Y Is for Yesterday

Version: Abridged
Author: Sue Grafton
Narrator: Judy Kaye
Genres: Suspense, Women Detectives
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: October 2018
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

THE FINAL INSTALLMENT IN SUE GRAFTON'S ALPHABET SERIES 
WINNER OF THE ANTHONY/BILL CRIDER AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL IN A SERIES  

Private investigator Kinsey Millhone confronts her darkest and most disturbing case in this #1 New York Times bestseller from Sue Grafton.

In 1979, 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...

Reviews (10)

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Written by Amy F. on August 13th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved it! I thought it was great. I love her and couldn’t listen to anyone else reading as Kinsey except Judy Kaye. So sad it’s over !!

Written by Patricia C on April 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Story was vintage Grafton. First time I’ve listened to fiction rather than read. The narrator didn’t get the character of Kinsey at all. All her reading of the young adults was absolutely horrid. Nearly returned it for that reason. If you’re new to the series, read it instead.

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Written by Ron C on November 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I have to agree with William D L, There is too much time spent on insignificant goings on with Kinsey. This book could have been way shorter. I have enjoyed most all of her books, but have to say it seems like she knows the alphabet story line is at its end and she want to prolong the end. If there are abridged volumes try that, otherwise be ready for long portions of tedium. Respectfully submitted R.Cardinal

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Written by Jane E on October 23rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Way 2 much rambling on — just get to the point

Written by suzanne t on October 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great as Always!! Love Character Kinsey Millhone!! Ready for Z !!!! These books are a great read, (listen) fast pace and pretty clean cut.

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Written by susan f on September 29th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Really boring and very repetitive, but the narration was great.

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Written by William D L on September 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Very frustrating because Kinsey who as always, is under threat never seems to protect herself or take the danger seriously. Any normal person would have done things differently but not Kinsey. She is a very capable detective but in this book has no common sense at all. Also the side story of Henry her Landlord and Rosie the restaurateur is getting very tiring. 50% of the book deals with neighborhood gossip and minutia unrelated to the main story. Understand I have read almost all the series, but in the 17 hours I suffered through, I realized the book could have been half as long and twice as good. Sue Grafton has been very successful with this character but seems to have forgotten that not every reader wants to know the life story in exhaustive detail of minor characters who have NOTHING at all to do with the main story. Sue Grafton loves being folksy but lately to the point of ruing the suspense. Her books at the beginning of the alphabet were what made her famous. Had this been her first novel, there would not have been a second one.

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Written by Marie G on September 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

She just keeps getting better, I wish there were more letters in the alphabet!

Written by Lisa S on September 10th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was excited about listening to this book. Sue Grafton always delivers.

Written by Finn K on August 23rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Amazing book with great detail. It really painted a picture in my mind.

Author Details

Author Details

Grafton, Sue

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She’s an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She’s a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey’s own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I’d take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I’m not good at good-byes. I’ve suffered way too many in my day and I don’t like the sensation. On the other hand, I’m not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you’ve given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton’s readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey’s creator? Well, she’s been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and two grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone—but what a splendid imagination it is.