August 29, 2015

‘C’ Is For Corpse by Sue Grafton

How do you go about solving an attempted murder when the victim has lost a good part of his memory? It's one of Kinsey's toughest cases yet, but she never backs down from a challenge. Twenty-three-year-old Bobby Callahan is lucky to be alive after a car forced his Porsche over a bridge and into a canyon. The crash left Bobby with a clouded memory. But he can't shake the feeling it was no random accident and that he's still in danger…

The only clues Kinsey has to go on are a little red address book and the name "Blackman." Bobby can't remember who he gave the address book to for safekeeping. And any chances of Bobby regaining his memory are dashed when he's killed in another automobile accident just three days after he hires Kinsey.

As Kinsey digs deeper into her investigation, she discovers Bobby had a secret worth killing for--and unearthing that secret could send Kinsey to her own early death…
This book was a bit different from the others. It had a much darker feel to it that was laced with sadness. I can only gather that it was because Kinsey knew the victim of the crime she was investigating. This being the case, I didn’t mind the tone change, but it was a bit of a change of pace.

I also figured out the twist a lot earlier in this one compared to the other two. It didn’t take away from the story as I didn’t know how it all fit together, but figuring it out leads to a less exciting reveal at the end.

There wasn’t as much action up until the end of the book either.

So, this book was very different from the past two, but I still enjoyed it and it was really hard to put it down. Kinsey’s personality did get to show through more towards the end and it was refreshing after the dark cloud that was the first half of the book.

‘C’ was a solid installment in the series.

4/5 stars

Memorable Quotes: “His death served to remind me, like a custard pie in the face, that life is sometimes one big savage joke.”

“You don’t come that close to death without paying a penalty. Violent death is like a monster. The closer you get to it, the more damage you sustain . . . if you survive at all.”

“I find it liberating when other people are rude. It makes me feel mild and lazy and mean.”

“Shit, she was quick – shaving years off her age without pausing to count on her fingers or anything. I’m not that good at subtraction so its probably fortunate that I don’t lie about how old I am.”

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