February 2022 Catalogue

“Yours Until ‘Z’ Is For Zero!”: The Complete Kinsey Millhone Mysteries, From Alibi To Yesterday, Each Signed Or Inscribed By Sue Grafton 26. GRAFTON, Sue. The Alphabet Series [“A” to “Y”, all published]. New York, 1982-2017. Together, 26 volumes. Octavo, original paper boards or half cloth, dust jackets. $21,500. Click for more info Full first edition set of Grafton’s popular Kinsey Millhone mysteries, each volume signed or inscribed by the author, with the first volume inscribed: “For M— K—- — Sue Grafton. Yours until ‘Z’ is for Zero!” “By 1982, Grafton was a twice-divorced mother of three children who conceived “A” is for Alibi in preference to murdering her ex-husband… Her award-winning ‘alphabet’ series… has helped transform the predominantly male preserve of American crime writing… Her tightly paced mysteries are shaped by Kinsey Millhone, a feisty, self-sufficient private investigator who is appealingly candid, with a wry wit” (Stringer, 259-60). Tragically, Grafton died of a very rare cancer (appendiceal) while still working on “Z” Is for Zero, rendering the 25-volume “A” through “Y” series a complete run. This set includes a second copy of “‘I’ is for Innocent,” from the first English edition, also signed by Grafton. “C” is for Corpse has also been inscribed by Grafton (“Mysteriously Yours”). A bit of glue residue to endpapers and dust jacket verso of “F” is for Fugitive. Fine condition. “Beware the dark pool at the bottom of our hearts. In its icy, black depths dwell strange and twisted creatures it is best not to disturb.”—I Is for Innocent February 2022 – 28 – Bauman Rare Books