Grafton is a writer on a mission: Already two-thirds of the way into her series of alphabetic murder stories starring P. I. Kinsey Millhone, she aims to make it to the end. Millhone, who has her own bio on Grafton's web site, indeed seems to have taken on a life of her own. She is "human-sized," as Grafton says, a simple gal solving complex, irresistible murder cases.
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Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky
Date of Birth:
April 24, 1940
Place of Birth:
B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961
Sue Grafton's official web site
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|T is for Trespass|
In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private care-giving jobs. The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene.
"M" Is for Malice (1996)|
"N" Is for Noose (1998)
"O" Is for Outlaw (1999)
"P" Is for Peril (2001)
"Q" Is for Quarry (2002)
R Is for Ricochet (2004)
S Is for Silence (2005)
T is for Trespass (2007)
Sue Grafton chronology
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|"A" Is for Alibi|
While the books in Grafton's "alphabet series" stand alone just fine, you might as well start at the beginning, with A Is for Alibi.
|The Speed Queen|
"It is just such a great book," Grafton said of The Speed Queen in a 1999 interview with Internet Writing Journal. "It's one of those books I read and I thought, 'I wished I had written this one.' It's just a great set up." She told The Book Lover's Calendar about others in 1996.