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D Is For Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone #4)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  21,677 ratings  ·  469 reviews
The client came to Kinsey Millhone with an easy job -- just deliver $25,000 to a fifteen-year-old kid. A little odd, and a little too easy, but Kinsey took Alvin Limardo's retainer check anyway. It turned out to be as phony as he was. In real life, his name was John Daggett, a chronic drunk with a record as long as your arm and a reputation for sleazy deals. But he wasn't ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Mar 30, 2009 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Sue Grafton's novels are small and yummy, like a mental Hershey's kiss. I love the way she sets up multiple potential "solutions" to her mysteries, so that you can rarely ever figure them out ahead of time. Because what a bummer that is.

The best thing about this series is Kinsey Milhone. She's tough without being manly, feisty without being mean. This woman loves her independence and thinks that being single is almost as wonderful as being rich. I keep coming back just to see what she'll eat nex
I really do enjoy these books. Kinsey is hard-as-nails when she needs to be and yet funny and warm, too. They mysteries are interesting and the characters odd.

Better review now that I've had time:

I accidentally stumbled across R is for Ricochet several years ago while perusing the local library. Little did I know that that one book would open up a world of mystery for me. I have since gone back to the beginning and started the series in the order it was meant to be read. However, if you’re im
I was curious. It's a pretty decent page turner I guess, for what it is. I could write lots about it: it's curious how much detail it goes into, like a PI manual of sorts; no real character development but sexual tension; first person narrative so you can live these exciting scenes through her. Thing is, for me that jars terribly and her protagonist is definitely meant to appeal to a certain section of the population. Suburban. White. Comfortable. Ready for a little feminine emancipation but not ...more
These are like candy to me. Short, sweet, immensely satisfying. I won't claim that Grafton reaches new literary heights but they are largely well written and Kinsey is just a great character.

For what it is worth, I thought the hook here was weak. Not really sure why Kinsey would feel so beholden to a dead ex-offender to deliver a check, but whatevs.
Despite enthusiastic recommendations from some highly discerning reader friends, I'd never picked up a Sue Grafton novel before this one. I started with "D" rather than "A" because that was the copy I found available at my local second-hand bookshop just before I left on a long plane trip. It's a yellowed, pulpy paperback I planned to pitch after I finished it.
Who knew? In detective Kinsey Millhone, Grafton creates a character who sounds like a stereotype--hard-boiled outside, vulnerable inside-
D IS FOR DEADBEAT is an odd story - Kinsey is hired to give $ 25,000 to a fifteen-year-old. Should be simple, right? Not with Sue Grafton writing the book!! When Kinsey's retainer check bounces things really start to get interesting!! Next Kinsey finds the deadbeat who wrote the check, he was dead. Now she has to find out who killed him in order to get paid!

This is the fourth Sue Grafton book in this series but the first in the series that left me wanting more from the book. Although it kept a f
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 wo
D is for Deadbeat is the fourth in Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series of mysteries. I really like the character of Kinsey and like getting to know her better as this series continues.
This story seems to bog down a bit throughout the book. Even Kinsey, toward the end of the book, makes an observation that she was tired of waiting on this case to move again. But, as readers, we do get to know a bit more about Kinsey's background while she wrestles with how to proceed with her case.
When Kinsey
I did not enjoy this one very much. The ending was really tragic and the book seemed to drag along. Also while every human life is valuable it was hard to be upset when the victim met his end. So far my least favorite in the Kinsey series.
Somehow this story’s ending was not as satisfying for me as the others have been. I won’t give it away, however. But that’s the reason for my lower rating. I still love Kinsey and would love to meet her. Kinsey is still 32, so this is the same fictional year Grafton began in 1982 and “D” was published in 1987. But by the end it’s nearly Christmas. Unless the case in “E” begins immediately, I’d say Kinsey is moving on to a new year. I’m still engrossed in the story lines and I’ll continue with “E ...more
Kinsey Millhone is back and better than ever in D is for Deadbeat. She comes across a suspiciously easy case: deliver a cashier's check to a young teenage boy. Against her better judgement, Kinsey agrees to take on the case. But she soon finds that her new case isn't as it seems as the man who hired her winds up dead. And everyone that knows him has reasons for wanting him dead. Kinsey can't seem to let the case go, even if it means that danger lurks around every corner.

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Lara Tambellini
This wasn't one of my favorites, but it was still pretty good, even though it was hard to keep the characters straight at times.

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. K
So Kinsey Millhone is hired by a guy to deliver a $25K check to a fifteen-year-old boy. Before she can get the delivery made -- or track down the guy who hired her, who wrote a bad check -- the guy is dead. His daughter employs her to find out why, even though no one seems to like this guy at all -- except, perhaps, Kinsey. This could easily have been called The Case of the Blondes, as everyone around her conveniently fits the description of the woman who seems to be involved in the man's death. ...more
Randee Baty
Again, Sue Grafton has written a completely different type book from the 3 that precede it in the series. She always manages to come up with something new for Kinsey Millhone. The only flaw I find in the books is that Kinsey, at times, seems so patronizing about the normal things that regular people do in their day-to-day lives. I get that she's independent with no family ties and feels no need to do the socially acceptable things but she really seems to look down on those who do have family tie ...more
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Did not see the whodunit coming in this one! Thoroughly enjoyed this plot compared to the previous two. Either this one took me by surprise or the series is getting better. Either way, I am pleased and had a great time spending my Saturday night in reading this.
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
Re-read. I started this series back in the mid-80s and it has been one of my favorites since. It was fun to revisit this one. I couldn't remember whodunit after all this time.
Jan 04, 2014 Alondra rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Shelves: books-i-own
3.5 Stars

Good grief, that was sad all the way around. Good story, and I didn't figure the killer out until almost the end. Kinsey is a smart-ass, which I usually love; but she didn't have enough sympathy for the victims of Daggett. If a drunk takes out your family/child/friend; how much do you really care if he gets killed or meets an unfortunate accident? Even when you have spiritual faith, the human side of you comes into play and there is that part that is dead and does not care. She didn't s
These "alphabet novels" are nothing short of perfect mystery. Grafton's cleverly crafted characters will stay with you long after you are finished reading the books. Kinsey Milhone, her landord/best friend, Henry and all the others seem so much like real people it is hard to imagine a world without them. I was on the edge of my seat with all the twists and turns, never forseeing what was coming next. I felt that each novel, as Grafton advanced through the alphabet, improved in every way. I would ...more
Bevin lost in Wonderland
I enjoy these books, but seems as though I can figure out what's going on and who did but pretty quick.
Kudos to this author for being bold enough to name her books with the plan that more than one would get picked up by a publisher (she's going thru the alphabet & in 2013 published "W is for Wasted"). Somehow I decided to start with this one, rather than "A is for Alibi." At any rate, I can confirm that I was able to read this is my first book in the Kinsey Millhone series & still follow the story. A quick description is given to any characters Kinsey has encountered in earlier books. The ...more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY: When Alvin Limardo walks into P.I. Kinsey Millhone’s office, she smells bad news. He wants Kinsey to deliver $25,000. The recipient: A fifteen-year-old boy. It’s a simple matter. So simple that Kinsey wonders why he doesn’t deliver the money himself. She’s almost certain something is off. But with rent due, Kinsey accepts Limardo’s retainer against her better judgment…When Limardo’s check bounces, Kinsey discovers she’s been had big time. Alvin Limardo is really John Daggett—an ex-con w ...more
Sue Grafton has in the four I've read thought of different plots and people. This one has Alvin Limardo appear and ask Kinsey Millhone to give a $25,000 check to a person who is 15. The check bounces and Kinsey goes to find him. The man she meets at the apartments says Alvin Limardo is a generic name for all the males who live there. They give this alias in all sorts of situations. That is an amusing idea to me!

John Daggett is this Limardo's real name. He has most recently been in prison for veh
Have read the whole series up to now. My mother and I have read them together, and we both have enjoyed them very much. I really like Kinsey Millhone. I was quite a bit older when I got married for the first time, so I can appreciate her "singleness." I liked my "singleness" too. I realize that the character has been married a couple times, but she is good at picking up her pieces and moving on. I like the new characters she introduces, and I especially like Henry and Rosie. They are great.
Tamra LeValley
I love listening to book as I exercise!

Linsey is a pricvate detective who is hired by a man recently out of prison who has a $25,000.00 check for his victim. He wants Linsey to locate this 15 year old boy and give it to him. After paying her $400.00 to do this the check bounces so Linsely goes in search of her client. The only problem is he shows up a couple of days later dead. Now Linsely has to find out why and where he got the 25K.

This was a really good book. I love the character of Linsey. S
Wow, Grafton really knows how to write an ending! Made up for any tediousness throughout the rest of the novel ... and I have to admit, this time around (I've also read A-C), the long descriptions and Kinsey's generally negative world view (she seems so critical of everything--rarely pleased) got to me. By the end of the book, I was a bit bored and irritated, and thinking I'd probably only give this novel three stars ... then, wham, incredible ending.

Oh, fair warning, this book would have been
This book surprised me - in a good way. Long time ago (when I was still at school), I had (may sill have) a copy of B is for Burglar. I couldn't get on with it. BUT, this one kept me guessing right up to the end. I think it is very well written. I definatly want to read more by this author now!
I'm really enjoying this series. It's my impression that the writing has improved in C is for Corpse and D is for Deadbeat. I'm enjoying the characters more and more. I can't say that I wasn't eager to see how things were going to progress with Jonah in this book.
Evil Twin One (Ange)
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Another really far-fetched ending. I'm starting to remember why I stopped reading this series at 'Evidence' in the first place, years ago...nonetheless, I'm going to give my re-reading-and-then-continuing-on-with-the-alphabet project another few books before I give up, because after all they ARE enjoyable page-turners that you blaze through in a day or two.

Also: this was supposed to be set in 1982 (writing in 1987 or so)--would Kinsey/anyone *really* have mentioned worries about getting AIDS as
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievement award) in 2003.

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Father: C.W. Grafton, born 1909, third son of Presbyterian Missionaries, born and raised in China, educated Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina; practicing attorney in Louisville, Kentucky with a 40-year specialty in municipal bonds. Au
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Other Books in the Series

Kinsey Millhone (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1)
  • B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)
  • C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)
  • E is for Evidence (Kinsey Millhone, #5)
  • F is for Fugitive (Kinsey Millhone, #6)
  • G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone, #7)
  • H is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)
  • I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)
  • J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10)
  • K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11)
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, #1) M is for Malice (Kinsey Millhone, #13) J is for Judgment (Kinsey Millhone, #10) K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11) B is for Burglar  (Kinsey Millhone, #2)

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