Sue Grafton

American writer (1940-2017)

Sue Taylor Grafton (April 24, 1940 - December 28, 2017) was an American author of detective novels.

Sue Grafton in 2009


  • 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.
  • Sometimes the hardest part of my job is the incessant reminder of the fact we’re all trying so assiduously to ignore: we are here temporarily … life is only ours on loan.
  • No one with a happy childhood ever amounts to much in this world. They are so well adjusted, they never are driven to achieve anything.
    • New York Times, p. C10 (August 4, 1994)
  • I don’t want her to have a cat because she’ll end up talking baby talk to the cat. That’s the way it is, and how can a P.I. do that?
    • On why Kinsey Millhone, the private-investigator heroine of her popular series of mystery novels, will never have a cat.
    • New York Times, p. C10 (August 4, 1994)
  • Our family histories are like fairy tales we're told from a very early age. In the tale, we're cast as hero or victim, as the infant rescued or abandoned, discounted or deified. From this we form an image of ourselves and our relationship to the world. Often it's a story we act out over and over again, trying to make the ending come out right instead of the way it did.