When her cousin, Boom Boom, is murdered, V.I. begins an investigation and is caught up in a game of lies, extortion, blackmail, sabotage, and murder in Chicago's shipping industry. Reprint.
Paretsky has a way of punning her titles and this book is no exception. Deadlock. Dead lock. I had never considered the magnitude of tanker shipping commerce and her invention of a plot to clog one route across the great lakes... oh that's giving too much away. It's inventive, it's thrilling, once I started -- even knowing how it ended -- I couldn't put it down.
This time, VI is investigating the death of her cousin Boom Boom, who used to work in Chicago's shipping industry. Boom Boom has seemed to have drowned, but VI is convinced her cousin was murdered and spends her time trying to uncover secrets down in the shipyards.
Even though the story is good, it really isn't enough to keep me interested. I did finish the book, but there are many other VI stories out there are much better and much more fast-paced than this little sleeper.
Ok, if you are a VI fan and you want to read the series, otherwise choose another one.