A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Milhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, Californis. A twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments, she's got a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes.
That's why she draws desperate clients like Nikki Fife. Eight years ago, Nikki was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she's out on parole and needs Kinsey's help to find the real killer. But after all this time, clearing Nikki's bad name won't be easy.
If there's one thing that makes Kinsey Milhone feel alive, it's playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer -and sharper- than she imagined.
This series is very popular, and this first book came highly recommended. I'm not sorry I read it, by any means, but I'm not caught up in the character enough to seek out the rest of them.