Putnam, July 2004, 26.95, 400 pp.
Santa Teresa private detective Kinsey Millhone is hired by wealthy Nord Lafferty to pick up his daughter at the California Institute for Women and get her through the first few days of freedom. Out on parole, Reba takes to Kinsey and the two women go out to dinner together when her former boss Alan “Beck” Beckwith arrives at the restaurant. He invites himself to have a drink with the two women and Kinsey knows she has been set up by a pro.
She pretends to leave but watches them making love in the back seat of Beck's car. Kinsey does not understand this tryst because he is the person Reba embezzled the funds from and never made restitution. Reba believes that she and Beck are going to run away together but the Feds are closing in on him for money laundering. They have pictures of Beck in bed with her boss's friend and regardless of the consequences, Reba is determined to get even with him but the authorities want Reba to help them their way . Kinsey wants to stop her before she goes too far and is put back in prison but can she get through to the woman she has come to care about in time.
Readers are not going to believe what happens to Kinsey in R IS FOR RICOCHET. She becomes involved with a man and it looks like the relationship might last at least one more book. Even though Reba breaks the law and the rules set down by her parole officer, readers, like Kinsey, cannot help but care for the vulnerable waif with steel for a spine. Once again, this author shows that S G stands for Superb and Great.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner