T Is for Trespass

T Is for Trespass

Book - 2007
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Sue Grafton ups the ante for private investigator Kinsey Millhone like never before in this "taut, terrifying, transfixing"* #1 New York Times bestselling mystery in the Alphabet series.

Kinsey Millhone's elderly neighbor, Gus Vronsky, may have been the original inspiration for the term "Grumpy Gus." A miser and a hoarder, Gus is so crotchety that after he takes a bad fall, his only living relative is anxious to find someone to take care of him and get back home as soon as she can.

To help, Kinsey runs a check on the applicant, Solana Rojas. Social security, driver's license, nursing certification: It all checks out. And it sounds like she did a good job for her former employers. So Kinsey gives her the thumbs-up, figuring Gus will be the ideal assignment for this diligent, experienced caregiver.

And the real Solana Rojas was indeed an excellent caregiver. But the woman who has stolen her identity is not, and for her, Gus will be the ideal victim...

"The best and strongest book in the series...Solana is one of the most evil, calculating characters Grafton has created."--* USA Today
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2007.
ISBN: 9780399154485
0399154485
Characteristics: 387 p.; 24 cm.

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PolyWogg
Mar 20, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
A generally depressing descent from beginning to end.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Kinsey and Henry's neighbour falls, and Kinsey helps his niece arrange a nurse to look after him. Not an easy task when he's as grumpy as all get out.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Kinsey's background check doesn't turn up any red flags, but Kinsey's not entirely sure about the person, and how Gus is doing, particularly after the nurse moves in. Nor should she be, since the story also gives the woman's side of the story, and she's a sociopath. With a very large son. Meanwhile, Kinsey has a lovely car accident to over-investigate.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
I found the storyline a bit repetitive from previous ones -- a scammer on the one hand, a fake accident situation on another. And the general elder abuse is depressing. Plus at the end, the finale is way over the top, reading more like an action movie than a Kinsey story.
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DISCLOSURE:
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.

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Eil_1
Jul 07, 2015

Fast[-paced and an insight into the plight of some elderly people. Enjoyed it very much.

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harvhope
Sep 15, 2008

This was a slightly different type of Sue Grafton novel. Still the same main character and ancilliary friends but different in "voice" - sometimes in the voice of the "villain". But still liked it.

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Campbell
Aug 19, 2008

I enjoyed this book as much as each of Grafton's previous in this series, but I don't recall the others having as much coarse language.

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Campbell
Aug 19, 2008

Coarse Language: There are several occurrences of the main character using coarse language. It isn't prolific, but it is there.

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Campbell
Aug 19, 2008

Violence: There are a couple of graphic scenes described in the book.

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Campbell
Aug 19, 2008

Campbell thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Campbell
Aug 19, 2008

A story of Kinsey Milhone's personal connection to the vulnerable lives of the elderly and the people that take advantage of them.

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