Sunday, 31 December 2017
Author of "Alphabet Series"
Sue Taylor Grafton was an American author of detective novels. She is best known as the author of the "alphabet series" featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California
Born: 24 April 1940, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: 28 December 2017, Santa Barbara, California, United States
Some of her famous quotes
If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them.
I focus on the writing and let the rest of the process take care of itself. I've learned to trust my own instincts and I've also learned to take risks.
Thinking is hard work, which is why you don't see many people doing it.
It never pays to deal with the flyweights of the world. They take far too much pleasure in thwarting you at every turn.
Ghosts don't haunt us. That's not how it works. They're present among us because we won't let go of them.
“I know there are people who believe you should forgive and forget. For the record, I'd like to say I'm a big fan of forgiveness as long as I'm given the opportunity to get even first.”
―Sue Grafton, V is for Vengeance
“A woman should never, never, never be financially dependent to anyone, especially a man, because the minute you were dependent, you could be abused.”
― Sue Grafton, D is for Deadbeat
“We all need to look into the dark side of our nature -- that’s where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we’re busy denying.”
― Sue Grafton
Sue Grafton has published in 28 countries and 26 languages — including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She's an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She's a writer who believes: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts."
She had long been fascinated by mysteries that had related titles, including those by John D. MacDonald, whose titles referenced colors, and Harry Kemelman, who used days of the week. While reading Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies, an alphabetical picture book of children who die by various means, she had the idea to write a series of novels based on the alphabet. She immediately sat down and made a list of all of the crime-related words that she knew.
This exercise led to her best-known works, a chronological series of mystery novels known as "the alphabet novels". The stories follow a female private investigator named Kinsey Millhone, who lives in the fictional town of Santa Teresa, California. Grafton described Kinsey Millhone as her alter ego, "the person I might have been, had I not married young and had children."
Grafton chose to use the name Santa Teresa as a tribute to the author Ross Macdonald, who had used it as a fictional name for Santa Barbara in his own novels. Grafton's first book of this series is "A" Is for Alibi, written and set in 1982.
The series continued with "B" Is for Burglar, "C" Is for Corpse, and so on through the alphabet, with the exception of the 24th novel, simply titled X. After the publication of "G" Is for Gumshoe, Grafton was able to quit her screenwriting job and focus on her novels.
She had refused to sell the film and television rights to her books, as her time writing screenplays had "cured" her of the desire to work with Hollywood. She added that she would haunt her children if they sold the film rights after her death.
Grafton publicly stated that the final novel in the series would be titled "Z" Is for Zero, but she did not live to start writing it. Her daughter said Grafton would never allow a ghostwriter to write in her name and "as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.
"A" Is for Alibi (1982)
"B" Is for Burglar (1985)
"C" Is for Corpse (1986)
"D" Is for Deadbeat (1987)
"E" Is for Evidence (1988)
"F" Is for Fugitive (1989)
"G" Is for Gumshoe (1990)
"H" Is for Homicide (1991)
"I" Is for Innocent (1992)
"J" Is for Judgment (1993)
"K" Is for Killer (1994)
"L" Is for Lawless (1995)
"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)
"U" Is for Undertow (2009)
"V" Is for Vengeance (2011)
"W" Is for Wasted (2013)
"Y" Is for Yesterday (2017)