"Y" Is for Yesterday

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"Y" Is for Yesterday
Y Is for Yesterday.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorSue Grafton
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesAlphabet Mysteries
GenreMystery fiction
PublisherG. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
August 22, 2017
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages496 first edition
ISBN978-0-399-16385-2
Preceded by"X" 

"Y" Is for Yesterday is the twenty-fifth and final novel in the "Alphabet" series of mystery novels by Sue Grafton. Grafton initially wanted to write a Z novel, but she died before she had time. It features Kinsey Millhone, a private detective based in Santa Teresa, California.[1]

The novel, set in 1989, finds Kinsey getting pulled into a decade-old case involving a sexual assault at an elite private school. The novel, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, was released in the United States on August 22, 2017.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Characters[edit]

  • Kinsey Millhone: Private investigator who is called in to investigate an old case of sexual assault at a private school.

Reviews[edit]

Best-seller lists[edit]

On August 30, 2017, "Y" Is for Yesterday topped USA Today's best-seller list.[3] On September 1, 2017, it topped The New York Times Best Seller list and was later placed on its Fiction Best Sellers of 2017 list.[4]

Development of the novel[edit]

In an interview with NPR on August 20, 2017, Grafton stated the basis of the current book was an amalgamation of two actual events: "The origin was a case that happened in Santa Barbara, where a kid was picked up because his brother owed $1,500 to a drug dealer. And eventually, he was shot and killed up in the mountains. Second part of the plot was from a case down in Orange County, where some kids –always kids– assaulted a girl and filmed it and then circulated this bunch of photographs, which she knew nothing about until somebody told her. So they ended up going to court. So I juxtaposed the two."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography: Sue Grafton". Penguin Random House. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  2. ^ McClurg, Jocelyn (May 4, 2017). "Read an excerpt from Sue Grafton's new 'Y Is for Yesterday'". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  3. ^ McClurg, Jocelyn (August 30, 2017). "Sue Grafton, down to 'Y,' lands at No. 1 on USA Today's books list". USA Today. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  4. ^ Christensen, Lauren (September 1, 2017). "A Decades-old Detective Series Is Still on Top". The New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  5. ^ Brown, Dwane (August 20, 2017). "'Y Is For Yesterday': Sue Grafton's Penultimate Mystery Series Novel". NPR. Retrieved December 30, 2017.

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