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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (May 3 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451214978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214973
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.5 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"No one, male or female, writes better P.I. books than Paretsky."—Denver Post

"Entertaining and intelligent."—Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Sara Paretsky is the author of sixteen books, including her renowned V. I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association. She lives in Chicago.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Early VI Aug. 1 2007
By Linda Pagliuco - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the first in Paretsky's V.I Warshawski series, Killing Orders involves stock fraud among the friars in a Chicago Dominican convent. When VI's less than beloved aunt, who works at the friary, is implicated, she calls in her niece to help her retain her good reputation. It's surprising how interesting a mystery about financial fraud can be in the hands of Sara Paretsky. VI (Victoria) is no pushover, and when the case grows personally intimidating, she digs in and resolves to break it no matter what or who she has to take on. Even if her new love interest is involved.....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Decent, but not as good as Deadlocked. Sept. 17 2007
By Robert Beveridge - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sara Paretsky, Killing Orders (Signet, 1985)

Paretsky's third V. I. Warshawski novel begins with the plucky private eye responding to a plea for help from a relative she can't stand. When things start off this badly, you know they're not going to end well. So does Vic. But still, familial obligation pressures her to take the case of her awful Aunt Rosa, the treasurer at a local monastery, who (along with a number of others who work there) is under suspicion when a number of stock certificates in the office safe are found to be forgeries. Vic starts detecting, but Rosa does a one-eighty the next day and wants her to back off; soon after, her life is threatened by a mysterious caller if she doesn't get off the case. Put these two things together, and you can be sure Warshawski will see things through to the bitter, ugly end. With the help of Roger Ferrant, whom we first met in Deadlocked, and the everpresent Lotty, crime is standing on shaky ground in Chicago and its environs!

Well, not quite. Warshawski is one of hard-boiled-dom's more human detectives, and so far in the series, that hasn't shown through nearly as much as it does in this entry. Vic makes some bad choices, and her indecision leads others close to her to make bad choices for her. Of course, you have to throw in the everpresent roadblocks (Bobby Mallory being the most visible of them), and you've got all the ingredients for a very tasty, if foul, stew. There's a lot going on in this novel, and it sometimes seems as if Paretsky may have overextended herself; another reviewer comments that she doesn't think Paretsky "had quite fashioned her own mold for the genre yet" when this novel was written, and that's as fine a way of putting what's wrong with this novel-- especially coming right on the heels of the wonderful Deadlocked-- as any. There's no specific thing to put one's finger on, it's just a general feeling of "this isn't quite as good as it could be." Still, the core of the book is a good, solid mystery, and in the course of solving it, we get to learn more about some of the core characters in the series, so in the end, it does what it seems to have set out to do. ***
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Killing Orders March 16 2012
By Beverly D. Bryan - Published on
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Loved the book - as usual, Sara Pareisky is at her best with V.I. My problem with Pareisky is that she does not write enough books! She keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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The End of My Adventure April 26 2014
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Several weeks ago I was listening to NPR radio and heard part of an interview with Sarah Paretsky. I was surprised to learn that VI Warshowski was a book character. I only knew about the movie. I was intrigued enough to read a few of the reviews and took the advice of one of the reviewers who said to start with one of her earlier books. And so began a wonderful time for me. Sadly, I have just finished the last book. I feel that I am losing a great friend. How I have loved her descriptions of Chicago and of the passage of time from life with no computers or cell phones to today. Thank you for creating such a strong capable, independent woman.
A run-of-the-mill private eye story Aug. 11 2015
By Margery L. Goldstein - Published on
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I rescued this book from a bag of sale donations -- and put it back in the bag when I was done reading it. It had been many years since I read a Paretsky novel, so I thought I would give her another try. Unfortunately, this one did not impress me much. The underlying mystery was okay, though I'm not much interested in financial fraud. The book was stocked with shallow characters, including the much-threatened heroine. She was just a cookie-cutter female detective: her late father was a cop so she knows a lot of cops (check), she has a short-term lover who takes her out to eat (check), she runs for exercise (check), she likes to describe her clothes (check) and meals (check) and cars (check), she has cuddly older men and wise older women friends who give her guidance and more food (check), she knows a guy in the news business who meets her for drinks and always agrees to help her (check). The series is set in Chicago instead of California, but otherwise it could be called "P is for Priory."

Another issue: Maybe the idea of corrupt officials in the Catholic Church was a fresh, new idea in the mid-1980s when this book was first published, but between "The Da Vinci Code" and its imitators and the real-life child sex abuse scandal, it seems like a tired old tale now.