Goodreads ~ When Kinsey Millhone first arrives in Floral Beach, California, it’s hard for her to picture the idyllic coastal town as the setting of a brutal murder. Seventeen years ago, the body of Jean Timberlake - a troubled teen who had a reputation with the boys - was found on the beach. Her boyfriend, Bailey Fowler, was convicted of her murder and imprisoned, but he escaped.
After all this time, Bailey’s finally been captured. Believing in his son’s innocence, Bailey’s father wants Kinsey to find Jean’s real killer. But most of the residents in this tight-knit community are convinced Bailey strangled Jean. So why are they so reluctant to answer Kinsey’s questions? If there’s one thing Kinsey’s got plenty of it’s persistence. And that’s exactly what it’s going to take to crack the lid on this case.
As Kinsey gets closer to solving Jean’s murder, the more dirty little secrets she uncovers in a town where everyone has something to hide - and a killer will kill again to keep the past buried.
Kinsey Millhone is a private detective in Santa Teresa, CA, and is in her thirties. She has been hired by Royce Fowler, whose son, Bailey, was arrested 17 years ago for murdering his teenage girlfriend, Jean. Bailey had escaped from prison shortly thereafter and had been recently found. Royce, who is dying of cancer, wants Kinsey to find out who the real killer is so Bailey can be released.
As Kinsey begins to investigate, she discovers that Jean had been promiscuous so there are many who could have killed her. Everyone in the town, though, has no doubt that Bailey killed her except his family.
I thought this book was okay. I liked the writing style. It is written in first person perspective in Kinsey's voice. I didn't find many of the characters likable and since she was out of town for this book, I missed Henry and Rosie. I was okay with the "whodunnit". As a head's up, there is swearing.
This is the sixth in the "alphabet series" featuring Kinsey Millhone. I discovered this series in the mid-1990s and have read them all. Since the series will soon come to an end (I finished the latest, Y is for Yesterday, a couple weeks ago), I am starting at the beginning and rereading them. They are all set in the 1980s before everyone had a computer, cell phone, people still smoke in public places, etc.