"R" Is for Ricochet

"R" Is for Ricochet

Paperback - 2005
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Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty was already in his fifties when Reba was born, and he could deny her nothing. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institution for Women. Now, at thirty-two, she is about to be paroled, having served twenty-two months of a four-year sentence. Nord Lafferty wants to be sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers." "It seems a straightforward assignment for Kinsey: babysit Reba until she settles in, make sure she follows all the rules of her parole. Maybe all of a week's work. Nothing untoward - the woman seems remorseful and friendly. And the money is good." But life is never that simple, and Reba is out of prison less than twenty-four hours when one of her old crowd comes circling round.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2005, c2004
Edition: Berkley mass-market ed
ISBN: 9780425203866
Branch Call Number: GRAFTON S
PS3557.R13 R15 2005x
Characteristics: 363 p. ; 18 cm


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Apr 20, 2005

The latest installment in Sue Grafton''s Kinsey Millhone / alphabet series is a bit lighter than recent outings. Contracted to escort a wealthy young woman home when she is released from prison, Kinsey ends up embroiled in a double-crossing money laundering scheme. Kinsey shows uncharacteristic affinity for Reba, who''s done two years of a four-year embezzlement sentence, striking up a friendship with the ex-con. But, unbelievably, she allows Reba along on her clandestine investigations and displays an unaccustomed wariness when stretching the law to find clues. Kinsey herself becomes involved with a dishy investigator, and tries to mediate between her landlord and his brother in their competition for the same woman. Kinsey is a likeable investigator with attitude, and is very appealing in her warts and all characterization. What DOESN''T ring true about this book is Kinsey''s trip to the local mall with Reba, in which she purchases clothes -- including a skirt! -- and the subsequent date on which she actually wears the skirt of her own accord... A solid series entry, with plenty of plot turns and interesting character developments. I''d venture the opinion that Kinsey has changed more, personally, in this one book than she has across most of the series.


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