"F" Is for Fugitive

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Author"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_0_0 Sue Grafton"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_0_1
Country"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_1_0 United States"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_1_1
Language"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_2_0 English"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_2_1
Series"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_3_0 Alphabet Mysteries"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_3_1
Genre"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_4_0 Mystery fiction"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_4_1
Published"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_5_0 1989 (Henry Holt and Company)"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_5_1
Media type"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_6_0 Print (Hardcover)"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_6_1
Pages"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_7_0 261"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_7_1
ISBN"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_8_0 978-0-8050-0460-1"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_8_1
OCLC"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_9_0 "F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_9_1
Dewey Decimal"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_10_0 813/.54 19"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_10_1
LC Class"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_11_0 PS3557.R13 F2 1989"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_11_1
Preceded by"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_12_0 "E" Is for Evidence"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_12_1
Followed by"F" Is for Fugitive_header_cell_0_13_0 "G" Is for Gumshoe"F" Is for Fugitive_cell_0_13_1

"F" Is for Fugitive is the sixth novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_0

Plot summary "F" Is for Fugitive_section_0

Henry Pitts is having Kinsey's garage apartment rebuilt after it was destroyed in the events of the previous novel. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_1

Royce Fowler wants the detective to exonerate his son of the murder of Jean Timberlake, seventeen years before, in Floral Beach, California. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_2

Bailey Fowler pleaded guilty to killing Jean, his sometime girlfriend, and escaped from prison soon afterwards. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_3

He has apparently been living the life of a model citizen under an assumed name. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_4

He is recaptured and is claiming his innocence. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_5

Kinsey heads to Floral Beach, a tiny local community, to pursue the cold trail; and she stays with the Fowler family at their motel. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_6

Royce is dying of cancer; his wife Oribelle is sick with diabetes; and their daughter Ann, Bailey's senior by five years, has taken leave of absence from her job as a counselor at the local high school to provide care for her parents. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_7

Bailey's lawyer, Jack Clemson, fills her in on the details of the case: Jean, 17 when she died, was a problem child who was doing badly in school and engaged in numerous sexual encounters with the local boys at school—and some of the local men, as well. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_8

She was pregnant at the time of her death. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_9

Everyone knows everyone in Floral Beach, and Kinsey acquaints herself with a number of the locals in pursuit of the truth: Pearl, the local bar-owner, whose son's evidence put Bailey on the spot at the time of Jean's death; Tap Granger, who was Bailey's accomplice in several robberies before the murder; the local pastor, Reverend Haws, and his wife; and Dr. Dunne, whose wife Elva has a violent objection to being questioned. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_10

The high school principal at the time of the murder, Dwight Shales, offers some help. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_11

Attention is turned to Jean's single mother, Shana, whose friendship with Dwight is causing raised eyebrows around Floral Beach. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_12

She is struggling with longstanding alcohol problems, is less co-operative, and refuses to identify Jean's father. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_13

Nobody seems convinced that the killer could be anyone but Bailey. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_14

At Bailey's arraignment, Tap Granger stages a hold-up, allowing Bailey to escape once more. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_15

Tap is himself killed in the escape. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_16

Kinsey gets confirmation from Tap's widow that Tap was paid to do it—for the first time providing concrete evidence that someone wants to keep Bailey discredited. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_17

Someone breaks into Kinsey's motel room at the motel, and she receives threatening calls in the middle of the night as she pursues the case. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_18

Oribelle is murdered following the adulteration of her insulin, medication that is administered regularly by Ann. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_19

Kinsey establishes that Dr. Dunne is Jean's unknown father. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_20

Shana is murdered when she sets out to keep a rendezvous with him. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_21

Kinsey runs from the cops herself after she finds the body and seeks refuge with Dwight Shales, who confesses that he, too, was having an affair with Jean and was probably the father of her child. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_22

Kinsey realizes that Ann Fowler is jealous of anyone who comes into contact with Dwight. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_23

She searches Ann's room and finds evidence that Ann supplied Tap with the hold-up gun and made the anonymous phone calls. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_24

Unfortunately, she also finds Ann waiting for her, armed with a shotgun. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_25

Jean had confided in her, as school counselor, that Dwight was the father of her child. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_26

Motivated by jealousy, Ann killed her; and being equally jealous of her brother's position as favored child of their parents, Ann was happy to see him take the rap. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_27

Her plan is to use the money she will eventually inherit from her parents to tempt Dwight into marriage. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_28

She killed her mother to hasten the plan along. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_29

She also killed Shana, Jean's mother, because she was jealous of her friendship with Dwight. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_30

Before Ann can kill Kinsey, she is interrupted by Royce, who wrestles the gun away from Ann, shooting her in the foot accidentally in the process. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_31

Ann, injured, is arrested for the murders of Shana and Oribelle. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_32

Though there is insufficient evidence to prove her to be Jean's killer, the circumstances are sufficient to ensure that Bailey is cleared of the murder. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_33

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  • Kinsey Millhone: Private detective called to Floral Beach to solve a case for an innocent man who has escaped from prison."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_0
  • Jean Timberlake: Murdered teen girl, whose murderer claims innocence."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_1
  • Royce Fowler: Father of the accused murderer, who hires Kinsey Millhone to find the murderer of Jean Timberlake. He is dying of cancer."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_2
  • Oribelle Fowler: Wife of Royce and mother of Bailey, who is disabled by diabetes. She is murdered during the investigation."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_3
  • Ann Fowler: First child of Royce and Oribelle, she took leave from her job as counselor at the local high school to care for her ailing parents."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_4
  • Bailey Fowler: Accused murderer of Jean Timberlake, who has escaped from prison."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_5
  • Jack Clemson: Attorney for Bailey Fowler."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_6
  • Dwight Shales: Principal of the local high school when Jean Timberlake was murdered."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_7
  • Tap Granger: Friend and sometime accomplice to Bailey who helps him escape prison again at Bailey's arraignment, and is killed during the escape. His widow provides evidence that Tap was paid to arrange the escape."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_8
  • Shana Timberlake: Mother of the murdered girl Jean. She will not identify Jean's father, and she suffers from alcohol problems. She is murdered during the investigation."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_9
  • Dr. Dunne: Local area doctor, who Kinsey suspects is the father of the murdered girl Jean."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_10
  • Elva Dunne: Wife of the local doctor, and difficult for Kinsey Millhone to question."F" Is for Fugitive_item_0_11

Reviews "F" Is for Fugitive_section_2

Kirkus Reviews called the novel a "winner" for Grafton, praising its plot, placing, characters, and ambience along with the development of Kinsey Millhone's character. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_34

Publishers Weekly gave a similar review, calling the plot "complex" and noting the main character's continued development. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_35

The review said that "Grafton's series promises to hold readers all the way to Z." "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_36

Development of novel "F" Is for Fugitive_section_3

Grafton had originally planned to call the novel "F" Is for Forgery but decided during her research that "forgery was too boring a crime", shifting to a plot with fugitives from the law. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_37

Publication history "F" Is for Fugitive_section_4

This is the first of her novels to appear on a best seller list, in paperback fiction. "F" Is for Fugitive_sentence_38


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