"S" Is for Silence

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"S" Is for Silence
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First edition
Author Sue Grafton
Country United States
Language English
Series Alphabet Mysteries
Genre Mystery
Publisher G. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
December 2005[1]
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 374 pp[2] (first edition)
ISBN 978-0-399-15297-9
OCLC 60550855
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3557.R13 S15 2005
Preceded by "R" Is for Ricochet
Followed by "T" Is for Trespass

"S" Is for Silence is the 19th novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels[3][4] and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California.[5] In a departure from the series format, this novel is set in alternating chapters both in the "past" of 1953 and the "present" of 1987.[1][3]

In December 2005, this novel topped The New York Times best-seller list for hardcover fiction.[2] By December 2006, there were 1.2 million copies in print.[6]

The Great News episode "Carol Has A Bully" features a spoof version of it, renaming it S Is For Sex Murder.[7]


  1. ^ a b Syler, Rene (2005-12-09). "The ABCs Of Sue Grafton". CBS News, The Early Show. 
  2. ^ a b Pierleon, Allen O. (2006-01-02). "S is for Sassy: Grafton's 'dark side' is back for more cocky crime-solving". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  3. ^ a b Salij, Marta (2005-12-14). "'S Is for Silence': Sue Grafton does a little time traveling for alphabet mystery No. 19". Detroit Free Press. 
  4. ^ Faller, Mary Beth (2005-12-07). "With 'Silence' in the stores, writer faces next in series". The Arizona Republic. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Chris (2006-01-01). "S is for Super". Calgary Sun. 
  6. ^ "Paperback bestsellers/mass market". Publishers Weekly. 2006-12-11. 
  7. ^ Great News episode "Carol Has A Bully," original airdate May 23, 2017