A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton


A is for Alibi, Sue Grafton, 1982

My favorite quote: “Except for cases that clearly involve a homicidal maniac, the police like to believe murders are committed by those we know and love, and most of the time they’re right – a chilling thought when you sit down to dinner with a family of five. All those potential killers passing their plates.”

Notable characters: Kinsey Millhone, my favorite PI ever; Nikki Fife, a convicted murderer who hires Kinsey to identify her husband’s real killer 

Most memorable scene: An unexpected hit-and-run

Greatest strengths: Its style. I just really dig the “voice” of this book (and series)

Standout achievements: For a book that’s set up to introduce a twenty-plus series, this is a surprisingly strong installment. Confident in its abilities and well put-together, A is for Alibi kicks things off just right, if you ask me

Fun Facts: Grafton has openly admitted that the idea for this novel came from her own fantasies about murdering her husband during their divorce. Heh. I love it

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: How to develop a character over the course of a series. In the first installments of these books, Kinsey often feels … unattainable. As the series progresses, though, she becomes more layered and more interesting 

How it inspired me: This is the series that made me want to write a series and every time I read it I’m reminded of why it was I wanted to do what I do

Additional thoughts: I think Kinsey Millhone is right up there with Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe in the PI department, and I can see her going down as as one of the classics

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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