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It’s not about the pantyhose

Austin Mystery Writers


(Sue Grafton and my friend Carol Austin at BookPeople on August 31)

by Gale Albright

hutto oct. 1 2014 023 (2)When Hopeton Hay of KAZI Book Review (88.7 FM) asked me to help him interview Sue Grafton, I was thrilled.

Then I was nervous.

Sue Grafton is big. William Holden said that to Gloria Swanson in SunsetBoulevard. “You used to be big.” She replied, “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.”

I digress.

Grafton was big and is still big. She penned a long-lived, successful mystery series that made her heroine, Kinsey Millhone, a household word. In literate households, at any rate. Her California female private eye novels have remained big through 24 novels. And Grafton is still penning them, even though she has only two letters of the alphabet left.

Grafton’s most recent Millhone offering, X, is a slight departure from her usual title strategy. Her first…

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3 thoughts on “It’s not about the pantyhose

  1. Sue Grafton’s mysteries may not be about pantyhose, but I’ll bet Kinsey Millhone has some big girl panties.

  2. Indeed, she does. Kinsey refers to them as “underpants” most of the time. She says she always carries a toothbrush, toothpaste, and clean underpants at the bottom of her bag in case of emergencies.

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