T is for Trespass (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 20)
T is for Trespass - Kinsey Millhone, Bk 20 Author:Sue Grafton tres-pass \'tresp-s\ n: a transgression of law involving one's obligations to God or to one's neighbor; a violation of moral law; an offense; a sin --Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, Unabridged — In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most d... more »irect 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.« less
The 20th novel in Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series is one of the best. In her last outing, "S" IS FOR SILENCE, Grafton altered her style a bit, actually entering other characters' points of view to tell parts of the story so that they shared the narrating duties with Kinsey herself. With this new novel, that device is used to chilling effect--between reports from Kinsey, we enter the mind of a woman who is possibly her most twisted adversary to date.
Solana Rojas is a caregiver, a home-help nurse's aide much like the thousands you'll find all over America. But the woman assigned to care for Kinsey's elderly friend is not your usual "angel of mercy." For one thing, she is not the real Solana Rojas--she has stolen that woman's identity. And she has plans. To tell you more of the plot would be--well, criminal.
The best aspect of Grafton's excellent series is her ability to keep up with current social and legal problems, despite the fact that Kinsey's stories are set somewhere in the 1980s. In this novel we have identity theft, the inherent problems of home care, and--perhaps most disturbing--the tendency of society in general to ignore and/or mistreat our most vulnerable citizens. At least this elderly victim has Kinsey Millhone as a champion. And what a champion she is! "T" IS FOR TRESPASS will captivate longtime Grafton fans, and it should make her a lot of new fans as well. Highly recommended.
An unsettling book about elder abuse and duplicity. One is made to feel the helplessness Kinsey Millhone feels as she realizes there is nothing she can do to help an ailing old man at the whim of a sociopath- at least, nothing she can do legally.
Less of a mystery than most of her novels, this book is much more of a thriller. It is certainly frightening! A very engaging page-turner.
I've read five others in this series so far (A,B,C,D,I) and this one is absolutely the best I've read. In this one, Grafton adds to Kinsey's narrative the point of view of Solana, a woman who has stolen her identity in order to reap the benefits of her anonymity. Kinsey is asked to do a background check on her when she applies for a position, and once Kinsey realizes something is wrong, it's a race to the end to see whether Kinsey can foil Solana's plans. It all comes to a series of events that is masterfully crafted and suspenseful (dare I say "Thrilling"?). Don't expect to take a break anywhere in the last 100 pages. You won't be able to.
I hold my breath waiting for the latest Kinsey Millhone and then I hold my breath as I pore over every page when I get my hands on the newest mystery; this latest was no exception. I really got caught up in the fear factor as the author dragged me kicking and screaming through the gripping ordeal of a senior citizen who one day is merely a crabby, cranky curmudgeon and the next day is on a sad spiral into elder abuse by an amoral, frighteningly-real home-health "companion". I was sick to my stomach thinking: that could happen to any one of us!
After an elderly neighbor falls and injures himself, Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone is hired by his niece to check the background of the nurse she has hired to take care of him. Kinsey checks out Solana Rojas' certification and interviews her previous employers. Everything checks out. But what Kinsey doesn't know is this woman is not Solana Rojas. She has stolen Solana's identity. She is a con artist who nurses the elderly while stealing their life savings. Kinsey becomes suspicious over the nurse's behavior and wonders if she missed something in her background check.
This is the twentieth book in the Alphabet Mysteries series. Usually these stories are told from Kinsey's point-of-view. In this book, there are a few chapters told by Solana. We get to know what she is thinking and exactly what she plans to do with poor old Gus. This was effective storytelling. I worried that Solana would kill Gus before Kinsey figured out what was going on.
As usual, Kinsey is also working several other cases. I found each of these cases interesting. It made for a great story overall. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
I liked this one quite a lot, although Kinsey seems to be more afraid of things than she was in the beginning books. Not a complaint, it's interesting seeing how she wades into trouble anyway but then has the adrenaline rush and the shakes that 'regular" people (as opposed to the tough P.I. stereotype) would have. I liked the elder abuse plot - I remember when the whole conservator scam started getting a lot of publicity in CA and I'm sure it still goes on. That entire scenario is all too real. It was a little disconcerting to read the sections from Solana's POV, but they were suitably creepy. I also liked how Henry's girlfriend worked into the plot. The subplot with the car accident also turned out to be kind of creepy too, so it was a rough few months for Kinsey. As usual there's a big action scene at the end. Five more to go in this series.
The more I get to know Kinsey Millhone, the more I like her. This character is so interesting on her own, she has great strength of character and integrity and though she is flawed and makes mistakes, she doesn't let it stop her from doing the right thing, even if doing the right thing causes her problems. I also enjoy her observant outlook on the world around her. She's very intuitive and that serves her well in her day to day activities. Without her high level of perception, the outcome would have been much more horrific for the victims because the predator in this story is someone you should be able to trust. Someone you hire to care for your elderly parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt. Someone you rely on to have the needs of your loved one as their number one priority. When Kinsey's cranky neighbor, Gus Vronsky takes a fall, it doesn't take long for Kinsey and her landlord, Henry, to realize that Gus needs help. Kinsey is able to track down Gus's only living relative, a niece who lives on the other side of the country. She hires a nurse to care for Gus, but she does not realize the woman she hired is not who she thinks she is. This woman is a predator who has assumed numerous identities over the years to ingratiate herself into the homes of her elderly patients, where in addition to drugging and stealing from them, she ultimately murders them.
When Kinsey starts looking into the background of Gus's nurse, she does not anticipate how shrewd this predator is and how she manages to stay just a few steps ahead of Kinsey. I enjoyed the cat and mouse game the author illustrates as Kinsey tries to figure out Solana's plan only to have to backtrack and rethink it when Kinsey finds herself outwitted. I admired Kinsey's vigilance and determination to protect Gus, in spite of his less than nice personality. Though she was certainly not required to step in and could have very easily ignored the matter as not any of her business, I liked that Kinsey's instincts draw her into the matter so that she feels obligated to take action.
I enjoyed the whole book, but the last few chapters are what drew me in. The anxiety building suspense was a real nail-biter as Kinsey has to first rescue Gus and then deal with the retaliation from Solana. The ending was completely unexpected but well played out. I recommend this book to all fans of mystery, thriller or suspense novels, but don't start in the middle of the alphabet with this series. In order to understand the all of the character's backstory, I recommend this series be read in order.
If Sue Grafton keeps up the pace with her main character, Kinsey Millhone, there won't be a main private detective to finish her last book which will be "Z" for something she will title her book. I would say this is the closet that Kinsey has come to dying in one of her books. This one gets to be a real nail biter when you think all the drama of the book is over. Grafton just gets better and better as the years go by. I wish she would finish up her alphabet while I am still alive myself!