"G" Is for Gumshoe

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Author"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_0_0 Sue Grafton"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_0_1
Country"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_1_0 United States"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_1_1
Language"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_2_0 English"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_2_1
Series"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_3_0 Alphabet Mysteries"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_3_1
Genre"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_4_0 Mystery fiction"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_4_1
Published"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_5_0 1990 Henry Holt and Company"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_5_1
Media type"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_6_0 Print (Hardcover)"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_6_1
Pages"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_7_0 261"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_7_1
ISBN"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_8_0 978-0-8050-0461-8"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_8_1
OCLC"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_9_0 "G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_9_1
Dewey Decimal"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_10_0 813/.54 20"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_10_1
LC Class"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_11_0 PS3557.R13 G14 1990"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_11_1
Preceded by"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_12_0 "F" Is for Fugitive"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_12_1
Followed by"G" Is for Gumshoe_header_cell_0_13_0 "H" Is for Homicide"G" Is for Gumshoe_cell_0_13_1

"G" Is for Gumshoe (1990) is the seventh novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_0

In "G" Is for Gumshoe, Kinsey Millhone meets fellow investigator Robert Dietz when someone hires a hit man to kill her. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_1

While Kinsey is being stalked, she uncovers an unsolved murder that haunts the lives of her client Mrs. Irene Gersh and Irene's "mother" who uses the alias "Agnes Grey" (the title of an Anne Brontë novel). "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_2

In other developments in Kinsey's personal story, she loses her VW car, and her friend Vera Lipton becomes engaged. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_3

Plot summary "G" Is for Gumshoe_section_0

Three things happen to Kinsey Millhone on her thirty-third birthday: she moves into her remodeled apartment, which has finally been finished; she is hired by Irene Gersh, a sickly Santa Teresa resident, to head out to the Slabs in the Mojave Desert and locate her mother; and she gets the news that Tyrone Patty, a particularly dangerous criminal she helped the Carson City Police Department track down a few years back, has hired a hit-man to kill her. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_4

After her first night in her new place, Kinsey heads out early the next day in search of Mrs Gersh's mother, Agnes Grey, who lives in a trailer in the desert. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_5

Agnes isn't home, and the trailer seems to be occupied by two teenage runaways; but Kinsey eventually tracks Agnes down at a local convalescent hospital, where she has been since being taken suddenly ill on a trip to a local town sometime before. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_6

Agnes, 83 years old, has not been a model patient; and the hospital staff are delighted to hear that she has relatives who can take responsibility for her. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_7

Irene makes plans to transfer Agnes to a facility in Santa Teresa. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_8

But Agnes seems terrified of going there and tells Kinsey a confused story about a number of people from the past, including Lottie and Emily, who died. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_9

Kinsey makes plans to come home, but before she can do so, a man in a pick-up truck deliberately runs her off the road, seriously injuring Kinsey and totaling her treasured VW automobile. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_10

Kinsey recognizes the driver as a man traveling with his young son she has seen a couple of times on the journey to the Slabs, and realizes she needs to take the death threat against her seriously. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_11

She hires Robert Dietz, the PI who helped her briefly on an earlier case, as a bodyguard. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_12

His vigilance initially frustrates Kinsey, who is used to making her own decisions; but they soon begin an affair. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_13

Dietz discovers the hitman is Mark Messinger, who absconded with his son, Eric, eight months previously. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_14

He arranges a meeting with the child's mother, Rochelle, who is desperate to get her son back, and offers to help her. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_15

Meanwhile, Agnes goes missing only a few hours after getting to Santa Teresa. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_16

She is soon found, yet she dies of fright within a day. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_17

Kinsey and Robert Dietz suspect she was kept prisoner somewhere before her death. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_18

Irene suffers a serious panic reaction when she sees a tea set Kinsey found among her mother's possessions, and Kinsey suspects this has triggered a buried childhood memory. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_19

Further anomalies occur when Irene tries to fill in the paperwork relating to the death: Kinsey realizes that Irene's birth certificate is faked and that Agnes Grey is a pseudonym. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_20

It's Kinsey's CFI colleague Darcy who points out Agnes Grey is the name of a novel by Anne Brontë, which seems to link to the names Emily and Lottie (Charlotte) Agnes had mentioned. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_21

Kinsey tracks down a family called Bronfen, who match the circumstances Agnes described, and surmises that the surviving brother of the family, Patrick, murdered Lottie and Emily. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_22

She is convinced that when Patrick killed Irene's mother, Sheila, Agnes Grey was Anne Bronfen, a third sister, who took off with Irene to protect her, changing their identities and posing as the young Irene's mother. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_23

The three daughters were presumably named for the Brontë sisters, which explains the alias Anne chose to use. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_24

Patrick faked Anne's death in order to gain sole possession of the family property. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_25

Kinsey is convinced that Patrick is responsible for Agnes's death, to cover his past crimes, and discovers evidence of further killings at his home. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_26

When she confronts Patrick, she is interrupted by Messinger, who kills Patrick. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_27

Dietz and Rochelle have managed to get Eric away from Messinger, and Messinger's stated intention is to use Kinsey as a hostage to exchange for Eric. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_28

As she drives Messinger to the airport at gunpoint to intercept Rochelle, Kinsey is convinced Messinger will kill them all; and he succeeds in killing Rochelle's twin Roy, who was attempting to help her escape with Eric. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_29

However, Rochelle outsmarts Messinger and kills him first. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_30

In the epilogue, the third contract killer hired by Tyrone Patty is apprehended; and Patty himself dies as a consequence of a jail altercation. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_31

Dietz leaves to pursue his plan of providing anti-terrorism training on military bases. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_32

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  • Kinsey Millhone: Private investigator hired to find the 83-year-old mother of her client."G" Is for Gumshoe_item_0_0

Reception "G" Is for Gumshoe_section_2

"G" Is for Gumshoe was honored with both the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for best novel and Bouchercon's 1991 Anthony Award for Best Novel. "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_33

The reviewer for the School Library Journal considered the book oriented towards adults and suitable for young adults as well and wrote that "this light mystery maintains interest to the end". "G" Is for Gumshoe_sentence_34


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