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D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton
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Jul 05, 12

bookshelves: mystery-detective-pi
Read from July 02 to 05, 2012

I think Sue Grafton, the author of this 4th book in the Kinsey Malone "Alphabet Murder" series, has hit her stride with this book. While enjoyed the first three novels in the series, I felt sort of like I was reading a typical modern day who-dunnit. But now with this 4th book, I feel like I know the character of Kinsey Malone much better.

These books have been described as a combination of Hard-Boiled crime novels and softer, cozy mysteries. I think that is an accurate description as the PI, Kinsey, is a loaner who often sees the darker, shadier side of life, and deals with it using honor, humor, and often, a gun. Not mention a dogged determined approach to hitting the pavement in search of clues, witnesses, etc. As she says, "When a case refuses to break, sometimes you've gotta break it yourself."

In this book, Kinsey is hired to deliver a $25,000 cashier's check to a 15 year old boy whom the client can't locate. But shortly thereafter, the client is dead, and the suspect list is long. It's a good set-up, a solid bit of detective work, and a satisfying conclusion.

Four down, only 22 to go...
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