Signed first printing, a gorgeous copy, introducing Grafton's beloved Kinsey Millhone, a hard-up detective in Southern California.
Fine in fine jacket.
"A" IS FOR ALIBI
"One day I was reading The Gashlycrumb Tinies, a book of cartoons by Edward Gorey, which is a series of pen and ink drawings of little Victorian children 'done in' by various means [...] A cartoon light bulb formed above my head and I thought to myself, 'Gee, why couldn't you do a series of novels based on the alphabet?' At that point, I sat down and made an alphabetical list of all the crime related words I could think of."
The title for the first book in Grafton's famous Alphabet Series was inspired by reading THE GASHLYCRUMB TINIES, a detail that captures the tone of black levity that has partly made the series so popular. Kinsey Millhone bears many characteristics of a classic noir detective, but with a feminist update: she would become a model for many heroines to come in the following decades, not only in mystery but in urban fantasy and beyond. Really a great copy, desirable signed.
Read more: "A Conversation with Sue Grafton," 1996, from the author's official website.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1982). 8'' x 5.25''. Original grey paper boards, metallic red-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($12.95) color pictorial dust jacket. , 274,  pages. Signed by Grafton in black felt pen on title page
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