The Santa Barbara Book Festival has selected Sue Grafton to receive the 2004 Ross MacDonald Literary Award, which is presented annually to a California author “whose work raises the standard of literary excellence,” festival representatives said. Grafton is being honored for her best-selling mystery series featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone, whose latest adventure, R is for Ricochet, will be released in July. “The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law, but people do get their just desserts,” said Fred Klein, the festival’s founder. Grafton will receive the prize at a September 18 ceremony followed by a book signing. Previous winners include Dean Koontz and Ray Bradbury.