So I'm reading the catalog info on Sue Grafton's upcoming Kinsey Millhone book, T is for Trespass (December), and...holy moly. After 19 first-person Millhone novels, Grafton is switching to multiple narrators on this one...and the other narrator is going to be the killer.
Obviously Sue Grafton can do whatever she wants (I think a less successful writer who was still building his career would be told by his editor Oh, hell to the no), but this shift in POV raises some questions for me...
- Do you think people read Sue Grafton for Kinsey Millhone's voice more than the plot? If so, do you think they'll feel confused or disappointed? (Or am I making too much of this?)
- Could this be a shot in the arm for a venerable series? I don't mean any disrespect; Grafton's books are still terrific, but the age gap between the author and the character has come through in a few of her last books. They were no less enjoyable or well-plotted, but the narration just didn't sound like a tough thirtyish woman in the mid-1980s.
- Can you think of any other successful author who has pulled such a switch at this point in his or her career?
My theory: Grafton works so organically, making journals and throwing away so much work along the way, that she absolutely knew the story she wanted to tell...and realized she couldn't tell it with the framework she'd used in the past. And she had the chops and the publishing power to make a major change that's sure to be talked about. (Well, among people like us, at least.)
Anyway, I'd be interested to hear what some other folks thought.