J Is for Judgment

J Is for Judgment

Book - 2008
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Wendell Jaffe has been dead for five years - until his former insurance agent spots him in a dusty resort bar. Now California Fidelity wants Kinsey Millhone to track down the dead man.
Publisher: New York : St Martin's Press, 2008
Edition: St. Martin's Paperbacks ed
ISBN: 9780312945275
0312945272
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 18 cm
Call Number: GRAFTON, S

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PolyWogg
Mar 02, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
Is it fraud? Is it murder? Is it suicide?
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Kinsey's old insurance partners hire her to find a guy who faked his suicide five years before to get out from under a Ponzi scheme indictment.
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WHAT I LIKED:
Kinsey heads off to Mexico to find the guy, spots him, comes back, and starts inserting herself over ten days into the life of his ex-family, all of whom thought he was dead. Add in a current girlfriend, an ex-cop, and an old business partner, and there are lots of things happening at the same time. And just for fun, Kinsey finds out she has family up around Lompoc.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There is an almost ridiculous story about one of the sub-characters -- he's introduced initially as a buffoon, and then later as an almost master-criminal, and in neither instance is he either. While Kinsey's new family interactions are a bit of a distraction, the real challenge is with the banal ugliness of the ex-suicider's family interactions, particularly a young pregnant girl with a baby.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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RichardPaul
Jul 24, 2011

"J" Is for Judgment ---- by Sue Grafton c - 1993 ---- A good read ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

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