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Kinsey and me : stories /

by Grafton, Sue.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2013Description: xvii, 286 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780399163838 (hbk. : acid-free paper) :; 0399163832 (hbk. : acid-free paper).Title notes: $27.95 1-2013 (db)Uniform titles: Short stories. Selections.Subject(s): Grafton, Sue -- Childhood and youth | Women authors -- Biography | Millhone, Kinsey (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Women private investigators -- Fiction | Mystery fiction | Short stories
Contents:
Between the sheets -- Long gone -- The Parker shotgun -- Non sung smoke -- Falling off the roof -- A poison that leaves no trace -- Full circle -- A little missionary work -- The lying game -- An eye for an I : justice, morality, the nature of the hard-boiled private investigator, and all that existential stuff -- A woman capable of anything -- That's not an easy way to go -- Lost people -- Clue -- Night visit, corridor A -- April 24, 1960 -- The closet -- Maple Hill -- A portable life -- The quarrel -- Jessie -- Death review -- A letter from my father.
Summary: A collection of stories that reveal Kinsey's origins-- and Grafton's past. The nine stories that open the book show how fully formed Kinsey was from the beginning. The thirteen stories in the second part feature Kit Blue, a younger version of Grafton herself. In between the stories, she gives us some insight into her own past; how her writing was influenced by the alcoholism of both her parents, and how writing helped her take responsibility for her own future.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<br> In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey's origins and Sue's past. <br> "I've come to believe that Grafton is not only the most talented woman writing crime fiction today but also that, regardless of gender, her Millhone books are among the five or six best series any American has ever written."--Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post <br> Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton's mother died. Together, they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator's past even as they reveal a child who, free of parental interventions, read everything and roamed everywhere. But the dark side of such freedom was that very parental distance.<br> The same unique voice and witty insights readers fell in love with in A Is for Alibi permeate the Kinsey stories. Those in the And Me section trace a remarkable voyage, from anger to understanding, from pain to forgiveness. They take us into a troubled family, dysfunctional as most families are, each in their own way, but Grafton's telling is sensitive, delicate, and ultimately, loving. Enriching the way we see Kinsey and know Sue, these stories are deeply affecting.<br> <br>.

$27.95 1-2013 (db)

"A Marian Wood book."

Includes stories that detail Alphabet series heroine Kinsey Millhone's origins, as well as true tales of the author's past.

Between the sheets -- Long gone -- The Parker shotgun -- Non sung smoke -- Falling off the roof -- A poison that leaves no trace -- Full circle -- A little missionary work -- The lying game -- An eye for an I : justice, morality, the nature of the hard-boiled private investigator, and all that existential stuff -- A woman capable of anything -- That's not an easy way to go -- Lost people -- Clue -- Night visit, corridor A -- April 24, 1960 -- The closet -- Maple Hill -- A portable life -- The quarrel -- Jessie -- Death review -- A letter from my father.

A collection of stories that reveal Kinsey's origins-- and Grafton's past. The nine stories that open the book show how fully formed Kinsey was from the beginning. The thirteen stories in the second part feature Kit Blue, a younger version of Grafton herself. In between the stories, she gives us some insight into her own past; how her writing was influenced by the alcoholism of both her parents, and how writing helped her take responsibility for her own future.

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Library Journal Review

Kinsey Millhone, PI, captures vengeful murderers, exposes elaborate scams, and outsmarts the criminals in her usual witty, lovable way in nine stories written between 1986 and 1991 and first privately published in a limited edition of 300 copies. These tales are every bit as engaging to read as Grafton's (U Is for Undertow) full-length novels. Grafton's humor shines through in every story, particularly in "The Lying Game," which was written for the 40th anniversary of the Land's End catalog. The second section of this collection features the character of Kit Blue as the author herself, writing a fictionalized history of her own difficulties growing up as the child of alcoholic parents. Readers will also appreciate Grafton's thoughts on writing short stories, contained in the foreword, as well as the introduction in which she explains how the character of Kinsey came to her mind as her "alter-ego." Verdict Along with regular followers of Grafton's series, fans of mysteries and short stories will enjoy this collection.-Linda Oliver, MLIS, Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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