Q Is for Quarry

Q Is for Quarry

A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
Quarry, n.  An open excavation.
Quarry, v.  Transitive: To dig or take from. Intransitive: To delve into.
Quarry, n.  An object pursued or hunted; prey.

She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the murder remained unsolved.

That was eighteen years ago. Now the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case. Old and ill, they need someone to help with their legwork and they turn to Kinsey Millhone. They will, they tell her, find closure if they can just identify the victim. Kinsey is intrigued and agrees to the job.

But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what begins with the pursuit of Jane Doe's real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer.



Random House, Inc.
Quarry, n.  An open excavation.
Quarry, v.  Transitive: To dig or take from. Intransitive: To delve into.
Quarry, n.  An object pursued or hunted; prey.

She was a "Jane Doe," an unidentified white female whose decomposed body was discovered near a quarry off California's Highway 1. The case fell to the Santa Teresa County Sheriff's Department, but the detectives had little to go on. The woman was young, her hands were bound with a length of wire, there were multiple stab wounds, and her throat had been slashed. After months of investigation, the murder remained unsolved.

That was eighteen years ago. Now the two men who found the body, both nearing the end of long careers in law enforcement, want one last shot at the case. Old and ill, they need someone to help with their legwork and they turn to Kinsey Millhone. They will, they tell her, find closure if they can just identify the victim. Kinsey is intrigued and agrees to the job.

But revisiting the past can be a dangerous business, and what begins with the pursuit of Jane Doe's real identity ends in a high-risk hunt for her killer.



Baker & Taylor
Eighteen years after the body of an unidentified young woman is discovered in a quarry off California's Highway 1, two police detectives nearing retirement enlist Kinsey Millhone's aid to help identify the long-ago murder victim.

Publisher: New York : Putnam's, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780399575181
9780425192726
9780399149153
0399149155
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY GRAFT...S
Notes: "Marian Wood book."

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KathyS82
Jun 30, 2016

A good old fashioned detective story about a real life Jane Doe murder mystery. I haven't read the others in the series but enjoyed it as a standalone book. Good pace, and likeable characters. Recommend.

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blossom21
Jan 21, 2010

Not her best novel; momentum slows down.

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