A is for Alibi

Version: Abridged
Author: Sue Grafton
Narrator: Judy Kaye
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: January 2001
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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When Laurence Fife was murdered, few mourned his passing. A prominent divorce attorney with a reputation for single-minded ruthlessness on behalf of his clients, Fife was also rumored to be a dedicated philanderer. Plenty of people in the picturesque southern California town of Santa Teresa had a reason to want him dead. Including, thought the cops, his young and beautiful wife, Nikki. With motive, access, and opportunity, Nikki was their number-one suspect. The jury thought so, too.

Eight years later and out on parole, Niki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to find out who really killed her late husband.

A trail that is eight years cold. A trail that reaches out to enfold a bitter, wealthy, and foul-mouthed old woman and a young boy, born deaf, whose memory cannot be trusted. A trail that leads to a lawyer defensively loyal to a dead partner--and disarmingly attractive to Millhone; to an ex-wife, brave, lucid, lovely--and still angry over Fife's betrayal of her; to a not-so-young secretary with too high a salary for too few skills--and too many debts left owing: The trail twists to include them all, with Millhone following every turn until it finally twists back on itself and she finds herself face-to-face with a killer cunning enough to get away with murder.

*** Note Contains Profanity ***

Reviews (25)

Written by N Brockelman on December 31st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this story Sue Grafton is the best.

Written by Marion Threadcraft on July 14th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Disappointed. Crude and explicit language throughout. Mystery was intriguing but the language a hindrance.

A is for Alibi

Written by Carol in TN on July 12th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is the first one - I love all of them. Waiting "patiently" for U is for Undertow

A is for Acceptable!

Written by Anonymous from Soddy Daisy, TN on February 28th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was my first Sue Grafton book and even though it was a little predicatable and far fetched, it provided the mind numbing entertainment I was looking for. Didn't want to listen to something that made me "think" and this book fit exactly what I was looking for. Good enough for me to put the next one on my list.

A is for Alibi

Written by Anonymous on October 26th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This abridged version is ridiculously short! If there are unabridged versions available (which there are for this book-just not in CD), they should be provided for us to rent. This was a waste.

I need an alibi

Written by Anonymous on June 7th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I need an alibi for when I was listening to this - as it was utterly forgettable. Not bad, just spectacularly unremarkable.

T is for Trash

Written by Anonymous from Alpharetta, GA on February 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I'm not sure if it was because this was the abridged version or if this was simply a poor effort to put something on the stand. About as much depth as a superbowl commercial.

'A' is for Alibi

Written by Gabrielle Ludwig-Martin on September 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Unfortunately, they don't have these in the unabridged versions on audio! GET WITH IT! Those of us who absolutely can't live without Kinsey Millhone, are out here BEGGING for MORE! What a great listen, and the narrator is the best. A friend loaned me one...I don't even remember which one now, but I became a Kinsey fan right then and there. I have begun with the first one, and intend to work my way down through them all, including the one I've already heard, but will gladly hear again. Sue Grafton is GREAT. A tough, indomitable character..that's our Kinsey! Great listen!

"A" is for Alibi

Written by Anonymous on September 25th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good job by Sue Grafton once again. Judy Kaye makes the story come alive.


Written by Trisha Brummer on April 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was certainly good enough for me to sign up for the "B" book. I will work my way through the alphabet.

Author Details

Author Details

Grafton, Sue

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages—including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She’s an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She’s a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey’s own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I’d take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I’m not good at good-byes. I’ve suffered way too many in my day and I don’t like the sensation. On the other hand, I’m not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you’ve given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton’s readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey’s creator? Well, she’s been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and two grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone—but what a splendid imagination it is.