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J" Is for Judgment

Grafton, Sue

ISBN 10: 0805019359 / ISBN 13: 9780805019353
Published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1993
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ix, . 288 p. Feisty P.I. Kinsey Millhone embarks on her tenth outing in the popular Alphabet Mystery series--a cunningly complex tale with enough twists and surprises to satisfy even the most demanding mystery fan. "Book for book, this many be the most satisfying mystery series going". --Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal. Good in good dust jacket. Signed by author. Slightly cocked. First edition. Stated. First printing [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 61655

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Title: J" Is for Judgment

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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"J" is for Jaffe: Wendell Jaffe, dead these past five years. Or so it seemed until his former insurance agent spotted him in the bar of a dusty little resort halfway between Cabo San Lucas and La Paz. "In truth, the facts about Wendell Jaffe had nothing to do with my family history, but murder is seldom tidy and no one ever said revelations operate in a straight line. It was my investigation into the dead man's past that triggered the inquiry into my own, and in the end the two stories became difficult to separate." Five years ago, when Jaffe's thirty-five-foot Fuji ketch was found drifting off the Baja coast, it seemed a sure thing he'd gone overboard. The note he left behind admitted he was flat broke, his business bankrupt, his real estate gambit nothing but a huge Ponzi scheme about to collapse, with criminal indictment certain to follow. When the authorities soon after descended on his banks and his books, there was nothing left: Jaffe had stripped the lot. "Given my insatiable curiosity and my natural inclination to poke my nose in where it doesn't belong, it was odd to realize how little attention I'd paid to my own past. I'd simply accepted what I was told, constructing my personal mythology on the flimsiest of facts." But Jaffe wasn't quite without assets. There was the $500,000 life insurance policy made out to his wife and underwritten by California Fidelity. With no corpse to prove death, however, the insurance company was in no hurry to pay the claim. Dana Jaffe had to wait out the statutory five years until her missing husband could be declared legally dead. Just two months before Wendell Jaffe was sighted in that dusty resort bar, California Fidelity finally paid in full.Now they wanted the truth. And they were willing to hire Kinsey Millhone to dig it up. As Kinsey pushes deeper into the mystery surrounding Wendell Jaffe's pseudocide, she explores her own past, discovering that in family matters as in crime, sometimes it's better to reserve jud

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"Book for book, this may be the most satisfying mystery series going." --Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

"Grafton is setting a standard that is going to prove difficult for others in her crowded field to match, let alone surpass." --Lorenzo Carcaterra, People

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