Kinsey And Me Stories (Hardcover)
|Author: Sue Grafton|
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|In 1982, Grafton introduced readers to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Grafton is a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Grafton delivers stories that reveal Kinsey''s origins and the author''s past.|
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In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey?s origins and Sue?s past.|Includes stories that detail Alphabet series heroine Kinsey MIllhone's origins, as well as true tales of the author's past.
?I've come to believe that Grafton is not only the most talented woman writing crime fiction today but also that, regardless of gender, her Millhone books are among the five or six best series any American has ever written.??Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post|
Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton's mother died. Together, they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator?s past even as they reveal a child who, free of parental interventions, read everything and roamed everywhere. But the dark side of such freedom was that very parental distance.|
The same unique voice and witty insights readers fell in love with in A Is for Alibi permeate the Kinsey stories. Those in the And Me section trace a remarkable voyage, from anger to understanding, from pain to forgiveness. They take us into a troubled family, dysfunctional as most families are, each in their own way, but Grafton?s telling is sensitive, delicate, and ultimately, loving. Enriching the way we see Kinsey and know Sue, these stories are deeply affecting.|
The daughter of lawyer and mystery writer C. W. Grafton, Sue Grafton attended the University of Louisville where she graduated with a B.A. in 1961. She published her first novel, "Keziah", in 1967. While working on the screen adaption of her second novel, "The Lolly-Madonna War", in 1973, Grafton began a 15-year career writing for television and film in Hollywood. In 1982 she wrote her first mystery to feature private investigator Kinsey Millhone, "'A' is for Alibi". Each successive installation in this popular series of novels has begun with the next letter of the alphabet. Millhone, twice-divorced and living on her own, is a tough, independent woman, one the first and most successful of a new breed of female detectives to branch off from the hard-boiled, male detectives who have dominated the genre. Grafton's biography, "'G' is for Grafton", goes further in describing Millhone than it does her creator, although it does illuminate the many similarities between the two. Grafton had three children in her two marriages previous to her third, to writing partner Steven Humphrey. For years, she has lived in Santa Barbara, which serves as a model for the fictional town of Santa Teresa, where Millhone is based.
"Though the two sections of the book feel strikingly different, fans will admire Grafton's impressive output and feisty fictional detective all the more knowing the challenging beginnings from which both grew." 11/23/2012