Wednesday, 20 May 2009

P is for Peril by Sue Grafton: Book 28, 2009

Title: P is for Peril by Sue Grafton
Genre: crime, thriller
Rating: 7.5/10
Plot summary: (From Publisher's Weekly)
Kinsey looks into the disappearance of Dr. Dowan Purcell, who's been missing for nine weeks. Dr. Purcell is an elderly physician who runs a nursing home that's being investigated for Medicare fraud. His ex-wife, Fiona, hires Kinsey when it seems as though the police have given up on the search. Fiona thinks that he could be simply hiding out somewhere, especially since he's pulled a disappearance stunt twice before. However, Purcell's current wife, Crystal, believes that he may be dead. Kinsey is dubious about finding any new leads after so much time has elapsed. She's also worried about having to move out of the office space she now occupies in the suite owned by her lawyer, and between her interviews with suspects she tries to rent a new office from a pair of brothers whose mysterious background begins to make her suspicious.
Comments: With this book Grafton redeems herself for its very implausible predecessor. Like most of Grafton's books this is an easy and enjoyable read. While it has generally received more lukewarm reviews from others, I found it relaxing and (by modern standards) relatively free of excessive gratuitous descriptions of violence. There are plenty of twists and turns, alternative suspects and red herrings. Perfect public transport reading.

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