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am 15. Dezember 2005
I have never read a Sue Grafton Novel prior to this and I have been missing out! Femalie private detective, from Santa Teresa, CA, Kinsey Millhone is on the case of 5 decade old murder at the request of Daisy Sullivan. Daisy's Mom, Vilolet, Disappeared on 4th of July 1953. No one could ever figure out if Violet took off with am an or was murdered. Violet was considered trailer trash by most so no one really cared. When Kinsey starts investigating some of the locals get their hackles up, and then Kinsey realizes she is in danger. There are Plenty of surprises, and twists and turns.
The author uses an intersting writing style, switching voice in the book, from frist person Kinsey, to flashbacks of what occurred back in 1953. This could have been confusing but Grafton does a wonderful job of making this work. and even manages to avoid the problem of giving too much away. This is a series but the book stands alone (though now I am curious to read some of the earlier books).
I also have to recommend the Underground thriller hit "Tourist in the Yucatan" Thanks to a Pirate for telling me about it!
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am 26. März 2006
Kinsey Milhone, the feisty detective of Sue Grafton's 'alphabet' series, is on the job with a cold case this time. She investigates the disappearance of a small-town bad-girl over 30 years ago, at the request of the woman's daughter. In a startling change from her other books, the author switches periodically from the first-to the third-person narrative to describe events that took place at the time of the disappearance. This adds impact and interest to the story, which is riveting. My only quibble is that there are so many suspects that when the villain was revealed I had to go back and re-read to figure out what the character's motive was, and there is no discussion or recap at the end by Kinsey or anyone else following the revelation. Another great mystery thriller I've read is-Quest-by,Giorgio Kostantinos,a bit darker than Silence, but otherwise, for sheer readability and suspense, I give it a top rating.
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am 13. Januar 2007
Auf dem Cover steht "One of her best" - Washington Post Book World. Fand ich nicht, aber das gehört zum Buch-Marketing.

Die Geschichte ist kurz erzählt: Daisy, eine Frau aus einer verschlafenen Kleinstadt in Kalifornien engagiert Kinsey, ihre Mutter zu suchen, die verschollen ist, seit Daisy 7 Jahre alt ist.

Die Geschichte spielt während gleißender Hitze, auf staubigen Straßen, in verlassenen Dörfern, vor zerfallenen Häusern. Kommt gut!

Etwa jedes fünfte Kapitel ist eine Rückblende ins Jahr 1953, zu dem Tag, bevor Violett, eine junge Frau, die die Monogamie nicht erfunden hat und wohl alle Männer der Kleinstadt durchgenudelt hat, spurlos verschwand. In diesen Rückblenden wird jeweils der Tagesablauf einer der Personen, die im direkten Umfeld von Violett lebten und unter denen natürlich der Mörder zu finden sein wird, sofern sie dann wirklich ermordet worden ist, erzählt. Das macht das Ganze dann zu einem Whodunnit.

Erst auf den letzten Seiten wird die Lösung präsentiert, und mit der habe ich nun überhaupt nicht gerechnet. Beim Zurückblättern lese ich natürlich den Satz, der ihn/sie hätte "entlarven" können.

Wenig Privatleben in diesem Buch von Kinsey, da sie außerhalb Santa Teresa ermittelt, aber das macht nichts. Ihre Indexkarten hat sie ja immer dabei.

Ich bin ein treuer Sue Grafton Leser, ich finde ihre Krimis die witzigsten in dieser Reihe der Krimi-Autorinnen, also Elizabeth George, Minette Walters, Anne Perry, Donna Leon usw usf. Auch sehr amerikanisch, denn nur hier fährt die Detektiv mit der Pistole auf dem Schoß durch die Gegend und ballert, wenns sein muss. Alles Road-Movie-ähnlich, immer verbunden mit Action. Anders eben als die englischen Geschichten, wo es viel mehr um Milieustudien und Brainwork geht.
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Ein psychologisch dichter und interessanter Roman, der eine deutliche schriftstellerische Weiterentwicklung der Autorin darstellt, die schon vorher gar nicht schlecht gewesen ist. Sue Grafton zeigt nach ihrem vorherigen kurzen Ausflug in den „True Crime“-Bereich, dass sie ihre Heldin auch im gewohnten Umfeld noch neue Wege gehen lassen kann, wobei bestimmte moralische Momente gegen Ende des Buchs allerdings eine gewisse Formelhaftigkeit bekommen, die bereits in den ersten Romanen der mittlerweile neunzehn Titel umfassenden Reihe angelegt gewesen war. Trotzdem ein überaus lesenswerter Krimi – oder auch einfach eine sehr lesenswerte Erzählung.
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Solving a cold case is extremely challenging for a detective. Writing about solving a cold case is even tougher. You can easily get so caught up in unraveling the tattered mystery that you bore your readers silly. A particularly tricky task is to make readers care.

Sue Grafton has written one of the most satisfying cold case stories that I've ever read. She makes the missing person, Violet Sullivan, both sympathetic and off-the-wall. At the same time, Ms. Grafton shows how an unsolved disappearance leaves everyone who cared about the person wounded to the core. They are victims too. In the case of S Is for Silence, some of the victims are more sympathetic than others . . . but they are all interesting.

The book mainly succeeds because Ms. Grafton creates an interesting series of characters and plot interactions both in her flashback chapters and in her development of Kinsey's investigation.

Ms. Grafton wisely keeps the investigation short. The mystery is unraveled in five days. To have strung the investigation out would have made the book boring, in my judgment. I was very impressed to find that the flashback information wasn't a direct hint as to how Kinsey would solve the mystery. She followed her own unique path.

Those who like to focus on Kinsey and her life as a single woman won't find this book very satisfying. The cold case is the story. Kinsey's friends and family have barely cameo roles in this book.

For those who like a classic missing person's story against the backdrop of volatile relationships in a small California town, this book will, however, be the right stuff.
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Solving a cold case is extremely challenging for a detective. Writing about solving a cold case is even tougher. You can easily get so caught up in unraveling the tattered mystery that you bore your readers silly. A particularly tricky task is to make readers care.

Sue Grafton has written one of the most satisfying cold case stories that I've ever read. She makes the missing person, Violet Sullivan, both sympathetic and off-the-wall. At the same time, Ms. Grafton shows how an unsolved disappearance leaves everyone who cared about the person wounded to the core. They are victims too. In the case of S Is for Silence, some of the victims are more sympathetic than others . . . but they are all interesting.

The book mainly succeeds because Ms. Grafton creates an interesting series of characters and plot interactions both in her flashback chapters and in her development of Kinsey's investigation.

Ms. Grafton wisely keeps the investigation short. The mystery is unraveled in five days. To have strung the investigation out would have made the book boring, in my judgment. I was very impressed to find that the flashback information wasn't a direct hint as to how Kinsey would solve the mystery. She followed her own unique path.

Those who like to focus on Kinsey and her life as a single woman won't find this book very satisfying. The cold case is the story. Kinsey's friends and family have barely cameo roles in this book.

For those who like a classic missing person's story against the backdrop of volatile relationships in a small California town, this book will, however, be the right stuff.
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Solving a cold case is extremely challenging for a detective. Writing about solving a cold case is even tougher. You can easily get so caught up in unraveling the tattered mystery that you bore your readers silly. A particularly tricky task is to make readers care.

Sue Grafton has written one of the most satisfying cold case stories that I've ever read. She makes the missing person, Violet Sullivan, both sympathetic and off-the-wall. At the same time, Ms. Grafton shows how an unsolved disappearance leaves everyone who cared about the person wounded to the core. They are victims too. In the case of S Is for Silence, some of the victims are more sympathetic than others . . . but they are all interesting.

The book mainly succeeds because Ms. Grafton creates an interesting series of characters and plot interactions both in her flashback chapters and in her development of Kinsey's investigation.

Ms. Grafton wisely keeps the investigation short. The mystery is unraveled in five days. To have strung the investigation out would have made the book boring, in my judgment. I was very impressed to find that the flashback information wasn't a direct hint as to how Kinsey would solve the mystery. She followed her own unique path.

Those who like to focus on Kinsey and her life as a single woman won't find this book very satisfying. The cold case is the story. Kinsey's friends and family have barely cameo roles in this book.

For those who like a classic missing person's story against the backdrop of volatile relationships in a small California town, this book will, however, be the right stuff.
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am 15. Dezember 2005
I have never read a Sue Grafton Novel prior to this and I have been missing out! Femalie private detective, from Santa Teresa, CA, Kinsey Millhone is on the case of 5 decade old murder at the request of Daisy Sullivan. Daisy's Mom, Vilolet, Disappeared on 4th of July 1953. No one could ever figure out if Violet took off with am an or was murdered. Violet was considered trailer trash by most so no one really cared. When Kinsey starts investigating some of the locals get their hackles up, and then Kinsey realizes she is in danger. There are Plenty of surprises, and twists and turns.
The author uses an intersting writing style, switching voice in the book, from frist person Kinsey, to flashbacks of what occurred back in 1953. This could have been confusing but Grafton does a wonderful job of making this work. and even manages to avoid the problem of giving too much away. This is a series but the book stands alone (though now I am curious to read some of the earlier books).
I also have to recommend the Underground thriller hit "Tourist in the Yucatan" Thanks to a Pirate for telling me about it!
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am 27. Februar 2006
Als ein großer Fan von Sue Grafton kann ich mit Stolz behaupten von A bis S alles gelesen zu haben. S war wieder einmal ein Meisterwerk. Unglaublich spannend, diesmal in einer etwas anderen Art geschrieben, mit Rückblicken in die Vergangenheit. Ein tolles spannendes Buch!
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TOP 1000 REZENSENTam 3. Januar 2007
Die letzten Bücher aus der Reihe waren sehr langweilig und ich zögerte schon, "S is for Silence" überhaupt zu kaufen. Aber es hat sich gelohnt ! Abgesehen von den ungesunden, typisch amerikanischen Fastfood-Eßgewohnheiten, bei deren Aufzählung einem schon schlecht wird, ist es ein spannendes Whodunit. Vor dem geistigen Auge des Lesers entsteht der amerikanische Way of Life der Fünfziger und auch der Achtziger Jahre. Die Geschichte ist spannend, die Charaktere glaubhaft. Allerdings sind die Rückblenden nicht ganz schlüssig und widersprechen sich auch vom Ablauf und die Datierung betreffend.Das sind aber keine schwerwiegenden Fehler und so kann ich diesen Thriller voll empfehlen. Ich hoffe, der "T"-Band der Reihe weist auch diese Qualität auf!
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