She never lets go of a good idea.
I was looking at L is for Lawless for yesterday's entry, and read the journal entries that go with the book. I came across these parts:
A woman in her late sixties... ...goes to work for an old man in ill health.... The old man dies in his sleep, helped along by his faithful companion.
I wondered where she was going with this, because it sure wasn't L is for Lawless as I remembered it, then I read on...The companion moves from patient to patient.
She always works for the rich.
How many such stories could she run across?
How many ways could she work this scam?
And I got the chills. I recognized this!
Then Sue wrote...
I have too many misgivings about a woman who connects up with a dying patient and takes advantage of her past. Suppose she's a con artist who's scammed people in one way or another for years.
I'm resisting this one.
As far as I know, she did not use this stuff in L is for Lawless, but she did use it many years later. It is some of the basic outline for her latest novel, T is for Trespass.
Cool, cool, cool!!
Remind me sometime to relate the never-before-told story of how I got an email from Sara Paretsky, and why I've never spoken about it before!!!
*These bits of Sue Grafton's writing journal for L is for Lawless are excerpted from: http://www.suegrafton.com/journal.asp?ISBN=0805019375