- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First edition (Nov. 29 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312939027
- ISBN-13: 978-0312939021
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
D is for Deadbeat: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Nov 29 2005
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“One of the things that makes Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series so unfailingly entertaining is Millhone's character. She's the last one to cultivate eccentricities in the Nero Wolfe manner, and her unsentimental, loner's-eye view of herself and the world keeps her feet on the ground. But her cases often get messy because she feels things strongly. This happens again, more satisfyingly than ever, in ‘D' is for Deadbeat.” ―The Detroit News
“Kinsey Millhone has the characteristic persistence of the good private eye who won't be deterred from digging out the truth. With skill, Grafton keeps not only her appealing detective but her readers on the edge to know more.” ―Ms. magazine
“Taut prose and controlled plotting make Grafton an outstanding writer of hardboiled detective stories. Social awareness and human weakness play a great part in the Millhone books, which always manage to finish with a heart-stopping climax. Well done indeed.” ―Library Journal
From the Back Cover
For #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton's P.I. Kinsey Millhone, if a job sounds too easy to be believed, it probably is―and chances are, it's twice as dangerous…
D IS FOR DECEIT
When Alvin Limardo walks into P.I. Kinsey Millhone's office, she smells bad news. He wants Kinsey to deliver $25,000. The recipient: A fifteen-year-old boy. It's a simple matter. So simple that Kinsey wonders why he doesn't deliver the money himself. She's almost certain something is off. But with rent due, Kinsey accepts Limardo's retainer against her better judgment…
D IS FOR DEAD END
When Limardo's check bounces, Kinsey discovers she's been had big time. Alvin Limardo is really John Daggett―an ex-con with a drinking problem, two wives to boot, and a slew of people who would like to see him dead. Now Kinsey is out four hundred dollars and in hot pursuit of Daggett.
D IS FOR DEADBEAT
When Daggett's corpse shows up floating in the Santa Teresa surf, the cops rule the death an accident. Kinsey thinks it's murder. But seeking justice for a man who everyone seemed to despise is going to be a lot tougher than she bargained for―and what awaits her at the end of the road is much more disturbing than she could've ever imagined…
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Kinsey is then hired by Daggett's daughter, Barbara, to find out what really happened. Daggett wasn't well-liked so there could a lot people who wanted him dead. And who was the blonde woman he had been partying with the night he died?
I thought this book was just okay. I liked the writing style. It is written in first person perspective in Kinsey's voice. I found there were a lot of characters involved and I had a hard time keeping them straight. As a head's up, there is swearing and adult activity. I wasn't crazy about the ending ... I found it kind of sad and think it could have ended better.
This is the fourth in the "alphabet series" featuring Kinsey Millhone. I discovered this series in the mid-1990s and have read them all. Since the series will soon come to an end (I finished the latest, Y is for Yesterday, yesterday), I am starting at the beginning and rereading them. They are all set in the 1980s before everyone had a computer, cell phone, people still smoke in public places, etc.
An ex-con Alvin Limardo asks Kinsey to locate and pass on a $25,000 cheque to a 15 year old boy who did him a good turn years ago. Against her better inclinations, Kinsey takes the job but in short order the cheque for her services bounces, and she travels to LA to track him down and discovers the name was phony; his real name is John Daggett. His wife in LA, his born-again Christian wife and a daughter who is a successful CEO of a high tech company in Santa Teresa are unanimous that he is a problematic character, alcoholic, a liar and abuser, someone who has spent much of his adult life in the courts or prison. Most recently he spent two years in prison for vehicular homicide: he smashed into a car while driving drunk, killing 4 of the 5 occupants and impacting three families.
Several days later he washes up on the shore of Santa Teresa, an accidental death according to the police, but Kinsey is dubious. The daughter hires Kinsey to investigate, in hopes of putting to rest his pernicious influence in her life.
As the case develops, Kinsey experiences an ethical dilemma. By most accounts, the people around him are better off with him dead. Yet why is she determined to pursue the case? This is another dimension to an already complicated plot and certainly adds interest, as Kinsey tries to reconstruct the last days of his life. This is an excellent story with the characteristic surprise ending that Sue Grafton is renowned for.
The atmosphere is dark - several children's deaths- but this also has some her greatest humor. Daggett married "but the warranty on his first wife hadn't expired."
The affair with Jonah is on again. Mike the likeable teenage drug dealer from B is for Burglat and Ron from the TipTop cab company have bit parts. Intersting parallels between the scuzzy LA apartment building where Daggett lived and the one on O is for Outlaw where her first husband lived.
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