Killing Orders, V.I. Warshawski’s third adventure, starts when her great-aunt Rosa summons the detective to her cold suburban home. Rosa made V.I.’s childhood miserable and the detective resents the command to help her aunt prove she didn’t embezzle five million dollars from a local Dominican priory. All hell breaks loose when a mysterious opponent tries to take Vic off the case by throwing acid in her eyes and burning down her apartment. And when a friend who’s involved in the case is brutally murdered, it begins to look as if Vic hasn’t got a prayer. But Warshawski continues to follow every lead, even when they point to some pretty unorthodox conclusions: Perhaps the Dominicans are covering up a financial scandal. Maybe the whole conspiracy is under the patronage of an international conglomerate, or of Don Pasquale, king of the Chicago mob. Worst of all, someone who’s close to Vic could be involved — her darkly handsome English lover, Roger Ferrant, or even Aunt Rosa herself.
Chicago private eye V. I. Warshawski knows from the start that Consuelo Alvarado’s baby is trouble. Consuelo is sixteen. Diabetic. And the daughter of a friend. When she goes into labor too early, even V. I.’s wild drive to get her to the hospital can’t save either Consuelo or her child. Soon V. I. is investigating possible malpractice at the emergency room - and falling for a doctor who works there. Mixing business and love is always bad medicine, but V. I. finds herself listening to her heart, not her head. And when a brutal murder and the violent destruction of a woman’s clinic put her at the center of a very dirty conspiracy, justice may be the only remedy for a hurt that cuts deep...and chills right to the bone....
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When Sara Paretsky’s smart and gritty female private detective, V. I. Warshawski, first appeared in 1982 in the book Indemnity Only, she transformed the mystery genre by showing a woman could be more than just a vamp or a victim. With thrilling plots, well-drawn characters, and a compelling main character, Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world and won numerous awards.
Date of Birth:June 8, 1947
Place of Birth:Ames, Iowa
Education:B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; Ph.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago