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Grafton, Sue

Sue Taylor Grafton

Sue Taylor Grafton is best known for her mysteriously creative writing style first recognized by the public through her alphabet detective series during the early 1980’s. Prior to success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies. Grafton’s penchant for clandestinely suspenseful writings was born during her turbulent childhood with alcoholic parents and later through a tumultuous divorce and custody melee with her first husband.Thoseexperiences became the premise of her journey as a mystery novelist. Each of Grafton’s novels earned recognition and validity over the years making it a must have collectible series and making the first editions of each series novel a must have for collectors.

The first edition of “A” is for Alibi, Grafton’s first renown work, has seen much success on the auction block being sold for $1,250 in April of 2012.  This first edition copy, printed with "0482" on lower front flap was in excellent condition. Grafton’s success with this series marked the pinnacle of her writing career.  It is imperative for booksellers and buyers to nail down first edition identification. Grafton published her first alphabet series book in 1982 with Holt, Rinehart & Winston. “A” is for Alibi and “B” is for Burglar both bear this imprint. After B is for Burglar was published, Holt Rinehart & Winston separated into two companies.  The main publishing company, Henry Holt and Co., continues to publish Grafton's work.

Grafton, Sue. Keziah Dane . The Macmillan Co., New York (1967). Author's first book; First printing stated on the copyright page.

Grafton, Sue . Lolly-Madonna War . Peter Owen, London (1969).

Grafton, Sue . The Lolly-Madonna War. Sphere Books, London (1973). Mass Market; Multiple printings

Grafton, Sue . A Is For Alibi . Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York (1982). First book in Kinsey Millhone series; First Printing with full number line, 1357910842; First Edition stated on the copyright page

Sue Grafton . A is for Alibi . Macmillan, London (1982). First UK Edition; First book in the Kinsey Millhone series

Grafton, Sue . B is for Burglar. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, New York (1985). 2nd book in Kinsey Millhone series; First printing, with full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2.

Grafton, Sue. B is for Burglar . Macmillan, London (1986). First UK Edition; 2nd book in Kinsey Millhone series

Grafton, Sue . C is for Corpse . Henry Holt & Co., New York (1986). Kinsey Millhone series; First printing, with full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page.

Grafton, Sue . D is for Deadbeat . Henry Holt & Co., New York (1987). Kinsey Millhone series; Stated First Edition with row of numbers 1-10 on copyright page.

Grafton, Sue . D Is for Deadbeat . Macmillian, London (1987). First UK Edition; Kinsey Millhone series

Grafton, Sue . E Is for Evidence . Henry Holt & Co, New York (1988). Kinsey Millhone series; complete number line 1 - 10 on copyright page.

Grafton, Sue. E Is for Evidence . MacMillan, London (1988). First UK Edition; Kinsey Millhone series

Grafton, Sue . F is for Fugitive . Henry Holt & Co, New York (1989). Kinsey Millhone series; First edition stated on copyright page with number line beginning with 1.

Grafton, Sue . G Is for Gumshoe. Henry Holt & Co, New York (1990). Kinsey Millhone series

Grafton, Sue . H Is for Homicide . Henry Holt & Co., New York (1991). Kinsey Millhone series; full number line

Grafton, Sue . Kinsey and Me. Bench Press, Santa Barbara, CA (1991). Limited Edition of 300 numbered copies; Deluxe Edition of 26 handbound letter copies; signed by author

Grafton, Sue. I is For Innocent. Henry Holt & Co., New York (1992). Kinsey Millhone series

Grafton, Sue . O Is For Outlaw. Macmillan, London (1999). UK Edition; first in Kinsey Millhone series to be published before the US edition; approx 800 copies printed; First Edition number sequence is printed on copyright page "1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2." True First Edition, U.K. edition preceded the U.S. edition.