Sue Grafton (1940-), author of the popular Kinsey Millhone detective novels, has been a pioneer in the tough female private investigator (PI) genre. With others such as Marcia Muller and Sara Paretsky, Grafton was one of the first female authors to write about a “hard-boiled” female private eye. Featuring a lead character who was both independent and self-sufficient, Grafton's books have been tremendously successful, influencing other novelists, screenwriters, and video game creators.

Born Sue Taylor Grafton in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1940, Grafton was the daughter of crime ...

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