"S" Is for Silence

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"S" Is for Silence
S Is for Silence.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorSue Grafton
CountryUnited States
SeriesAlphabet Mysteries
GenreMystery fiction
PublisherG. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
December 2005
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages374 first edition
813/.54 22
LC ClassPS3557.R13 S15 2005
Preceded by"R" Is for Ricochet
Followed by"T" Is for Trespass

"S" Is for Silence is the 19th novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels[1][2] and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California.[3]

In a departure from the series format, this novel is set in alternating chapters both in the "past" of 1953 and the "present" of 1987.[4][1]

Shortly after publication, this novel topped The New York Times best-seller list for hardcover fiction.[5]

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In December 2005, this novel topped The New York Times best-seller list for hardcover fiction.[5] By December 2006, there were 1.2 million copies in print.[6]


The Great News episode "Carol Has A Bully" features a spoof version of this novel, renaming it S Is For Sex Murder.[7]


  1. ^ a b Salij, Marta (December 14, 2005). "'S Is for Silence': Sue Grafton does a little time traveling for alphabet mystery No. 19". Detroit Free Press.
  2. ^ Faller, Mary Beth (December 7, 2005). "With 'Silence' in the stores, writer faces next in series". The Arizona Republic.[dead link]
  3. ^ Nelson, Chris (January 1, 2006). "S is for Super". Calgary Sun.[dead link]
  4. ^ Syler, Rene (December 9, 2005). "The ABCs Of Sue Grafton". CBS News, The Early Show.
  5. ^ a b Pierleon, Allen O. (January 2, 2006). "S is for Sassy: Grafton's 'dark side' is back for more cocky crime-solving". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  6. ^ "Paperback bestsellers/mass market". Publishers Weekly. December 11, 2006.
  7. ^ "Carol Has A Bully". Great News on NBC. May 23, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2018.

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