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Milt Gross Book Review: "W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton
By Milt Gross
Apr 7, 2015 - 5:48:43 AM

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W is for Wasted is the longest Sue Grafton book I've read, and I've read many of her books. Photo by Milt Gross
W is for Wasted is 433 pages long. I have really enjoyed the other Sue Grafton books along with Janet Evonvich and Robert Parker's.

But I have to say, had this been the first Sue Grafton book I'd read, I probably wouldn't have read it all. Besides the length, it was two stories told by taking turns. That complicated it, and made me wonder if the ending would be okay.

It turned out that the ending was fine. A college professor had been cheating on some health tests and in writing the results. The ending lines were, "When I looked down, Linton (the professor) was on his back. His coat was caught under him, leaving his belly exposed. I lifted the shears above my head like a sword.

"Someone said, 'Kinsey it's okay. You don't have to do that.

' "Cheney (a police officer) stood in the drive. He hadn't even drawn his gun. He knew I could do it but trusted that I would not. Anna, white-faced and mute, stood behind him."

Grafton's writing is exciting and fast paced. But I found the double story line to be a bit confusing and slowed down the action.

The story involves three of a hobo crowd, and the professor had used one of them for his experiments, along with other people. Plenty of action and some suspense filled the 433 pages, which kept me reading.

This one was Grafton's "W" novel in her alphabetically-titled series, all of which centered in California. Janet Evonoviches' all take place in Trenton, NJ, and I am somewhat familiar with that city after having driven through it. When I drove through it in real life, I kept my eyes straight ahead to not catch the attention of those who lounged on apartment steps, or on walls, or hung out of windows. Pardon me, Trenton, but I hope to never drive your not-fair city streets again.

The Penguin Group of New York published this Sue Grafton paperback in 2013 with a listed price of $7.99. Amazon.com's prices are $9.90 hardcover, $5.,78 for the paperback, and $5.49 for the Kindle Edition.

Would I buy it? Probably not, since it is so thick. Would I recommend it? Yup, if you want a good tale for a long trip or many nights of not watching TV.

Like all of Grafton's the action is plenty, the story makes the reader curious (although she gave a couple of clues), and the ending dramatic.


Milt Gross can be reached for corrections, harassment, or other purposes at lesstraveledway@roadrunner.com.

Milton M. Gross Copyright 2014


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