. Zusätzlich muss sie sich um die neuen Nachbarn ihres gutmütigen Vermieters Henry kümmern,die immer mehr den Anschein machen,Mietnomaden zu sein und Sozialleistungen im großen Stil zu erschnorren. Auch der mittlerweile 24. (!)Teil ist wie immer unglaublich spannend und macht die Fangemeinde von der herrlich burschikosen Kinsey wehmütig,denn es werden nur noch zwei weitere Bücher folgen.