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Death and Taxes (Jill Smith #7)

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  96 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
When an IRS agent is poisoned, Jill Smith faces a murder case in which dozens of California taxpayers are suspects
IRS agent Philip Drem is found face down in People’s Park, a haven of drug addicts and streetwalkers in the heart of liberal, eccentric Berkeley, California. By the time homicide detective Jill Smith arrives on the scene, Drem’s wallet is gone and the tax colle
ebook, 282 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1992)
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'Until someone put a poisoned needle in his bicycle seat, Phil Drem was the meanest, most nit-picking IRS agent in Berkeley, California.

But when Detective Jill Smith began searching Berkeley's backwaters for the tax man's killer, she found a different picture of Drem: a caring Drem, whose once-beautiful wife was "allergic to the world" and whose friends and enemies, old hippies and would-be entrepreneurs, enjoyed a ghoulish pastime called The Death Game. Did the Death Game KO Drem? Was someone's
This held up all right--in certain respects Berkeley is much the same today as it was when this came out in 1993. On the other hand, the victim's character is rather implausible, as is the method of dispatching him. In a sense, the most interesting thing about it in 2012 is the airport portion toward the end. My first question, when the Berkeley cops struggled to reach SFO in time to stop a fleeing suspect, was why they couldn't rely on the airport police or other local police to round up the pe ...more
Cindy Grossi
For a paperback I picked up somewhere it was OK. One in a series and I will not be going out of my way to find another.
Ryan Mishap
Despite the pro-police bias of many the detective cozy and the shiny-from-use- stereotypes about Berkeley, I like this series. Decent mysteries and characters ans some hot-button social issues.
Kevin J.
Nov 07, 2011 Kevin J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not sure why I finished it. Never got invested with the character or the plot. Mostly it was in the van so I read it while waiting on various children and/or doctors.
Aug 23, 2009 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Jill Smith #7
Oct 11, 2010 bette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very boring read
Oct 10, 2008 Cws marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Susan Dunlap is best known for her Jill Smith detective series, but she is a prolific and much loved writer of crime and mystery fiction, including award-winning short stories.
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