Y Is for Yesterday

Y Is for Yesterday

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"The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, ... begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate--and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace. Now, it's 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents--until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That's when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he's not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find"--
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399163852
0399163859
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GRAFTON 2017
Characteristics: 483 pages ; 24 cm

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Tamihi123
Sep 22, 2017

I eagerly awaited this book as I'd read all the previous "alphabet" ones and enjoyed them all but unfortunately after two days found myself flipping through the pages and then just gave up completely. I didn't enjoy reading about the early part with the rebellious out of control teenagers and their drinking, drugs, sex, swearing and shallow and ruthless treatment of others. And the 1989 part with its unsavory characters didn't add to the story and adding in the continuing saga with Ned, the sociopath, seemed just like so much added filler. I think maybe it's a good thing there is only one letter of the alphabet left and can only hope Sue Grafton can end the series on a more positive note.
I would only give this book one half a star.

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my7220
Sep 21, 2017

Sadly I agree with the negative reviews. I have enjoyed the rest of the alphabet but this is a tedious book.

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dcafk
Sep 19, 2017

Terrible book. Tedious. Though I've been a fan and read all the "alphabet" novels, I couldn't finish this one. I can only hope Z is better.

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Roundcat
Sep 15, 2017

Sue Grafton has never written a formula book. I was totally taken by surprise at the two resolutions to the two plot lines. Henry, the landlord, has a kind heart, which once again pays off for Kinsey and for several other people as well. The reality of the drudgery of security measures was just so true to life--setting alarms, locking and unlocking after checking out who's at the door, wondering which situations merit carrying a gun, working out to keep strong, and the women's BAM defense class.

debwalker Sep 15, 2017

Another entertaining romp around Santa Teresa/Barbara - now into the late 1980s. Favourite new character - Killer the Dog and his dolly.

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RescueDog
Sep 13, 2017

I loved the book. How does she continue to come up with these unique plots?

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athena14
Sep 10, 2017

Y indeed. I've read from A-Y now and probably will tackle Z. It can't be as bad as Y.

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USAF1969
Sep 09, 2017

Sue Grafton's books are always good and have interesting stories to tell (2 plot lines in this one), and really interesting characters. She is not afraid to call out individual personality quirks and does so in this book as well. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt and some key elements only came together in the Epilogue. Otherwise a great read. Enjoy.

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mjk236sb
Sep 07, 2017

Very good book - two stories developed side by side. Both of them kept you guessing and sitting on the edge of your seat. Looking forward to Z but not to the end of this delightful series. Hoping that Kinsey has a great ending in the last book. ( Although she will pick up the series and start using numbers......

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venetian
Sep 06, 2017

Excellent story, one of her best

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