4 of 5 stars to Killing Orders, the third novel in the V.I. Warshawski mystery and thriller series, published in 1985 and written by Sara Paretsky. Another great installment, pitting VI against her own family this time. It’s gotta be hard to have an animosity within your family, especially when your parents are gone and your aunt is one of the only people left. But VI and Aunt Rosa aren’t close. Yet when Aunt Rosa is accused of counterfeiting, VI knows she has to help try to clear her family’s good name. And thus begins Killing Orders, where VI takes on the church! Ever wonder whether the church was evil? Or it could want to steal money and kill to protect it? Seems so in this little thriller… long before Robert Langdon investigated the church in Dan Brown’s famous novels, VI paved the path to a deep-rooted analysis of what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong inside the holy walls. Of course, there were others before Paretsky, but this one will stick with you. It’s a good stand-alone mystery, too, if you don’t have interest in the whole series. Writing is good, but there are a few unbelievable moments, where you will squint your eyes to believe what you’re reading. But drama is sometimes necessary in order to accomplish the goals of selling books!
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