"O" Is for Outlaw

"O" Is for Outlaw

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Once Mickey Magruder was a cop with a wild streak. And Kinsey Millhone was a younger cop who adored and married him. Then Mickey was implicated in a fatal beating, and Kinsey walked out. Now, fourteen years later, she comes face-to-face with those tragic years and Mickey's harrowing downward spiral after he lost the job he loved--and the marriage he loved a little less.

Mickey lies dying in an L.A. hospital. Trying to find out how Mickey got there, Kinsey uncovers evidence that he was innocent of the beating charge. But as she searches through the lives that swirled around Mickey's--lives gone wrong and lives gone well--Kinsey must also search the blind spots of her own life, including one that hides a killer.

Baker & Taylor
Private detective Kinsey Milhone finds her past coming back to haunt her when an encounter with her first husband and a mysterious undelivered letter discovered among her childhood memorabilia reveal new information about an old unsolved murder.

Baker
& Taylor

Private detective Kinsey Millhone finds her past coming back to haunt her when an encounter with her first husband and a mysterious undelivered letter discovered among her childhood memorabilia reveal new information about an old unsolved murder. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780449003787
0449003787
9780805059557
0805059555
Branch Call Number: MYS Grafton S
Characteristics: 318 p. ; 24 cm

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PolyWogg
Mar 10, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
Pretty good story, could have been a contender.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Kinsey gets a blast from the past from her ex-husband, Mickey Magruder.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Kinsey finds out that when she walked out of their marriage thinking he was guilty of murder/manslaughter, he actually had an alibi that he didn't reveal. He was never convicted, and in the years since, they've had no contact. It's interesting to see her work through a sense of guilt and a desire to know the real truth. Before she finds him, someone shoots him on the street and he's in a coma. Soon she's wearing his leather jacket and hunting down his shooter. The story is solid but does jump around quite a bit to get to the final bit.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The solution is a bit "out there" for pieces tying together, and like a couple of the previous books, feels a little unfair to the reader. Not as bad as previous, however.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Another mystery in the Sue Grafton series. Kinsey gets involved in clearing her ex-husband's name and finding out who shot him."

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