X (novel)

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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
August 25, 2015
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 400 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 the "Alphabet" series of mystery novels by Sue Grafton. It features Kinsey Millhone, a private detective 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. It was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, and released in the United States on August 25, 2015

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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."[2] 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.[3]



  1. ^ "About Sue Grafton and "X"". Penguin Random House. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  2. ^ Hertzel, Laurie (September 10, 2013). "Sue Grafton closing in on the end of the alphabet". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ McClurg, Jocelyn (April 23, 2015). "Read an excerpt from Sue Grafton's 'X'". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 

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