Of #1 New York Times-bestselling author Sue Grafton, NPR's Maureen Corrigan said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters." With only two letters left, Grafton's many devoted readers will share that sentiment. X: The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss. X: The shortest entry in Webster's Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: think xylophone. X: The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet. Sue Grafton's X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.
Sue Grafton is a writer who fearlessly bends the rules of genre. Her recognitions include the Cartier Diamond Dagger, bestowed by the British Crime Writers' Association, and the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. She has also won three Shamus Awards, three Anthony Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, and the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. She lives in Montecito and Louisville. From the Hardcover edition.