D Is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone Series #4)

D Is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone Series #4)

by Sue Grafton
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D Is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone Series #4) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BookhoundND More than 1 year ago
Great as usual.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
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.
BolivarJ More than 1 year ago
"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.
CBGN More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Sue Grafton's series for years and they are great mysteries. Complex, suspenseful and Kinsey is a great character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Sue Grafton's series is always a fun read. You look forward to reading the next letter.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Trouble from a Bounced Check I know many authors struggle with explaining where they get the ideas for their novels. But as a reader, I often find it fascinating. Take ”D” is for Deadbeat, the fourth Kinsey Milhone Mystery from Sue Grafton. It starts out simply enough, but the book quickly takes off in a surprising new direction. It’s a Saturday in the fall and Kinsey is in her office trying to catch up on some paperwork. She isn’t expecting any new clients to walk in so she is surprised when she finds a man standing in her doorway. He introduces himself as Alvin and asks Kinsey to track down someone named Tony for him and give that person a check. Kinsey’s not sure she completely believes the story he tells about how he got the money and why he wants to give it to Tony, but she accepts the job along with an advanced check for her services. As Alvin is leaving, he lobs the first surprise Kinsey’s way – Tony is a teenager. A couple of days later, her bank lets her know that the check from Alvin bounced. Frustrated, she treks down from her native Santa Teresa to Los Angeles to track down Alvin. Only then does she learn that Alvin isn’t his real name. His young wife says that he is back up in Santa Teresa, but before Kinsey can track him down, “Alvin” is dead. Will Kinsey find Tony? Who would want her client dead? Maybe it’s just because I don’t read many PI novels, but making the connection from bounced check to murder and the complications it leads is not something I would ever come up with. And yet it works wonderfully here in this novel. The plot makes complete sense as it unfolds before us, and there are some fun twists along the way. I did feel the novel stalled out a little as it neared the climax, but the climax will leave you turning pages quickly. The characters in this series are usually very sharp and distinct. I thought they weren’t quite as memorable this time around, but again that was a minor issue overall. And maybe that was just me since we meet a group that is overly obnoxiously Christian and I didn’t care for them at all. Kinsey is still a wonderful lead character. A couple of supporting characters really only make cameos here, and I found I missed them, although I’m definitely curious where the subplot involving Kinsey’s love life is going to lead. Once again, I listened to the audio version narrated by Mary Peiffer. She is an outstanding narrator, and brings the characters and story to life without getting in the way of the story. The creative direction of this story will keep you entertained from beginning to end. ”D” is for Deadbeat is another fun case for Kinsey to solve.
HaveninFla More than 1 year ago
Great stuff. Grafton does it again.
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"May i be leader?"
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Sure.....
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Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
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.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
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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Boring
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