Sunday, September 21, 2008

T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton

What a great book! Sue Grafton creates a truly evil villain - a sociopath who preys on old people. And unlike some writers with more literary pretension, soundly defeats and destroys the bad guy (a lady in this case) at the end. Good overcomes evil in a thoroughly captivating story, that does double service as a cautionary tale for anyone responsible for the care of elder friends or relatives.

The book, a pleasant mixture of the food, fashion and feeling genre and a detective mystery, succeeds where others have failed. Sue Grafton hits just the right balance between cooking and clothing critiques, and investigations and jeopardy. The protagonist, Kinsey Millhone, can go on at length about her cravings for QPs (McDonald's Quarter Pounders) or how she discovered the loctaion of a photographer from the angle of a single picture.

On a more serious note, the story involves sexual predators and elder abuse. If you have parents too far away to visit regularly or expect to get old yourself, this is truly a frightening book.

T is for Trespassby Sue Grafton is certainly one of the best books this month.

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