Deadlock: 1800 Headwords

Deadlock: 1800 Headwords

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V. I. Warshawski, private investigator, Chicago, USA. People imagine private detectives to be tired-looking men in raincoats, but Vic is female. She's tough, beautiful, carries a gun - and goes on asking questions until she gets answers. When her cousin Boom Boom dies in an accident, Vic is naturally upset. She wants to know how and why the accident happened, and she isn't satisfied by the answers she gets. So she goes on asking questions ...and more people start to die.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 8mm | 117.94g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black and white illustrations
  • 0194230627
  • 9780194230629
  • 2,057,976

Review Text

Unlike Emma Lathen, Paretsky (Indemnity Only) doesn't quite have the gift for making convoluted business dealings lucid and lively; so this second outing for V. I. Warshawski, a female narrator/shamus in Chicago, is again more sturdy than gripping - with V. I. somewhat less agreeable company than she was in her debut. "Boom Boom" Warshawski, ex-hockey star and a recent employee at the Eudora Grain Co., has died in an "accident" on the Chicago waterfront, falling (?) off a pier. So his cousin V. I., suspecting foul play, is soon sleuthing around Eudora - and around the shipping companies it deals with. Had Boom Boom discovered some shady dealings involving a grain-company exec? Was a slimy shipping tycoon also involved? And what about local ballet-star Paige Carrington, who claims to have been Boom Boom's true love . . . but seems to have a sugar daddy elsewhere? More murders ensue: the security guard at Boom Boom's condo (apparently the victim of burglars in pursuit of incriminating papers); the top grain-company suspect. Then someone drains the brake fluid out of V.I.'s car. But, undaunted, she follows the the trail (a rather arbitrary one) to a Canadian port city, boarding a freight-ship just in time to survive a mid-lock explosion. And finally there's a long-drawn-out series of confrontations - one of them featuring more shipboard violence - between V.I. and each of the several, transparent villains. Just-passable corporate sleuthing overall - with okay shipping backgrounds, stiff dialogue, and the unengaging presence (sarcastic, weepy) of V. I. herself. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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