- File Size: 1066 KB
- Print Length: 471 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Outsider Books (January 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01A7YZLAM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Death Will Pay Your Debts (Bruce Kohler Mysteries Book 5) Kindle Edition
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As the book opens, Jimmy announces he is deeply in debt and now belongs to DA (Debtors Anonymous) as well as AA, so he is not going to be able to take Barbara to California for her fortieth birthday as planned. Barbara announces she's pregnant and is worried that Jimmy will not be able to take care of her and the baby.
Bruce has a girlfriend, Cindy, a cop and a recovering alcoholic and is happy.
Then Jimmy's DA sponsor is murdered in Starbucks and Cindy is assigned to the case. Cindy is afraid she'll have to reveal she's in AA and tells Bruce she can't see him while she's on the case. Knowing Jimmy, Barbara and Jimmy, she also warns him not to get involved, to leave the investigation to the police.
Of course, Bruce and Barbara can't resist and they convince Jimmy that they can investigate the AA and DA connections better than the police and they are off and running.
In addition to a good mystery and a fun read, Zelvin gives the reader a peek into the AA world. I highly recommend Dead Broke..
This fourth entry in the series is told in alternating points of view between Bruce, Jimmy, Barbara and Bruce’s cop girlfriend (also an AA member), Cindy. Normally that annoys me, but it seemed to work for this plot. It gave me insight into what each character was thinking/feeling/focusing on. And it was interesting getting into each character’s head.
Speaking of annoying, let’s talk about Barbara. She generally irks me, but I found her particularly irritating in this book. She’s pregnant and her hormones are driving the bus. Several times I found myself thinking, boy, she needs to get her ass to a meeting, or call her sponsor and confess to her bad behavior of manipulating Jimmy when she knows it’s wrong. That’s a testament to the strength of Zelvin’s writing, making the characters so believable that you want to smack them upside the head.
I have enjoyed every one of the Bruce Kohler books, including this one (even tho’ I really did want to slap Barbara, more than once). The stories are well-written and believable, the 12-step subplots ring true, and the characters are entertaining. I look forward to the next Bruce Kohler story.
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However, still nice descriptions of NY and the recovery world, almost as good as being there.