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Kinsey Millhone has another puzzle to solve. Her client, Alvin Limbardo came to her with a $25,000 dollar check. She was to deliver it to a fifteen-year-old kid. The check turned out to be as phony as Alvin himself 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 just a deadbeat. By the time Kinsey caught up to him, he was a dead person-with a whole host of people who wanted him dead. Kinsey the has a murder case to solve. Who killed John Daggett? It could be one of four people.Kinsey does her research to find out which one.
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Kinsey Millhone has an easy job, deliver $25,000 to a 15 year old kid. After the retainer check turned up phoney, and her client turns up dead, Kinsey is caught up with a whole host of people who were delighted to hear of her client's death.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 55%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50%    -   80% Murder of certain profession?    -   criminals Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure    -   grudge Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   homosexuals doing their thing Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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