Sue Grafton: “The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law…”

From The Writer’s Almanac:

Today is the birthday of detective novelist Sue Grafton, born in 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of the best-selling series of “Alphabet” novels featuring tough-talking female private investigator Kinsey Millhone.

Grafton began the series in 1983 with A is for Alibi and has continued on ever since. She says the last book will be titled Z is for Zero. Grafton describes Kinsey Millhone as her alter ego, only “younger, smarter, and thinner.” When asked why she chose the genre of mystery, she said, “The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law, but people do get their just deserts.”

In N is for Noose, Millhone says: “Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you’ve given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me.”

She died in December of 2017 not having finished her series. The last book she completed was Y is for Yesterday. Her family has said the final book, Z is for Zero, was not written and “as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.”

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