"R" Is for Ricochet

"R" Is for Ricochet

eBook - 2005
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A seemingly straightforward assignment to "babysit" Reba Lafferty, a wealthy and spoiled young woman just out of prison on probation from the California Institution for Women for embezzlement, turns unexpectedly dangerous for Kinsey Milhone when one of Reba's former associates is suddenly very much back in the picture.
Publisher: 2005
ISBN: 9781101147030
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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PolyWogg
Mar 17, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
More like rebound than ricochet.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Kinsey is hired to be a babysitter for a newly-paroled wayward daughter who apparently turned to embezzlement when her gambling losses got too high.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The description of the daughter's original crime, the limited evidence against her, and a rapid guilty plea sound a tad suspicious, and so it isn't a great surprise to find that her former boss (the one she supposedly embezzled from) is sniffing around her in an oddly-friendly manner just after she is paroled. It also doesn't take long for the various federal agencies to all show up hoping Kinsey will convince wayward Reba to inform on her former boss about money laundering and drug cartels. Reba's definitely a handful, and there are some moments where Kinsey and Reba almost act like friends, even if can't last.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The financial stuff is a little too simplistic, the feds are mostly caricatures, and the ending has almost nothing to do with Kinsey, she's just along for the ride (as the book itself notes in the epilogue).
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DISCLOSURE:
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.

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AdrienneC
Apr 20, 2005

The latest installment in Sue Grafton''s Kinsey Millhone / alphabet series is a bit lighter than recent outings. Contracted to escort a wealthy young woman home when she is released from prison, Kinsey ends up embroiled in a double-crossing money laundering scheme. Kinsey shows uncharacteristic affinity for Reba, who''s done two years of a four-year embezzlement sentence, striking up a friendship with the ex-con. But, unbelievably, she allows Reba along on her clandestine investigations and displays an unaccustomed wariness when stretching the law to find clues. Kinsey herself becomes involved with a dishy investigator, and tries to mediate between her landlord and his brother in their competition for the same woman. Kinsey is a likeable investigator with attitude, and is very appealing in her warts and all characterization. What DOESN''T ring true about this book is Kinsey''s trip to the local mall with Reba, in which she purchases clothes -- including a skirt! -- and the subsequent date on which she actually wears the skirt of her own accord... A solid series entry, with plenty of plot turns and interesting character developments. I''d venture the opinion that Kinsey has changed more, personally, in this one book than she has across most of the series.

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