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Kinsey and Me: Stories
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Sue Grafton, with four more letters of the alphabet to come, is deep into "W is for" . . . She lives in Montecito and Louisville.

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Praise for Sue Grafton:

"After three decades Grafton's iconic detective remains a quirky delight. With the help of McDonald's pit stops and her single no-wrinkle black dress, Kinsey is sure to keep up the good fight through W, X, Y and Z--taking punches for the little guys and keeping the bad ones at bay."--"People "

"As Grafton nears the end of this series (only four more to go, and yes, we're counting), she seems to be making it harder for Kinsey to hold on to her values and maintain her independence. We're still in the 1980s here (Kinsey turns 38 on May 5, 1988, and receives two black eyes and a broken nose for a present), which means society is becoming increasingly cutthroat. But for now, it's still possible for a resourceful woman to use her righteous anger on behalf of people who can't fight for themselves."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"Mesmerizing . . . "U is for Undertow" makes me wish there were more than 26 letters at her disposal.... In "U is for Undertow", Grafton not only once again flaunts her mystery-writing chops but also proves herself to be a discerning social chronicler of the turbulent decade that ushered gal gumshoes like Millhone into the forefront of American detective fiction."--NPR's "Fresh Air"

"Just beneath the extroverted mask she presents at bookstore appearances is the deeply contemplative writer still determined to stretch her chops and chart territory that removes any semblance of a comfort zone. Rather than rest on her laurels, Grafton does the exact opposite."--"Los Angeles Times"

"Milhone's complexity is mirrored by the novels that document her cases: books that nestle comfortably within the mystery genre even as they prod and push its contours."--"The Wall Street Journal"

Praise for KINSEY AND ME "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)
"Piercingly sensitive."--"Kirkus"
"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" Praise for Sue Grafton
"After three decades Grafton's iconic detective remains a quirky delight. With the help of McDonald's pit stops and her single no-wrinkle black dress, Kinsey is sure to keep up the good fight through W, X, Y and Z--taking punches for the little guys and keeping the bad ones at bay."--"People "
"As Grafton nears the end of this series (only four more to go, and yes, we're counting), she seems to be making it harder for Kinsey to hold on to her values and maintain her independence. We're still in the 1980s here (Kinsey turns 38 on May 5, 1988, and receives two black eyes and a broken nose for a present), which means society is becoming increasingly cutthroat. But for now, it's still possible for a resourceful woman to use her righteous anger on behalf of people who can't fight for themselves."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Mesmerizing . . . "U is for Undertow" makes me wish there were more than 26 letters at her disposal.... In "U is for Undertow," Grafton not only once again flaunts her mystery-writing chops but also proves herself to be a discerning social chronicler of the turbulent decade that ushered gal gumshoes like Millhone into the forefront of American detective fiction."--NPR's "Fresh Air"
"Just beneath the extrov
Praise for KINSEY AND ME "Terrific . . . The Kinsey stories and the Kit stories together open a window into Grafton's soul."--"USA Today"
"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)
"Piercingly sensitive."--"Kirkus"
"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
""It's a pleasure just to be in Kinsey's company as she refreshes the formula conventions with her snappy wit and candid opinions."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review" Praise for Sue Grafton
"After three decades Grafton's iconic detective remains a quirky delight. With the help of McDonald's pit stops and her single no-wrinkle black dress, Kinsey is sure to keep up the good fight through W, X, Y and Z--taking punches for the little guys and keeping the bad ones at bay."--"People "
"As Grafton nears the end of this series (only four more to go, and yes, we're counting), she seems to be making it harder for Kinsey to hold on to her values and maintain her independence. We're still in the 1980s here (Kinsey turns 38 on May 5, 1988, and receives two black eyes and a broken nose for a present), which means society is becoming increasingly cutthroat. But for now, it's still possible for a resourceful woman to use her righteous anger on behalf of people who can't fight for themselves."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Mesmerizing . . . "U is for Undertow" makes me wish there were more than 26 letters at her disposal.... InR
Praise for KINSEY AND ME
"Terrific . . . The Kinsey stories and the Kit stories together open a window into Grafton's soul."--"USA"" Today"
"[An] alternately hilarious and pitch-dark new collection . . . The Millhone pieces are sparkling little gems in which the more leisurely pace of the novels is compressed into a mere 20 pages or so; that Kinsey manages to introduce herself, establish the mystery and then solve it, credibly, in such a small span of time and space is nothing short of miraculous. The odd thing is that we don't feel slighted by the relative brevity of plot or even characterization; Grafton is a master of the quick, economical bit of detail, the phrase that tells (or, better, implies) everything. . . The Kit Blue stories are the book's dark heart, its bitter aftertaste, and may come as a grim surprise to many of the author's fans, whose impression of her is of a cheerful, indomitable woman more like the wisecracking Kinsey than the haunted Kit. Of course she is both, and she shares them with us here, bravely, in equal measure. Lucky us."--"Chicago Tribune"
"Brutally honest, emotionally powerful, 'Kinsey and Me' is a revelatory triumph, a dance often macabre, but also a dance of celebration choreographed by a writer whose contemplations on justice never fail to offer rich rewards for legions of readers."--"Richmond"" Times-Dispatch"
"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)
"Piercingly sensitive."--"Kirkus"
"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 k
Praise for KINSEY AND ME
"Brutally honest, emotionally powerful, 'Kinsey and Me' is a revelatory triumph, a dance often macabre, but also a dance of celebration choreographed by a writer whose contemplations on justice never fail to offer rich rewards for legions of readers."--"Richmond"" Times-Dispatch"
"[An] alternately hilarious and pitch-dark new collection . . . The Millhone pieces are sparkling little gems in which the more leisurely pace of the novels is compressed into a mere 20 pages or so; that Kinsey manages to introduce herself, establish the mystery and then solve it, credibly, in such a small span of time and space is nothing short of miraculous. The odd thing is that we don't feel slighted by the relative brevity of plot or even characterization; Grafton is a master of the quick, economical bit of detail, the phrase that tells (or, better, implies) everything. . . The Kit Blue stories are the book's dark heart, its bitter aftertaste, and may come as a grim surprise to many of the author's fans, whose impression of her is of a cheerful, indomitable woman more like the wisecracking Kinsey than the haunted Kit. Of course she is both, and she shares them with us here, bravely, in equal measure. Lucky us."--"Chicago"" Tribune"
"Sue Grafton's most insightful and revealing book to date is arguably 'Kinsey and Me, ' . . . The catharsis of 'Kinsey and Me' is Grafton's gift to her readers, who see that she is Kit Blue and Kinsey Milhone as well as a writer who, in creating both characters, has accepted and also transcended herself. In identifying with Kit and Kinsey and Sue Grafton too, readers can better negotiate their own imperfect lives with humor and courage and strength."--"The Courier-Journal"
"Terrific . . . The Kinsey stories and the Kit stories together open a window into Grafton's soul."--"USA"" Today"
"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)
"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"
"Piercingly sensitive."--"Kirkus"
"""It's a pleasure just to be in Kinsey's company as she refreshes the formula conventions with her snappy wit and candid opinions."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"
Praise for KINSEY AND ME
Brutally honest, emotionally powerful, Kinsey and Me is a revelatory triumph, a dance often macabre, but also a dance of celebration choreographed by a writer whose contemplations on justice never fail to offer rich rewards for legions of readers. "Richmond Times-Dispatch"
[An] alternately hilarious and pitch-dark new collection . . . The Millhone pieces are sparkling little gems in which the more leisurely pace of the novels is compressed into a mere 20 pages or so; that Kinsey manages to introduce herself, establish the mystery and then solve it, credibly, in such a small span of time and space is nothing short of miraculous. The odd thing is that we don't feel slighted by the relative brevity of plot or even characterization; Grafton is a master of the quick, economical bit of detail, the phrase that tells (or, better, implies) everything. . . The Kit Blue stories are the book's dark heart, its bitter aftertaste, and may come as a grim surprise to many of the author's fans, whose impression of her is of a cheerful, indomitable woman more like the wisecracking Kinsey than the haunted Kit. Of course she is both, and she shares them with us here, bravely, in equal measure. Lucky us. "Chicago Tribune"
Sue Grafton s most insightful and revealing book to date is arguably Kinsey and Me, . . . The catharsis of Kinsey and Me is Grafton s gift to her readers, who see that she is Kit Blue and Kinsey Milhone as well as a writer who, in creating both characters, has accepted and also transcended herself. In identifying with Kit and Kinsey and Sue Grafton too, readers can better negotiate their own imperfect lives with humor and courage and strength. "The Courier-Journal"
"Terrific . . . The Kinsey stories and the Kit stories together open a window into Grafton's soul." "USA Today"
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)
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"
Piercingly sensitive. "Kirkus"
"""It's a pleasure just to be in Kinsey's company as she refreshes the formula conventions with her snappy wit and candid opinions." Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review""

The larger "Kinsey" part of this collection consists of nine stories that feature Grafton's durable private detective Kinsey Millhone doing what she does best: solving crimes and delighting readers, albeit in an abbreviated format that relies more on quick twists of plot than depth of character. Judy Kaye, who has been narrating the series from the start, does her usual, spot-on job of capturing the sharply observant sleuth in all her moods-from snarky and suspicious to wistful. It's the "Me" section of the collection that presents a surprise: 13 linked semi-autobiographical stories, written after the death of Grafton's mother that follow the life of a woman named Kit Blue, from her youth as the resentful, guilt-ridden child of alcoholic parents to her late 20s, when she receives a letter from her father that helps her make peace with the past. Kaye's rendition of these stories is flawless. Her Kit even sounds like a young Kinsey Millhone, sharing the same suspicious outlook, the same reaction to disappointment and-on rare occasions-to happiness. A Marian Wood Book/Putnam hardcover. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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