Finished X by Sue Grafton.  I received a copy for review from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

X:  The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.

 The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: think xylophone.

The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.

Sue Grafton’s X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.”

Sue Grafton is one of the longest literary relationships of my life.  I’m pretty sure she’s the third longest author (first two are Stephen King and Sara Paretsky, respectively) whose new books I still read at the first available chance.  I started reading her books in high school, and each new mystery is still welcomed with much excitement.

I feel like her books are getting darker and this one is no exception.  We learn who the villain is pretty early on but the novel is still incredibly interesting and tense because where is the proof? It’s all well and good to say, “Oh, this guy is straight up murdering people” but unless you can prove it, nothing can be done.

This isn’t my favorite of hers, but it’s very interesting and creepy.  (Sociopaths are scary, guys.)  And it’s always wonderful to spend a few hours with Kinsey.

We only have two books left.  :(



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