By Sue Grafton
A tough-talking former cop, deepest investigator Kinsey Millhone has manage a modest detective enterprise in a quiet nook of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few own possessions and less own attachments, she’s obtained a smooth spot for underdogs and misplaced explanations. Eight years in the past, Nikki Fife was once convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and wishes Kinsey’s support to discover the true killer. If there is something that makes Kinsey think alive, it is enjoying at the area. When her research turns up a moment corpse, extra suspects, and a brand new cause to kill, Kinsey discovers that the sting is closer—and sharper—than she imagined.
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He took his sweet time ambling over. " His expression was bemused but there was an air of bitterness about it. "We couldn't make it stick," he said flatly. " "I'd be willing to bet on it, " he snapped. A. " He shrugged, shoving his hands in his pockets. "I can read the California Evidence Code as well as the next man. " "The stuff in the file was all circumstantial," I said. " I shut my mouth, staring off at a row of windows that badly needed to be cleaned – I didn't like this little turn of 'events at all and he seemed to know that.
Few people can outthink him and I'm not sure why this is true, except that his powers of concentration are profound and his memory clear and pitiless. He knew why I was there and he motioned me back to his office without a word. What Con Dolan calls an office would do for a secretary anywhere else. He doesn't like being shut away and he doesn't much care for privacy. He likes to conduct his business tipped back in his chair with his attention half-turned to what's going on around him. He picks up a lot of information like that and it saves him needless talk with his men.
She didn't even have to check her bank balance first. She pushed it across the table to me and I tucked it into my purse as though I disposed of such matters as casually as she. Rosie appeared again, this time with our dinner. She put a plate down in front of each of us and then stood there until we began to eat. "Mmm, Rosie, it's wonderful," I said. She wiggled slightly in place, not yielding her ground. "Maybe it don't suit your friend," she said, looking at me instead of Nikki. "Marvelous," Nikki murmured.
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, No. 1) by Sue Grafton