"M" Is for MaliceBook - 1996
Kinsey Millhone investigates a particularly nasty murder. Bader Malek has died, leaving his three sons squabbling over a considerable fortune. A fourth son, Guy, was sent away in disgrace years earlier after a series of juvenile arrests for drugs, drinking, and assorted scams. Hoping Guy is dead or unfindable so they can split his share of the fortune, the three remaining Maleks figure they ought to make a good-faith effort to find him, so they hire Kinsey, who discovers Guy living a few hundred miles away, working as a church janitor. Surprisingly, he has turned over a new leaf and has become a born-again Christian. Once Kinsey finds him and breaks the news of his inheritance, he decides to return home to reconcile with his brothers. Bad idea. Two days later, Guy is found dead. Reenter Kinsey, who's developed an affection for the unassuming Guy, perhaps because his family problems remind her of her own troubled history. The cops arrest one of Guy's sibs for the murder, but Kinsey's not sure he's the killer. She figures the murder is linked to Guy's checkered past and sets out--successfully, of course--to prove her point.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1996
Branch Call Number: FICTION GRA
Characteristics: 1 v. (various pagings)