The availability of items requested from other libraries may depend on the policies of the other libraries. He's dead. That's why I'm working for him. Boom Boom's body was found floating near the docks, chewed up and spat out by a ship's propeller. More like brother and sister than cousins, Vic and Boom Boom looked out for each other.

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Set in the s in Chicago, Vick Warshawski is a private detective. The story opens with a funeral for her cousin Boom-Boom Warshawski, an ex-hockey player.

He was working for a Great Lakes shipping company and apparently slipped on an icy pier and died in the water. I like that Vick likes sports and pays attention to the local games and teams. Vick has a practical kind of toughness that I find irresistible. The main subject of this book, the Great Lakes shipping industry, involves the great locks of the lakes. I find locks fascinating and I was pretty excited to see Vick traveling through a major lock or two in this novel.

Vick spends a chunk of the book trying to understand the shipping manifests for the company Boom-Boom was working for. As such, she enlists someone in the business to explain the finer details. Here is where my one little quibble with the story lies. In Book 1, Indemnity Only , Vick becomes romantically involved with a man who works at the insurance company that Vick is kinda sorta looking into.

I felt this plot mechanism was a little overused in the series. Now, back to the good stuff. Paige is a beautiful dancer that was having a secret romance with Boom-Boom.

Paige fesses up to looking for some personal letters the two exchanged while she was on tour. Vick figured it out before I did. It slid right in there under my radar and it was well written. Vick got to experience it all first hand and I was worried she would be injured enough for a hospital! I was a little surprised at the body count for this book, but that just keeps me on my toes. I do enjoy a mystery series that can keep me guessing and surprised. She does the Chicago accent quite well.

Her male voices are believable. With Book 1, I noted that sometimes I had to turn down the volume during the shouting scenes. That was not an issue with this book. What I Disliked: As with Book 1, Vick uses a romantic interest to gain info on a case she is working.

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Deadlock by Sara Paretsky

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Deadlock is a detective novel by Sara Paretsky told in the first person by private eye Vic V. Vic goes to the Chicago port to find out about her cousin Boom Boom's death. She believes that Boom Boom was killed. The police believe that this ex- Black Hawks hockey player died in an accident. Vic starts digging for motive and evidence.



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