DEADLOCK by Sara Paretsky

DEADLOCK

KIRKUS REVIEW

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.
Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 1983
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1983




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