He introduced himself as Alvin Limardo. The job he hired Kinsey to do seemed easy enough - until his cheque bounced. His real name was John Dagett. Ex-con. Inveterate liar. Chronic drunk. And dead. The cops called it an accident - death by drowning. Kinsey wasn’t so sure. The man, it seemed, had a lot of enemies...
|Publisher||Henry Holt; 1987|
B IS FOR BURGLAR
A wealthy woman needs to find her sister to settle a will. It looks routine but business is slow, so P.I. Kinsey Millhone takes the case. But the deeper Kinsey digs the trickier things get, and a double murder turns the case sinister. Kinsey discovers that nothing, except danger, is quite what it seems.
C IS FOR CORPSE
When P.I. Kinsey is hired to stop the killing of Bobby Callahan her mission turns into a search for his killer.
E IS FOR EVIDENCE
It was two days after Christmas when Kinsey Millhone received the bank slip showing a credit for five thousand dollars. The account number was correct but Kinsey hadn’t made the deposit. Then came the phone call and suddenly everything became clear. The frame-up was working and Kinsey was trapped...
F IS FOR FUGITIVE
Seventeen years ago Jean Timberlake's body was found at the foot of the sea wall. At the time, Bailey Fowler, an ex-boyfriend, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Now he's changed his tune. Kinsey Millhone is called in to solve the case - but then she stumbles on the dark secrets of a family's buried past...
G IS FOR GUMSHOE
When Irene Gersh asks P I Kinsey Millhone to locate her elderly mother Agnes, whom she hasn't heard from in six months, it's not exactly the kind of case Kinsey jumps for. It should be easy money - or so she thinks, but before it's over, she'll unearth the gruesome truth about a long-buried betrayal and, in the process, come face-to-face with her own mortality. . . .
H IS FOR HOMICIDE
After a three-week-long investigation, Kinsey couldn’t wait to get home. What she needed most was a few quiet days by herself – but two things happened to change all her plans. First she ran into a murder case. Then Kinsey met Bibianna Diaz, and before the night was over they were sharing a prison cell . . .
I IS FOR INNOCENT
When Kinsey Millhone first got involved in the Isabelle Barney murder case, she was out of work. Attorney Lonnie Klingman’s usual private investigator had just dropped dead of a heart attack and Kinsey was more than happy to oblige. The trouble started on the very first day of the investigation. Either Kinsey’s predecessor was incompetent – or someone had been getting away with murder. And next time it might turn out to be hers . . .
A IS FOR ALIBI
When Laurence Fife was murdered, the police thought his wife Nikkie, with motive and opportunity, was the prime suspect. The jury thought so too. Eight years later and out on parole, Nikki hires P.I. Kinsey Millhone to find the real killer. The trail is cold, but Kinsey finds a lead that brings her face-to-face with the murderer...
J IS FOR JUDGMENT
When Wendell Jaffe's thirty-five-foot Fuji ketch was found drifting off the Baja coast, it seemed a sure thing he'd gone overboard. After a five-year wait, his Jaffe's widow had finally succeeded in having the estate swindler declared dead, collecting half a million dollars for her pains. Now it looks more like a "pseudocide" and private investigator, Kinsey Millhone is ready to risk everything to get to the truth...
K IS FOR KILLER
Lorna Kepler was beautiful and wilful, a loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. She had also been found dead in mysterious circumstances and her death pulls Kinsey Mullhone into a netherworld of deception, betrayal and unavenged murder.
L IS FOR LAWLESS
Kinsey Malone is about to meet her duplicitous match in a couple of world-class prevaricators who quite literally take her for the ride of her life. Kinsey's on a plane to Dallas, at the start of a thrilling rollercoaster ride through Texas and Kentucky on the trail of long-buried treasure. Unfortunately there's a fire-raising psychopath on her tail . . . And she's going to be late for a very important wedding . . .
M IS FOR MALICE
'M' is for Malek Construction, the company that grew to become one of the biggest in California construction. The four sons stand to inherit a fortune - four men with very different outlooks, linked only by blood and money. Eighteen years ago, one of them went missing. 'M' is for Millhone, hired to trace that missing black sheep brother. And in brutal consequence, 'M' is for malice . . . and malice kills.
N IS FOR NOOSE
Detective Tom Newquist died of a heart attack. His widow is sure he was keeping secrets from her and asks Kinsey Millhone to investigate.
O IS FOR OUTLAW
Kinsey's never been one for personal possessions, but curiosity wins out when she finds, amid some recovered childhood memorabilia, an old undelivered letter. It will force her to re-examine her beliefs about the break-up of her first marriage, about the honour of her first husband, about an old unsolved murder. And it will put her life in the gravest peril...
P IS FOR PERIL
Dr Dowan Purcell has been missing for nine weeks when Kinsey Malone is asked to investigate his disappearance. With no known enemies and a happy family life, the police are baffled. But it was his ex-wife Fiona who called in Kinsey, and despite her instinct to refuse, she takes the case on - a decision she would live to regret....
Q IS FOR QUARRY
In the summer of 1969, the decomposed corpse of a young female was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1 Despite months of investigation, she remained unidentified and the case unsolved. Now, 18 years later, Kinsey Milhone is on a quest to identify the girl. But what Kinsey does not expect is that reopening an old case will incite the killer to strike again - not just once, but twice.
R IS FOR RICOCHET
Kinsey Millhone, employed by Nord Lafferty to drive his daughter home from her incarceration at the Californian Institute for Women, marvels at the simplicity of the task. But Kinsey is soon fighting to prevent Reba Lafferty from breaking the conditions of her parole. As she finds herself embroiled in a cunning challenge of wits, Kinsey must try to control the bitter, angry Reba as she launches a dangerous revenge...
S IS FOR SILENCE
Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband. But for Daisy, the seven-year-old daughter she left behind, Violet's absence has never been explained or forgotten. Now Daisy wants the solace of closure and she hopes that Kinsey Millhone will be the one to bring that about.
T IS FOR TRESPASS
When Kinsey Millhone's elderly neighbour Gus has an accident, his niece organises a nurse for him. Verifying a background check on Solana Rojas doesn’t turn up anything suspicious. But Kinsey’s not convinced - especially when Gus seems to be getting worse. Realising that she isn’t going to get past the front door, Kinsey turns to more unorthodox methods to step up her investigation. And gets far more than she bargained for.
U IS FOR UNDERTOW
In 1960s Santa Teresa, California, a child is kidnapped and never returned. When the case is reopened after twenty years, Michael Sutton contacts private detective Kinsey Millhone claiming to have recalled a disturbing memory which just might provide the key to the mystery - he may have stumbled across the kidnappers burying Mary Claire Fitzhugh's body. And while stepping back into the past, Kinsey discovers more about her own history too . . .
V IS FOR VENGEANCE
Private investigator Kinsey Millhone finds herself assisting to apprehend a shoplifter, Audrey Vance. Later, when Audrey's body is discovered in a local suicide spot, unable to believe she took her own life, Audrey's fiancé hires Kinsey to investigate. As Kinsey's enquiries reach a dramatic head, she reveals a big story behind a small crime, and a brutal killer without a conscience...
W IS FOR WASTED
Two dead bodies: the first a local PI - gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa; the other on the beach six weeks later. There's no identification, except a slip of paper with PI Kinsey Millhone's name and number in his trouser pocket. Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes. But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange links begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey finds the key to his identity...
P I Kinsey Millhone is helping the widow of her old friend, Pete Wolinsky, with her IRS audit. This seemingly innocuous task takes a treacherous turn when Kinsey finds a coded list. It soon leads her to an unhinged man with a catalogue of ruined lives left in his wake. As Kinsey delves deeper into the investigation she quickly becomes the next target of this tormentor. But can Kinsey prove her case against him before she becomes the next victim
Y IS FOR YESTERDAY
1979: four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a classmate - and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing, and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation one boy turns in evidence for the state, and two of his peers are convicted. 1989: one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Unrepentant and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his parents - until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That's when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help...