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
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.
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