Killing Orders (V. I. Warshawski Series #3)

Killing Orders (V. I. Warshawski Series #3)

by Sara Paretsky

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From New York Times Bestselling Author Sara Paretsky comes another electrifying novel of suspense in her beloved V. I. Warshawski series…

They say blood is thicker than water. Private eye V. I. Warshawski has her doubts, especially when it comes to the bad blood between her and her great-aunt Rosa. But when the old lady reaches out, V. I. answers the call.

The good friars at St. Albertus Magnus Priory, Rosa’s long-time employers, have cashed in on valuable securities from their safe…only to discover they were counterfeits. Suspended under a cloud of suspicion, Rosa wants V. I. to clear her name. Exonerate a senior citizen who’s never missed Sunday mass? Easy enough—or so V. I. thinks before a mystery brought to her by new flame Roger Ferrant crosses paths with Rosa’s case.

The deeper V. I. digs, the more someone wants her to take her shovel and go home—someone who threatens to blind her with acid, and won’t stop there. Because corruption’s tentacles reach farther than V. I. imagined; from her family to Chicago’s infamous Family…and from a monastery’s hushed hallways to the highest echelons of the Church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062676221
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: V. I. Warshawski Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 248,519
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

SARA PARETSKY is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty previous novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers—alongside John le Carré, Peter Lovesey, and Lawrence Block—to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. She took the mystery world by storm in 1982 with her first appearance in Indemnity Only. A gifted private eye with the grit and smarts to tackle the mean streets, V.I. transformed a genre in which women were typically either vamps or victims. As a “courageous, sexually liberated female investigator,” she “has a humility, a humanity, and a need for human relationships which the male hard-boilers lack” (P.D. James). She lives in Chicago with her dog.


Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

June 8, 1947

Place of Birth:

Ames, Iowa


B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; Ph.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago

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"No one, male or female, writes better P.I. books than Paretsky."—Denver Post

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Killing Orders 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story on a more human scale than some I have read, but it still does not overwhelm. I like the relationship between V.I. and Lotty and Uncle Stephan.
Steph78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read a couple of sara paretsky's novels before, but only the more recent ones, and was quite disappointed by this. I didn't really get caught up int he plot until 5/6th of the way through and the charaterisation seemed pretty weak. there were still a few nice touches and I'd probably give another one a go.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve heard lots of great things about Paretsky¿s V.I. Warshawski series, but this is the first I¿ve read. I enjoyed it, but I have to admit that the financial stuff makes my eyes glaze over a bit. I liked the addition of Catholic Church politics into the mix. Though I didn¿t read the first two novels, I had no problem figuring out Warshawski¿s back story, and her relationship with her family and with Roger Ferrant are explained pretty well. Warshawski reminds me a bit of Sue Grafton¿s Kinsey Millhone, which is amusing since both series started in the same year. Warshawski is tough, independent, and smart ¿ a great role model for female P.I.¿s everywhere.
TheBentley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent genre detective fiction. Not an award-winner, but a page-turner, which is exactly what you want in this kind of brain-candy puzzle. Lots of fun.
tomdye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Victoria Iphigenia (V.I.) Warshawski is the daughter of Italian-born Gabriella Sestrieri and former Chicago police officer Tony Warshawski. V.I. is half-Italian, half-Polish, and 100% hard-boiled. A detective specializing in financial crimes, V.I. encounters everything from money laundering to murder, from the mafia to the monastery.Of course, a hard-boiled detective is never scared. So what I was feeling couldn't be fear.Set in Chicago, in the wintertime, mid 1980¿s. Lots of Chicago landmarks, payphone use, and cars they don¿t make anymore. Will V.I. figure out who the good guys are, who the bad guys are, and will it matter?I would have preferred the author waste fewer words pontificating on social issues. Because of her misplaced literary-activism, it took me a while to warm up to the main character. I eventually got the job done, but the experience turned an otherwise five star book into four."Remember: The only real social sin is to care what other people think of you." ~ V.I. Warshawski
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