Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone narrates another great thriller in this fourth installment in the alphabet mystery series. In "'D' is for Deadbeat", she's approached by Alvin Limardo (real name: John Daggett) who wants her to locate a 15-year-old boy named Tony Gahan and deliver a $25,000 check to him. Although she's wary of John, she proceeds with the case, only to have his $400 retainer check bounce--and his corpse wash up on the California shore a short time later.
After his death, John's estranged, successful daughter Barbara Daggett requests Kinsey to pursue the situation. Both women don't believe his death was an accident, especially now that Kinsey has learned more about his past--that he had just been released from prison for doing a few months' time for vehicular manslaughter, which killed the above-mentioned teen's family. Now Kinsey must sort through a handful of possible suspects who were all too happy Daggett passed away, including one of his wives (Lovella Daggett) and one of Tony Gahan's guardians (Ramona Westfall).
I thought "'D' is for Deadbeat" was a really good mystery, even though I had guessed the killer about halfway into it. I doubt most people will guess him/her right away, though; it is a bit of an unexpected twist.
Like a lot of Grafton's books, there's always a sudden, wild ending, and this one is no exception. So, if you're a Sue Grafton fan, then I'd certainly recommend this book.