If you need help picturing Kinsey Millhone's sweats and tousled hair; listing her personality traits; modeling your dietary habits on hers; or reviewing her early childhood, education, career and marriages, pick up G Is for Grafton. Coauthors Kaufman and McGinnis--a political scientist and an English professor, respectively--have, with the cooperation of Sue Grafton, delved into the writer's working journal to flesh out this fictional biography. Once and for all, those nagging questions that keep fans pacing and tooth-gnashing between the M-N and O of Grafton's series will have something to keep their heroine alive between mysteries. How old is Kinsey, exactly? Why do her car and her home need to be so small? Why did she become a PI--was it the wardrobe?
Included in this monument to Millhone is a delightful spread of black-and-white photos of Kinsey's Santa Teresa haunts: her offices, the marina, and, yes, the jogging path. Readers are also treated to Sue Grafton's discussion on the creation of her famous character: "Kinsey is my alter ego--the person I might have been had I not married young and had children.... While our biographies are different, our sensibilities are the same.... I think of us as one soul in two bodies, and she got the good one." G is for Grafton will grab Kinsey Millhone fans. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Kaufman and Kay (both Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, who have served on panels on women in detective fiction for the Popular Culture Association, are great admirers of Sue Grafton and her fictional heroine, Milhone. Their new work does include biographical information on Grafton, but is primarily devoted to discussions of Grafton's fictional detective and her world. The book should prove interesting to some of Grafton's many fans, but mystery readers who have not read all of the Kinsey Milhone books should be forewarned that it contains many spoilers regarding whodunit. The authors state that the book is meant to be read as an organic whole, but it could also be used as a reference work to answer trivia and reference questions on Grafton and her work. Fervid fans will enjoy this book, but many readers will find it repetitive since the same examples and situations are mentioned in several of the book's sections. Recommended for public libraries.?Denise Johnson, Bradley Univ. Lib., Peoria, Ill.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
There is a lot of useful information in this book. But the glorification of feminism sounds too much like men-bashing. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003
This is a great closer look at Kinsey Millhone and the mind who has created her and all her many acquaintences. My only wish is that the maps were more detailed.Published on Nov. 1 2002
If you're a fan of the Kinsey Millhone series of books by Ms Grafton, you'll love this book. If not... well, it won't make much sense to you. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2001 by Paul Cox
Fans of the series will find "G" IS FOR GRAFTON: THE WORLD OF KINSEY MILLHONE a very entertaining look at their superheroine. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2000 by Harriet Klausner
I am fortunate enough to know both of these talented women, and can say with no reservation that G is for Grafton is well written and thouroughly researched. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 1998