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Author"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_0_0 Sue Grafton"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_0_1
Country"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_1_0 United States"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_1_1
Language"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_2_0 English"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_2_1
Series"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_3_0 Alphabet Mysteries"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_3_1
Genre"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_4_0 Mystery fiction"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_4_1
Published"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_5_0 1994 (Henry Holt and Company)"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_5_1
Media type"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_6_0 Print (Hardcover)"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_6_1
Pages"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_7_0 285 first edition"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_7_1
ISBN"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_8_0 978-0-8050-1936-0"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_8_1
OCLC"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_9_0 "K" Is for Killer_cell_0_9_1
Dewey Decimal"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_10_0 813/.54 20"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_10_1
LC Class"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_11_0 PS3557.R13 K2 1994"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_11_1
Preceded by"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_12_0 "J" Is for Judgment"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_12_1
Followed by"K" Is for Killer_header_cell_0_13_0 "L" Is for Lawless"K" Is for Killer_cell_0_13_1

"K" Is for Killer is the 11th novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_0

The novel was a New York Times bestseller with a reported 600,000-copy first printing. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_1

Vice cop Cheney Phillips is introduced in this novel. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_2

Plot "K" Is for Killer_section_0

Kinsey Millhone is hired by Janice Kepler to investigate the death of her daughter, Lorna Kepler. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_3

Lorna had been found dead and badly decomposed ten months earlier in her lonely cabin home. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_4

The police at the time suspected it might have been a murder case, but from lack of evidence as to cause of death, the official line was that Lorna died naturally, as a result of an allergic reaction. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_5

Now someone has sent Janice a tape of a porn movie Lorna apparently made before her death, and Janice, who has coped badly with her daughter's death, wants Kinsey to find out the truth. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_6

Mace, Janice's husband, and her two surviving daughters, Berlyn and Trinny, seem less keen on the investigation, and Mace and Berlyn, in particular, become positively hostile to Kinsey as she sets out to find out what happened to Lorna. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_7

With some help from Officer Cheney Phillips, Kinsey quickly learns that Lorna, who was a receptionist at the water treatment plant by day, had accumulated a modest fortune as a high class prostitute by night. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_8

Lorna was a beautiful loner, but had some friends - mainly people who like her tended to be up and about at night. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_9

Kinsey finds herself having to abandon her usual day-time routine in order to get herself into Lorna's world. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_10

Lorna's body was found by Serena Bonney, night-shift nurse and estranged wife of Lorna's boss at the water treatment plant, Roger Bonney. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_11

Serena's father, Clark Esselmann, is a powerful business tycoon with a number of enemies. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_12

She also befriends Danielle, a teenage colleague of Lorna's in her night-time occupation, who obliges Kinsey by giving her a badly needed haircut. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_13

When Danielle is savagely attacked in her home, Kinsey becomes convinced there's a link to Lorna's death, and her quest to discover the truth becomes more personal. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_14

Meanwhile, Kinsey has a terrifying Mafia-style encounter with a man describing himself as an attorney for a Los Angeles man to whom Lorna was engaged. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_15

He asks Kinsey to keep him abreast of any developments in the case by giving her a telephone number. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_16

Kinsey soon uncovers a variety of secrets: Berlyn actually discovered Lorna's body, but kept quiet about in order to lift some of Lorna's money, and also sent her mother the porn video. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_17

Leda, the wife of Lorna's landlord, JD, had bugged Lorna's cabin because she was worried (needlessly, as it turned out) that Lorna and JD were having an affair - and still has the tape. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_18

With the help of Lorna's friend, late-night radio DJ Hector Mereno, Kinsey transcribes a phone conversation Lorna had before her death which seems to have upset Lorna, but she can't make sense of it until Clark Esselmann is electrocuted in his swimming pool. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_19

Kinsey realizes that the conversation on the tape is someone telling Lorna the plot - and surmises that having objected to it, Lorna was killed so that the plot could still be carried out. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_20

Her suspicions turn to Stubby Stockton, a business opponent of Esselmann's, and to Roger Bonney, since Kinsey now knows, from Berlyn's admission of the discovery of the body, that Lorna was already dead when Roger claimed he spoke to her for the last time. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_21

He is also the one with the necessary knowledge and access to his father-in-law's pool to have set up the electrocution. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_22

The final link in the chain is when Kinsey, in the course of cleaning up Danielle's trashed apartment while she's still in hospital, finds a photo of Lorna and Danielle with Stockton and Bonney. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_23

Kinsey talks to Cheney about her suspicions of Roger, but he points out there is no evidence. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_24

Frustrated that Bonney is likely to get away with murder, Kinsey is further infuriated by learning that Danielle has died in hospital. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_25

Impulsively, she phones the secret number and reports that Bonney is the killer. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_26

Overcome with guilt, she immediately tries to warn him, but he misunderstands, thinking she has come to confront him with the murder, and stuns her with a tazer. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_27

While Kinsey lies powerless on the floor, the Mafia types arrive and escort Bonney away. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_28

In the epilogue, Kinsey discusses the enormity of what she has done, disclosing that Roger Bonney was never seen again. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_29

She ends on an existential note, wondering if she can return from the "shadows" she has strayed into. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_30

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Development of the story "K" Is for Killer_section_2

It was originally going to be titled "K" Is for Kidnap, until Sue Grafton's initial research revealed that kidnapping was a federal crime and realized that the FBI would never consult a small-time private investigator like Kinsey Millhone. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_31

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Awards "K" Is for Killer_section_4

"K" Is for Killer was awarded the 1995 Shamus Award for Best Novel from the Private Eye Writers of America and was nominated for the 1995 Anthony Award in the same category. "K" Is for Killer_sentence_32


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