Saturday, 30 December 2017

Sue Grafton


I am sad to say that one of my favourite authors, Sue Grafton, has died. I have read all of her books, except for the latest, Y, and will do so as soon as I can get a copy. It just came out in August. In 2012 I re-read them all in order, to get a closer look at the life of her protagonist, Kinsey Millhone, and to dwell more on the accomplishment of her creator, Sue Grafton.

When I discovered Grafton's alphabet series I marveled at the young woman, who in 1982 embarked on a plan to write a series of mystery books with a female protagonist...and to work her way through the entire alphabet. Admirable audacity! And she made it to Y. Wonderful determination and commitment.

Through the years, as I read and re-read Sue's books, I wondered what she would do after writing Z. Would she keep writing or actually retire...in whatever way writers can be said to retire. Sadly, we'll never know.

I hope that Sue enjoyed the ride, as this reader certainly has.

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