"Y" Is for Yesterday
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First edition cover
AuthorSue Grafton
CountryUnited States
SeriesAlphabet Mysteries
GenreMystery fiction
PublisherG. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
August 22, 2017
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages496 first edition
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 intended to write a Z novel, but she died before she was able to do so. It features Kinsey Millhone, a private detective based in the fictional city of 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


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


Best-seller lists

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

In an interview with NPR on August 20, 2017, Grafton stated the basis of the 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]


  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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