C Is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

C Is for Corpse

By Sue Grafton

  • Release Date: 1986-05-15
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4
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He was young-maybe twenty or so-and he must once have been a good-looking kid. Kinsey could see that. But now his body was covered in scars, his face half-collapsed. It saddened Kinsey and made her curious. She could see he was in a lot of pain. But for three weeks, as Kinsey'd watched him him doggedly working out at the local gym, putting himself through a grueling exercise routine, he never spoke.

Then one Monday morning when there was no one else in the gym, Bobby Callahan approached her. His story was hard to credit: a murderous assault by a tailgating car on a lonely rural road, a roadside smash into a canyon 400 feet below, his Porsche a bare ruin, his best friend dead. The doctors had managed to put his body back together again-sort of. His mother's money had seen to that. What they couldn't fix was his mind, couldn't restore the huge chunks of memory wiped out by the crash. Bobby knew someone had tried to kill him, but he didn't know why. He knew he had the key to something that made him dangerous to the killer, but he didn't know what it was. And he sensed that someone was still out there, ready to pounce at the first sign his memory was coming back. He'd been to the cops, but they'd shrugged off his story. His family thought he had a screw loose. But he was scared-scared to death. He wanted to hire Kinsey.

His case didn't have a whole lot going for it, but he was hard to resist: young, brave, hurt. She took him on. And three days later, Bobby Callahan was dead.

Kinsey Millhone never welshed a deal. She'd been hired to stop a killing. Now she'd find the killer.


  • Ugh

    By brooksea
    Too easy to figure out.
  • C is for Corpse

    By Dr Nancy Kay
    I enjoy Grafton's books and this one has especially good plot. Two criticisms: why oh why all the snark toward overweight people especially women? We're pretty harmless and have enough to deal with. Easy targets. Next thought, unrelated: her books and characters and prose are good enough to read even without the grand finale at the end of every book. Once in a while a more cerebral wrap-up would be fine, and would add to the suspense of the next book. Thanks Sue -
  • Of course it is good

    By Texaspoet
    I thought the ending was too short and too concise.
  • C is for Cool

    By Dearnina
    If you were disappointed with B is for Burglary, C is for Corpse may lift your spirits. I'm only 20 or so pages in and already feel the suspense and anticipation building. Thank goodness. B is for...left me feeling a loss because I figured out who the bad guy was immediately.
  • Unfortunate

    By Xbl$€=#
    Last five pages in "Error" mode. They are missing! Unable to read the end of the book!