A is for Alibi

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330523732

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 830

A is for Alibi is the first in the Kinsey Millhone mystery series by Sue Grafton. My name is Kinsey Millhone. I’m a private investigator, licensed by the state of California. I’m thirty-two years old, twice divorced, no kids. The day before yesterday I killed someone and the fact weighs heavily on my mind . . . When Laurence Fife was murdered, few cared. A slick divorce attorney with a reputation for ruthlessness, Fife was also rumoured to be a slippery ladies’ man. Plenty of people in the picturesque Southern California town of Santa Teresa had reason to want him dead. Including, thought the cops, his young and beautiful wife, Nikki. With motive, access and opportunity, Nikki was their number one suspect. The Jury thought so too. Eight years later and out on parole, Nikki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to find out who really killed her husband. But the trail has gone cold and there is a chilling twist even Kinsey didn’t expect . . .

Kinsey Millhone: First Three Novels

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447219678

Category: Fiction

Page: 1000

View: 5798

The first three novels in Sue Grafton's bestselling Kinsey Millhone private investigator crime series: A is for Alibi, B is for Burglar and C is for Corpse. A is for Alibi: When Laurence Fife was murdered, few cared. A slick divorce attorney with a reputation for ruthlessness, Fife was also rumoured to be a slippery ladies’ man. Plenty of people in the picturesque Southern California town of Santa Teresa had reason to want him dead. Including, thought the cops, his young and beautiful wife, Nikki. With motive, access and opportunity, Nikki was their number one suspect. The Jury thought so too. Eight years later and out on parole, Nikki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to find out who really killed her husband. But the trail has gone cold and there is a chilling twist even Kinsey didn’t expect . . . B is for Burglar: There was nothing about Beverly Danziger to cause Kinsey concern. She was looking for her sister. There was a will to be settled. She paid up front. And if it seemed a lot of money for a routine job, Kinsey wasn’t going to argue. She kicked herself later for the things she didn’t see - Beverly Danziger did not look as if she needed a few thousand dollars and she didn’t seem like someone longing for a family reunion. But just as Kinsey begins to suspect foul play and start asking questions, Beverly Danziger pulls her off the case and fires her . . . C is for Corpse: Kinsey met Bobby Callahan in the gym on Monday morning. His story was hard to credit: a murderous assault by a tailgating car on a lonely rural road, a roadside smash into a canyon 400 feet below, his Porsche a ruin, his best friend dead, and his memory severely impaired. He was convinced someone was trying to kill him. By Thursday, he was dead. But Kinsey wasn’t going back on a deal. She had been hired to prevent a murder. Now she was looking for the murderer . . .

Novels by Sue Grafton

A Is for Alibi, B Is for Burglar, C Is for Corpse, D Is for Deadbeat, E Is for Evidence, F Is for Fugi

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 9781230484600


Page: 24

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 22. Chapters: "A" Is for Alibi, "B" Is for Burglar, "C" Is for Corpse, "D" Is for Deadbeat, "E" Is for Evidence, "F" Is for Fugitive, "G" Is for Gumshoe, "H" Is for Homicide, "I" Is for Innocent, "J" Is for Judgment, "K" Is for Killer, "L" Is for Lawless, "M" Is for Malice, "N" Is for Noose, "O" Is for Outlaw, "P" Is for Peril, "Q" Is for Quarry, "R" Is for Ricochet, "S" Is for Silence, "T" Is for Trespass, "U" Is for Undertow, "V" Is for Vengeance, Keziah Dane, The Lolly-Madonna War. Excerpt: "U" Is for Undertow is the twenty-first novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. The novel, set in 1988, finds Kinsey investigating the disappearance of a 4-year-old girl in 1967 and the narrative weaves between both time periods. The novel has reached the top position on several best-seller lists. In April 1988, Kinsey Millhone is hired by a young man named Michael Sutton to investigate a memory that he claims to have recovered of two people burying a body in the woods in the exclusive Horton Ravine neighborhood in 1967, when he turned six years old. He claims that the burial took place on his birthday, two days after a famous unsolved kidnapping of a four-year-old named Mary Claire in the neighborhood, in which the kidnappers requested $25,000 but never picked up the ransom after police were called. She was never found. Although Michael's memory is hazy, he and Kinsey manage to locate the spot of the burial, but a police dig uncovers only the body of a wolfdog named Ulf. One of the bystanders watching the dig, a banker named Walker McNally, who was a high school classmate of Kinsey, spends the entire weekend drinking and kills a young woman in a DUI on Sunday night. Kinsey learns that Sutton was involved in...


{C wie Callahan}

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Edel:Books

ISBN: 3955304884

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5554

Eine der berühmtesten und erfolgreichsten Krimiserien der Welt – "Sue Grafton wird von Thriller zu Thriller immer noch besser!" (Die Welt) Seit einem Autounfall ist Bobby Callahan nicht nur körperlich behindert, sondern er hat auch sein Gedächtnis verloren. Nur noch wenige Erinnerungsfetzen sind ihm erhalten geblieben, und die lassen ihn irgendwie glauben, Opfer eines Mordanschlags gewesen zu sein. Ohne nähere Anhaltspunkte zu haben, beauftragt er Privatdetektivin Kinsey Millhone, der Sache auf den Grund zu gehen. Aber ist ihr neuer Klient wirklich zurechnungsfähig? Und welches Motiv könnte es geben, ihn umzubringen? Je tiefer Kinsey Millhone in Bobbys Leben eindringt, desto mehr Verdächtige findet sie: Da ist Callahans Stiefvater, der von Bobbys Mutter finanziell abhängig ist, die drogen- und alkoholsüchtige Stiefschwester und die beste Freundin der Mutter. Und über allem schwebt die unheilvoller bedrohliche Frage: Was passiert, wenn Bobby sein Gedächtnis wiedererlangt? Und tatsächlich spitzt sich die Situation bald alptraumhaft zu ...

Famous Last Words

Changes in Gender and Narrative Closure

Author: Alison Booth

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813914374

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 393

View: 1776

Famous Last Words traces a broad historical transition- from the 1840s to the 1980s- from the more rigid dichotomy of the Victorian novel, in which good women must marry and fallen women die, to the more open alternatives of twentieth-century fiction, which sometimes permit the independent female protagonist to survive and occasionally allow alternative constructions of gender as well as plot. Each essay treats a narrative- novel, novella, or novel poem- by a single author in light of conventions of closure and of gender in historical context. The contributors recover forgotten texts, revise our understanding of women writers once successful, but now somewhat marginalized, and give voice to cultural "others." Works by the already canonized George Eliot are reassessed, and the representation of women in the canonical novels of male writers William Thackeray and Henry James is explored.

Women Times Three

Writers, Detectives, Readers

Author: Kathleen Gregory Klein

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879726829

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 166

View: 7377

This volume explores the range of relationships among women writers, women detectives and women-centered mystery fiction, and women readers. Focusing on writers as diverse as Sara Paretsky, Joan Hess, Sarah Caudwell, P.D. James, Katherine V. Forrest, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Sue Grafton, D.R. Meredith, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Barbara Wilson, the authors analyze the development of detective fiction with a different agenda: the woman-authored woman detective. Examined through the eyes of actual and hypothetical women readers of the genre, these eleven essays concentrate new attention on the trio of reader, writer, and text when all three are modified by the terms "woman" and "mystery." The first essay collection to propose this gender and genre specific analysis, Women Times Three offers its readers a careful theoretical and critical investigation of both historical and contemporary models of consistently "new" mystery fiction. The essays' authors are not only widely published scholar-critics of mystery/detective fiction but also dedicated fans of the genre. Familiar with the full scope of mystery fiction, they bring insight and enthusiasm to their writing.

Der blaue Hammer

Author: Ross Macdonald

Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG

ISBN: 3257607695

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 589

Als dem kalifornischen Kupfermagnaten Jack Biemeyer und seiner Frau ein Gemälde gestohlen wird, wenden sie sich an niemand Geringeren als Lew Archer. Ein Bravourstück des Privatdetektivs: Lew Archer geht über dreißig Jahre in die Vergangenheit zurück, um seinen schwierigsten Fall zu lösen.

Cracking the Hard-Boiled Detective

A Critical History from the 1920s to the Present

Author: Lewis D. Moore

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786482399

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 306

View: 9330

The hard-boiled private detective is among the most recognizable characters in popular fiction since the 1920s—a tough product of a violent world, in which police forces are inadequate and people with money can choose private help when facing threatening circumstances. Though a relatively recent arrival, the hard-boiled detective has undergone steady development and assumed diverse forms. This critical study analyzes the character of the hard-boiled detective, from literary antecedents through the early 21st century. It follows change in the novels through three main periods: the Early (roughly 1927–1955), during which the character was defined by such writers as Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler; the Transitional, evident by 1964 in the works of John D. MacDonald and Michael Collins, and continuing to around 1977 via Joseph Hansen, Bill Pronzini and others; and the Modern, since the late 1970s, during which such writers as Loren D. Estleman, Liza Cody, Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton and many others have expanded the genre and the detective character. Themes such as violence, love and sexuality, friendship, space and place, and work are examined throughout the text. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Kein Alibi


Author: Sandra Brown

Publisher: Blanvalet Verlag

ISBN: 3641100356

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 7506

Als Hammond Cross die schöne Fremde wieder trifft, ist er der ermittelnde Staatsanwalt und sie des Mordes angeklagt. Doch sie hat ein Alibi: ihn! Die Nacht, in der der millionenschwere Immobilienmakler Lute Pettijohn ermordet wurde, verbrachte die Psychologin Alex Ladd in Hammonds Armen. Verstrickt in einem Labyrinth aus Lug und Trug und bedroht durch die Wahrheit, haben beide gute Gründe zu schweigen. Hammond Cross sieht nur eine Chance, sich und Alex zu retten: Er muss den wahren Mörder finden ...

Crime Fiction

From Poe to the Present

Author: Martin Priestman

Publisher: Writers and Their Work

ISBN: 0746312172

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 92

View: 8756

This brief study surveys British and American crime fiction from the first detective stories of Edgar Allan Poe to the present day, exploring the ways in which Poe's basic form has intertwined with more suspense-driven elements to produce fiction featuring spies, private-eyes and serial killers, as well as the classic whodunnit.

Detective Agency

Women Rewriting the Hard-Boiled Tradition

Author: Priscilla L. Walton,Manina Jones

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520921467

Category: Fiction

Page: 327

View: 1132

Since the late 1970s, a subgenre of crime fiction, written by women and featuring a professional woman investigator, has exploded on the popular fiction market. Priscilla L. Walton and Manina Jones focus on this recent proliferation of women writers of detective fiction, providing the first book-length study of the historical and societal changes that fueled this popularity, along with insightful and entertaining readings of the texts themselves. Walton and Jones place the genre within its aesthetic, social, and economic contexts, reading it as an index of cultural beliefs. Addressing the ways that Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, and others work through the conventions of the "hard-boiled" genre made popular by writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Mickey Spillane, the authors show how the male hard-boiled tradition has been challenged and transformed. Issues of child, spousal, and sexual abuse are more likely to surface in women's detective novels, the authors show, and female sleuths face many of the same dilemmas as those who read about them—everyday problems with relationships, parenting, and money. Detective Agency also integrates interviews with authors and publishers, reader surveys, publication data, and analysis of internet discussion groups to present a fascinating picture of the "industry" of women's detective fiction. Authors of these works are powerful players in the publishing system as well as agents of cultural intervention, Walton and Jones claim. They conclude by examining the rise of female detectives in television and film.

Three Complete Novels

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Wings

ISBN: 9780517206799

Category: Fiction

Page: 761

View: 8008

The first three alphabet crime novels--A Is for Alibi, B Is for Burglar, and C Is for Corpse--appear in an omnibus edition that chronicles the exploits and cases of female private detective Kinsey Milhone.


{Q wie Quittung}

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Edel:Books

ISBN: 3955304639

Category: Fiction

Page: 447

View: 7778

Eine der berühmtesten und erfolgreichsten Krimiserien der Welt – "Sue Grafton wird von Thriller zu Thriller immer noch besser!" (Die Welt) Ein lange zurückliegender Mordfall beschäftigt Privatdetektivin Kinsey Millhone. Wer war das junge Mädchen, das man in einem Steinbruch fand und das bisher niemand identifizieren konnte? Kinsey nimmt die Spurensuche wieder auf – doch was mit der Suche nach der Identität des Opfers beginnt, endet mit der hochriskanten Jagd auf einen Mörder ...

Books to Die For

The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels

Author: John Connolly,Declan Burke

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451696582

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 560

View: 5994

The world’s most beloved mystery writers celebrate their favorite mystery novels in this gorgeously wrought collection, featuring essays by Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Ian Rankin, and more. In the most ambitious anthology of its kind, the world’s leading mystery writers come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, over a hundred authors from twenty countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Edgar Allan Poe to P. D. James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Lord Peter Wimsey, Books to Die For brings together the best of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and for those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought…I want more!

Gefährliche Briefe

{O wie Opfer}

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Edel:Books

ISBN: 3955304396

Category: Fiction

Page: 376

View: 8904

Eine der berühmtesten und erfolgreichsten Krimiserien der Welt – "Sue Grafton wird von Thriller zu Thriller immer noch besser!" (Die Welt) Jeder macht mal einen Fehler - sogar Kinsey Millhone. Ihre mittlerweile geschiedene Ehe mit Mickey war ihre bisher größte Dummheit - ein Schürzenjäger und höchst dubioser Cop, dem sie ein falsches Alibi liefern sollte, als er unter Mordverdacht geriet. Doch vielleicht hat Kinsey einen noch viel größeren Fehler begangen, als sie ihn zum Teufel jagte, denn plötzlich erscheint Mickeys Schuld ziemlich zweifelhaft. Kinseys Reue kommt beinahe zu spät: Ihr Exmann wird lebensgefährlich verletzt, und die Detektivin gerät selbst unter Verdacht. Kinsey Millhone, Privatdetektivin mit Mut und Intuition, bleibt nichts anderes übrig, als sich selbst auf die Suche nach dem wahren Täter zu machen – nicht immer mit ganz legalen Mitteln ...

Hoher Einsatz

{G wie Galgenfrist}

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Edel:Books

ISBN: 3955305546

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

View: 2065

Eine der berühmtesten und erfolgreichsten Krimiserien der Welt – "Sue Grafton wird von Thriller zu Thriller immer noch besser!" (Die Welt) An ihrem 33. Geburtstag überstürzen sich in Kinsey Millhones Leben die Ereignisse: Sie kann ihr ehemals durch einen Bombenanschlag verwüstetes Apartment wieder beziehen, sie wird beauftragt, in der Mojawe-Wüste nach der 80jährigen Agnes zu suchen, und erfährt, dass sie auf Platz 1 der Abschussliste eines gesuchten Killers rangiert...

"G" is for Grafton

The World of Kinsey Millhone

Author: Natalie Hevener Kaufman,Carol McGinnis Kay

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 1466854251

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

View: 5721

Revised and updated through "O" Is for Outlaw, the Edgar Award Winner for Best Biographical Work is the essential reader's companion to the world of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone With the cooperation of Sue Grafton, who provided unprecedented access to her working journals, authors Natalie Hevener Kaufman and Carol McGinnis Kay have created a fully dimensional biography of Kinsey Millhone that will answer every question readers have ever had. Here is a feast for Kinsey's fans, including such features as time lines, maps, floor plans, case logs, and photographs. But this book is also a revealing journey into the mind and work habits of Kinsey's creator. You'll learn why Grafton chose to write detective fiction and how she responds to runaway plot lines and unruly characters. You will find out what titles she has discarded in the series, what she plans for Kinsey's future, and how she sees their evolving relationship. Ultimately, you'll understand why Grafton is so esteemed in the field of detective fiction and, from an analysis of her craft, why she has earned so prominent a place in American letters.

Letzte Ehre

{L wie Leichtsinn}

Author: Sue Grafton

Publisher: Edel:Books

ISBN: 3955304337

Category: Fiction

Page: 342

View: 8281

Eine der berühmtesten und erfolgreichsten Krimiserien der Welt – "Sue Grafton wird von Thriller zu Thriller immer noch besser!" (Die Welt) Kinsey Millhone kann es einfach nicht lassen: Endlich hat sich die Privatdetektivin einmal vorgenommen, richtig auszuspannen, da stolpert sie auch schon über den nächsten Fall. Diesmal geht es um den verstorbenen Kriegsveteranen Johnny Lee. Wieso taucht sein Name nirgends in den militärischen Akten auf? Und warum sind so viele Leute an seinem Nachlaß interessiert? Kinsey muß all ihren Mut und ihre Intelligenz einsetzen, denn bald wird es auch für sie äußerst gefährlich ...