"W" Is for Wasted

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"W" Is for Wasted
Sue Grafton - W Is For Wasted.jpg
First edition cover
Author Sue Grafton
Country United States
Language English
Series Alphabet Mysteries
Genre Mystery
Published 2013 (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 469pp (first edition)
ISBN 978-0-399-15898-8
Preceded by "V" Is for Vengeance
Followed by "X"

"W" Is for Wasted is the twenty-third novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California, a fictional version of Santa Barbara, California.[1] The novel finds Kinsey investigating the deaths of a local private investigator and an unidentified homeless man, the novel was published in September 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons.[2]

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Explanation of the novel's title[edit]

Beginning with "A" Is for Alibi in 1982 and continuing with "B" Is for Burglar in 1985 through "U" Is for Undertow in 2009, Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels has been published in alphabetical order with a new book coming out every 12 to 24 months.[1] The name of each upcoming book has been an ongoing source of speculation among fans and in the press;[3][4] in May 2009, Grafton told Media Bistro that she is "just trying to figure out how to get from "U" Is for Undertow to "Z" Is for Zero" and that "just because she knows the endgame title for Z [...] doesn't mean she knows what V, W, X, and Y will be".[5][6]

Of the 5,700 fans who participated in a "guess the title" contest on Grafton's website, fewer than 50 guessed that "W" stood for "Wasted" for the 23rd installment in the "Alphabet" series, the title was revealed on May 1, 2013, in an interview with USA Today. Grafton explained that several meanings of "Wasted" apply to the novel, including "out of it on drugs" and "the notion of all the waste in crime".[2]


  1. ^ a b "Biography: Sue Grafton". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Memmott, Carol (May 1, 2013). "Sue Grafton spreads the 'W' word". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Brantingham, Barney (April 29, 2010). "Just Who Is Kinsey Millhone?". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hertzel, Laurie (September 10, 2013). "Sue Grafton closing in on the end of the alphabet". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hogan, Ron (May 1, 2009). "Conversations with the Grand Masters". GalleyCat. Media Bistro. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Pitz, Marylynne (October 7, 2013). "Sue Grafton: Writing her way through the alphabet". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, PA. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 

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