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Kinsey and Me:

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In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon, Sue a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past.

“I’ve come to believe that Grafton is not only the most talented woman writing crime fiction today but also that, regardless of gender, her Millhone books are among the five or six best series any American has ever written.”—Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986–93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton’s mother died. Together they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator’s past even as they reveal a child who, free of parental interventions, read everything and roamed everywhere. But the dark side of such freedom was that very parental distance.

The same feisty voice and witty aperçus readers fell in love with in A Is for Alibi permeate the Kinsey stories. Those in the And Me section trace a remarkable voyage, from anger to understanding, from pain to forgiveness. They take us into a troubled family, dysfunctional as most families are, each in their own way, but Grafton’s telling is sensitive, delicate, and ultimately loving. Enriching the way we see Kinsey and know Sue, these stories are deeply affecting.

Editorial Reviews

“Provides moving and surprising insights into the woman behind the bestsellers...Fans will admire Grafton’s impressive output and feisty fictional detective all the more knowing the challenging beginnings from which both grew.”

Publishers Weekly

“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)

“Along with regular followers of Grafton’s series, fans of mysteries and short stories will enjoy this collection.”

Library Journal

“The collection...offers a rare sustained glimpse inside Grafton.”

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    Jack Vincent January 30, 2014
    If you are looking for another Sue Grafton book in the series this is not for you , however if your a fan of the alphabet series it's fascinating to hear Sue Grafton's story of how this whole thing got started and the book like all of hers is well written and fast paced. It's gets into her personnel life quite a bit and that was unexpected by me . I think most people will find this a must read just to get to real story of this amazing woman. Not to mention to finally find out where the names and places came from. The reader is very good I had never heard her before and she is very good.
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Author Biography

Sue Grafton is a New York Times bestselling author published in twenty-eight countries and twenty-six languages. She began her alphabet series in 1982, and they have become international bestsellers, with readership in the millions. Like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling prowess. She has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is a recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

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Judy Kaye is a singer and actress best known for her long runs in Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, and Mamma Mia! In 2012, she earned a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get it. She has also appeared in numerous plays and operas.

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