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I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone #9)

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Readers of Sue Grafton's fiction know she never writes the same book twice, and "I" Is For Innocent is no exception. Her most intricately plotted novel to date, it is layered in enough complexity to baffle even the cleverest among us.

Lonnie Kingman is in a bind. He's smack in the middle of assembling a civil suit, and the private investigator who was doing his pretrial leg...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published May 15th 1992 by Holt Paperbacks (first published December 31st 1991)
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Tanisha Peck
I took a break from this series several years ago, but decided to pick it back up because a friend of mine read through the series in a matter of weeks. She really seemed to love it, so I thought I'd get back to the alphabet. **If you're looking for ONLY the summary of the book, please scroll down to the section below the break in the page**

While reading, I started to remember why I put this series down in the first place. The abundance of inconsequential detail.
First, Grafton describes Kinsey'...more
Una Tiers
Interesting plot with a lot of characters, sometimes hard to keep straight. Grafton brings in another old friend of Kinsey and continues the storyline with her landlord and his family.
Chana
A well-written mystery. I had read it some years ago and enjoyed it then. I was surprised to enjoy it so much the second time around. I had totally forgotten who the bad guy was although I remembered many details as the story unfolded. There are some very likeable characters in this series including Kinsey's neighbor Henry, his brother William and best of all, the Hungarian restaurant owner Rosie.
Beth (Ducky)
Originally seen on my book blog!

I started this book last month but then forgot it at home while I spent a few weeks at my boyfriend’s house. Once I got back home and started the book again, it was a little confusing because I’d read so many books in between that I forgot what the book was about. Luckily it was easy to jump back into and it turned out to be a really good book with an interesting story.

When someone dedicated a character to 26 books (one for each letter of the alphabet) there are g...more
Sue
Kinsey stops by her new office one Sunday evening and the lawyer she's renting space from calls her in to hear a meeting with a client. The client's ex-wife was murdered six years before and the suspect in the case was acquitted. The former husband wants to try again on civil charges. The problem is that the investigator who was working on the case died from a heart attack and it has left everything hanging. Partly because Kinsey knew the investigator, she agrees to check into it and try to get...more
Randee Baty
This is the most complex plot that the Alphabet Series has introduced yet. There are a lot of characters and keeping them straight made me stop and think sometimes. Again, I love seeing just how much dogged footwork and fact-checking is involved in the PI business. If you're a Grafton fan, you'll love this one. If you're not already a fan, this is a great example of her work!

Kinsey is renting an office from a local lawyer and he needs her help. He's in a wrongful death civil trial and his PI dr...more
Susan
“I” is definitely another engrossing thriller from Grafton. Kinsey, in new office space, gets a job picking up where the partner of her mentor has left off due to his untimely death from a heart attack. The plot is a prequel to what later happened with the O.J. Simpson trials – criminal followed by civil – and for similar reasons, but Grafton’s book was published in 1992, long before the Simpson trials in 1995 and 1997. Interesting.

Kinsey makes $55 an hour in this book, an increase from the $30...more
Lisa
This one was much better than the last one (hated H), but I should probably take a break from Grafton after J, which I've already started. I'm just so very tired of seeing the word "stucco." Is every building a one-story stucco structure? Really? Her description gets a bit out of control at times. I appreciate that she wants to make Kinsey's world clear and that Kinsey is such an observant character, but I don't know how much I care about the details of every single thing she sees. I still love...more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: When David Barney was acquitted in the shooting death of his wife, Isabelle, a good many thought that justice had not been served -- including Kenneth Voight, Isabelle's former husband. Now, five years later, Voight is the plaintiff in a civil suit in which Barney stands accused of Isabelle's wrongful death. The stakes are high -- Isabelle's estate is worth millions -- but time is running short: the statute of limitations will cut Voight off in only a matter of weeks. Enter sexy, savvy...more
Alondra
4 Stars

I really enjoyed this episode of the Kinsey chronicles!! Gee whiz; did everyone have something to hide?? I had inkling of the killer beforehand, but then so many potentials kept creeping in.

I love her interaction with Henry and his hypochondriac brother, William. Had about 3 out-loud, giggle moments. Kinsey was her usual feisty self; and really managed to have a method to her madness. I was just starting to wonder about that girl.

Well, on to the next one!
Beth
I never did figure it out until Kinsey revealed the killer.

I like the way that the author refers to the prior book(s) but doesn't really give anything away to ruin the earlier story. It's nice to know a tiny bit about what happened later to a character in an earlier story--I'm speaking specifically of Kinsey's one-time love interest, Dietz.

These I'm reading in order, so J is for Judgment will be next, but not for a few months.

Linda
Although I have enjoyed all of Grafton's alphabet series so far, this is one of the better ones. Kinsey seems more vulnerable and shows a softer side rather than the usual scratchy exterior she usually shows. And I must say that I did not guess at who the murderer was!

A woman was murdered when she was shot through the peep hole in her front door. Her ex-husband was tried for the murder but was acquitted. Now it's 6 years later and an earlier ex-husband is bringing charges in a civil suit against...more
Anne
I love Kinsey Millhone!!! Great gal!!!
Polly
This is another typical Kinsey Millhone mystery but I had stopped reading the series for a while and it was refreshing to go back and read another. It seems if I read 2 or 3 of them in a row they get very predictable. Since that is the case, I think I'll wait a while before I pick up the next one.
Tom Park
Wondering what Reader's Digest would do with a Grafton work. She does like her long descriptions of where she is at the moment. The story line itself was pretty good. Didn't really know or at least I didn't have a clue until the final denouement.
Terah
This one felt like a rollercoaster ride in a classic mystery style. Still learning more and more about Kinsey. Little hidaways at the age of 5 and peanutbutter and pickle sandwiches. I absolutely adore this series.
Nancy Ellis
If I ever have the misfortune of going blind, I would want Sue Grafton to come live with me! She has such a wonderful way of describing things, you have no problem imagining what they are like, and you can practically smell the flowers, ocean, etc., and hear the sounds as she mentions them. Along with that, the story is interesting and entertaining. Kinsey Millhone is actually pretty well-behaved in this book and demonstrates some empathy and sympathy for some of the characters....the ones who d...more
Verna Humphrey
sue Grafton,is a very good author,if anyone is looking for a good read
Neet
In the 9th book in the Kinsey Millhone mysteries we find our intrepid detective 6 weeks after the explosive events of the previous mystery. Kinsey finds herself out of the offices at California Fidelity despite having proven there was a big insurance fraud ring and Kinsey despite considerable risks to herself solved the mystery and saved the insurance firm a bundle. Kinsey is now at a new office and working investigating a civil matter for a lawyer whose office she works in. The Previous PI on t...more
Michelle
Reread of I is for Innocent. Classic Kinsey with a return of past characters: Henry, Rosie, and a side dish of Jonah.

Kinsey is freshly fired from her independent contractor gig at California Fidelity, and finds a new home with her attorney, Lonnie Kingman. Lonnie needs Kinsey's help investigating an old homicide for a client. Kinsey dives in head first, as always, and puts her life on the line. And in the climactic ending, she owes her life oddly to her ex-boyfriend, Dietz. You're welcome, Kins...more
Merredith
I started reading this series a long time ago, I think back in high school. I've read a couple here and there since then, but always had trouble remembering what letter I was on. And honestly, the whole series started to get cloudy in my mind. So I'm going back a few books and going to make an effort to read the whole series in a closer amount of time. Starting with I. I know I read I before, but it seems not at all familiar. Not much back story on this one, mostly just the mystery at hand, so f...more
Natalie
In this novel, Kinsey is back to her old tricks again. This is a story reminiscent of Grafton's earlier alphabet novels, which is welcome after the last boring installment, H is for Homicide. Kinsey is in a different office, but using the same gumshoe techniques to track down the truth. I find it interesting (though necessary) to keep the story set in the mid 1980's even though this novel was written in the early 90's. It's amazing how much harder PI's had to work back in the day- pounding the p...more
Tara
I liked this one more than the last. I guess I'm just missing the cast of wacky characters that other mystery series have. Or other long running series in general. I mean I read a lot of other long series and in them there is a cast od characters- the wacky sidekick, or a potential love interest or two... in this series it's really just Kinsey and her landlord who really doesn't play a huge role in things on a book to book basis. She doesn't have anyone that is always there ti help, or bounce id...more
Benjamin Thomas
The 9th book in the Kinsey Milhone series marches on although now, due to events in the last book, she works out of a room in a law office instead of an insurance company. This seems like a good move for the series since it will be easier to land interesting cases. This time it's a homicide case handed to her by the lead lawyer in the firm, where the assumed bad guy has already been found innocent in the criminal courts but is now up on civil charges. Everybody assumes he is guilty but hopes to...more
Alex Howard
If you have great idea A and great idea B, the first temptation is to try them both together. Like, for example, pizza and ice cream. Fine taken separately, and fine in the same meal. Fine even one straight after the other - just not fine on the same spoon. In the same vein, this book tries to combine the detailed studies with the action packed thriller from the last two in the series, and it doesn't quite work.

I wouldn't say this is a bad book - very far from it. This is more a thinking kind o...more
Simone
I is for Innocent is yet another great chapter in the Saga of Kinsey Millhone - the P.I. around whom the series revolves. I can’t specifically tell you anything about ‘I’ that I can’t say about the entire series, so here’s my opinion of the series instead:

I have vague recollections of seeing these books at the book store when I was in high school in the 80s; back then the series was probably up to about ‘C’ or ‘D’. I jumped in 20 years later in 2008 when ‘T’ came out and I love it - especially K...more
Lara Tambellini
I thought this was pretty good and it took me a minute to figure it out.

Lonnie Kingman is in a bind. He's smack in the middle of assembling a civil suit, and the private investigator who was doing his pretrial legwork has just dropped dead of a heart attack. In a matter of weeks the court's statute of limitations will put paid to his case. Five years ago David Barney walked when a jury acquitted him of the murder of his rich wife, Isabelle. Now Kingman, acting as attorney for the dead woman's ex...more
Angela
This book had me hooked from the first chapter. I think it is the best book in her series that I have read so far. I is for Innocent was a book packed with action and twists and turns. Every time I thought I had the solution all figured out, something else was thrown at me and I knew I was wrong.

Kinsey Millhone is recovering from being fired from her previous job with the insurance company. She not only lost her job, but her confidence has been taken from her too. She gets a new job quite quickl...more
Rugg Ruggedo
I may be for innocent,but there are very few characters here who can claim it for them selves. Taking up an investigation in the middle, Kinsey finds that nothing is quite what its supposed to be, when it was explained to her by her new boss and landlord. Ms Millhone's business residence has changed and with it her assignments that keep her busy and the bill paid have gone from insurance to felonies. Kinsey takes over this case from an old acquaintance, who has passed unexpectedly from a heart a...more
Melissa
Kinsey is back for another adventure in her life as a private investigator. She’s been kicked out of her former offices, California Fidelity, and she’s started and new partnership with a local lawyer, Lonnie Kingman. She’s helping him investigate his cases in exchange for rent-free office space. The only drawback is the struggle to keep her investigative methods above board. If called to testify in court she needs to be beyond reproach, so breaking and entering is no longer and option.

Morley Sh...more
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

Family History:

Father: C.W. Grafton, born 1909, third son of Presbyterian Missionaries, born and raised in China, educated Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina; practicing attorney in Louisville, Kentucky with a 40-year specialty in municipal bonds. Au...more
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