G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2007. ISBN 978-0-399-15448-5.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 06/27/2008
Sue Grafton's 20th book in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series, T is for Trespass, takes place in Santa Teresa, California, and artfully alternates between the view points of private investigator Millhone and con-artist Solana Rojas. Rojas snags a position as caregiver to Millhone's elderly neighbor Gus. Rojas has secretly held the same job under other aliases in the past and not only murdered her patients but emptied their estates. Millhone is asked to do a background investigation on the woman and while she first sees nothing out of the ordinary, she soon realizes that by saying Rojas was clean she had "unwittingly put a noose around Gus Vronsky's neck" (p.125).
Grafton's characters are believable and complicated. It is interesting to read Solana Rojas' justification of events. The reader comes to see how wicked, twisted, and evil she really is. Rojas becomes so engrossed in her stolen identity that she seems to forget she's anyone else and shows no conscious or remorse for those she is scamming. I found her incredibly frightening.
Kinsey Millhone is easy to relate to. She loves her job as a private investigator and is good at what she does, yet she is much deeper than that. She is an avid runner, yet she can't stay away from a quarter-pounder with cheese. She wants to keep away from her cute ex-boyfriend cop because she wants much more but can't help herself from secretly longing for him. I enjoyed uncovering clues about the true Rojas as Millhone discovered them, and feeling her frustration, excitement, and worry as the plot unfolded.
T is for Trespass is slow to begin with, but once the characters begin to unfold and their paths cross it is impossible to put the novel down. The prose is detailed yet easy to read and understand. The plot is well laid out and pleasingly unpredictable. Grafton does not let her fans down.
Sue Grafton is an American author with millions of readers and books published in 28 countries and 26 languages. She has written twenty novels so far in the wildly popular mystery/thriller series about private investigator Kinsey Millhone, beginning with A is for Alibi and publishing T is for Trespass in 2007. She has a Bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Louisville. Visit her website.
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