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D Is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone Series #4)

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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. ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``D'' is for Detective Kinsey Millhone, given $25,000 of stolen drug money by a drunkard named Daggett who then dies in a drowning. When she decides to deliver the money to Daggett's designee, a young man who was the sole survivor of an auto accident perpetrated by Daggett, Kinsey finds herself in a dilemma: too many ``D's'' are after the loot. There are two Mrs. Daggetts, a daughter, the drug dealers and a determined killer who soon claims a second life. At this point, Grafton's lively, well-written adventure develops a deadly flaw. Kinsey comes upon the second victim shortly after he's been shot. Though dying, he is conscious and coherent. Why, then, doesn't she ask who did it? When asked the same thing by the police, she says, ``I didn't want the last minutes of his life taken up with that stuff''a humane but unlikely rejoiner from any private eye. Even so, the pleasure of this story comes through. Let's give it a ``D'' for Dandy. (May 14)
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250020260
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Kinsey Millhone Series , #4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 136,861
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

SUE GRAFTON is The New York Times #1 bestselling author for the alphabet series. She has been working on this series since 1982 and intends to complete the series in 2015.

Biography

Sue Grafton is published in 28 countries and 26 languages -- including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. She's an international bestseller with a readership in the millions. She's a writer who believes in the form that she has chosen to mine: "The mystery novel offers a world in which justice is served. Maybe not in a court of law," she has said, "but people do get their just desserts." And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Robert Parker and the John D. MacDonald—the best of her breed—she has earned new respect for that form. Her readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling talents.

But who is the real Sue Grafton? Many of her readers think she is simply a version of her character and alter ego Kinsey Millhone. Here are Kinsey's own words in the early pages of N Is for Noose:

"So there I was barreling down the highway in search of employment and not at all fussy about what kind of work I'd take. I wanted distraction. I wanted some money, escape, anything to keep my mind off the subject of Robert Deitz. I'm not good at good-byes. I've suffered way too many in my day and I don't like the sensation. On the other hand, I'm not that good at relationships. Get close to someone and the next thing you know, you've given them the power to wound, betray, irritate, abandon you, or bore you senseless. My general policy is to keep my distance, thus avoiding a lot of unruly emotion. In psychiatric circles, there are names for people like me."

Those are sentiments that hit home for Grafton's readers. And she has said that Kinsey is herself, only younger, smarter, and thinner. But are they an apt description of Kinsey's creator? Well, she's been married to Steve Humphrey for more than twenty years. She has three kids and two grandkids. She loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine—not quite the nature-hating, fast-food loving Millhone. So: readers and reviewers beware. Never assume the author is the character in the book. Sue, who has a home in Montecito, California ("Santa Theresa") and another in Louisville, the city in which she was born and raised, is only in her imagination Kinsey Millhone -- but what a splendid imagination it is.

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    1. Hometown:
      Montecito, California and Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 24, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, University of Louisville, 1961
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Sue Grafton...wtg!

    I have never been an avid book reader until I made a promise to myself to read a book a month, just to better myself and my knowledge intake. When I started the alphabet series, I found my niche. I couldn't put them down. I read the first 4 in one month. Kinsey Milhone is a great character and she reminds me of myself a little. She can take you to a place where you can say "I know exactly what you mean", or "I know exactly how you feel". D is for Deadbeat was probably one of the more emotional ones I have read of the series, and it shows great strengths in Kinsey's character, as well as others. It is an excellent read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

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    POOR WHITE TRASH, GOT TO LOVE IT

    WOW, what an ending. Bigger surprise than Alibi.
    In Corpse, the client had more money than he knew what to do with. In this one, well, it's trailer time. Kinsey says to the witness/suspect, "It's just $8,000" to which the reply is made, "Do you have $8,000?"
    The best part of the book is when Kinsey narrates why she will miss her gun. She goes into being raised by her aunt, who wholeheartedly believed that women should always be self-sufficient and never dependent on anyone. She was an eccentric woman who was glad when Kinsey failed Home Economics and felt girls should take Wood Shop. Her aunt also brought Kinsey to her first firing range.
    I did have a few problems with the book, but nothing substantial. Too many suspects and the author really needs to remind me who these people are. A lot of times the suspect has a different name than, for instance, the car crash victim, or Grafton will refer to the person by a last name and later by a first name. It can get confusing on how everything is related.
    And there is romance for Kinsey in this one too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2010

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    D is for Deceitful!!!

    "Later, I found out his name was John Daggett, but that's not how he introduced himself the day he walked into my office. Even at the time, I sensed that something was off, but I couldn't figure out what it was. The job he hired me to do seemed simple enough, but then the bum tried to stiff me for my fee. Folks. I should have known right then that it wasn't going to turn out well. I went after him for the money and the next thing I knew, I was caught up in events I still haven't quite recovered from" Kinsey Millhone.

    D is for Deceitful!!!

    D is for deadbeat, is for Deceitful. As Sue Grafton publishes the fourth installment of the Millohne's series, Her books become more darker, and better than her previous ones. D is for Deadbeat features a plot of Kinsey looking for who she thought was Alvin Limardo, an ex- con who hired her to find a kid who'd done him a favor. However, he stiffed her for her retainer, days later his body was found washed up in the surf, and it is Kinsey's duty to find out who killed him. The problem was that he was never a good fellow and once released from prison many people wanted him dead. Having been convicted of vehicular manslaughter when he killed five people, and one of those victims being Billy Polo's brother, his best buddy from prison, as well as having ripped off some thugs while in prison with stolen money and having being married to Lovella and Essie Dagget, two unhappy wives simultaneously, makes Kinsey's job more difficult.

    With so many suspects, and having all good reasons to want John Dagget dead, Grafton does a wonderful job twisting the plot, and giving Kinsey a lot of work to solve his murder. The characters are always special in their own way, she gives them that special touch where you remember them for a while, long after the book is finished.

    If A, B, and C were classics, D is for Deadbeat follows that tradition. Grafton's writing style may look simple, but she manages to write books that are different to one another, raising questions as to, who did it, and how. D is for Deadbeat is about unsolved debts, redemption, vengeance, and the price all human souls pay one way or the other. Sue Grafton Millohne's series is always a pleasure to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Great series

    I have read the entire alphabet series this summer, A-T. The first I read (G) was loaned to me by a friend and I was completely hooked. The plots are very intricate, character building is wonderful and the dry humor and wit are fascinating. I normally do not read this much but I have not been able to put the books down. There have been a lot of late nights when I just had to see what happened! The entire series of books is FANTASTIC. I am on my second read-through of all of them and I see how much I missed the first time around. This is both enjoyable mystery and thoroughly absorbing reading. I am anxiously waiting for U!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    They're all good

    I've been reading Sue Grafton's series for years and they are great mysteries. Complex, suspenseful and Kinsey is a great character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    As usual Sue Grafton has done a super job. I would recommend anything by her.

    Great as usual.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    A reviewer

    Sue Grafton is wonderous for her A,B,C mysteries. I just love how she uses the alphabet in a creative way in writing a good mystery. I suggest if you read her books from A to Z, they go in chronological order, you will love how each novel flows into each other.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Banana

    PUT ME IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    The Dilemma theory part 1 the telling of many lives chapter 1 continued

    WILL ANYPONY ELSE GO? The guards asked 2 other farmers rose a hoof in the air the guards escorted us from the fieldsand to the sisters castle ive never been there but ive herd that thhe town near to it was full of fine trading goods. Lunas guards took us up to the throne room and bowed imediatley i followed their lead along with the 2 other farmers who agreed to go princess celestia gestured us to rise. Welcome farmers weve hired you to go into the everfree forest (as someponies referred to it as) you will have these guards as your escorts. She pointed a hoof at the night guards who were with us. Well plunging into everfree where no ponies have ever escaped perfect. Princess celestia gestured some of her guards over and they suited us in royal armor and gave us swords. I hope you will not have to use those weapons but if so i wish you luck the princess gestured to us that we were free to go. My fellow farmers and I walked out of the castle the guards following close behind and stopped at the gates to talk. Weaver a taller leaner pony with a short yellow mane and tan coat was first to speak. So what do we do now the unicorn guard who went by the name of Bits answered. We are to gather supplies from the market we shall meet here after wards the guard handed us each a scroll with a symbol on it "show this to whoever your buying from and you wont have to pay you understand" yes sir we replied the other farmer was my friend kabitz he worked the mill at the farm me and kabitz were assigned food. Walked to the market and found an apple stand we waljed up to the merchant took about 10 apples "that will be.."he stopped talking after we showed the scroll and dismissed us we then stocked up on bread and cheese, carrots and oats. Kabitz and I met back at the gates and saw the rest of the group waiting for us. We showed the gaurds what we had gotten and looked pleased weaver was carrying canteens of water and the guards had weapons (such as knives bows and arrows for protection) wagon and a shelter kit. We put the supplies in an orderly fashion in the wagon the guards instructed that we would all have wagon shifts and they would be asleep in the wagon if we needed them. Weaver pulled the cart as we walked as we neared the forest we woke the guards they sat up and kept their eyes open for danger being night guards they had really good vision in the dark. We entered the forest careful to not break the wagon we eventually had to begin hacking our way through the vines and other plants after an hour of walking through the forest kabitz took the wagon and weaver sat in the back of the wagon the guards ears twitched as if they heard something they hopped out of the wagon and drew their swords i pulled out mine as well holding it in my teeth. The guard brutus head into the forest a little ways at first we heard nothin but then we heard......TO BE CONTINUED

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Mosspelt

    "May i be leader?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Spottedfern

    Pads off to post bio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Partyposion

    Sure.....

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

    Each book is better than the last. Recommend that the books be

    Each book is better than the last. Recommend that the books be read in alphabetical sequence for the full impact of this series. Love Sue Grafton's work. Easy read with great plots and character development.

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  • Posted October 13, 2013

    D is for Deadbeat is another win for Sue Grafton.  Kinsey Millho

    D is for Deadbeat is another win for Sue Grafton.  Kinsey Millhone is a perfect character.  The book is suspenseful and well written.  I enjoyed the intrigue and the story line.  The mysteries are tightly wrapped until the very end.  Always a lot of suspects and very little evidence, yet it all ties up nicely, although tragically,in the end.  I enjoy following the same pathways as Kinsey. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Really slow Really slow

    Boring

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This is another outstanding Kinsey Millhone novel by Sue Grafton. Excellent work. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I would recommend reading A is for Aliby, B is for Bugler and C is For Corpse first. You will love folling Kinsey as she tries to see what has happened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Just keep getting better

    These books just keep getting more entertaining

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Kinsey is so real! Feel as if I know her! Reading the whole series! Wonderful and authentic reads

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    I gtg

    Hes takin me for ice crea.m baii!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Well written, fun to read

    I'm working my way through her novels in order. What I remember most was the cast of characters and their relationship. She creates such great pictures of the places and people. I love walking through the mystery in Kinsey's mind.

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