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Deadlock, V. I. Warshawski’s second case, involves the huge Great Lakes shipping industry. Once again the subject is murder - this time the “accidental death” of Boom-Boom Warshawski, an ex-hockey star and V. I.’s beloved cousin, who fell - or was pushed - off a rain-slicked pier on Chicago’s busy waterfront.

Convinced that Boom-Boom was in fact killed because of information he had uncovered about criminal doings on the shipping lines, V. I. begins a long and frustrating search for her cousin’s murderer. In the course of an investigation that takes her to a remote Canadian port city and a calamitous trip on a sabotaged freighter, V. I. finds all too many possible candidates for the killer, including a grain company executive involved in extortion; and rival heads of two shippers, one of whom is being blackmailed for his criminal past; a hockey player whose specialty is graft; and Boom-Boom’s lover, an icily beautiful dancer with expensive tastes in men and merchandise.

©2011 Sara Paretsky (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Loving V.I.

Book 2 is just as good as book one. Your attention is riveted by everyone in the story. Having just found these books so many years after they were written, they seem to have modern issues that are relevant today. Hope to keep reading all the V.I. series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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HUGE Boo-boo Mars an Otherwise Excellent Book

Susan Ericksen is an excellent audiobook performer. In this performance, however, she makes a HUGE mistake. It's one that the session engineer, together with any overseers, REALLY should have caught BEFORE the recording was finalized. What's the HUGE mistake? One of the characters in this book is a French-Canadian (Quebecois, to be specific) hockey player. When Ms. Ericksen voices that character, she uses a quite good FRANCE accent. (I think it's Parisian.) A France-French accent when speaking English is NOTHING like a Canadian-French accent when speaking English, and is ESPECIALLY NOT like a Quebecois accent. Each time that Ms. Ericksen voices the French-Canadian hockey player, her mistake is so jarring, that I am immediately transported OUT OF the world of the story, and into reality. This is really too bad, because Ms. Ericksen does a great job of performing the rest of Deadlock, and so she really immerses the reader into the story. However, her performance of a VERY incorrect accent wrenches out of the world of Deadlock any listener who can tell that the accent is incredibly incorrect. (It is so incorrect that it provokes a laughter response in me, and likely in many others. This REALLY pulls one back to reality.)

When the Quebecois hockey player is not in a scene, the listener is, thankfully, re-immersed in Deadlock's world.

Sara Paretsky is an excellent author, and this book is no exception. It's a pleasure to "read" a novel with a strong, independent, sexual, realistic woman at its core. Ms. Paretsky's description of the sexism endemic to office workplaces in the early 1980s (and still there in the present time) is very accurate. (Even the life-choice doubts which the main character, V.I. Warshawski, has ring true, and are both realistic for the early 1980s and applicable to today.) It's just really too bad that the HUGE boo-boo in performance wrenches a lot of listeners out of the world of Ms. Paretsky's excellent story.

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Susan Ericksen does it again!

Would you listen to Deadlock again? Why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the female hero with mystery and a great story that is easy to follow.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The interesting part of this story is about all the danger that VI gets herself into; and then how she gets out of it.

Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

My favorite character, performed by Susan Ericksen, was VI's best friend Lotty.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I would read this in one setting.

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Yahoo another great book

another that is great to listen to! highly recommend it. enjoy with the others!

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Boom Boom ... VI

Would you consider the audio edition of Deadlock to be better than the print version?

Never read the book so that would be difficult to say. The story line did keep me interested.

What did you like best about this story?

The mental visual was great. Many of the lines did make you see the locks, the ship, the piers. That was nice. Too many books don't "bring you there".

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

True to each character. Never had to worry about who is this now?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, due to length and due to going back to re-listen.

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Well Worth the Listen!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Very well worth the time. Nice story, interesting characters, and wonderful descriptions on Chicago.

If you’ve listened to books by Sara Paretsky before, how does this one compare?

Somewhat better than the 1st book.

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

She brings a skill and talent to her storytelling which is most pleasing. She has become the voice of VI Warshawski to me.

Could you see Deadlock being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Don't know.

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Could not listen all the way through

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A narrator who did not read in sloooowww moootion.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sara Paretsky again?

Doubtful

What didn’t you like about Susan Ericksen’s performance?

Pace was unbearably slow. Very strange accents adopted.

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  • Marian
  • Waverly, TN, United States
  • 06-03-12

Love listening to Susan Ericksen

Would you listen to Deadlock again? Why?

I would listen to Deadlock again because it is a well written mystery, but mostly because it is narrated by Susan Ericksen.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It was a very well developed plot.

Which scene was your favorite?

The resolution was my favorite part of the book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I like to make my audio enjoyment last.