Deadlock (V. I. Warshawski) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 May 2013
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The second novel in the acclaimed V.I. Warshawski series from one of America's greatest female crime writers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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What to say about the book that hasn't been said in other reviews ...A good read. A bit clunky in places especially if you don't recognise (American) fashion brands ..... It gets a little far fetched around the action scenes at times but the quality of the writing is such that I stayed involved with the story to the last page
The crime story within this novel begins with Victoria (aka Vic, aka V.I.) Warshawshi—a tough, wise-cracking female private eye with a law degree—suspecting that her dear cousin Boom Boom Warshawski (a former professional hockey star) was murdered by being pushed off a Chicago dock and under the screws of a nearby ship. Essentially Vic is working for free, with her deceased cousin as her "client." She meets with Boom Boom's family and new girlfriend at his funeral, talks with his supervisor and secretary at his new job, and then bonds with the family of a night watchman who is murdered when villains break into Boom Boom's apartment looking for something. She expands her investigation to various shipping companies and very soon is seriously injured and nearly killed when the brakes and steering of her car are tampered with.
SPOILER ALERT—During the remainder of the novel, Vic is nearly killed three more times. In all cases she is saved entirely by INCREDIBLY GOOD LUCK. In two of these cases, she is put in jeopardy by INCREDIBLE STUPIDITY on her own part. And in and around these four near-death experiences her poor judgment with her smart mouth while speaking with suspects and with the police, her illegal activities (breaking and entering and leaving her fingerprints all over the scene of her crime), her irrational determination NOT to keep anyone else informed about her progress or whereabouts, and her idiotic decision NOT to replace her lost pistol with a new one all give a HUGE advantage to the villains—which is a very pathetic way for any serious writer to "create" conflict and exciting action.
SPOILER ALERT—At no point are the mechanics of the "main" crimes (the ones the villains killed Boom Boom and the watchman—and tried to kill Vic—to keep hidden) discussed clearly. Money is being embezzled; shipping contracts are being manipulated for the benefit of a blackmailer; shipping invoices are being submitted to companies charging them MORE than the amounts written into the contracts. HOW did the embezzler actually get a portion of some payments into his own hands? And HOW is all this concealed from the embezzler's employer? And WHY would any company pay out more than the amount that was agreed to in the original contract? Finally, wouldn't BOTH companies have records of each transaction, further endangering the embezzler?
SPOILER ALERT—I found the ending of this novel unsatisfactory for at least two reasons: even though the chief villain had admitted everything to her, Vic has found NO solid evidence of the villains' guilt, and she decides NOT to inform either the police or Boom Boom's family about the results of her investigation (including that villain's confession).
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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