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Book Note: Sue Grafton, R Is For Ricochet

I read this book about 27-Apr-2007. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2004. This note was last modified Saturday, 03-May-2014 20:52:18 PDT.

This is book 18 of the "Kinsey Milhone" series.

This note contains spoilers for the book.


Late in the alphabetical series; I'm surprised it's been so long since I've read one. I must be several more behind.

The title bugs me; nowhere near enough gunfire, no ricochet, no apparent connection to the story at all. Shouldn't she at least make a pretense of trying?

Actually, the lack of gunfire bothers me. Kinsey consciously decides against getting her gun when she's going to an after-dark meeting in a parking lot with a major money launderer that her client has been blackmailing. I mean, really; that's stupid.

It would be a lot more interesting if Kinsey was aware of her behaviors contrary to the macho detective code (as promulgated by Raymond Chandler, of course). She's not any good in a fight, and she seems to not mind, and she has no interest in doing anything about it. Except she owns guns, and has killed several people over the course of the books; she gives no signs of being a pacifist. So what's going on? It feels like author's attitude conflicting with character, and we never do get to explore these issues with the character. Which is a shame, they'd be interesting. (Some of the same issues come up on Veronica Mars, except she's too young to be licensed or own a gun at all. And they're never dealt with there, either.)

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