The latest in the alphabet series installment by Sue Grafton, U is for Undertow, finds us in 1988 with female private eye Kinsey Millhone.
This time Kinsey is digging into a cold case of a missing child. But she chases on lead after another to no avail. Then she finds out her client isn't the most reliable sort so she wonders if she's really chasing leads or illusions.
While the story of Kinsey's hunt for the missing girl is happening, Grafton also tells the parallel story of different people in flashback and readers see how it ties to her missing person's case.
Often times in a flashback writing, it seems to mire down the story or isn't very interesting, but in this case, the stories of Walker and Jon and Debbie were as interesting as the main story. And they all were woven together marvelously!
I also enjoyed all the usual characters, Henry her landlord and friend, and the Hungarian bar owner Rosie.
I was surprised at how good this was. I have read all the books in this series and I was disappointed by all of the ones since Q so this was a delightful step in a great direction. I hope the next 5 books are a yummy as this one was!