"D" Is for Deadbeat

"D" Is for Deadbeat

A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

Book - 1987
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Kinsey Millhone discovers that many people wanted John Daggett dead, including the wife who faced an intolerable marriage, the daughter who hated her lying father, and the families of the victims of Daggett's drunken driving

McMillan Palgrave

Sue Grafton's #1 New York Times bestselling series, reissued for a whole new generation of readers!

D IS FOR DEADBEAT

He called himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he had for Kinsey was cut-and-dried: locate a kid who'd done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. It was only later, after he'd stiffed her for her retainer, that Kinsey found out his name was Daggett. John Daggett. Ex-con. Inveterate liar. Chronic drunk. And dead. The cops called it an accident--death by drowning. Kinsey wasn't so sure.

Pulled into the detritus of a dead man's life, Kinsey soon realizes that Daggett had an awful lot of enemies. There's the daughter who grew up with a cheating drunk for a father, and the wife who's become a religious nut in response to an intolerable marriage. There's the lady who thought she was Mrs. Daggett--and has the bruises to prove it--only to discover the legal Mrs. D. And there are the drug dealers out $25,000. But most of all, there are the families of the five people John Daggett killed, victims of his wild, drunken driving. The D.A. called it vehicular manslaughter and put him away for two years. The families called it murder and had very good reason to want John Daggett dead.

Deft, cunning, and clever, this latest Millhone mystery also confronts some messy truths, for, as Kinsey herself says, "Some debts of the human soul are so enormous only life itself is sufficient forfeit"--but as she'd be the first to admit, murder is not a socially acceptable solution.

"A" Is for Alibi
"B" Is for Burglar
"C" Is for Corpse
"D" Is for Deadbeat
"E" Is for Evidence
"F" Is for Fugitive
"G" Is for Gumshoe
"H" Is for Homicide
"I" Is for Innocent
"J" Is for Judgment
"K" Is for Killer
"L" is for Lawless
"M" Is for Malice
"N" Is for Noose
"O" Is for Outlaw
"P" Is for Peril
"Q" Is for Quarry
"R" Is for Ricochet
"S" Is for Silence
"T" Is for Trespass
"U" Is for Undertow
"V" Is for Vengeance
"W" Is for Wasted
"X"



Publisher: New York : H. Holt, c1987
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 229 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780805002485
0805002480
Branch Call Number: Graf

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Dreamstime
May 18, 2019

A fun summer beach read. I like Kinsey's sense of humor and self-depreciation. The story is interesting though without any nail-biting moments, more of a "who done it" than a thriller. Even so, I enjoyed the interplay of characters.

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PolyWogg
Feb 19, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
An okay but very depressing case.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Kinsey is hired to deliver a cashier's cheque to a 15-year-old, but the client stiffs her on the fee so she hunts for him before delivering it.
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WHAT I LIKED:
There isn't a lot of mystery early on, just a few simple unanswered questions until a body drops. Now suddenly there's a murder to solve. The initial premise of the lying client sounded a bit familiar to one of her other novels, but not quite the same, which was good. And while Jonah features in the story, the rest of the ancillary characters are non-existent, leaving the story to run along at a decent pace.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
I never really felt much sympathy or empathy for the murder victim, so it's hard to get too excited about the case. Overall, most of the characters and the outcomes are all negative, so the whole storyline is rather a downer.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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Sarah1984
May 06, 2016

15/1 - Finally, a mystery that doesn't end with Kinsey being seriously injured by the bad guy. I don't know how she could physically survive the injuries she sustained in B is for Burglar (injuries which required some time in hospital and weeks/months of physical therapy), and still be recovering when she is seriously injured again at the end of C is for Corpse. It kind of reminds me of the indestructibility of Bruce Willis in Die Hard and how impossible it would really be for either of them to keep going after the injuries they had (the ones you could see, not even counting the internal ones you can't). But I really, really like Kinsey and so I don't care that she has the unbelievable indestructibleness of a terminator. I just want to keep reading the mysteries, none of which I've been able to solve before Kinsey does. I was pleased to learn more about the death of Kinsey's parents and the aunt who raised her. Kinsey's living arrangements and general life are the complete opposite to my life, and although I know I wouldn't enjoy the reality I do enjoy reading about her love of her tiny ex-garage apartment and her determination to go running whenever, wherever possible. I do like Kinsey's determined singlehood - I can't stand female characters who spend their books chasing men around, even in a romance I like the heroines to be sassy and independent (as much as possible within the usual romance era).

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Ubalstecha
Aug 11, 2011

Good story, although I would like it if one of these books wouldn't end in tragedy. Still, Grafton is on top her game with this one. Exciting and well thought out.

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Spillie
Jun 02, 2010

Another day so another misadventure for Kinsey Millhone. She does seem to find herself some unsual clients but I guess she can't be too choosy. A fun read.

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