"Q" Is for Quarry

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"Q" Is for Quarry
Q Is for Quarry.jpg
First edition cover
Author Sue Grafton
Country United States
Language English
Series Alphabet Mysteries
Genre Mystery fiction
Publisher G. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
October 14, 2002
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 385 first edition
ISBN 978-0-399-14915-3
OCLC 49618561
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3557.R13 Q15 2002
Preceded by "P" Is for Peril
Followed by "R" Is for Ricochet

"Q" Is for Quarry is the 17th novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels[1][2][3] and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California.[4]

Plot summary[edit]


  • Kinsey Millhone: Private investigator


Development of the novel[edit]

Though the book is a work of fiction, it is based on an unsolved homicide that occurred in Santa Barbara County, California in August 1969. A Jane Doe victim had been dumped near a quarry in Lompoc, California, and never identified. At a dinner party, Sue Grafton had a conversation with Dr. Robert Failing, who mentioned the case. He is the forensic pathologist who worked for the Coroner's Office which had retained her maxilla and mandible. The victim was never identified, and never associated with any known missing person's case. It was hoped that the additional publicity generated by the book (along with the facial reconstruction done, funded by Grafton), would help turn up additional leads, but so far, unsuccessfully.[5] As of 2011, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is still hoping to find additional leads, and has the images of the facial reconstruction on their page.[6]


  1. ^ Shafner, Rhonda (October 31, 2002). "Sue Grafton turns to crime; Real murder inspires author's 17th alphabet-series mystery". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
  2. ^ Enger, Jeremy (October 21, 2002). "Best Bets". Austin American-Statesman. 'Q is for Quarry,' 'R' is for reading, 'S' is for signing. The only writers who might get more mileage out of the alphabet than Sue Grafton are the ones working for Sesame Street. 
  3. ^ "For mystery writer, S is for success". St. Petersburg Times. November 11, 2002. 
  4. ^ Gulbransen, Susan (September 1, 2002). "Racing Time: Alphabet author Sue Grafton counts down to Zero". Book. Retrieved December 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Brantingham, Barney (July 21, 2011). "Who Was Jane Doe? True Life Subject of Sue Grafton's Q Is for Quarry Still a Mystery". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Information Needed, "Jane Doe" Homicide". Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. Archived from the original on November 26, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 

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