"O" Is for Outlaw

Through fourteen books, fans have been fed short rations when it comes to Kinsey Millhone's past: a morsel here, a dollop there. We know of the aunt who raised her, the second husband who left her, the long-lost family up the California coast. But husband number one remained a blip on the screen until now. The call comes on a Monday morning from a guy who scavenges defaulted storage units at auction. Last week he bought a stack. They had stuff in them--Kinsey stuff. For thirty bucks, he'll sell her the lot. Kinsey's never been one for personal possessions, but curiosity wins out and she hands over a twenty (she may be curious but she loves a bargain). What she finds amid childhood memorabilia is an old undelivered letter. It will force her to reexamine her beliefs about the breakup of that first marriage, about the honor of that first husband, about an old unsolved murder. It will put her life in the gravest peril."O" Is for Outlaw: Kinsey's fifteenth adventure into the dark side of human nature.

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By Kristen (Ypsilanti, MI) · ★★★☆☆ · March 19, 2011
Finished the book on audio. I don't like the new reader. She makes Kinsey sound older. She sounds like Kinsey's name should be Judy. I know that IS the reader's real name. But her voice ages her and puts her in the era when a quirky funky name like Kinsey just did not happen.
Henry sounds like a... ...more
By Petula (Rockland, ME) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 04, 2010
After reading 15 books in this series I can't help but marvel at what a great job Kinsey does at keeping the peace in California, since she's clearly the only person who is capable of solving a crime or putting away criminals.
I'm more than happy to let Kinsey step in for the police when it can be... ...more
By mitchell (Honolulu, HI) · ★★★★☆ · January 22, 2012
This far into the series, the best thing about a Kinsey Milhone book is what it adds to a reader's understanding of (and liking for) the main character. Author Sue Grafton knows this, and she seems to be pacing herself through the remainder of the alphabet with developments in Kinsey's love life,... ...more
By Una (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · December 05, 2014
While Kinsey is clever, this book is depressing. The central figure, Mickey, has no role other than to lie in bed like a soap opera victim while their contract is renegotiated. ...more
By Jordan (Fogelsville, PA) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 13, 2007
I love Sue Grafton’s book as she follows private eye Kinsey Millhone through the alphabet. Her books reflect the dying art of private eye mystery books. Sue Grafton is genius at playing homage to this classic genre while updating it with her heroine Kinsey. That is why I was so disappointed by O... ...more
By Maddy · ★★★★☆ · December 04, 2013
RATING: 3.75

One of the craftiest things that Sue Grafton has done in the writing of the Kinsey Millhone series is to be miserly about revealing information about Kinsey's past throughout the books. In that way, she keeps a part of Kinsey unknown to her readers. In O is for Outlaw, Grafton focuses... ...more
By aPriL eVoLvEs · ★★★☆☆ · December 20, 2011
Kinsey is getting more and more cowboy as her past relationships change from what she had previously decided about them. Guilt from ignoring or walking away from people who got to close to her in her past seems to fuel a rage to throw herself into her PI work years later when those folk come back... ...more
By John · ★★★☆☆ · August 11, 2014
My first Sue Grafton mystery novel. Well crafted. Not heartfelt. Good airplane, beach reading for me. Will try 1 or 2 more as time goes by. She's a keen observer and here and there analogies that really illuminate. A likable main character leads the parade. Other colorful characters. Engaging, bu... ...more
By RebeccaS · ★★★★☆ · July 15, 2014
Phew thank goodness this book is much better than the last one! There was a small streak of Kinsey books I didn't like as much, but this one reminded me why I love this series. I was completely intrigued by this mystery that she got caught up in. This story did a great job of giving us glimpses o... ...more