30 Diciembre, 2017
Grafton seamlessly weaved the personal and the professional.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement that the world "has lost a great talent and prolific author in Sue Grafton - and in Louisville we have lost a citizen, friend, neighbor, a master gardener and hometown hero".
Grafton was also loyal to those instrumental to keeping her career going.
Sue Grafton, the author of A Is For Alibi and 24 other mysteries featuring detective Kinsey Millhone, died Thursday at age 77.
"Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice. If I were asked to rate my looks on a scale of one to ten, I wouldn't".
Though she came incredibly close to reaching the full 26 letters, Grafton's daughter says that Kinsey's crime-solving days are over. Grafton's death was announced by her daughter on social media. She saw firsthand how adaptations mess with a writer's head.
While Grafton aged, her heroine didn't quite as much. A novel for every letter continued through August's publication of "Y is for Yesterday". "Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast".
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Grafton stayed tied to her roots, dividing her time between a home there and in California. "As far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y". Her experience as a screenwriter and studio office worker gave her such a strong distaste for the ways of Hollywood that she refused to allow any of her Kinsey Millhone books to be made into films or television productions.
That Sue Grafton fell sort of completing the alphabet is cruel irony, but also strangely fitting.
"Well, I don't know", Grafton told me, a half-smile on her face. " 'Gosh, someone's paying attention.' Then I started doing a book a year". "I want to be the king".