G is for guilty pleasure where the works of Sue Grafton are concerned. We bet that even literary snobs whose bookcases are stuffed with Nietzsche and Nabokov occasionally draw the blinds and furtively feast on Graftons spellbinding, genre-bending Alphabet series of suspense thrillers starring the tough but vulnerable private eye Kinsey Millhone. (P.S. We only know this stuff cause somebody told us. Now, back to Thus Spake Zarathustra.) Mostly thanks to the Alphabets, which started with 1982s A Is for Alibi, Grafton has become the 800-pound gorilla of mystery fiction. Shes just finished her 20th Alphabet, T Is for Trespass, and signs the tome at the Poisoned Pen.
Fri., Dec. 7, 5 p.m., 2007