"E" Is for Evidence

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Author"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_0_0 Sue Grafton"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_0_1
Country"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_1_0 United States"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_1_1
Language"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_2_0 English"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_2_1
Series"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_3_0 Alphabet Mysteries"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_3_1
Genre"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_4_0 Mystery fiction"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_4_1
Published"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_5_0 1988 Henry Holt and Company"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_5_1
Media type"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_6_0 Print (Hardcover)"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_6_1
Pages"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_7_0 227 first edition"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_7_1
ISBN"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_8_0 978-0-8050-0459-5"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_8_1
OCLC"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_9_0 "E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_9_1
Dewey Decimal"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_10_0 813/.54 19"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_10_1
LC Class"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_11_0 PS3557.R13 E2 1988"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_11_1
Preceded by"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_12_0 "D" Is for Deadbeat"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_12_1
Followed by"E" Is for Evidence_header_cell_0_13_0 "F" Is for Fugitive"E" Is for Evidence_cell_0_13_1

"E" Is for Evidence is the fifth novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_0

The novel's plot develops Kinsey's personal back-story, as it features her second ex-husband, jazz musician and drug-user, Daniel Wade, previously mentioned briefly in C is for Corpse. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_1

Plot summary "E" Is for Evidence_section_0

Just after Christmas, Kinsey Millhone discovers that five thousand dollars has mysteriously been credited to her bank account. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_2

She flashes back a few days to when she was asked to investigate a fire claim at a factory in Colgate as part of her informal office space rental arrangement with California Fidelity Insurance. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_3

The business in question, Wood/Warren, is owned and operated by the Wood family, whom Kinsey has known on a personal level since high school. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_4

Company founder Linden Wood is dead. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_5

His son Lance now runs the company, and his four other children—Ebony, Olive, Ash and Bass—all have a stake. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_6

Ash is Kinsey's former schoolmate; and Bass was an acquaintance of her second ex-husband, Daniel Wade. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_7

Olive is married to Terry Kohler, Lance's second-in-command at the company. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_8

After a solitary Christmas, with Henry away visiting relatives and Rosie's Tavern shut down until the new year, Kinsey writes off the fire as an industrial accident. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_9

Upon submitting her report to her boss, she finds that significant papers have been removed from the file and others substituted, giving an appearance that Lance Wood has bribed Kinsey not to label the fire as arson. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_10

In the middle of protesting her innocence, the five thousand dollar credit takes on a sinister significance. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_11

Temporarily suspended from California Fidelity, Kinsey takes up her own investigation to prove her innocence, aided (unwillingly at first) by CFI administrator Darcy. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_12

Darcy is united with Kinsey in her dislike of claims manager Andy Motycka, who is Kinsey's chief suspect in the set-up. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_13

She is at a loss and cannot imagine for whom he could be working. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_14

Kinsey reconnects with the Wood family and learns some of their dark family secrets: that Ebony, the oldest sister, wants control of the business and that Lance was practically a criminal in high school. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_15

She also learns that a former Wood/Warren employee, Hugh Case, committed suicide two years before, although the suspicious disappearance of all the lab work on Hugh's body seems to support his widow Lyda's claim that it was murder rather than suicide. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_16

Kinsey remains unconvinced by Lyda's conviction that Lance was Hugh's killer but can't seem to find any other leads. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_17

Her spirits are at a low ebb, and it's the worst possible moment for Daniel to show up (eight years after leaving without a word). "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_18

Kinsey finds it hard to cope with but eventually agrees to store a guitar for him while he sorts himself out. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_19

On her way to a new year party at Olive and Terry's home, Kinsey is almost killed when a bomb, disguised as a gift left on the doorstep, explodes. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_20

Olive is killed, and Terry is badly injured. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_21

Kinsey does her best to resist Daniel's attempts to nurse her, and her distrust is proven right when she finds out the guitar she has been storing for Daniel is bugged and that he has been reporting on her investigation to Ebony and Bass Wood. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_22

She discovers Daniel and Bass are lovers—Bass is the person for whom Daniel left her. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_23

Shortly afterwards, Kinsey finds Lyda Case's dead body in a car outside her apartment. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_24

Forcing answers from the Wood family, Kinsey learns an even darker family secret: that Lance had an incestuous affair with Olive when they were teenagers, leaving Olive emotionally and sexually scarred for the rest of her life. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_25

Kinsey's suspicions immediately jump to Terry Kohler; and when the police identify fingerprints on the car Lyda was found in as belonging to an escaped convicted bomber called Chris Emms, she realizes Terry and Emms are the same person. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_26

Unfortunately, Emms has anticipated her solving the case and is waiting at her apartment with another bomb. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_27

Before it explodes, he explains he killed Hugh Case because Hugh had realized his true identity; and he killed Lyda because she had belatedly found Hugh's records of that. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_28

He engineered the fire at Wood/Warren and set up Kinsey (with the aid of Andy Motycka) to get revenge on Lance after Bass spilled the family incest secret to him. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_29

Kinsey manages to shoot Emms and disables him sufficiently to get out of the bathroom window just as the bomb explodes, killing Emms and destroying her garage apartment. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_30

After Daniel leaves with Bass, the only loose end is the five thousand dollars Emms put in her account; and on the advice of Lieutenant Dolan, Kinsey keeps it. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_31

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  • Kinsey Millhone: Private detective who investigates an insurance claim for a fire and finds herself framed for an arson fire."E" Is for Evidence_item_0_0

Development of the story "E" Is for Evidence_section_2

In 2005, Grafton told an interviewer that she prefers to pick a title early in the writing process because that helps to direct her storytelling. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_32

"For one book I had thought of "E" Is for Ever. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_33

I loved the play on words but I had to figure a better title. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_34

So I picked "E" Is for Evidence. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_35

If I know the title I can make sure the story I'm telling is pertinent." "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_36

Reviews "E" Is for Evidence_section_3

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  • Kirkus Reviews called the book a "first class entertainment," praising its pace, characters, and charm, but noted that the plot was crucially flawed."E" Is for Evidence_item_1_1
  • Publishers Weekly wrote that the book was not up to the standards of its predecessors due to the motivations for crimes being weak; however, they felt that readers would still enjoy the series."E" Is for Evidence_item_1_2

Awards "E" Is for Evidence_section_4

The novel was nominated for the 1989 Anthony Award for Best Novel. "E" Is for Evidence_sentence_37


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