"I" Is for Innocent

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Author"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_0_0 Sue Grafton"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_0_1
Country"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_1_0 United States"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_1_1
Language"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_2_0 English"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_2_1
Series"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_3_0 Alphabet Mysteries"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_3_1
Genre"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_4_0 Mystery fiction"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_4_1
Published"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_5_0 1992 Henry Holt and Company"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_5_1
Media type"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_6_0 Print (Hardcover)"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_6_1
Pages"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_7_0 286 first edition"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_7_1
ISBN"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_8_0 978-0-8050-1085-5"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_8_1
OCLC"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_9_0 "I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_9_1
Dewey Decimal"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_10_0 813/.54 20"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_10_1
LC Class"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_11_0 PS3557.R13 I2 1992"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_11_1
Preceded by"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_12_0 "H" Is for Homicide"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_12_1
Followed by"I" Is for Innocent_header_cell_0_13_0 "J" Is for Judgment"I" Is for Innocent_cell_0_13_1

"I" Is for Innocent is the ninth novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_0

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After being unceremoniously fired by California Fidelity Insurance, Kinsey has found herself new office space with her attorney, Lonnie Kingman. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_1

Lonnie has a case with which he wants Kinsey's help. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_2

Six years earlier, David Barney was acquitted of killing his estranged wife, talented but insecure society house-designer Isabelle Barney, by shooting her dead through the spy hole of her front door. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_3

David's desperation to rebuild the marriage after the split netted him an injunction for harassment; so he was the obvious suspect—particularly since he inherited Isabelle's multimillion-dollar business—but the prosecution could not make it stick. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_4

Now Isabelle's previous husband, Kenneth Voigt, is trying again in the civil courts in an attempt to secure the fortune for his and Isabelle's daughter Shelby; and Lonnie needs some evidence. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_5

The previous PI on the case, Morley Shine, has just died of a heart attack. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_6

Lonnie asks Kinsey to step in. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_7

Kinsey agrees and, knowing Morley of old, is surprised to find his files in a mess, with crucial witness statements missing. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_8

One new witness has come forward: Curtis MacIntyre, a habitual jailbird who shared a cell with Barney for a night and claims that Barney confessed to his guilt just after the acquittal. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_9

Kinsey is very doubtful of this story, especially when she finds out Curtis was in custody on another matter on the date in question. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_10

In trying to fill in the other blanks, she uncovers more evidence in Barney's favor than against him, not least that Barney appears to have a cast-iron alibi; he was the victim of a hit and run whilst out jogging at the time of the murder some miles away. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_11

Kinsey tracks down both the driver—Tippy, the daughter of Isabelle's best friend Rhe Parsons—and a witness who can swear that she knocked down Barney. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_12

Kinsey also finds out that Tippy, drunk and in her father's pick-up truck, was the perpetrator of a previous and fatal hit-and-run on the same night, the victim being an elderly man named Noah McKell. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_13

Kinsey realizes Morley was on the same track and begins to have suspicions about his death. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_14

She eventually establishes that Morley was poisoned by a pastry left at his office, a pastry made with lethal mushrooms. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_15

She also finds out that Kenneth Voigt has been paying Curtis 'expense money' for years, which casts further doubt on his testimony. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_16

Curtis comes up with an alternative story: according to him, the confession was actually made some time after the acquittal during a drunken evening at Barney's home. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_17

This sounds even more unlikely to Kinsey's skeptical ears. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_18

She begins to suspect that someone else from Isabelle's immediate circle might be the guilty party—Isabelle's sister Simone, Ken Voigt's new wife Francesca, or Isabelle's former business partner Peter Weidmann and/or his wife Yolanda. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_19

Meanwhile, at home, Kinsey’s octogenarian landlord, Henry Pitts, is entertaining his hypochondriac elder brother William. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_20

Both Henry and Kinsey are astonished to find romance beginning to bloom between William and Rosie. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_21

Rosie is the proprietor of Kinsey's local Hungarian tavern, which has recently been taken over as a favorite haunt by some local sports fans. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_22

Rosie charms William with her acceptance of his imagined illnesses. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_23

Back on the case, Kinsey has a sudden flash of inspiration after looking at the time gap between Tippy’s killing Mr. McKell and knocking down Barney. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_24

Tippy admits that, panic-stricken after the first accident, she went to confess what she had done to her 'aunt' Isabelle but did not get an answer at the door. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_25

Kinsey realises Barney's alibi is worthless: having just killed Isabelle, he could have hitched on Tippy's pick-up and then rolled off it later at an appropriate time in front of witnesses, to establish his alibi miles away. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_26

Kinsey's train of thought is interrupted by a call from Curtis, asking her to meet him at the bird refuge. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_27

He sounds terrified, and Kinsey suspects he has been taken hostage. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_28

She arranges for Jonah, her ex-boyfriend cop, to provide back-up and calls in at the office to pick up her gun on the way. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_29

Barney has anticipated that she would do this and is waiting for her, along with Curtis's corpse. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_30

They play a cat-and-mouse version of Russian roulette with their respective guns until Kinsey, in possession of a gun with an extra round in the chamber, emerges victorious, having shot and killed Barney. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_31

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  • Kinsey Millhone: Private investigator aids her attorney in a case he is defending."I" Is for Innocent_item_0_0

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In popular culture "I" Is for Innocent_section_3

In the 2006 film Stranger than Fiction, the character Professor Jules Hilbert is shown reading a plastic-wrapped copy of "I" Is for Innocent while on lifeguard duty. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_32

Parallels with author's life "I" Is for Innocent_section_4

Kinsey's prized Volkswagen Beetle, a mirror of the one author Sue Grafton owns in real life, is destroyed in this novel. "I" Is for Innocent_sentence_33


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