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Old 12-30-2017, 09:28 AM
 
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I didn't realize that Kinsey Malone was one of the first female detectives in crime fiction, first appearing in Grafton's "A" Is for Alibi, published in 1982. (I think of Kay Scarpetta, Patricia Cornwell's protagonist, and Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski, but they didn't appear until later.)
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Old 12-31-2017, 07:51 PM
 
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I too was saddened to hear the news. Sad too that Zero was not completed, but let's not make this about us, let's make it about Ms. Grafton.

If you read my earlier posts you know how she detested Hollywood, detested hack screenwriters, told her children she'd haunt them if they sold the TV/movie rights. It's not surprising at all that Zero will be the final mystery, the one that didn't get published.

I am sorrowed that Sue's alphabet ended at 25 letters. She had a good run!
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:52 AM
 
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I actually like the fact that her books are set in the 80s. That's when I grew up, and it's fun to remember using phone booths and cross-reference books to skiptrace.
I had not read her first book, A is For Alibi before, and am reading it now. I also find it interesting how many references there are to the time it was written. Hard to imagine being a PI whlle lugging your typewriter from home to motel room to home, and using index cards to take notes on cases.

I didn't realize that Grafton's father had written detective fiction. She dedicated her first book to him. She had a sad childhood, and writing was her escape.

Sue Grafton: 'My childhood ended when I was five': https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...nded-when-five
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:42 PM
 
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I had not read her first book, A is For Alibi before, and am reading it now. I also find it interesting how many references there are to the time it was written. Hard to imagine being a PI whlle lugging your typewriter from home to motel room to home, and using index cards to take notes on cases...
That was intentional. She stated that she kept the eighties as her milieu because she wished to avoid cell phones an the internet. She pointed out that those two items would have removed any reason to spend much time out of the office.
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Old 11-29-2019, 05:23 AM
 
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That was intentional. She stated that she kept the eighties as her milieu because she wished to avoid cell phones and the internet. She pointed out that those two items would have removed any reason to spend much time out of the office.
I picked up K is for Killer at a used bookstore and just finished it. Grafton had an amazing eye for detail. Again, it's interesting to read about Milhone searching for a payphone, having to comb through newspaper clippings, and using her index card method to solve crimes.
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