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Sue Grafton

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I don’t want her to have a cat because she’ll end up talking baby talk to the cat. That’s the way it is, and how can a P.I. do that?
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On why Kinsey Millhone, the private-investigator heroine of her popular series of mystery novels, will never have a cat.
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New York Times, p. C10 (August 4, 1994)

 
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