Q Is for Quarry

Q Is for Quarry

Book - 2002
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Sue Grafton delivers an intensely gripping mystery based on an actual unsolved murder in this #1 New York Times bestseller featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone.

She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the murder remained unsolved...

That was eighteen years ago. Now the two men who found the body are nearing the end of their careers in law enforcement--and they want one last shot at the case. Old and ill, they need someone to help with their legwork and they turn to Kinsey Millhone.

Kinsey is intrigued by the cold case and agrees to take the job. But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what begins with the pursuit of Jane Doe's real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc.,, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780399149153
Branch Call Number: MYS GRA
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 28, 2021

Kinsey Millhone mystery, a typical well-crafted Grafton mystery with a range of small-town characters. A cold case of an unknown dead girl is resurrected by two aging policemen.

Mar 15, 2019

Team Dolan works surprisingly well together.
Dolan brings Kinsey a cold case -- an 18-year-old case of homicide for an unidentified Jane Doe.
The plot device Kinsey working with Dolan while helping out a retired old-timer who was one of the original detectives on the case is flat out awesome. Kind of like the series Cold Case that was on TV a few years after the book was published. And the teamwork of three of them is a nice twist on the traditional "go it alone" storylines of most of Kinsey's cases. As with some of the previous stories, she ends up in a small town where everyone knows everyone and the motives are all potentially interconnected. Finally, while there is some drama with Kinsey's extended family, for once it ends up being relatively positive overall.
Dolan and Stacey bicker like an old married couple, and it gets tedious. The story is also about 30% longer than most of the novels, and it does drag in a few places.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

Jun 30, 2016

A good old fashioned detective story about a real life Jane Doe murder mystery. I haven't read the others in the series but enjoyed it as a standalone book. Good pace, and likeable characters. Recommend.

Jan 21, 2010

Not her best novel; momentum slows down.

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