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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
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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. ***
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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.
One of the worst "heroines" ever! Feb. 22 2014
By Sierra - Published on
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I started reading these books in order; this was the third in the series and with each book I despise VI Warshawski more and more. I have always applauded strong women in stories who don't need to be "rescued" by a man and can think on their own.

My problem with VIW has more to do with her blatant disregard for others feelings, her arrogance, her selfishness and her disrespect for the jobs of others. It is her world and everybody just better jump when she wants them to. Plus the stories are so ridiculous - her apartment and been broken into and destroyed in all three of the books I have read, she continually bullies people into doing her bidding and then is rather cavalier when they are either killed or lose their jobs. I loved the character of Lotty finally telling her what she was but then she forgave her anyway which everyone seems to do. I have no idea why anyone even likes her. The endings are always farfetched and sometimes just would not be able to turn out that way. Paretsky has an annoying habit of having to describe to the reader every single outfit Warshawski is wearing; it sometimes veers into the territory of young adult style of writing. However I think I have read my last one.