Sue Grafton: Alphabet crime author dies aged 77


Sue Grafton: Alphabet crime author dies aged 77

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Image caption Sue Grafton received numerous awards for her work

US crime writer Sue Grafton, best known for creating the private eye Kinsey Malhone in her 'alphabet mystery' novels, has died aged 77.

Her daughter Jamie Clark said she died in Santa Barbara, California, following a two-year battle with cancer.

"She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve," she said.

Grafton worked as a television screenwriter before finding widespread success as a crime novelist.

Her series of murder mystery novels, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, have been translated into 26 languages and regularly topped best-seller lists in the US.

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The first, A is for Alibi, was published in 1982 and the last, Y is for Yesterday, was published in August.

"As far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y," her daughter said in a statement posted to Facebook.

"Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice," she said.

Grafton received numerous awards for her work including from the British Crime Writers' Association and the Mystery Writers of America.

Fellow authors posted tributes on social media. Crime writer Val McDermid said Grafton was "amazingly generous".

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Twitter post by @valmcdermid: Deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sue Grafton. She was amazingly generous to me when I was starting out and remained a good and supportive pal. And Kinsey Millhone was one of the pioneering female PIs who showed the rest of us the way.Image Copyright @valmcdermid @valmcdermid Report

Detective fiction author Sara Paretsky said her writing had been "closely twined" to Grafton's. Both writers featured female private investigators in their work.

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Twitter post by @SaraParetsky: I'm deeply grieved to learn of Sue Grafton's death. Kinsey and VI were both born in 1982 and our writing worlds have been closely twined ever since. This is a grievous lossImage Copyright @SaraParetsky @SaraParetsky Report

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