X (novel)

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First edition cover
Author Sue Grafton
Country United States
Language English
Series Alphabet Mysteries
Genre Mystery
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
August 25, 2015
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 400pp (first edition)
ISBN 978-0-399-16384-5
Preceded by "W" Is for Wasted
Followed by "Y" Is for Yesterday

"X" is the twenty-fourth 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, set in the late 1980s, finds Kinsey pursuing a sociopathic serial killer. The novel, was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, was released in the United States on August 25, 2015.

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Explanation of the novel's title[edit]

Beginning with "A" Is for Alibi in 1982, 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.[2] 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" (in 2019)[3] and that "just because she knows the endgame title for Z [...] doesn't mean she knows what V, W, X, and Y will be".[4]

When asked about the title of book 24 in September 2013, Grafton told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the title "almost has to be Xenophobe or Xenophobia. I've checked the penal codes in most states and xylophone isn't a crime, so I'm stuck."[5] In April 2015, she revealed that this novel breaks the pattern of the preceding 23 books, omitting the "is for" and alliterative word from the title.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Biography: Sue Grafton". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Brantingham, Barney (April 29, 2010). "Just Who Is Kinsey Millhone?". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ Pitz, Marylynne (October 7, 2013). "Sue Grafton: Writing her way through the alphabet". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, PA: Block Communications. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Hogan, Ron (May 1, 2009). "Conversations with the Grand Masters". GalleyCat. Media Bistro. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ Hertzel, Laurie (September 10, 2013). "Sue Grafton closing in on the end of the alphabet". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ McClurg, Jocelyn (April 23, 2015). "Read an excerpt from Sue Grafton's 'X'". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 

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