Y Is for Yesterday

Y Is for Yesterday

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"The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate--and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace. Now, it's 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents--until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That's when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he's not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find."--
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2017
ISBN: 9780399163852
Characteristics: 483 p. ; 24 cm

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ehbooklover Jan 22, 2018

I can't possibly give Y is for Yesterday anything less than 5 stars. I did not want to finish it since this was the last Kinsey Millhone book that I'll ever read for the first time but it was so darn good that I could not stop. Grafton was one of the only authors that I could always count on to write books that I absolutely, totally loved every single time. I will miss her and Kinsey a great deal. A wonderful end to a series that I may just have to read again some day.

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Spirit_of_Che
Jan 21, 2018

Definitely not one of her best. Way, way too long. My interest waxed and waned through the entire novel until I couldn't take it any longer. I gave up 100 pages from the end when I realised I don't care what happens to any of them. As I said, this book should've been around 200 pages, then perhaps it would've been readable.

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bookpusher
Jan 20, 2018

Sad that the alphabet now ends is Y. RIP Sue!

I have waited in anticipation each year for the new letter to come out! I will truly miss Kinsey and her index cards and her typewriter! And Henry!! <3

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rationallady
Jan 18, 2018

Sue Grafton passed away on December 28, 2017. There will be no "Z is for Zero." Ms. Grafton also made sure that Kinsey Millhone would never see the light of video. I am sad that this is the last book in the series and sad that Ms. Grafton was unable to finish the series. I've read them all, from A to Y. Kinsey was like an old friend that I caught up with every couple of years. Thanks Sue Grafton and thanks Kinsey!
Having read some of the other recent posts, I disagree. This was one of Sue Grafton's best. I enjoyed reading it.

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spbrown
Jan 12, 2018

Teenagers on booze and drugs doesn't hold my interest and it goes on and on and on .... I loved her first books and have read them many times over. This one isn't worth the paper it's written on. And where's Henry? I suspect, like another reader, that Sue Grafton was dying during the course of writing this book and it was put together in a hurry. 100 pages would have said it all.

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dpeppar
Jan 07, 2018

On Dec 28, 2017 Sue Grafton died. I agree her latest book is to long and I suspect it was published in hast.

There will not be a #26 'Z is for Zero'

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gloryb
Dec 26, 2017

Grafton captured my interest with her opening chapter about a female teen being sent to talk to the school's VP. The following chapters expand on that incident to show its relevance to current events in which Kinsey gets involved. Although there are numerous teens involved in the plot as well as their parents, Grafton repeats events so that finally the names, their actions, the consequences of those actions stuck in my mind. The side stories, used to show the passage of time, involve those of her constant neighbors and a continuation of a life threat from a character in the last novel. There are just a few adventurous scenes in this novel that are sprinkled in after the middle of the story. Grafton includes several themes dealing with teens in this novel that one could almost think she was writing for that age group. She includes issues like bullying, drinking and smoking, absent parents/blended families/divorced parents, peer pressure, homophobia/coming out, privileged vs less fortunate teens, teen jail sentences, but the sexual abuse issue would be pushing it a bit far as an appropriate read for an older teenager, IMO. Grafton's writing strategy of inserting chapters describing events in past years did not bother me with this book as such chapters occurred infrequently, rather than in alternate chapters. Another good book by Grafton that didn't disappoint. She dribbles out the details of the teens' past destructive actions so that reading about those events do seem repetitive, but each time Grafton offers the reader more clues as to who the culprit might be.

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juliehallyburton
Nov 29, 2017

This novel is hard work . I’m half way through and tempted to return it to the library. It is way too long, it should have had a vicious edit.

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randalljay
Nov 28, 2017

Much better than "X". I do not like the current style of book writing of inflating the number of pages by often irrelevant descriptions and side stories. But thought twice about reading this after the last few but it's OK. I'll read "Z".

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pishposh9
Nov 28, 2017

What became of our cool, street-wise Kinsey? She's been replaced by a potty mouthed insecure rambler, that's what. Sadly, there was no interest in finding what happened in the other half of the book. A real disappointment!

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jimg2000
Oct 07, 2017

I spent the next couple of hours reading a mystery novel by Elmore Leonard, marveling as I always did at his ear for low-life dialogue.
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Her choice that morning had been an ankle-length claret-colored velvet dress with a ruffled collar, long sleeves, black tights, and high-top red tennis shoes. Her hair was long and thick, a color that fell somewhere between auburn and flame red thanks to a mixture of boxed dyes. Two big silver barrettes held the mass away from her face. On each wrist she wore a wide leather cuff, studded with brass and silver nail heads.
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“You look like you’re on your way to the Renaissance Faire.”
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California was a bust. She expected surfers, dopers, and free spirits, but it was all the same old shit as far as she could tell.

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Oct 07, 2017

The little terrier in my nature was busy chasing after the problem, throwing dirt up behind me as I dug my little hole. There was a rat down there somewhere and I would have it for my very own.
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“Sure thing,” I murmured in lieu of breaking my teeth out with a rock.
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Odd how fate is so often embedded in the aftermath of a simple conversation.
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The trick was to look abject and give a lengthy explanation for the infraction, which might or might not be true. The point was to fill the air with verbiage, to apologize at least twice, sounding as sincere as possible for someone who didn’t give a rat’s ass. The secret was to put up no resistance whatever, a technique that had worked well for her in the past.
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jimg2000
Oct 07, 2017

She went into her small kitchen to the breakfast nook, and I followed like Mary’s little lamb.
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She was so thin the knobs of her elbows stuck out like the wooden couplers in a set of Tinker Toys.
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He treated you like dirt. Insulted, berated. I don’t think I ever heard him say a nice word to you. And there you were, falling all over yourself promising to love, honor, and obey.
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“You have no filter. Whatever crosses your mind, comes straight out of your mouth.”
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... going to learn anything was to take risks, make mistakes, and suffer the consequences. She thought their job was to keep watch over the process and step in if he was headed down the wrong road.
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“Parents stink, you know that? My dad’s a magician. He gives with one hand and takes away with the other. Poof! Now you see it, now you don’t. Next thing you know, you’re screwed.”

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jimg2000
Oct 07, 2017

Her smile became more winsome, as though she were being witty instead of rude. Just my luck. Bitchy and brittle as a dry stick.
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“She’s never been fond of me,” I said.
“What do you expect? You boffed her husband, from what I hear.”
“She was off on a fling, so what was the poor man supposed to do?”
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The odd but unremarkable truth about women is we’ve had the aggression bred right out of us. Many of us are constitutionally unable to handle any kind of confrontation without bursting into tears.
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There was a time when female amplitude was associated with prosperity. Then there was a period when being thin meant you were disciplined, drove yourself hard, and were careful about what you ate. Now being thin is proof you have enough money to pay for personal trainers, nutritionists, and tummy tucks within a week of giving birth.

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Oct 07, 2017

That’s because good news is usually too boring to repeat. The cold hard truth will fall on stony ground, whereas your all-around trashy rumor will flourish like a weed.
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Subterranean frictions set my teeth on edge. This was a pair who fought in front of others without raising their voices or modifying their smiles: verbal abuse framed as jest, with words flying back and forth as softly as cotton balls.
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“A Kentucky driver’s license, which looked all right, but might have been counterfeit. I’ve never seen a real one, so there was no way I could challenge him even if it had occurred to me.”
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‘Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.’ These days we’re admonished to be modest about our accomplishments, which spoils all the fun.”

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jimg2000
Oct 07, 2017

For the first time, I felt sorry for him. Not that he needed my pity or my dismay, but I knew now how small his life had become.
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I stepped over the dog again, pausing to watch him whimper and twitch in the throes of some doggie dream.
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She said it sounded like depression and I should pick up a bottle of Saint-John’s-wort. Now I find out if you’re taking it, you’re supposed to use backup birth control . . . you know, like a condom or something, just to be safe.”
“It didn’t occur to you a supplement might have negative side effects?”
"Kinsey, it’s organic. It’s not like a drug company manufactures it. The plant grows in meadows and on roadsides. It’s completely natural.”
“So are death cap mushrooms and oleander leaves.”

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Oct 07, 2017

“You’re assuming money’s the motive.”
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An awareness of the perils unique to womanhood: rape and physical assault at the hands of strangers and acquaintances alike. The majority of rapes are perpetrated by men we know, a sad cause for reflection when embarking on the dating scene.
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The Heckler & Koch VP9 is manufactured from a stamped steel main frame with a polymer trigger guard. The high-profile fixed sights are fitted with two red rectangles on the rear sight and a white stripe on the drift-adjustable front blade sight. There is a lever on the left side of the pistol grip to both decock a cocked hammer or manually re-cock it for a single-action first shot. A manual firing-pin safety is located at the left rear of the slide. Putting it in the down position locks the firing pin, and flipping it up to the level position unlocks it.

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Oct 07, 2017

A mother with too many small kids:
“Oh yeah. Most of the time they drive me nuts. You can imagine having the lot of them age five and under. I’m lucky I get a shower in every third day. This is them being good, which I’m happy to report occurs sometimes as often as once a week. Wait until one of them comes down with a cold. Then they’re all sick as dogs, including me and sometimes Mavis. Right, Mav?”
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Get here in the next hour and she can witness feeding time. It’s better than the zoo.
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“She equates motherhood with the end of life as we know it. She actually talks about loading her coat pockets with rocks and walking into the river. Not that we have one around here . . .”
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Anna had neither talent nor ambition, but she had dreams of a better life, and to her way of thinking, children were nothing more than an impediment.

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Oct 07, 2017

The aggravating thing about exercise is that it prepares you solely for the one you’re engaged in. Biking, hiking, running, or lifting weights—the activity conditions you for that activity, but not necessarily for anything else.
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He reminded me of Pinocchio. As clever as he thought he was, he was gullible, likely to fall into bad company.
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Coneys versus corn dogs, beef versus pork, New York–style versus Chicago, half-smokes versus bratwurst, and organic versus nothing, as we were both morally opposed to the notion of organic foods of any kind.

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Oct 07, 2017

I was looking at the end of a marriage, the final flicker as that last wee ember winked and went out.
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You think I’m a dope? Now I’m a dope with a gun...
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You said shut your ‘big mother’ instead of shut your big mouth. Talk about a Freudian slip. That’s hysterical.
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He reminded me of Pinocchio. As clever as he thought he was, he was gullible, likely to fall into bad company.
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He’d learned to toss painful issues into little boxes with the lids nailed shut; this when he was five years old and his parents got divorced. Even at that age, he recognized the jeopardy he was in. He was the focus of the hostilities—not his person, but the fact that he was Tigg and Joan Montgomery’s only begotten son. They quarreled, through their attorneys, over legal custody, physical custody, visitation, child support, schooling, and every other decision that was made from the moment they separated.

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