Friday, December 29, 2017

“Letter Writer” Grafton Signs Off

From Kentucky’s Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper:
The death of internationally acclaimed author Sue Grafton means at least one mystery will remain unsolved.

Grafton, a Louisville native, was known globally for her alphabet detective series featuring investigator Kinsey Millhone. She died Thursday night [at age 77] following a battle with cancer.

Grafton’s series began with “A Is for Alibi” in 1982 and continued through “Y Is for Yesterday,” released in August 2017.

Her last book, “Z Is for Zero,” was scheduled for release in fall 2019, according to the author’s website. But her husband, Steve Humphrey, said Grafton had yet to start writing the novel.

“She was trying to come up with an idea, but she never got one she liked,” Humphrey said. “With chemo, she didn’t have much energy or interest in that anyway. There will just be a 25-letter alphabet, I’m sorry to say.”
Our condolences go out to Grafton’s family on their loss.

READ MORE:Sue Grafton, Whose Detective Novels Spanned the Alphabet, Dies at 77,” by Neil Genzlinger (The New York Times); “Sue Grafton, Best-Selling Author of Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, Dies at 77,” by Laura Wamsley (National Public Radio); “Sue Grafton: R.I.P.,” by Janet Rudolph (Mystery Fanfare); “R.I.P., Sue Grafton,” by Ken Levine; “Sue Grafton Remembered,” by Ruth Jordan (Crimespree Magazine); “Sue Grafton, Whose ‘Alphabet Mysteries’ Became Best Sellers, Dies at 77,” by Matt Schudel (The Washington Post); “Mourning Sue Grafton” (Literary Hub); “Sue Grafton: A Remembrance (of Sorts),” by Art Taylor; “S Is for Sad,” by Lee Goldberg; “Thinking About Sue Grafton,” by Bill Selnes (Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan); “In Memoriam,” by Ayo Onatade (Shots).


RJR said...

I've known Sue for 35 years. She was one of the first members of the Private Eye Writers of America. While not the first author of female P.I. stories, I consider her a pioneer who took the ladies to a new and much higher level. She will be missed. It is truly a 25 letter alphabet, now.

John said...

Sad to hear. Ms. Grafton was a gifted writer and offered a unique series to the mystery genre.

Karl-Erik Lindkvist said...

Sad to hear this. I always regarded Ms. Grafton as one of the true heirs to the great Ross Macdonald (it is not only the obvious "Santa Teresa" setting that connects them)and her protagonist Kinsey Millhone as a hardboiled P.I. with a conscience in her own right. "F is For Fugitive" is up for a re-read.