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Deadlock (V.I. Warshawski Novels) Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 1992
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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.
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.
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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The story was intricate and interesting but the end was rushed....Published 26 days ago by John J. Ferraro
I love a good detective novel and this is one. Also love that she is a strong women. It is now summer time and you deserve to read a nice book. Go for it!Published 2 months ago by Nancy L. Groesch
PLOT IS SEVERELY ENCUMBERED WITH TOO MANY CAST MEMBERS ......IT IS AN INTRIGUING PLOT BUT DIFFICULT....YOU DON'T KNOW WHO IS WHERE....Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read all the mystery writers but Sara nails it from a women's point of view! Exciting, fun and I wish V.I. was my sister or wife.....Published 4 months ago by Gary Martin
Keeps your attention and interest. Enjoyed reading about the closeness of family members involved. Informative of the shipping industry in the United States and CanadaPublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Most of the book was talking about grain ships and what all was on them. More then I ever wanted to know about grain ships. very boring & slow moving.Published 9 months ago by joann colgin
i actually just started reading the v i warshawski books a couple of months ago...I like the first one I read, so, I went back and started with the first one in the series... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gordon Culp