"I" is for Innocent [NOOK Book]

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Readers of Sue Grafton's fiction know she never writes the same book twice, and "I" Is For Innocent is no exception. Her most intricately plotted novel to date, it is layered in enough complexity to baffle even the cleverest among us.

Lonnie Kingman is in a bind. He's smack in the middle of assembling a civil suit, and the private investigator who was doing his pretrial legwork has just dropped dead of a heart attack. In a matter of weeks the...
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Overview


Readers of Sue Grafton's fiction know she never writes the same book twice, and "I" Is For Innocent is no exception. Her most intricately plotted novel to date, it is layered in enough complexity to baffle even the cleverest among us.

Lonnie Kingman is in a bind. He's smack in the middle of assembling a civil suit, and the private investigator who was doing his pretrial legwork has just dropped dead of a heart attack. In a matter of weeks the court's statute of limitations will put paid to his case. Five years ago David Barney walked when a jury acquitted him of the murder of his rich wife, Isabelle. Now Kingman, acting as attorney for the dead woman's ex-husband and their child (and sure that the jury made a serious mistake), is trying to divest David Barney of the profits of that murder. But time is running out, and David Barney still swears he's innocent.

Patterned along the lines of a legal case, "I" Is For Innocent is seamlessly divided into thirds: one-third of the novel is devoted to the prosecution, one-third to the defense, and a final third to cross-examination and rebuttal. The result is a trial novel without a trial and a crime novel that resists solution right to the end.

When Kinsey Millhone agrees to take over Morley Shine's investigation, she thinks it is a simple matter of tying up the loose ends. Morley might have been careless about his health, but he was an old pro at the business. So it comes as a real shock when she finds his files in disarray, his key informant less than credible, and his witnesses denying ever having spoken with him. It comes as a bigger shock when she finds that every claim David Barney has made checks out. But if Barney didn't murder his wife, who did? It would seem the list of candidates is a long one. In life, Isabelle Barney had stepped on a lot of toes.

In "I" Is For Innocent, Sue Grafton once again demonstrates her mastery of those telling details that reveal our most intimate and conflicted relationships. As Kinsey comments on the give-and-take by which we humans deal with each other, for better and sometimes for worse, the reader is struck yet again by how acute a social observer Ms. Grafton can be. Frequently funny and sometimes caustic, she is also surprisingly compassionate-- understanding how little in life is purely black and white. Except for murder.

Somewhere out there, a killer waits to see just what Kinsey will find out. Somewhere out there, someone's been getting away with murder, and this time it just might turn out to be Kinsey's.

"I" Is For Innocent is Sue Grafton in peak form. Fast-paced. Funny. And very, very devious.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Intelligent, fast-paced, and filled with memorable characters . . . Kinsey remains as engaging as ever.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Smart, tough, and thorough…Kinsey Millhone is a pleasure.” —The Bloomsbury Review

“Kinsey is one of the most persuasive of the new female operatives…She’s refreshingly free of gender clichés. Grafton, who is a very witty writer, has also given her sleuth a nice sense of humor—and a set of Wonder Woman sheets to prove it.” —Boston Herald

“Kinsey’s got brains and a sense of humor.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429911580
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/1992
  • Series: Kinsey Millhone Series , #9
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 9,601
  • File size: 463 KB

Meet the Author


Sue Grafton entered the mystery field in 1982 with the publication of 'A' Is for Alibi, which introduced female hard-boiled private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, operating out of the fictional town of Santa Teresa, (aka Santa Barbara) California. 'B' is for Burglar followed in l985 and the series, now referred to as 'the alphabet’ mysteries, is still going strong. In addition to her books, she’s published several Kinsey Millhone short stories, and with her husband, Steven Humphrey, has written numerous movies for television, including “A Killer in the Family” (starring Robert Mitchum), “Love on the Run” (starring Alec Baldwin and Stephanie Zimbalist) and two Agatha Christie adaptations, “Sparkling Cyanide” and “Caribbean Mystery,” which starred Helen Hayes. Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine. Sue has a home in Montecito, California, and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised.

Biography

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.

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    1. Hometown:
      Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 24, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    One of the best in the series

    I've been re-reading Grafton's series and I like this book the most so far. Great pacing, interesting premiss, and many motives for the murder. Ending was high energy. Fun read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    I is for Innocent

    I really enjoyed this one more then the previous titles. Kinsey really has her work cut out for her when a fellow private detective dies of a heart attack and she has been selected to take over his accounts. When she gets his files they are mismatched and some are missing. She gets to work and soon finds out he was getting too close to the truth and he may not have died from his bad eatting habits at all. The main case she is working on is the murder of Iz Barney a few people had a motive, but David Barney Iz's husband is the one on trial. As you go through this book you will get tripped up on who actually murdered Iz and when you find out you might be surprised.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I thought this was pretty good and it took me a minute to figure

    I thought this was pretty good and it took me a minute to figure it out.

    Lonnie Kingman is in a bind. He's smack in the middle of assembling a civil suit, and the private investigator who was doing his pretrial legwork has just dropped dead of a heart attack. In a matter of weeks the court's statute of limitations will put paid to his case. Five years ago David Barney walked when a jury acquitted him of the murder of his rich wife, Isabelle. Now Kingman, acting as attorney for the dead woman's ex-husband and their child (and sure that the jury made a serious mistake), is trying to divest David Barney of the profits of that murder. But time is running out, and David Barney still swears he's innocent.

    Patterned along the lines of a legal case, "I" Is For Innocent is seamlessly divided into thirds: one-third of the novel is devoted to the prosecution, one-third to the defense, and a final third to cross-examination and rebuttal. The result is a trial novel without a trial and a crime novel that resists solution right to the end.

    When Kinsey Millhone agrees to take over Morley Shine's investigation, she thinks it is a simple matter of tying up the loose ends. Morley might have been careless about his health, but he was an old pro at the business. So it comes as a real shock when she finds his files in disarray, his key informant less than credible, and his witnesses denying ever having spoken with him. It comes as a bigger shock when she finds that every claim David Barney has made checks out. But if Barney didn't murder his wife, who did? It would seem the list of candidates is a long one. In life, Isabelle Barney had stepped on a lot of toes.

    In "I" Is For Innocent, Sue Grafton once again demonstrates her mastery of those telling details that reveal our most intimate and conflicted relationships. As Kinsey comments on the give-and-take by which we humans deal with each other, for better and sometimes for worse, the reader is struck yet again by how acute a social observer Ms. Grafton can be. Frequently funny and sometimes caustic, she is also surprisingly compassionate-- understanding how little in life is purely black and white. Except for murder.

    Somewhere out there, a killer waits to see just what Kinsey will find out. Somewhere out there, someone's been getting away with murder, and this time it just might turn out to be Kinsey's.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    I IS FOR INTRIGUING

    I IS FOR INNOCENT IS ONE OF SUE GRAFTON'S BETTER STORIES. SHE THROWS THE READER OFF TRACK, BUT IN THE END COMES BACK TO THE OBVIOUS KILLER, DAVID BARNEY.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2001

    Can't Stop Now

    ¿I¿ is for Innocent was a fast paced mystery that has interesting, realistic characters, that are fun to know. The action of the story keeps you reading and will not let you go until you are done. The beginning of ¿I¿ is for Innocent starts slower, but picks up quickly as the story proceeds. This was a great way for the action of the book to develop. The pace keeps you looking to what will happen next. You naturally try to figure out when something important will happen. The characters are so real you feel as if you have known them for years. P.I. Kinsey has the sarcasm of a true smart aleck, a quality that adds humor and relief to the drama of the mystery. Henry, the loving neighbor, and his hypochondriac brother, William, make you feel all warm and mushy inside. Along with the master mind David Barney and overeating Rhe Parsons you have a whole bunch of individuals that when put together make this books so much fun to read. The way the mystery unfolds, holds your attention until the very end of the novel. It keeps you wondering who is the killer, when is Kinsey going to figure it out, why all of this is happening. There is no way you can put this book down until Kinsey writes her at letter in the prologue. ¿I¿ is for Innocent is a thrilling mystery that keeps you wondering and guessing at what is going to happen next. I love this murder mystery; its wild and it will keep you at the end of the chair.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    A good step away from the formula.

    A very good read that is not easily predictable with a page from O'Henry. Very different from "A" to "H". I enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

    I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton is another win for Kinsey Millh

    I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton is another win for Kinsey Millhone.  Although this one was a bit more violent than the others, I completely enjoyed the story line.  Kinsey is a terrific detective, so it was fun to read how she put the pieces together after following a fellow PI.  I love this series.  I just cannot get enough.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Awesome book

    This book was so good. I love this series and plan to read the rest of the series. If you like a cozy mystery this book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Wearing thin.

    The long and detaile descriptons of trivia are becoming tiring bu they are easily skipped. The rest of the tale is still interesting so I'll stick to it for a whle longer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2001

    Grafton Does It Again!

    It's by Sue Grafton featuring her leading character Kinsey Millhone. Enough Said.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    A Must Read

    These Sue Grafton alphabet books are what I call "potato chip books" you can't just read one you must read them all.
    Remind me of the John D McDonald, Travis McGhee series fub and easy to read quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Good clean fun

    Kinsey and her antics will keep you entertained and laughing. I think we all know someone like her

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    Well done!

    I am really enjoying the kinsey series. This book was really good and hard to put down. Now i'm off to read the 'J' book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Kinsey Milhone Series

    I purchased this book to fill out the missing titles from the alphabet series that I had not yet read.
    Enjoyed the atory.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Sue Grafton does a great job in this series

    Just like all the letters before "I" this book is great. It is a good book to sit down with on a cold night in front of the fireplace. I cant wait to start the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2001

    My likes and dislikes of 'I' if for Innocent

    My Likes and Dislikes of ¿I¿ is for Innocent ¿I¿ is for Innocent is a somewhat unique book. Sue Grafton has a unique style and way of writing. The title throws the reader off and makes you think, ¿Who could the murderer be?¿ The uniqueness of the book could be looked at for the fact that Sue Grafton put a female detective in the story instead of the common male detective that we see so much off. She is basically stating that Kinsey, the detective, can do as much as Dick Tracy or Sherlock Holmes or in other word females get the job done just as good as males. I really liked the pace of the story and the intriguing characters that she wrote into the book. Sue had such detailed descriptions of the characters that I could picture them in my mind without a blur. Curtis McIntyre was a personal favorite character of mine. He was fixated on the fact that he thought that Kinsey wanted to date him but in actualization he appalled her. I also liked the fact that there were lots of suspects in the novel and it added a lot more suspicion into the book. Some negative aspects of this book could include David Barney¿s alibi. It just seemed to unrealistic to me and to actually get away with the way he went about his alibi was taking a lot of chances. There was the sub-plot of the hit-n-run that really didn¿t need to be drug out the way it was. This book had a slow beginning but later picked up throughout the book. The attitude of Laura Barney was something that had bothered me. She was so negative towards everything and that just wasn¿t to my approval.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    K could be for Kinsey

    The lawyer from whom Kinsey Milhone rents office space gives her an assignment to investigate the murder of an artist. The victim's ex-husband claims the new husband did it. The new husband, who was aquitted of the murder six years earlier, swears he did not do. Kinsey soon finds herself with plenty more suspects. The victim's twin sister, the ex-husband's second wife, and the second husband's first wife. Their motives range from jealousy to greed or just plain hatred. As usual Kinsey finds her own life in danger as she proceeds with the investigation, getting closer to the truth. Grafton simply gets better as works her way through the alphabet.

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