"L" Is for Lawless

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"L" Is for Lawless
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First edition cover
Author Sue Grafton
Country United States
Language English
Series Alphabet Mysteries
Genre Mystery fiction
Published 1995 Henry Holt and Company
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 290 first edition
ISBN 978-0-8050-1937-7
OCLC 32469644
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3557.R13 L2 1995
Preceded by "K" Is for Killer
Followed by "M" Is for Malice

"L" Is for Lawless is the 12th novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels[1] and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Kinsey is asked by her landlord Henry Pitts to help out Bucky, the grandson of their recently deceased neighbor Johnny Lee. Bucky is trying to ensure his grandfather has a military burial. Ray Rawson and Gilbert Hays, old acquaintances of Johnny Lee, turn up unexpectedly and are interested in the meager contents of Johnny's garage apartment. Events send Kinsey across the country in a wild search for the proceeds from a crime committed 40 years ago.


  • Kinsey Millhone: Private investigator is hired to investigate the life and death of her late neighbor.


Publication history[edit]

This novel entered the New York Times list of best sellers for hardcover fiction at No. 1.[3]


  1. ^ Kenney, Michael (September 9, 1995). "Sue Grafton savors the making of the mystery". The Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ Stassel, Stephanie (April 3, 2000). "Southern California's Intrepid Alphabet Sleuth; Sue Grafton's bestselling mysteries--each titled with a different letter--feature her smart-alecky but down-to-earth alter ego, Kinsey Millhone". Los Angeles Times. p. E1. 
  3. ^ Cowles, Gregory (January 5, 2018). "Before Sue Grafton Was a Star: Inside the List". New York Times Books. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 

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