Kinsey and Me: Stories
My name is Kinsey Millhone. I’m a private investigator, licensed, bonded, insured; white, female, age thirty-two, unmarried, and physically fit. That Monday morning, I was sitting in my office with my feet up, wondering what life would bring, when a woman walked in and tossed a photograph on my desk. 'Somebody killed my husband.'
Published thirty one years after A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton's Kinsey and Me, is her first compendium of short stories. It features nine Kinsey Millhone short stories, each a gem of detection, as well as autobiographical pieces written in the decade after Grafton's mother died. Together, they show just how much Kinsey Millhone is a distillation of her creator’s past, even as they reveal a child who, free of parental discipline, read everything and roamed everywhere. But the dark side of such freedom was that very parental distance . . .
This dazzling and often moving collection displays the depth and range of Grafton’s writing and reminds us of her unique talent as a storyteller.
Praise for Sue Grafton:"After three decades Grafton's iconic detective remains a quirky delight. With the help of McDonald's pit stops and her single no-wrinkle black dress, Kinsey is sure to keep up the good fight through W, X, Y and Z--taking punches for the little guys and keeping the bad ones at bay."--"People " "As Grafton nears the end of this series (only four more to go, and yes, we're counting), she seems to be making it harder for Kinsey to hold on to her values and maintain her independence. We're still in the 1980s here (Kinsey turns 38 on May 5, 1988, and receives two black eyes and a broken nose for a present), which means society is becoming increasingly cutthroat. But for now, it's still possible for a resourceful woman to use her righteous anger on behalf of people who can't fight for themselves."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Mesmerizing . . . "U is for Undertow" makes me wish there were more than 26 letters at her disposal.... In "U is for Undertow", Grafton not only once again flaunts her mystery-writing chops but also proves herself to be a discerning social chronicler of the turbulent decade that ushered gal gumshoes like Millhone into the forefront of American detective fiction."--NPR's "Fresh Air" "Just beneath the extroverted mask she presents at bookstore appearances is the deeply contemplative writer still determined to stretch her chops and chart territory that removes any semblance of a comfort zone. Rather than rest on her laurels, Grafton does the exact opposite."--"Los Angeles Times" "Milhone's complexity is mirrored by the novels that document her cases: books that nestle comfortably within the mystery genre even as they prod and push its contours."--"The Wall Street Journal" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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