Author(s): Sue Grafton
Sometimes I think about how odd it would be to catch a glimpse of the future, a quick view of events lying in store for us. Some moments we saw would make no sense at all and some, I suspect, would frighten us beyond our endurance ...Early spring in the Sierra Nevada, bringing the usual driving sleet and snow. PI Kinsey Millhone is on her way west when she detours into Nota Lake (pop. 2356) to check out a new client. And encounters a chill she can scarcely believe. Only six weeks have passed since sheriff's detective Tom Newquist died of a heart attack. His widow is sure he was keeping secrets from her just before he died -- and she hires Kinsey to find out exactly what. But all Kinsey can uncover is that Newquist led an exemplary life, so what could he possibly have to conceal? And why has the town, to the last threatening redneck, closed ranks on her? Kinsey's on the point of giving up. Until she discovers a chilling new clue: a childish drawing of a thick length of rope -- fashioned into a hangman's noose ...'I love Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone novels ...you are never disappointed' Guardian
"Exceptionally entertaining...an offbeat sense of humor and a feisty sense of justice."
--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Millhone is an engaging detective-for-hire...P.I. Kinsey Millhone and her creator...are arguably the best of [the] distaff invaders of the hitherto sacrosanct turf of gumshoes."
--"The Buffalo News"
"Once a fan reads one of Grafton's alphabetically titled detective novels, he or she will not rest until all the others are found."--"Los Angeles Herald Examiner"
"Millhone is a refreshingly strong and resourceful female private eye."--"Library Journal"
"Tough but compassionate...There is no one better than Kinsey Millhone."--"Best Sellers"
"A woman we feel we know, a tough cookie with a soft center, a gregarious loner."--"Newsweek"
"Lord, how I like this Kinsey Millhone...The best detective fiction I have read in years."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Smart, tough, and thorough...Kinsey Millhone is a pleasure."--"The Bloomsbury Review"
"Kinsey is one of the most persuasive of the new female operatives...She's refreshingly free of gender cliches. Grafton, who is a very witty writer, has also given her sleuth a nice sense of humor--and a set of Wonder Woman sheets to prove it."--"Boston Herald"
"What grandpa used to call a class act."--Stanley Ellin
"Smart, sexual, likable and a very modern operator."--Dorothy Salisbury Davis
"Kinsey's got brains "and" a sense of humor."--"Kirkus Reviews"
Sue Grafton has become one of the most popular female writers, both in the UK and in the US. Born in Kentucky in 1940, she began her career as a TV scriptwriter before Kinsey Millhone and the 'alphabet' series took off. She plans to take Kinsey all the way through the alphabet to Z. Sue lives and writes in Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky.