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Oxford Bookworms Library: Stage 5: Deadlock: 1800 Headwords (Oxford Bookworms ELT) [Paperback]

Sara Paretsky , Rowena Akinyemi
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6 Dec 2007 0194792218 978-0194792219 New Ed
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.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (6 Dec 2007)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0194792218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0194792219
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,374,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara Paretsky is the author of nineteen books, including sixteen V.I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for BLACKLIST.

Visit Sara's website,, find her on Facebook,, and follow her on Twitter @Sara1982P.

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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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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The second novel in the acclaimed V.I. Warshawski series from one of America's greatest female crime writers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deadlocked, but not dead in the water. 3 Jun 2001
By A Customer
This book is VI Warshawski doing what she does best, getting in way over her head and loving every minute of it. She's smart, sassy, innovative and like a dog with a bone she just won't let go. When her cousin Boom Boom falls to his death at the docks where he works VI just can't accept that it was an 'accident' as the police would have her believe. No sooner does she start digging a little deeper into the business dealings of the shipping company for whom Boom Boom worked does she get results. As she moves ever closer towards the reason why her cousin ended up at the bottom of Lake Michigan, she finds herself face to face with a dead body in Boom Boom's apartment and then almost winds up dead when her car is tampered with. Someone doesn't want her getting any closer to the reason behind his death, but who? As the story unfolds we learn more about the people in Boom Boom's life and the action is non stop, VI is our tour guide and she does not fail to deliver.
Reading about VI so enjoyable because she is such a determined, capable but essentially flawed character. Along with all the action we are allowed to peek into VI's unconventional lifestyle and her chequered past. She is a herioc, albeit gun toting, female detective of whom I look forward to reading more about in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sara Paretsky, Deadlock 21 Jan 2013
By Rolo
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I love Sara Paretskys books. I read them in a couple of days so it makes sense to buy them used if possible. This is an excellent way to get the books you like for a reasonable price. I stock up with them for holidays. I also like that you can choose the condition of the books, so you know roughly what to expect. I intend to go for as good a condition as possible and haven't been disappointed yet! However, if it is a book I really want and it is in short supply, any condition will do!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars holiday read 1 May 2012
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Having loaned my copys of this author's works and never getting them back this was great to purchase them secondhand as they are great to re-read. The plots are so fast moving one time is not enough to take in every nuance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 11 Jun 2013
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Bought this as personally recommended. Also liked the idea of a female protagonist. Unfortunately found it a little disappointing. Found the characters rather two-dimensional, and also difficult to relate to V I Warshowski. Definitely not a character-driven book, but even the plot flagged at times. I found myself able to predict certain developments - not because I read a lot of thrillers (which I don't) but because it all seemed rather familiar (maybe due to too many hours spent watching US tv series). Will not be buying any more by this author.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Action Sequence in a V.I. Novel 8 July 2001
By Barry D. French, Jr - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD... 2 May 2001
By Simonetta Cavilli - Published on
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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.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and fast-paced! 27 Mar 1999
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense Paretsky Style 22 Jan 2013
By M.E. Winsch - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gritty Chicago-based private eye mystery 8 May 2014
By lindapanzo - Published on
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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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