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Y is for yesterday


"The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday 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"-- Provided by publisher.

Item Details

Series: Kinsey Millhone mysteries


Genre: Detective and mystery fiction.


  • 9780399163852
  • 0399163859

Description: 483 pages ; 24 cm.

Notes: "A Marian Wood book."

LCCN: 2017026401

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Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959 — Hardboiled detective novels by Californian Raymond Chandler may also be of interest, as Chandler is Grafton's classic precursor. Grafton updates Chandler with her loner female investigator, but the two authors have similar tone and atmosphere, as well as the California settings. -- Katherine Johnson
Barnes, Linda — Linda Barnes and Sue Grafton both write character-driven, fast-paced mysteries featuring women detectives. These are smart, sassy, and witty women who have no fear in light of the crimes they solve. -- Rebecca Sigmon
Jance, Judith A. — If you enjoy strong women who won't stop until they see justice done, you'll enjoy work by Judith Jance and Sue Grafton. Setting their mysteries in the West, either Arizona or California, both write plot-driven tales complete with murder, suspense, and determined female protagonists. -- Mike Nilsson
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Paretsky, Sara — Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone and Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski are both clever, tough, and independent PIs. Though Warshawski may have a more fervent feminist slant and a harder edge than Millhone, fans of gritty, urban detective stories featuring female protagonists will enjoy both authors. -- Ellen Guerci
Thoft, Ingrid — Ingrid Thoft and Sue Grafton write private detective mysteries that feature tough women as their sleuths. These are flawed women who buck the establishment but who are shrewd and compassionate as they try to help people. The plot-driven books are violent and suspenseful as they build to powerful endings. -- Merle Jacob
Barr, Nevada — Fans of Nevada Barr's National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon might like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, another independent female detective. Like Anna, Kinsey has a dangerous job and a tough exterior, but inner vulnerability and personal demons. Both authors create settings that evoke a strong sense of place. -- Ellen Guerci
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Corwin, Miles — These authors' works are Suspenseful and Fast-paced, and they share: the genre 'Mysteries' and the subjects 'California' and 'Murder investigation'.

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Average Rating: 2.82

★★☆☆☆ Y is for Yesterday

By Patron34449 on Sat, 28 Oct 2017 13:47:20

Grafton seems to have lost her humor and maybe her affection for her character Kinsey. I'm betting Kinsey will get killed off in the last of the alphabeticals, Z. Maybe it's time, given her inability to age and tendency to make the same mistakes over and over. Hopefully, her landlord makes her one last succulent loaf of bread.

★★★★★ Best in a long time

By Patron157999 on Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:35:09

I've always like Sue Grafton's work but her last few have been weak. Set in the 80's yet dealing with cold class from years before. This latest one is much, much better. Two good mystery plots at once.

★☆☆☆☆ y is for yesterday

By Patron92812 on Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:16:26

i have read all her books and this one is so boring and slow moving her life and job is on hold NOTHING NEW OR BETTER OR INTERESTING

★☆☆☆☆ Don't bother

By kcj on Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:04:33

Checked it out yesterday, returning it today, unfinished. I've usually liked her books, but not this one. It just felt really dark, graphic, raunchy, etc. I don't even care about her characters this time, even Kinsey.

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