R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

R is for Ricochet, Sue Grafton, 2004

My favorite quote: “I couldn’t tell if the ticking I heard was my biological clock or the delayed timing device on a bomb.”

Most interesting characters: Kinsey Millhone, the best PI ever; Reba Lafferty, a recently-released criminal who just can’t keep her nose clean; Beck, the sexy bad guy who makes it hard for Reba to keep her nose clean; Willard, a security guard with lifeless eyes and shifty loyalties; Misty Raine, a stripper who harbors criminals

Opening scene: R is for Ricochet opens quite nicely with Kinsey Millhone who’s meeting a rich dude named Nord Lafferty, who essentially wants to hire her to babysit his troubled adult daughter, Reba

The gist: Number 18 in Sue Grafton’s alphabet series, R is for Ricochet takes private investigator, Kinsey Millhone into the world of drugs, booze, and gambling alongside Reba Lafferty, a rich girl who seems to be constitutionally incapable of following the law

Greatest strengths: The pacing. All of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone books are fast-paced, but R is for Ricochet had me turning pages so fast I had to soak my thumbs in epsom salt at the end of every chapter. Well, okay, I’m exaggerating, but only a little. The point is, I seriously dig all the Sue Grafton books and R is for Ricochet is one of my favorites … if I had to choose. Which I don’t. I just like them all. Leave me alone

Standout achievements: R is for Ricochet made me want McDonald’s super bad. Kinsey Millhone maintains a love of quarter pounders with cheese throughout the series, but in R is for Ricochet, she goes out of town and does a lot of fast-food eating. It’s kind of a bad influence on me, to be honest. I guess in that respect, it’s a good thing Sue Grafton didn’t write erotica … 

Fun Facts: R is for Ricochet sees the return of one of Sue Grafton’s best characters, Cheney Phillips (whom we haven’t seen since K is for Killer) and this time, he’s taking a real interest in Kinsey. I’m kinda hoping she blows it, though because if I have a book girlfriend, it’s Kinsey Millhone. P.S. — I totally have a book girlfriend. P.P.S. — And it’s totally Kinsey

Other media: Every time I review one of Sue Grafton’s books, I’m brought face-to-face with the reality that there are no film adaptations of any of these books. From what I understand, Sue Grafton forbade it. Apparently, she used to work in television, and — having seen the way it butchered many of her favorite books — she refused to allow her own to ever be adapted. It’s probably for the best. They’d never get Kinsey right anyway … 

Additional thoughts: Sue Grafton is probably my favorite author. Also Raymond Chandler and Robert McCammon. It’s a three-way tie. A trinity. A threesome. A Ménage à Favorite Writer. But Sue Grafton … she’s just special to me … so is Kinsey  

Hit or Miss: Like all other Sue Grafton books I’ve read thus far (I’m up to S is for Silence), R is for Ricochet is a hit

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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