Kinsey and Me: Stories

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Alphabet series comes a collection of stories that “combines glimpses of her series detective, Kinsey Millhone, with a revealing self-portrait” (Publishers Weekly).

In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced Kinsey Millhone and created an iconic female detective. Here, in a story collection divided into two parts, Sue Grafton provides a glimpse of her own early life in the guise of the character Kit Blue, and enriches our understanding of Kinsey Millhone, one of the spunkiest, smartest, and most entertaining private investigators in all of mystery fiction.

“Terrific...The Kinsey stories and the Kit stories together open a window into Grafton's soul.”—USA Today
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Publisher
Penguin
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Published on
Jan 8, 2013
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781101614310
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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This content is DRM protected.
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