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M Is for Malice

Book 13, The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries

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"M" is for money. Lots of it. "M" is for Malek Construction, the $40 million company that grew out of modest soil to become one of the big three in California construction, one of the few still in family hands.

"M" is for the Malek family: four sons now nearing middle age who stand to inherit a fortune--four men with very different outlooks, temperaments, and needs, linked only by blood and money. Eighteen years ago, one of them--angry, troubled, and in trouble--went missing.

"M" is for Millhone, hired to trace that missing black sheep brother.

"M" is for memories, none of them happy. The bitter memories of an embattled family. This prodigal son will find no welcome at his family's table. "M" is for malice.

And in brutal consequence, "M" is for murder, the all-too-common outcome of familial hatreds.

"M" is for malice . . . and malice kills.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 18, 1996 – Approaching middle age warily, PI Kinsey Millhone of the Southern California coast is mildly depressed, romantically vulnerable and in the process of reassessing her family ties. Yet, when it comes to her professional abilities, she's at the top of her form, as this deftly plotted and absorbing novel (her 13th appearance, after L Is for Lawless) proves. Bader Malek, a local industrial tycoon, has died, and his four sons now stand to inherit a substantial fortune. But one of them, Guy, has been missing since 1968. A drug addict, ne'er-do-well and all-around miscreant, Guy had been disinherited by his exasperated father shortly before he vanished. But that particular will has disappeared, and Kinsey has been hired by the family to find out if Guy is still alive and thus in line to collect his original portion of the estate. She quickly succeeds in locating him and brings back a sweet, guileless and totally reformed man. But is he? The three other brothers--a truly devious, arrogant and greedy lot--are deeply ambivalent about Guy's return. A murder in the family leaves the surviving Malek kin as prime suspects. This is a subtle and swiftly moving novel, pleasantly unpredictable, with an agreeable overlay of smoldering romance, as fellow PI and former lover Robert Dietz reenters Kinsey's life. Grafton's heroine--more introspective, yet still feisty and surefooted--leads this finely tuned and at times electrifying tale to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. 1,000,000 first printing.

Customer Reviews

Great book!

I am a high school teacher & football coach. I fell in love with Miss Grafton's writing while recovering from my second back surgery in a year. As soon as I got back to work, I bought the entire collection & donated it to our library. This book is one that is entertaining for the youth of today, as well as over the hill folks like myself. I started encouraging students to read these books & bribed them with a pizza party after school at the end of each semester. All they had to do was be able to tell me about the book they read. Now, you have to understand, I teach at a rural school in Mississippi & we only have 200 students in grades 9 thru 12. The first party, I had 20 something show up. The second, I had 50 something. I begged our local meat market into sirloin steaks for this past party. It wad my biggest yet!!! Last month (12-16-11), I had 102 students that were able to verbally describe the book they had read! Our Librarian thinks I am the greatest football coach ever, not because we made it to the semi's this year, but because I have, I'm her words, "made reading the cool thing to do." I told her that Sue Grafton did that, I just shared what I had stumbled upon with our school! P. S. We now have 6 copies of each book, but we gladly take donations! THANK YOU SUE!

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M Is for Malice
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Women Sleuths
  • Published: Nov 15, 1996
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 300 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 13, The Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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