Saturday, October 1, 2011

Still Relevant

Identity Unknown
"T" is for Tresspass  by Sue Grafton
Publisher: Putnam Adult
400 pages

From the inside cover:
 intres•pass \'tresp?s\ n: a transgression of law involving one's obligations to God or to one's neighbor; a violation of moral law; an offense; a sin
Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, Unabridged
       In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's "T" is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene.

About this book:
       The story follows both Kinsey and Rojas as their paths slowly collide when Kinsey's neighbor Henry realizes his friend Gus needs a caregiver. Gus's niece hires Rojas on the spot but later has a change of heart and hires Kinsey to do a background check. Being an outsider with no authority frustrates Kinsey as she struggles to discover the truth about Rojas and her true nature.

My take:
     For those of us who have read many of the 'alphabet series' we see our old favorite friends, Henry and Rosie. Henry had another lady friend and Rosie is still cooking. But something has changed in this book.  The readers are allowed into the mind of the villain.  This gives some creepiness to the story but it also does ruin some of the mystery. One can sit back and Monday morning quarterback everything Kinsey does though something can be said for the Kuntz type look into the mind of a sociopath.
      I did enjoy this read. At first the action moves slowly giving the reader a feel for the deliberateness Rojas. I believe it adds tension to the book. It does pick up and we reel with the pain of the grumpy old Gus who has no way out and the despair of Kinsey as she struggles with how to help. If you like Sue Grafton or you just like suspense, you will find this a good read.

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