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I.O.U. Dead: A Keno Kalder Mystery

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Bill collector, blackmailer or good guy? Keno is twenty-three, a high-school dropout working as a rent collector for a slum landlord. Apart from hitting on the office secretary, Cass, his life is bleak. His job takes him into sad, mean places where kids wail, drunks fight and women get beaten up. He works his territory with Jaco, who’s tougher and shiftier than any of the f Bill collector, blackmailer or good guy? Keno is twenty-three, a high-school dropout working as a rent collector for a slum landlord. Apart from hitting on the office secretary, Cass, his life is bleak. His job takes him into sad, mean places where kids wail, drunks fight and women get beaten up. He works his territory with Jaco, who’s tougher and shiftier than any of the folks they’re sent to shake rent out of. One night Keno and Jaco finally catch up to one of their targets. But she’ll never pay. She’s dead. Battered almost beyond recognition. But they recognize her killer, and Jaco comes up with a scheme to blackmail him. Now Keno has to decide who he is—bill collector or blackmailer. Or could he even be the good guy? Will he run or will he stay? In the end, will trusting himself help him outmaneuver a psychopathic killer?


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Bill collector, blackmailer or good guy? Keno is twenty-three, a high-school dropout working as a rent collector for a slum landlord. Apart from hitting on the office secretary, Cass, his life is bleak. His job takes him into sad, mean places where kids wail, drunks fight and women get beaten up. He works his territory with Jaco, who’s tougher and shiftier than any of the f Bill collector, blackmailer or good guy? Keno is twenty-three, a high-school dropout working as a rent collector for a slum landlord. Apart from hitting on the office secretary, Cass, his life is bleak. His job takes him into sad, mean places where kids wail, drunks fight and women get beaten up. He works his territory with Jaco, who’s tougher and shiftier than any of the folks they’re sent to shake rent out of. One night Keno and Jaco finally catch up to one of their targets. But she’ll never pay. She’s dead. Battered almost beyond recognition. But they recognize her killer, and Jaco comes up with a scheme to blackmail him. Now Keno has to decide who he is—bill collector or blackmailer. Or could he even be the good guy? Will he run or will he stay? In the end, will trusting himself help him outmaneuver a psychopathic killer?

31 review for I.O.U. Dead: A Keno Kalder Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Burke Dion

    This book is about two rent collectors named Keno and Jaco who witness the murder of one of their clients. Keno and Jaco know who the murderer is but they do to want to go to the police because they were at the crime scene. Instead of going to the police they decide to blackmail they murderer for cash. I thought this book was alright but wasn't the best I felt like the story went at a very fast pace and was hard to understand and follow along at times. Not think I would suggest to read this for t This book is about two rent collectors named Keno and Jaco who witness the murder of one of their clients. Keno and Jaco know who the murderer is but they do to want to go to the police because they were at the crime scene. Instead of going to the police they decide to blackmail they murderer for cash. I thought this book was alright but wasn't the best I felt like the story went at a very fast pace and was hard to understand and follow along at times. Not think I would suggest to read this for teens unless you want to get into a book and are very good at following along.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kaylabookworm22 L

    It was good. I liked it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    This is the first in a new series about Keno Kalder. Here he and his partner, working as rent collectors, stumble across the serial killer The Hammer's third victim and Keno saw him running out the back door recognizing who it might be! Part of Orca's Rapid Read series with low reading levels aimed at adult readers perfect for ESL, Adult Literacy, reluctant readers or just anyone needing a quick read. This one started off with a bit too much "lingo" for my tastes, both related to the job and the This is the first in a new series about Keno Kalder. Here he and his partner, working as rent collectors, stumble across the serial killer The Hammer's third victim and Keno saw him running out the back door recognizing who it might be! Part of Orca's Rapid Read series with low reading levels aimed at adult readers perfect for ESL, Adult Literacy, reluctant readers or just anyone needing a quick read. This one started off with a bit too much "lingo" for my tastes, both related to the job and the narrator's age of 22. However, once the story got going, I found it an enjoyable little mystery. You know who did it right away so it's not really a mystery but more of a chase. Will they catch him before someone else gets killed? Well-written and, needless to say, action-packed. Because of the action and the shortness of the book one might think character suffers, yet Wan has done a good job here as well. There are three main characters, who will continue on with the series, and she has spent most of her development on the main title character who narrates the story. Many adults in the intended audience will relate with him as illiteracy is a setback he deals with.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Keno and Jaco are rent collectors who witness the murder of one of their clients. Keno knows the man who did it; he is a wealthy man currently running for office. Because Keno and Jaco were at the crime scene, they do not go to the police. Instead, they try blackmailing the murderer for cash. I did not care for this one and I do not see many teens caring either. The characters seem older - maybe in their 20s? The plot moves quickly, as this is a hi-lo title. None of the characters are very likab Keno and Jaco are rent collectors who witness the murder of one of their clients. Keno knows the man who did it; he is a wealthy man currently running for office. Because Keno and Jaco were at the crime scene, they do not go to the police. Instead, they try blackmailing the murderer for cash. I did not care for this one and I do not see many teens caring either. The characters seem older - maybe in their 20s? The plot moves quickly, as this is a hi-lo title. None of the characters are very likable or interesting and the reader figures out very quickly who the killer is. I have read other hi-lo titles that do a better job of representing that high interest. Grade Range: 9-12 Genre: Realistic Literary Merit: Mediocre Characterization: Mediocre Recommendation: Optional

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Michelle Wan introduces us to a new series with a new character named Keno. Keno is a rent collector along with his partner stumble upon a murder. The killer runs right past Keno. keno knows who he is and they decide to blackmail him instead of going to the police. I recommend this book to all who love a good mystery. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Campbell

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terry

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ayessa Alviz

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ramona Anthony

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mahan Sharifi

  14. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Seenanan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Devin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hazel Foster

  17. 4 out of 5

    ESC Library

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erika Marzano

  19. 4 out of 5

    K Crickmore

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicolaws Bitar

  21. 4 out of 5

    Westwood Library

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Harding

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tess

  24. 5 out of 5

    Monica

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ibraheem

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brown Deer Public Library

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  29. 5 out of 5

    Miss Leanne Fellows

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Wilcox

  31. 4 out of 5

    pat caldwell

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