VI’s back and this time it’s personal. Although it appears like her cousin, Boom Boom Warshawski, a famous hockey player, slipped off the wharf, VI smells trouble lurking in the depths of his shallow grave. 4 of 5 stars to Deadlock, the second book in the VI Warshawski thriller mystery series by Sara Paretsky. When it’s family, you won’t stop until you find the killer. And that’s exactly the path VI sets off on once she’s convinced of foul play. Learning more about her cousin’s life, on and off the ice activities and last few days is not easy. Too many people have different stories, some feel she’s exaggerating the potential clues, but eventually, she finds proof and is able to narrow the path down to a specific reason. But knowing who did it was not easy, especially when she has very little background on the shipping docks and industry. But she finds a few folks willing to help out under the radar — some thru volunteer and some by force.
This was a strong follow-up to the first in series and helped be part of the launch for this series to the forefront in the 80s and 90s. Working in Chicago is tough, but Paretsky does a grand job at showing the risky nature of he business VI’s involved in. Learning how the ships work, what’s necessary for deliveries, how the boats come in and out, etc. is a fascinating business. As usual, these books never fail to provide both a learning experience and an opportunity to solve the crime. One of the early ones in the series, but also one of the stronger ones for me…
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