S Is for Silence: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Version: Abridged (Unabridged version available here)
Author: Sue Grafton
Narrator: Judy Kaye
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: November 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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S is for silence: the silence of the lost, the silence of the grave, the silence of oblivion.

Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband. But for the not-quite-seven-year-old daughter Daisy that she left behind, her absence has never been explained or forgotten.

Now, thirty-four years later, she wants the solace of closure.

In S IS FOR SILENCE, Kinsey Millhone's nineteenth excursion into the world of suspense and misadventure, S is for surprises as Sue Grafton takes a whole new approach to telling the tale. And S is for superb: Kinsey and Grafton at their best.

Reviews (14)


Written by James E. on August 1st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story! Not completely sure of a crime or just a woman who left until ahe was found. So many characters with motives and a story to keep you guessing. Great writer and great narrator, loved it!!


Written by Jerry D. on June 1st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As with all of the alphabet books by Sue Grafton I really enjoyed this one. However, I was a little lost following all the characters and how they fit into the end.


Written by Amy F. on May 31st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved loved loved this one.


Written by Barbara on June 22nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love Kinsey Milhone! and this one doesn't disappoint! Characters are well developed and the story keeps you listening!


Written by Joan on February 7th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This unabridged version was way too long and dragged out. I couldn't wait for it to end.

S is for Silence

Written by Sue on July 24th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The story was excellent in every way as is usual with Sue Grafton's books. But, I really wanted to comment on the amazing narration of Judy Kaye - she absolutely becomes the character and makes it seem so effortless. I was thrilled to see Judy receive a Tony this year for her role in "The Best Man" on Broadway - bravo Judy!

Another Honerun

Written by Anonymous from Kingman, KS on April 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Sue Grafton hits another one out of the park. Could not wait to put the next disc in and listen to it. Can not wait to get the next book.

S for Silence

Written by Susan on July 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book - one of her best. Lots of things going on to keep you interested.

S is For Silence

Written by Kay on June 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book! Told a good story with several twists in it . I couldn't wait to finish it to see what happened.

S is for Silence

Written by Anonymous on April 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a fun book. There were a lot of characters to keep track of but I enjoyed the suspense. It went quickly.

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.