Y IS FOR YES­TER­DAY by Sue Grafton, Macmil­lan.

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Books -

Pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Kin­sey Mill­hone doesn’t have a dif­fi­cult per­sonal life or any­thing to prove. She’s a grounded 39 year old who loves peanut but­ter and pickle sand­wiches and is pre­pared to sacrifice shoe leather to make a liv­ing tak­ing cases. It’s 1989 so that in­volves plenty of pub­lic phones, li­brary vis­its, and mak­ing notes on in­dex cards. All this low-tech work is be­ing done to hunt a black­mailer. The vic­tim is a young man who’s just been re­leased from pri­son for his part in the mur­der of a fel­low high school stu­dent in 1979. And as she digs into the murky world of the rich kids of south­ern Cal­i­for­nia she’s also be­ing stalked by an old foe, a serial rapist and killer who’s des­per­ate to get his hands on miss­ing ev­i­dence. Kin­sey is a re­lat­able charis­matic char­ac­ter, which only makes the very real threats she faces more shock­ing.

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