I is for Innocent Author:Sue Grafton Lonnie Kingman is in a bind. He's smack in teh 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 yeras ago David Barney walked when a jury aquitted him of the murder of ... more »his rich wife, Isabelle. Now Kingman, acting as attorney for the dead woman's ex-husband and their children (and sure that the jury made a serious mistake), is trying to divest David Barney of the profits of that murder. But time is running out, and David Barney still swears he's innocent.
Patterned along the line of a legal case, "I" is for Innocent is seamlessly divided into thirds: one-third of the novel is devoted to the prosecution. one-third to the defense, and one-third to cross-examination and rebuttal. The result is a trial novel without a trial and a crime novel that resists solution right to the end.« less