W Is for Wasted: Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Version: Abridged (Unabridged version available here)
Author: Sue Grafton
Narrator: Judy Kaye
Genres: Thriller, Detective Stories
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: August 2014
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Of the #1 New York Times bestselling Kinsey Millhone series, NPR said, “Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters.”

Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I’d never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.

The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He’d been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He’d been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone’s name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes.

But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity. “And just like that,” she says, “the lid to Pandora’s box flew open. It would take me another day before I understood how many imps had been freed, but for the moment, I was inordinately pleased with myself.”

In this multilayered tale, the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud. And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly compromised.

W is for . . . wanderer . . . worthless . . . wronged . . .

W is for wasted.

Reviews (6)


Written by Amy F. on July 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love its

W is for Wasted

Written by Claudia S on April 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have listened to all of Sue Grafton\'s books up through X and this was a good one. I really enjoyed it as it is very suspenseful. There were times when it was hard to make myself put it down. As always Judy Kaye makes the characters come to life.

Written by Becky Duffy on November 30th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have enjoyed all of her books.

Written by Becki Jones on December 14th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Never a dusappintment! Her books get better as toy read them! This one is a must!!

Powerful Combination

Written by Anonymous on February 15th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a wonderful winning combination - the incomparable, Tony Winner Judy Kaye and the consistently astounding Sue Grafton. The characters are comfortably familiar and the story is complex and mysterious enough to hold your undivided attention beginning to end. This author and actor are always a win-win proposition.

Written by Frank Hornbaker on September 20th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

always great book startef from a now w great so far

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.