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"D" is for deadbeat : [a Kinsey Millhone mystery]
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Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, ℗2004.
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6 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Sequel to: C is for corpse; sequel: E is for evidence.
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.
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He calls himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he has for Kinsey is cut-and-dried: locate a kid who's done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. Stiffed for the retainer, Kinsey finds out Limardo's real name is John Daggett...ex-con, ex-liar, ex-alchy, currently dead.

The cops call it an accident but Kinsey differs. Look at his life A lot of people hated him, from much-abused wives, to drug dealers out big money, to the families of five people he killed driving drunk. In short, Daggett wasn't popular.

Author Notes

Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24, 1940. She received a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Louisville in 1961. Her first novel Keziah Dane was published in 1967. Her second novel, The Lolly-Madonna War, was published in 1969 and she adapted it into a screenplay. After that movie was released in 1973, she worked intermittently writing for television. A series she created, Nurse, ran for two seasons on CBS in the early 1980s.

Her writing career took off when A Is for Alibi was published in 1982 and received the Mysterious Stranger Award. This was the beginning of the Kinsey Millhone Mystery series. B Is for Burglar won the Shamus and Anthony Awards and C Is for Corpse won the Anthony Award. She also received the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bouchercon, and the Ross Macdonald Literary Award. She died from cancer on December 28, 2017 at the age of 77.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

``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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

Kinsey Millhone, the author's gritty, appealing P.I., based in California's Santa Teresa (""C"" is for Corpse), is hired by shabby alcoholic ex-con John Daggett to deliver a cashier's check for $25,000 to one Tony Gahan, address unknown. A few days later, Daggett's body is washed ashore--accidental drowning according to police. Meanwhile, Kinsey has located Tony Gahan, the teen-aged lone survivor of a family killed by a drunken Daggett in a car crash years before. She's also talked to Daggett's ugly, Bible-spouting wife Essie; his unsavory, colorful friend Billy Polo; his bigamous second wife Lovella, and his sleek, brittle daughter Barbara. Kinsey's conviction that Daggett was killed becomes firmer as she burrows deeper into the hours before his death. A second murder points the way to a dramatic confrontation with the killer. Solid plot with a sometimes poignant undercurrent; a brisk pace; and people and places infused with vivid reality--Grafton gets better all the time. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Spunky private eye Kinsey Millhone is swept up in a tangle of hate, violence, and families torn asunder. Grafton has a fine eye for detail and an uncanny ability to evoke the distinctive California life-style through even the briefest turn of phrase. (Ap 1 87)