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Author"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_0_0 Sue Grafton"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_0_1
Country"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_1_0 United States"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_1_1
Language"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_2_0 English"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_2_1
Series"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_3_0 Alphabet Mysteries"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_3_1
Genre"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_4_0 Mystery fiction"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_4_1
Published"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_5_0 1987 (Henry Holt and Company)"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_5_1
Media type"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_6_0 Print (Hardcover)"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_6_1
Pages"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_7_0 229 first edition"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_7_1
ISBN"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_8_0 978-0-8050-0248-5"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_8_1
OCLC"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_9_0 "D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_9_1
Dewey Decimal"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_10_0 813/.54 19"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_10_1
LC Class"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_11_0 PS3557.R13 D2 1987"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_11_1
Preceded by"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_12_0 "C" Is for Corpse"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_12_1
Followed by"D" Is for Deadbeat_header_cell_0_13_0 "E" Is for Evidence"D" Is for Deadbeat_cell_0_13_1

"D" Is for Deadbeat is the fourth novel in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet" series of mystery novels and features Kinsey Millhone, a private eye based in Santa Teresa, California. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_0

The novel follows the development of Kinsey's relationship with Jonah Robb, the police officer she met in B is for Burglar. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_1

Plot summary "D" Is for Deadbeat_section_0

Kinsey Millhone receives a contract from ex-con Alvin Limardo to deliver a cashier's check for twenty-five thousand dollars to a fifteen-year-old boy named Tony Gahan. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_2

According to Limardo, Tony helped him through a tough time in his life, leaving Limardo indebted. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_3

However, when the retainer check Limardo made out to Kinsey for four hundred dollars bounces, she learns that Alvin Limardo is actually John Daggett, a man known by all and liked by few, and recently released from a local prison. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_4

He is also a bigamist. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_5

His first wife Essie's fanatical religious views have kept her married to Daggett, while Daggett, in disregard of his marital status, underwent a second marriage to Lovella on his release from prison, whom he has subjected to domestic abuse. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_6

In her search to find Daggett and get her money back, Kinsey discovers that he was found dead on the beach only a few days after hiring her. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_7

Through Daggett's daughter Barbara, Kinsey learns that Tony Gahan was the sole survivor of a family killed in a car accident caused by Daggett, for which he received a conviction on charges of vehicular manslaughter. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_8

Tony's been a wreck since the death of his family, rarely sleeping and doing poorly in school. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_9

He now lives with his uncle and aunt, Ramona and Ferrin Westfall. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_10

Also killed in the accident was a friend of Tony's young sister, and a boy called Doug Polokowski, who had hitched a ride in the car. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_11

Kinsey tracks down an ex-con friend of Daggett's, Billy Polo, now living in a trailer park with his sister, Coral. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_12

Billy introduced Lovella to Daggett. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_13

Kinsey finds out that Doug Polokowski was Billy and Coral's brother. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_14

There's no shortage of people with a motive for Daggett's death, but the police are classifying it as an accident. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_15

Kinsey discovers that shortly before his death, Daggett was staggering about drunk at the marina in the company of a blonde woman in a green outfit. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_16

Kinsey sets out to discover which of the numerous blonde women in the case might be the killer. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_17

She also suspects that Billy Polo is not giving her the full truth about his involvement with Daggett, a suspicion confirmed when Coral finally levels with Kinsey and reveals him to be blackmailing someone he suspects of Daggett's killing. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_18

The blackmailer murders Polo at the beach, using Kinsey's own gun, stolen from her car a few days earlier. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_19

Coral also admits to scheming with Billy and Lovella to rob Daggett of money he had come by illicitly in prison, not knowing that Daggett had given the money to Kinsey to pass on to Tony. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_20

The police investigating Billy's murder discover a home-made silencer used in the killing. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_21

Kinsey immediately recognizes the toweling used for padding as coming from the Westfall household, and Ramona jumps to the top of her suspect list. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_22

This means confronting Tony, who has given Ramona an alibi for the time of Daggett's death. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_23

In pursuing Tony, Kinsey realises Tony himself, dressed as a woman in his aunt's wig, was actually the killer. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_24

He was also the one who stole her gun and killed Billy Polo, who had recognized Tony at Daggett's funeral. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_25

Killing the man who killed his family has done nothing to ease Tony's torment, however; and he commits suicide by throwing himself off a building in front of Kinsey, despite her best effort to talk him down. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_26

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  • Kinsey Millhone: Private detective who is hired by a man who gives her a retainer check, which then bounces."D" Is for Deadbeat_item_0_0

Reviews "D" Is for Deadbeat_section_2

The novel received a positive review from Kirkus Reviews, which praised its plot, pace, poignancy, and realism. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_27

Publishers Weekly gave a more mixed review, saying that it was an enjoyable read but finding flaws in its plot. "D" Is for Deadbeat_sentence_28


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