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Until someone put a poisoned needle in his bicycle seat, Phil Drem was the meanest, most nit-picking IRS agent in Berkeley, California.


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Until someone put a poisoned needle in his bicycle seat, Phil Drem was the meanest, most nit-picking IRS agent in Berkeley, California.

30 review for Death and Taxes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kevin J.

    I'm not sure why I finished it. Never got invested with the character or the plot. Mostly it was in the van so I read it while waiting on various children and/or doctors. I'm not sure why I finished it. Never got invested with the character or the plot. Mostly it was in the van so I read it while waiting on various children and/or doctors.

  2. 4 out of 5

    William

    I enjoyed the humor in this book and the Berkeley setting is delightful. That is particularly true for someone (like me) that lives here and knows the people and place well. The story itself is only so-so with kind of a rush to completion at the end that was not all that good. I was considering 4 stars until I go to the last part and then downgraded to three.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jan Norton

    This is my first Dunlap book and I enjoyed this story more than I was expecting to.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Catsalive

    'Until someone put a poisoned needle in his bicycle seat, Phil Drem was the meanest, most nit-picking IRS agent in Berkeley, California. But when Detective Jill Smith began searching Berkeley's backwaters for the tax man's killer, she found a different picture of Drem: a caring Drem, whose once-beautiful wife was "allergic to the world" and whose friends and enemies, old hippies and would-be entrepreneurs, enjoyed a ghoulish pastime called The Death Game. Did the Death Game KO Drem? Was someone's 'Until someone put a poisoned needle in his bicycle seat, Phil Drem was the meanest, most nit-picking IRS agent in Berkeley, California. But when Detective Jill Smith began searching Berkeley's backwaters for the tax man's killer, she found a different picture of Drem: a caring Drem, whose once-beautiful wife was "allergic to the world" and whose friends and enemies, old hippies and would-be entrepreneurs, enjoyed a ghoulish pastime called The Death Game. Did the Death Game KO Drem? Was someone's schedule a motive for murder? And what about a CPA who drove a red Lotus ruthlessly and guaranteed his clients they'd never be audited? Only one thing is for sure--somewhere in Berkeley's colorful backwaters, a killer is still on the loose. And for a detective who loves her city, doubts her lover, and has a knack for solving the toughest of crimes, finding the truth is about as inevitable as... Death And Taxes.' ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you're interested in IRS audits, go for it. I couldn't raise much interest in the story nor the characters. I didn't like the protagonist, Detective Jill Smith, enough to make me bother reading any more in the series. Rated 5/10 at http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7.... Looking back, I have read another in this series back in 2007, Dinner to Die For , which I seem to have enjoyed more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karla Huebner

    This held up all right--in certain respects Berkeley is much the same today as it was when this came out in 1993. On the other hand, the victim's character is rather implausible, as is the method of dispatching him. In a sense, the most interesting thing about it in 2012 is the airport portion toward the end. My first question, when the Berkeley cops struggled to reach SFO in time to stop a fleeing suspect, was why they couldn't rely on the airport police or other local police to round up the pe This held up all right--in certain respects Berkeley is much the same today as it was when this came out in 1993. On the other hand, the victim's character is rather implausible, as is the method of dispatching him. In a sense, the most interesting thing about it in 2012 is the airport portion toward the end. My first question, when the Berkeley cops struggled to reach SFO in time to stop a fleeing suspect, was why they couldn't rely on the airport police or other local police to round up the person (which may have been a flaw in the story in 1993, but I'm unsure). But more significant than the possible needless chase scene is the reminder of what air travel used to be like: you didn't have to prove your identity to get on a plane! This made me terribly nostalgic, as I recalled how in those days the National Writers Union's Bay Area local could simply buy plane tickets for unnamed delegates and if one delegate couldn't fly at the last minute, an alternate took his/her place with no fuss at all about the ticket. And of course there was none of that metal detector insanity, etc. etc. etc. Ah, the joys of the past...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cws

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  7. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Grossi

    For a paperback I picked up somewhere it was OK. One in a series and I will not be going out of my way to find another.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Mishap

    Despite the pro-police bias of many the detective cozy and the shiny-from-use- stereotypes about Berkeley, I like this series. Decent mysteries and characters ans some hot-button social issues.

  9. 5 out of 5

    D Clark

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Thoreson

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonquil

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alice

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beth Mills

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

  19. 5 out of 5

    Penny

  20. 5 out of 5

    Exapno Mapcase

  21. 5 out of 5

    Candice

  22. 5 out of 5

    Modbon

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Judy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jersey Joe

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Jill Smith #7

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ap

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beccue

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