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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312939027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312939021
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (448 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"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.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“One of the things that makes Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series so unfailingly entertaining is Millhone’s character. She’s the last one to cultivate eccentricities in the Nero Wolfe manner, and her unsentimental, loner’s-eye view of herself and the world keeps her feet on the ground. But her cases often get messy because she feels things strongly. This happens again, more satisfyingly than ever, in ‘D’ is for Deadbeat.”—The Detroit News

“Kinsey Millhone has the characteristic persistence of the good private eye who won’t be deterred from digging out the truth. With skill, Grafton keeps not only her appealing detective but her readers on the edge to know more.”—Ms. magazine

“Taut prose and controlled plotting make Grafton an outstanding writer of hardboiled detective stories. Social awareness and human weakness play a great part in the Millhone books, which always manage to finish with a heart-stopping climax. Well done indeed.”—Library Journal

More About the Author

New York Times-bestselling author Sue Grafton is published in twenty-eight countries and twenty-six languages--including Estonian, Bulgarian, and Indonesian. Books in her alphabet series, begun in 1982, are international bestsellers with readership in the millions. And like Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald, Grafton has earned new respect for the mystery form. Readers appreciate her buoyant style, her eye for detail, her deft hand with character, her acute social observances, and her abundant storytelling prowess. She has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (2009) and is a recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award (2004).

Sue Grafton has been married to Steve Humphrey for more than thirty years, and they divide their time between Montecito, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. Grafton, who has three children and four grandchildren, loves cats, gardens, and good cuisine.

Customer Reviews

The book was easy to read and kept my interest.
Dianne Smith
I felt that this was one that tied up the loose ends of the story and giving an outcome for all of the pertinent characters.
Susan Kaye Behm
The main character is very funny and the story line is great, I will read the rest of the alphabet !
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on December 10, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone is back again in this fourth installment of Sue Grafton's alphabet series. This time she is offered a fee to give a $25,000 cashier's check to a young man named Tony Gahan. The check for the fee bounces and Kinsey is now looking for the man who gave it to her, plus the young man she is to give the cashier's check to. Everything she finds out about her client is bad. He is a drunk, who has killed several people in a car wreck, and appears to be a bigamist. When he is found dead, Kinsey has plenty of suspects including survivors of the dead motorists and two angry wives. This book is written in Grafton's usual breezy style, and Kinsey becomes more independent and more likeable with each book. I would recommend the whole series to mystery-lovers.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Von Gerds on August 9, 2001
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Another Great Book by Sue Grafton. In 'C is for Corpse' our hero Kinsey Millhone is hired by Bobby, a young man who fell victim to a terrible car accident almost a year ago and has left the once handsome young man freak-looking. Bobby believes the accident was an attempt to kill him, because of a secret he knows. Unfortunately, Bobby suffers from amnesia because of the accident ad cannot remember what the secret was. Our friend Kinsey quickly takes a liking to him, but unfortunatley Bobby meets an untimely end. Now it is up to Kinsey to find out who is behind his death and what the horrible secret is...
Once again, Sue Grafton portrays Kinsey as the odd yet likeable person that she is. I have always been able to identify very well with Kinsey Millhone and have taken a real liking to her. I can't wait to read the rest of her books!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on January 31, 2001
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Kinsey Millhone, single female, Private Investigator and all-round ordinary person is still recovering from the beating she received solving her last crime (told to us in B is for Burglar). This is later on in 1982 and as part of her recovery programme she is working out at the gym. That's where she sees Bobby Callahan. He is also recovering from a serious accident, and he looks bad. A few months before he lost control of his car and drove off a canyon road killing his friend and almost killing himself. He lost most of his memory in the accident, and as it returns in flashes, he realises that someone was trying to kill him - and could try again.
Kinsey takes the case wondering where to start - but before she gets too far Bobby is killed what seems to be an accidental crash, but Kinsey has her doubts. Given that he hired her to find his killers and left her with a retainer she feels she must, for his honour and memory, continue the case. Someone else in these reviews commented on Kinsey's loyalty, and that is right. She has a lot of likeable characteristics and this is one of them.
Bobby's friends and family must be interviewed and eliminated from her investigation and these include mother, Glen; his stepfather, Derek ; his step-sister (a drug addict and anoretic), Kitty; - a beautiful ex-girlfriend ;- Doctor Fraker whom Bobby worked for ; Fraker's beautiful wife Nola whose first husband died in mysterious circumstances and a host of his mother's friends. Kinsey must find out who the mystery woman Bobby was meeting before his first accident and how his job at the morgue fitted in to all of this.
At the same time Kinsey is having personal problems. Her personable landlord, Henry, has taken up with a widow by the name of Lila who has aroused everyone's suspicions except Henry's.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
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The alphabet detective is back and as good as ever. Grafton does a great job setting this mystery up and the ending is a complete surprise. The twists and turn in the book take you all over the place, where you end up is the one place you never would have figured. You will read this without putting the book down.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Coyle on July 27, 2007
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I am big mystery / crime book fan, so have been looking forward to getting into the Sue Grafton Alphabet mysteries for some time. This was the first book I have read in the series.

The main character, Kinsey Millhone, is very likable, and has a lot of depth. That's probably the most important thing for a series. The story itself is reasonable. It was far from the biggest page turner I've read but kept me going to the end. In a nutshell, it is about an ex-con who is savagely murdered one night. The police rule the death an accident, but Kinsey Millhone and the victim's daughter believe it is the work of foul-play. In steps P.I. Millhone. The list of suspects is as long as the victim's criminal record.

The book was set in 1986, but the only clue to its age is several references to "West Germany" which took me aback.

I can't say I am in a huge hurry to read the rest of the Kinsey Millhone series. Nonetheless, I will persevere and have just picked up I is for Innocent from the library. I will prob read 3 or 4 of these a year until I finish the series, it's good filler!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1996
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No one can make a funeral funnier than Kinsey. For that matter, I laughed till I wheezed over her description of the deadbeat's wife--a somewhat unstable Fundamentalist--and the picture taken on their 40th wedding anniversary. But the last chapter is a real nail-biter, as usual, and looking through Kinsey's eyes, these folks may be quirky, but human just the same. I've read all the books in the series, but this is the one I'd recommend to someone who hasn't read any of these books yet. What a sleuth
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