Book Review: “A” is for Alibi, by Sue Grafton

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “A”.

For years, I’ve been thinking about reading all the Sue Grafton books, in order, from A – Z (as soon as X, Y, and Z become available). And now, I have finally started that series. These novels began in 1982. One thing that stands out immediately is the use of technology. In this first installment, the word “cell phone” never came up. There were trips to the pay phone, and messages retrieved from the front desk of hotels and answering services, but no cell phones, or email for that matter. I can’t wait to read about the evolution of technology through the words of Sue Grafton… {hugs herself} so, on with the show.

A is for Alibi

“A” is for Alibi

by Sue Grafton

Random House Publishing (c) 1982

Private investigator Kinsey Millhone is hired to find out who really killed prominate divorce lawyer, Lawrence Fife. Not a problem, except that the trail is 8 years old, and someone has already been tried and convicted of the crime: his beautiful young wife, Nikki.

Nikki has claimed her innocense all along, yet no one will listen. Now, out of prison on paroll, Nikki looks to Kinsey to help her find out who set her up.

The suspense begins as soon as Kinsey re-opens the investigation, with the blessing of homicide detective, Con Dolan. His interest in the case has more to do with an unsolved murder that happened around the same time of the Fife murder; he’s hoping Millhone can turn up new evidence to help solve the murder of 24 year-old, accountant Libby Glass. There’s a connection, but the District Attorney could never find enough evidence to pin this one on Nikki Fife, so the case has gone cold while they prosecuted what they deemed “a sure thing”.

“Alibi” is a fantastic read. The characters are well developed and believable. There are just enough twists to keep the reader guessing, but not so many that one loses sight of the main plot. Grafton starts this series out with a bang, and I’m looking forward to going through this alphabetical adventure.

Score 5 STARS for this one Ms. Grafton