"W" Is for Wasted

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"W" Is for Wasted
Sue Grafton - W Is For Wasted.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorSue Grafton
CountryUnited States
SeriesAlphabet Mysteries
GenreMystery fiction
Published2013 (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages469 first edition
Preceded by"V" Is for Vengeance 
Followed by"X" 

"W" Is for Wasted is the twenty-third 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 finds Kinsey investigating the deaths of a local private investigator and an unidentified homeless man. The novel was published in September 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons.[2]

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Of the 5,700 fans who participated in a "guess the title" contest on Grafton's website, fewer than 50 guessed that "W" stood for "Wasted" for the 23rd installment in the "Alphabet" series. The title was revealed on May 1, 2013, in an interview with USA Today. Grafton explained that several meanings of "Wasted" apply to the novel, including "out of it on drugs" and "the notion of all the waste in crime".[2]



  1. ^ "About Sue Grafton and W Is for Wasted". Penguin Random House. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Memmott, Carol (May 1, 2013). "Sue Grafton spreads the 'W' word". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved June 7, 2013.

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