"D" Is for Deadbeat

"D" Is for Deadbeat

Book - 1987
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'My name is Kinsey Millhone. I'm a private investigator . . . female, single and self-employed, with a constitutional inability to work for anyone else. I'm a purist when it comes to justice, but I'll lie at the drop of a hat. Inconsistency has never troubled me . . .' It was late October, the day before Halloween. He introduced himself as Alvin Limardo. The job he hired Kinsey to do seemed easy enough . . . until his cheque bounced. His real name was Dagett. John Dagett. Ex-con. Inveterate liar. Chronic drunk. And dead. The cops called it an accident - death by drowning. Kinsey wasn't so sure. The man, it seemed, had a lot of enemies . . . 'D is for deft and diverting' Guardian 'Witty and clever' The Times 'Heart-pounding, totally mesmerizing suspense' New York Times
Publisher: London, England : Pan Books, c1987.
ISBN: 9780330315852
0330315854
Characteristics: 229 pages

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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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