A review by sjgrodsky
Kinsey and Me: Stories by Sue Grafton


Of some interest if you really love Kinsey Millhone and, therefore, her creator and alter ego, Sue Grafton. The nine short stories that comprise the first half of the book star an early formulation of Kinsey. This Kinsey lacks the rebellious spirit, contrarian voice, and reprehensible diet of the novels. She's not very funny and not very entertaining. The plots are so insubstantial you forget the story after you turn the page.

The last half are the stories of ACA Sue -- they are, as Grafton herself explains, the stories she wrote to help herself understand her alcoholic parents. Her memories are sharply detailed and well told. But I skimmed through these sad, rambling pages and turned the last one with a sense of relief.