"H" Is for Homicide

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Author"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_0_0 Sue Grafton"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_0_1
Country"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_1_0 United States"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_1_1
Language"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_2_0 English"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_2_1
Series"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_3_0 Alphabet Mysteries"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_3_1
Genre"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_4_0 Mystery fiction"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_4_1
Published"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_5_0 1991 Henry Holt and Company"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_5_1
Media type"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_6_0 Print (Hardcover)"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_6_1
Pages"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_7_0 256 first edition"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_7_1
ISBN"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_8_0 978-0-8050-1084-8"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_8_1
OCLC"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_9_0 "H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_9_1
Dewey Decimal"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_10_0 813/.54 20"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_10_1
LC Class"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_11_0 PS3557.R13 H17 1991"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_11_1
Preceded by"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_12_0 "G" Is for Gumshoe"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_12_1
Followed by"H" Is for Homicide_header_cell_0_13_0 "I" Is for Innocent"H" Is for Homicide_cell_0_13_1

"H" Is for Homicide is the eighth novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_0

In this novel, Kinsey Millhone goes under cover to help break up an insurance fraud ring in Los Angeles led by Raymond Maldonado. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_1

She infiltrates the ring by befriending Maldonado's former girlfriend Bibianna Diaz. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_2

In the process she meets up with a former school mate and ex cop, Jimmy Tate. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_3

This novel earned a place on the New York Times hard-cover best-seller list just two weeks after initial publication. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_4

The title is similar to that of the fictional novel "H as in Homicide" portrayed as a work written by Ernesta Snoop of the Snoop Sisters in the 1972 television movie that spawned a series. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_5

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These are troubling times for California Fidelity, the insurance company for whom Kinsey Millhone does occasional freelance work in return for office space. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_6

First, a recent employee and friend of Kinsey's, Parnell Perkins, is shot and killed—and the police investigation seems curiously lacking in results. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_7

Second, in the wake of poor profit figures, company troubleshooter Gordon Titus (or 'tight-ass' as he is immediately nicknamed) arrives to shake things up. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_8

The informal arrangement with Kinsey seems high on his list of targets. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_9

In the new mood of nervous efficiency prevalent at CFI pending Titus's arrival, Kinsey is passed the claim file of Bibianna Diaz to investigate for possible fraud. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_10

Kinsey assumes a false identity as Hannah Moore in an attempt to befriend Bibianna, who, by co-incidence, is in a relationship with a former schoolmate and police-academy associate of Kinsey's, Jimmy Tate, recently relieved of police duties on the grounds of corruption. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_11

Bibianna has problems too, it seems: her former boyfriend Raymond Maldonaldo, of whom she is—rightly, as it turns out—terrified, is the jealous type and is hunting her down. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_12

Kinsey realises that a CFI colleague has inadvertently given away information on Bibianna to Raymond's gang, and things come to a head while she is out drinking with Bibianna and Tate. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_13

Raymond's brother Chago and his girlfriend Dawna accost Bibianna; and in the fracas that ensues, Tate shoots and kills Chago. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_14

Bibianna is taken into custody, Kinsey deliberately sticking to her in order to cement their relationship. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_15

Kinsey's enforced overnight stay in the police 'tank' is interrupted by Lieutenant Dolan, who has a job offer for her: Raymond is the head of a huge insurance fraud gang, and the police want Kinsey to use her new position as Bibianna's confidante to get the evidence they need; there seems to be a leak somewhere in the police department, and they need someone unconnected whom they can trust to bring Raymond to justice. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_16

Kinsey withdraws her initial gut refusal when Dolan tells her Raymond killed Parnell but that they have been stalling the murder investigation in order not to jeopardize the longstanding fraud case. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_17

Kinsey agrees to help out of a sense of duty to Parnell; but the police plan to have Kinsey wired for her own protection goes awry, and she is left to fend for herself. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_18

Thus begins a dangerous and stifling few days for Kinsey, undercover and up to her neck in a criminal ring headed by a deluded killer. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_19

Raymond effectively keeps both Kinsey and Bibianna under house arrest in Los Angeles, with the aid of his second in command, Luis. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_20

Raymond can't accept Bibianna's rejection of him and is determined to force her into marriage. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_21

The snag in the plan, which Bibianna doesn't dare confess, is that she has actually just married Tate. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_22

Tensions run high, while Kinsey learns much about the car insurance fraud business, keeps her eyes open, and eventually establishes the leak is a clerk at the County Sheriff's office, whose father is a crooked doctor heavily involved in Raymond's ring. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_23

Matters come to a head when Bibianna escapes and is pursued almost to her death by one of Raymond's henchmen. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_24

Visiting her in the hospital, the doctor inadvertently lets slip to Raymond that Bibianna's next of kin is her husband, Jimmy Tate. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_25

Enraged, Raymond shoots Jimmy. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_26

Kinsey sets off in hot pursuit and receives unexpected help from Luis, who turns out to be an undercover LAPD cop. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_27

Kinsey makes it back to Santa Teresa in the nick of time for her friend Vera Lipton's wedding. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_28

Both Bibianna and Tate survive; but despite her success in wrapping up the insurance fraud claim, Kinsey is fired from CFI by Gordon Titus. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_29

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  • Kinsey Millhone: Private detective who is hired to investigate insurance fraud and the people who perpetrate it."H" Is for Homicide_item_0_0

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With a first printing of 170,000 copies, this book earned a place on the New York Times hard-cover best-seller list just two weeks after initial publication. "H" Is for Homicide_sentence_30

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