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    Sue Grafton(Author)

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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.'

Thirty one years since A is for Alibi was first published, Sue Grafton presents Kinsey and Me, 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 . . .

Kit walked through the empty house, listening to her footsteps resounding against the pale dead floors . . . the windows stood open to the summer heat and a wind that smelled of lilacs touched at the screens. From her bedroom, she could look out into the side yard where the cherry tree had blossomed every April since time began . . . And now the house was being sold and the land, their mother was dead, their father remarried: all of life, everything was breaking apart, breaking down, being levelled, destroyed, razed, rendered obsolete, that childhood, that life, that family as odd and unhappy as it had been . . .

Published in the UK for the first time, 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 KINSEY AND ME "What could be better, while waiting for the twenty-third mystery in Grafton's alphabet series, than this revelatory collection of stories featuring both Grafton's alter ego, PI Kinsey Millhone, and the author herself? . . . Kinsey fanatics, sensing the coming end of the landmark series, will be thrilled to read this nonalphabetic extra."--"Booklist" (starred review) 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 comple 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"

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Sue Grafton(Author)
  • Mantle; Main Market ed edition (17 Jan. 2013)
  • English
  • 3
  • Biography

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  • By E Evans on 24 January 2016

    The first three quarters of this book consists of a series of short stories featuring PI Kinsey Millhorne, topped and tailed by essays from the author explaining her writing discipline, the generally accepted rules for writing crime stories, how Kinsey came to be ‘born’, and a brief general discussion on the history of the crime novel.If you’re a fan on Kinsey be reassured these stories are well up to the standard of the books even though they are, obviously, a lot briefer. My only complaint about them would be the lack of peripheral characters that generally appear in the novels. However that may be because these were mostly written in the late eighties before many of the characters we take for granted now were features of the novels (I haven’t gone back to check).The final quarter of the book is taken up with a young girl called Kit Blue dealing with living with an alcoholic mother and eventually coming to terms with her death. The author freely admits they are based on her own experiences and from the brief extracts I read, they have the very raw feel of authenticity. However it wasn’t what I bought the book for, so I must admit I skipped them.You get a lot of short stories for your money. Definitely one for the Kinsey fans.

  • By Vicky Cotterill on 18 June 2017

    I'm sorry but I didn't rate it as much as the alphabet mysterys and I am now waiting for the next one to be released In August xx


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