"B" Is for Burglar

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Author"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_0_0 Sue Grafton"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_0_1
Country"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_1_0 United States"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_1_1
Language"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_2_0 English"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_2_1
Series"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_3_0 Alphabet Mysteries"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_3_1
Genre"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_4_0 Mystery fiction"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_4_1
Publisher"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_5_0 Henry Holt and Company"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_5_1
Publication date"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_6_0 1985"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_6_1
Media type"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_7_0 Print (Hardcover)"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_7_1
Pages"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_8_0 229 first edition"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_8_1
ISBN"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_9_0 978-0-8050-1632-1"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_9_1
OCLC"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_10_0 "B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_10_1
Preceded by"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_11_0 "A" Is for Alibi"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_11_1
Followed by"B" Is for Burglar_header_cell_0_12_0 "C" Is for Corpse"B" Is for Burglar_cell_0_12_1

"B" Is for Burglar is the second novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_0

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Private investigator Kinsey Millhone is hired by Beverly Danziger to locate her missing sister, Elaine Boldt, whose name is needed on some paperwork regarding an inheritance. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_1

Elaine was last seen getting into a cab with the intention of flying down to Boca Raton, Florida, where she spends her winters, but appears to have disappeared along the way. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_2

It seems a relatively straightforward matter, so much so that Millhone is not sure Beverly needs a PI; but she agrees to take the case. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_3

Things are not as easy as they seem, however, as Millhone can find no trace of Elaine anywhere in Florida, although she does find a woman called Pat Usher, who claims Elaine agreed to let her sublet the Boca Raton apartment where Elaine lived while she was off travelling. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_4

This claim rings false, since no one but Pat Usher has received a postcard from Elaine on her supposed trip. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_5

Millhone secures the able assistance of Elaine's elderly neighbour, Julia, to keep an eye on things in Florida while she goes back to California. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_6

Millhone suspects there is a link between Elaine's disappearance and the death of her Santa Teresa neighbour, Marty Grice, who was apparently killed by a burglar who then set fire to the Grice home a week before Elaine left. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_7

Someone breaks into the home of Tillie, the supervisor of Elaine's Santa Teresa apartment complex, apparently on the track of some of Elaine's bills that Tillie was holding ready to forward to her. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_8

Someone also searches the detective's apartment, and Millhone realizes the thief is after Elaine's passport. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_9

Gravely concerned for Elaine's safety, Millhone suggests to Beverly that Elaine's disappearance should be reported to the police; but Beverly objects so violently that Millhone terminates their relationship and starts working for Julia instead. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_10

Kinsey reports the disappearance and meets Jonah Robb, a recently separated cop working on missing persons. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_11

A visit from Beverly's husband Aubrey complicates matters further, as it turns out he was having an affair with Elaine, which Beverly had discovered. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_12

This raises suspicion around whether Beverly could have had a hand in Elaine's disappearance. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_13

Millhone is increasingly convinced that Elaine is dead and that Pat Usher is involved. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_14

Pat disappears after totally trashing the Boca Raton apartment. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_15

Eventually, Millhone discovers that Pat Usher has applied for a driving licence in Elaine's name, thus proving Pat's involvement. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_16

Marty's nephew Mike, a teenage drug dealer, confesses that he was at the Grice home the night of the murder; and from the discrepancy in times between his account and what was told to the police, Kinsey realises that it was Elaine who died in the Grice fire, not Marty. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_17

Marty and her husband killed Elaine to steal her identity (which Marty assumed) and her money. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_18

They then passed Elaine's dead body off as Marty's by switching the dental records. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_19

Marty departed for Florida as Elaine and arrived as Pat Usher, with some cosmetic surgery to help. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_20

Unable to find Elaine's passport, she and her husband were forced to wait for a new one to come through before they can skip the country. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_21

Kinsey returns to the Grice home to look for the murder weapon; but while she is there, the Grices find her. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_22

Marty Grice is shot in the left arm during the fight that ensues, but Kinsey manages to detain the two criminals and calls for help. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_23

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  • Kinsey Millhone: Private detective hired to find a missing woman."B" Is for Burglar_item_0_0

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"B" Is for Burglar was awarded the 1986 Anthony Award for Best Novel at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, in Baltimore, Maryland. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_24

The novel also won the 1986 Shamus Award for Best Novel from the Private Eye Writers of America. "B" Is for Burglar_sentence_25


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