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Another " IRRESISTIBLE" ( Baltimore Sun ) novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton

I IS FOR IF . . .

Five years ago David Barney was acquitted of the murder of his rich wife, Isabelle. Now, Isabelle's ex-husband, Ken Voigt--who is suing Barney for her estate--is claiming the jury made a fatal mistake...

I IS FOR INDICTMENT . . .

Enter P.I. Kinsey Millhone, who takes the Barney case over from a former colleague...and comes up with more questions than answers. Why are Mr. Barney's witnesses denying ever having spoken to him? Why did Isabelle have so many enemies--including but not limited to her best friend, Voight's second wife, and her own twin sister?

I IS FOR INNOCENT

But the most troubling question of all is: Why is it that everything David Barney has to say about his beloved Isabelle still checks out? Now it's up to Kinsey to figure out who's getting away with murder . . . .before she courts her own.

The New York Times #1 bestselling series reissued for a whole new generation of readers!

"A" Is for Alibi
"B" Is for Burglar
"C" Is for Corpse
"D" Is for Deadbeat
"E" Is for Evidence
"F" Is for Fugitive
"G" Is for Gumshoe
"H" Is for Homicide
"I" Is for Innocent
"J" Is for Judgment
"K" Is for Killer
"L" is for Lawless
"M" Is for Malice
"N" Is for Noose
"O" Is for Outlaw
"P" Is for Peril
"Q" Is for Quarry
"R" Is for Ricochet
"S" Is for Silence
"T" Is for Trespass
"U" Is for Undertow
"V" Is for Vengeance
"W" Is for Wasted
"X"


Author Notes

Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24, 1940. She received a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Louisville in 1961. Her first novel Keziah Dane was published in 1967. Her second novel, The Lolly-Madonna War, was published in 1969 and she adapted it into a screenplay. After that movie was released in 1973, she worked intermittently writing for television. A series she created, Nurse, ran for two seasons on CBS in the early 1980s.

Her writing career took off when A Is for Alibi was published in 1982 and received the Mysterious Stranger Award. This was the beginning of the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series. B Is for Burglar won the Shamus and Anthony Awards and C Is for Corpse won the Anthony Award. She also received the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, and the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. She died from cancer on December 28, 2017 at the age of 77.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Let's do the math together. "A" was the first Kinsey Millhone mystery, "B" was the second .ÿ20.ÿ20. (thank God for calculators), and "I" is the ninth. If the titles seem like a marketing gimmick, well, so be it. Millhone, who operates solo out of Santa Teresa, California, is one of the few quirk-free PIs in print today. Mix the plodding, question-'em-all methodology of Lew Archer with the Spenser wit, and toss in a pleasantly eccentric gaggle of recurring secondary neighbors {{ }}a la Nero Wolfe, for a completely modern amalgam of traditional genre elements. This time Millhone is hired to gather witnesses and facts for a civil suit. Her client is the ex-husband of a woman murdered six years earlier. The victim's estranged husband was indicted but subsequently cleared--seems the jury couldn't move past reasonable doubt. Now the ex, thinking of the child he had with the victim, is suing to prevent the alleged killer from squandering the victim's considerable fortune. Remember, in civil suits it's the "preponderance of evidence" that carries the day. Millhone pokes and prods among friends, neighbors, and associates; retraces the steps of the original investigator; and uncovers a tenuous connection between the murder and a very cold hit-and-run killing. Millhone leavens the inquiries with a brief fantasy involving a married hunk, a little obsessive housecleaning, and some observations on octogenarian romance. Clever plot, neat conclusion, prime Grafton. Let's see now, "J" is for . . . (Reviewed Mar. 15, 1992)0805010858Wes Lukowsky


Publisher's Weekly Review

After the pace and invention of ``H'' Is for Homicide, Grafton sets Kinsey Milhone on a quieter, more cerebral path in the ever-appealing PI's newest abecedarian adventure, again set in Santa Teresa, Calif. When fellow PI Morley Shine dies of a heart attack, Kinsey takes over the task of gathering evidence for a local lawyer who is prosecuting architect David Barney. Six years earlier, Barney was acquitted of murder charges in the still-unsolved death of his wealthy estranged wife Isabel, killed by a bullet fired through the peephole of her front door. Now Isabel's first husband, Ken Voigt, hoping to strip the architect of the fortune he inherited, is charging Barney with Isabel's wrongful death in a civil court, where less stringent evidence is required for conviction. Quickly finding holes in Shine's investigation, Kinsey uncovers a slew of suspects in Isabel's murder, including Voigt's second wife, Barney's first wife, Isabel's less attractive twin sister and even her best friend. Kinsey determines that Shine's death was not straightforward, solves the mystery of another years-old death and comes under direct fire herself before she finally, nearly too late, figures out who is the threat. There's much to enjoy here as Kinsey's octogenarian landlord Henry endures a visit from his fastidious older brother and romance blooms for neighborhood tavern owner Rose. But Kinsey may be voicing fans' hopes for ``J'' when she reflects midway through this case: ``I wanted to feel like the old Kinsey again . . . talkin' trash and kickin' butt.'' 300,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Mystery Guild main selections. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved