Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Y is for Yesterday- the 25th in the series featuring Kinsey Millhone
Y is for Yesterday
Macmillan, RRP $34.99, Trade Paperback
Sue Grafton is back with the twenty-fifth book in her
Alphabet series, as Kinsey Millhone, discovers what Y is for . . .
The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files
of Kinsey Millhone, Y 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 in
evidence for the state 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
. . .
Sue Grafton has become one of the most popular female
writers, both in the UK and in the US. Born in Kentucky in 1940, she began her
career as a TV scriptwriter before Kinsey Millhone and the Alphabet series took
off. She plans to take Kinsey all the way through the alphabet to Z. Sue lives
and writes in Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky.