Sue Grafton Writing Styles in 'I' Is for Innocent

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The point of view of this novel is the first-person. In this novel, the narrator is Kinsey Millhone, a private detective working and living in Santa Theresa, California. Kinsey narrates the novel as though she is sharing with the reader a step by step report of her actions in a specific investigation. In fact, the novel ends with a final entry into an investigative report that is signed by Kinsey herself.

The first person point of view of this novel is reminiscent of the old style detective novels, such as those written by Dashiell Hammett. Kinsey Millhone takes the reader on a step by step journey through her case, mentioning such mundane things as the details of a witnesses appearance, while talking through her thoughts and emotions on the case. The first-person point of view is an intimate point of view that keeps the reader in...

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