Sue Grafton life and biography

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Sue Grafton biography

Date of birth : 1940-04-24
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Louisville, Kentucky
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-06-06
Credited as : Mystery writer, Love on the Run, Trespass

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Sue Taylor Grafton is a contemporary American author of detective novels. She is best known as the author of the 'alphabet series' ("A" Is for Alibi, etc.) featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California.

The daughter of detective novelist C. W. Grafton, she has said the strongest influence on her crime novels is author Ross Macdonald. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies.

Sue Grafton writes mystery novels whose titles follow the alphabet, from "A" is for Alibi (1983) and "B" is for Burglar (1985) to "T" is for Trespass (2007) and "U" is for Undertow (2009). She began her writing career while a working mother in the 1960s, and a movie version of one of her early novels, 1973's The Lolly-Madonna War, led to a career in Hollywood as a screenwriter. From the mid-1970s until the late 1980s Grafton worked in mostly television, including the series Nurse (1981-82) and the TV movie Love on the Run (1985, starring Alec Baldwin). With the success of her first few mysteries, she was able to quit show business and focus on writing novels. Her hard-boiled crime stories featuring female protagonist Kinsey Millhone are released on a regular schedule; in her first 25 years of the "alphabet" series, Grafton published 21 novels.

Grafton's novels take place mostly in a fictionalized version of Santa Barbara, California, in the 1980s.

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