The United State mystery crime writer,Sue Grafton, best known for an alphabetically titled series that began in 1982 with “A Is for Alibi,” died on Thursday night in Santa Barbara, California, age 77.
Grafton died at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, after battling cancer of the appendix.
Her daughter Jamie Clark, announcing the death on the author’s website and Facebook page, said Ms. Grafton had cancer, saying, “I am sorry to tell you all that Sue passed away last night after a two-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve. Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast.”
she said, “Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice,”
Grafton’s husband, Steven F. Humphrey, said her illness had prevented her from making any progress on the planned final book in the series, although she did have the title.
Grafton graduated from the University of Louisville in 1961 and tried but quickly abandoned a graduate program, instead moving to California.
Her first novel, “Keziah Dane,” was published in 1967. She helped adapt her second, “The Lolly-Madonna War” (1969), into a screenplay, and after that movie was released in 1973, she worked intermittently writing for television. A series she created, “Nurse,” ran for two seasons on CBS in the early 1980s.
The Louisville, Kentucky born worked as a television screenwriter before finding widespread success as a crime novelist.