A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, Book 1) by Sue Grafton

By Sue Grafton

While Laurence Fife used to be murdered, few mourned his passing. A sought after divorce legal professional with a name for single-minded ruthlessness on behalf of his consumers, Fife was once additionally rumored to be a devoted philanderer. many people within the picturesque southern California city of Santa Teresa had a cause to wish him lifeless. together with, proposal the police officers, his younger and gorgeous spouse, Nikki. With purpose, entry, and chance, Nikki used to be their number-one suspect. The jury idea so, too.

Eight years later and out on parole, Niki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to determine who relatively killed her overdue husband.

A path that's 8 years chilly. A path that reaches out to enfold a sour, filthy rich, and foul-mouthed outdated lady and a tender boy, born deaf, whose reminiscence can't be depended on. A path that ends up in a attorney defensively unswerving to a lifeless partner--and disarmingly appealing to Millhone; to an ex-wife, courageous, lucid, lovely--and nonetheless offended over Fife's betrayal of her; to a not-so-young secretary with too excessive a wage for too few skills--and too many money owed left owing: the path twists to incorporate all of them, with Millhone following each flip until eventually it eventually twists again on itself and he or she unearths herself face-to-face with a killer crafty adequate to break out with homicide.

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Every hand he had shaken here had been rough and calloused with labor. The fingers of the railroad workers sometimes felt like the stones they had been breaking. Even the hands of the delicate Chinese women had been swollen into hardened gloves. The soft hand spun him gently around. “Leave him alone, Jew boy,” the woman said. “When he’s like this, it’s best to let him be. Wake him and it’s like stirring a sleepwalker. ” Julius had seen the dark woman before, walking in the streets and passing in and out of the Dime.

In the past hundred miles, the only contrast he had noted was the slategray ribbon of the Des Moines River, sad and frozen in place. Julius wiped his nose on his sleeve and pulled his cap low over his ears. All he wanted was a fire and a bowl of soup. Fifty feet from the face of the steaming locomotive, the railroad ended. Just as in Omaha, a mass of humanity in all sizes and colors was swinging sledges and clanging down sections of new track. indd 22 2/21/12 10:18:55 AM magic words into their native tongues as the town’s few merchants prepared for the noon rush.

Mr. Eli. Hello. ” She greeted him in this way (or with the equivalent compliment) every morning. Even so, her words made him blush; and he was grateful to hide his red face by stepping behind her to pull out her chair. When they were both seated, Eli placed his napkin in his lap and began to eat. ” This first bit of small talk was always hard for him. Even though they had been meeting like this for a year, he still needed the first few minutes just to drink her in. This morning, for instance, he delighted to see that she had dressed her hair away from her face; it lay against her proud head flat and tight, terminating in a coal-black chignon.

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