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How enjoyable to settle down with a new book by Sara Paretsky. Sunday Telegraph With the creation of V.I. Warshawski, Sara Paretsky did more than anyone to change the face of contemporary women's fiction. Express on Sunday Warshawski's darkest outing, with no sign that her creator is flagging. Paretsky has written a novel in which a great deal is stripped bare, including Warshawski's innermost anxieties about herself, producing a narrative as gripping as it is emotionally wrenching. JOAN SMITH, Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: V.I. Warshawski Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (March 2, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440213320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440213321
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title of this book truly is ingenious. (I won't give away any plot points by telling you why). But I do have to say that there is a scene set in the Soo Locks in Michigan that is truly the most gripping and well-written action scene that I have ever read in a V.I. (or any other) novel. I highly recommend this novel for all V.I. and Sara Paretsky fans.
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It's been quite a few years since I last read a Sara Paretsky book but this second book in the series is a good reminder of why I like them. Besides being set in my hometown of Chicago, albeit the Chicago of the 1980s, it's a bit grittier than I'm used to. The sleuth, V.I. Warshawski is a lawyer turned private eye who, in this book, is investigating the death of her cousin, Boom Boom, a retired professional hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks, who fell or was pushed under a ship.

Her investigation ends up focusing on Great Lakes shipping, which included a lot of interesting information, along with a few shipping lines and the people who owned and ran these lines. Lots of disasters and catastrophes. Lots of driving around to locales I'm familiar with, in both the city and the suburbs.

Overall, I'd say I liked it but didn't love it. The plot was somewhat interesting, as were all the Great Lakes shipping aspects, though a bit slow at times. I had a bit of a tough time keeping the characters straight.

I liked this second book in the V.I. Warshawski series enough to read the 3rd book in the series.
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I like this author and anxiously await each book release. Although this book had the required suspense and page turning interest that I've come to expect form this author, I felt that the author was not in a good place when she wrote this one. It had an overall sadness to the book (or maybe I read too much between the lines), but I would recommend the title to fans.
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I first read Deadlock when it was new, and Vic was someone I wanted to be like some day. Now, I'm quite a bit older than the main character. Keeping in mind that when I re-read my beloved Black Beauty as an adult I hated my childhood fave, how does Vic hold up all these years later?

Pretty well. She's stuck in her time and place of no cell phones and "security" that means breaking in when the lights are low, but the hearts and minds of people are things that Paretsky knows well.

What made this my favorite in the series the first time through and keeps it my favorite now is that every character has a believable and understandable motivation. Even the bad guys, and they are very bad, evoke some sympathy. I vicariously ache with longing to see the old family business survive and almost root for the owner if he could only keep his mega business alive without hurting anyone. I sigh at the loss of Vic's best friend and confidante, her wild but affectionate cousin, even though he was significantly absent from the debut novel.

As a writer, I also enjoy that Paretsky worked hard on her research and works just as hard to convey what she learned without being a big bore about it. She clearly LOVED learning about Great Lakes shipping, and just as Ian Fleming could make a description of a golf game cause your heart to go pit-a-pat, darned if Paretsky didn't make me feel like I suddenly was in the know about how a lock works and why I should care.

The recurring characters of Lotty, McGonnigal, and Mallory are just as good as the guest appearances of Bledsoe, Grafalk, and the Carringtons. And I should mention that Bledsoe is my favorite of Vic's lovers, no matter how many adventures she has.
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I am a old Peresky fan, who has rediscovered her. Maybe I read this book years ago, but it did not feel old or tired. It felt fresh and alive and just new. The characters were, as usual, well developed and believable. You felt a part of conversations. You liked the way she handled the "good" and "not so good" characters. Perestky knows how to weave the tale so that it is "just right." Interesting story line, great mystery
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This was my first introduction to tough-as-nails, but soft-hearted, V.I. Warshawski and I've been a fan ever since. V.I. is a welcome addition to the growing number of female private investigators. Paretsky's tale is tautly plotted, with ever-increasing tension. Hope she writes another V.I. book soon.
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I chose this rating because Sara's books always makes you feel that your part of the story and it doesn't always have to be a man for an investigating job. I would recommend this book to all the readers out there who get into mysteries.
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I have to admit that I am a HUGE fan of VI Warshawski, I love her tough-as-nails outlook on life, but still has a soft heart. She is a damn good investigator, street fighter and has a mouth on her that would make guys blush, she is a tougher version of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, and all VI's stories have a great element of humor in them too...
This time, VI is investigating the death of her cousin Boom Boom, who used to work in Chicago's shipping industry. Boom Boom has seemed to have drowned, but VI is convinced her cousin was murdered and spends her time trying to uncover secrets down in the shipyards.
Even though the story is good, it really isn't enough to keep me interested. I did finish the book, but there are many other VI stories out there are much better and much more fast-paced than this little sleeper.
Ok, if you are a VI fan and you want to read the series, otherwise choose another one.
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