T Is for Trespass

T Is for Trespass

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Penguin Putnam
Sue Grafton ups the ante for private investigator Kinsey Millhone like never before in this “taut, terrifying, transfixing”* #1 New York Times bestselling mystery in the Alphabet series.

Kinsey Millhone's elderly neighbor, Gus Vronsky, may have been the original inspiration for the term “Grumpy Gus.” A miser and a hoarder, Gus is so crotchety that after he takes a bad fall, his only living relative is anxious to find someone to take care of him and get back home as soon as she can.

To help, Kinsey runs a check on the applicant, Solana Rojas. Social security, driver's license, nursing certification: It all checks out. And it sounds like she did a good job for her former employers. So Kinsey gives her the thumbs-up, figuring Gus will be the ideal assignment for this diligent, experienced caregiver.

And the real Solana Rojas was indeed an excellent caregiver. But the woman who has stolen her identity is not, and for her, Gus will be the ideal victim...

“The best and strongest book in the series...Solana is one of the most evil, calculating characters Grafton has created.”—*USA Today

Baker & Taylor
A latest installment in a best-selling series shifts readers to the voice of sociopath Solana Rojas, who uses a stolen identity as a private caregiver to gain access to her intended victims while endeavoring to outmaneuver private investigator Kinsey Millhone. 1,200,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene.

& Taylor

Sociopath Solana Rojas uses a stolen identity as a private caregiver to gain access to her intended victims while endeavoring to outmaneuver private investigator Kinsey Millhone.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2007
ISBN: 9780399154485
Branch Call Number: FIC Graft
Characteristics: 387 p.


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Mar 20, 2019

A generally depressing descent from beginning to end.
Kinsey and Henry's neighbour falls, and Kinsey helps his niece arrange a nurse to look after him. Not an easy task when he's as grumpy as all get out.
Kinsey's background check doesn't turn up any red flags, but Kinsey's not entirely sure about the person, and how Gus is doing, particularly after the nurse moves in. Nor should she be, since the story also gives the woman's side of the story, and she's a sociopath. With a very large son. Meanwhile, Kinsey has a lovely car accident to over-investigate.
I found the storyline a bit repetitive from previous ones -- a scammer on the one hand, a fake accident situation on another. And the general elder abuse is depressing. Plus at the end, the finale is way over the top, reading more like an action movie than a Kinsey story.
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.

Jul 07, 2015

Fast[-paced and an insight into the plight of some elderly people. Enjoyed it very much.

Sep 15, 2008

This was a slightly different type of Sue Grafton novel. Still the same main character and ancilliary friends but different in "voice" - sometimes in the voice of the "villain". But still liked it.

Aug 19, 2008

I enjoyed this book as much as each of Grafton's previous in this series, but I don't recall the others having as much coarse language.


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Aug 19, 2008

Coarse Language: There are several occurrences of the main character using coarse language. It isn't prolific, but it is there.

Aug 19, 2008

Violence: There are a couple of graphic scenes described in the book.

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Aug 19, 2008

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Aug 19, 2008

A story of Kinsey Milhone's personal connection to the vulnerable lives of the elderly and the people that take advantage of them.


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