Deadlock, V.I. Warshawski's second case, involves the huge Great Lakes shipping industry. The subject is murder-the accidental death of Boom Boom Warshawski, an ex -hockeystar 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 infact killed because of the informaton he had uncovered about criminal doings on the shipping line. 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 calamitious trip on a sabotaged freighter.
V.I finds 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 speciality is graft and Boom Boom's lover, a beautiful dancer with expensive taste in men and merchandise.
The book has edge- of -the seat, nail -biting sequences that captivates you and keeps the reader engrossed and enwrapped in unravelling the mystery. I had to teach this book as a part of a literature syllabus for an international school. It was an enjoyable book that is written in a simply distinctive style.