"It's a marvel God doesn't reach right down and rip my tongue out by the roots for the lies I tell."
"B" IS FOR BURGLAR
By Sue Grafton
Signed first printing, the second of the Kinsey Millhone series, in which the hard-boiled Santa Teresa private detective investigates a missing person case.
Fine in fine jacket.
"B" IS FOR BURGLAR
"Grafton's literacy legacy is remarkable. She was — along with Sara Paretsky, Marcia Muller and others — a pioneer in creating an American genre of female-centered detective fiction in the 1980s." — Moira Macdonald
Grafton hit her stride in this second book, crystallizing the traits that made A IS FOR ALIBI so good: crisply drawn characters, a steady raising of stakes, and a sense of increasing momentum towards the inevitable conclusion – all overseen by the no-nonsense Kinsey Millhone in the fictional version of Santa Barbara, California. Grafton's detective was far from the first woman to drive a popular mystery, but Kinsey Millhone's particular personality has spurred literary descendants across genres, from thrillers to urban fantasy.
Read more: Macdonald, "In remembrance of Sue Grafton," in The Seattle Times, 10 January 2018.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1985). 8'' x 5.25''. Original quarter red cloth, grey paper boards, silver-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($14.95) red and black dust jacket with illustration by Linda M. Benson. , 229,  pages. Signed by Grafton in black felt pen on title page.
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