The author has created a heroine who is intelligent. engaging and not afraid to "shake things up!" She is a private eye living and working in Chicago. KILLING ORDERS is one of the earlier Vic Warshawski novels. In this thriller, she deals with big corporate conspirators, Chicago's underworld bosses and the Catholic Church. An entertaining and intelligent read.
V.I. Warshawski's latest case has alreasy opened up old wounds. But when a silky voice on the phone threatened to throw acid in her eyes, V.I. knew this one could finish her off with some brand-new ones. The sour-faced old aunt she had agreed to help was accused of stealing millions in stock certificates from a pious order of Dominican brothers. V.I. knew the woman was a witch, not a thief, and she soon smelled something rotten in the sanctum sanctorum of Chicago's most powerful movers and shakers -- the Church and the Mob. Now someone wants to see V.I. burn in hell. But this tough cookie of a private eye had her back up, a brand-new Smith & Wesson, and a daring plan to make the bad guys go to the devil first
Because begging doesn't come naturally to her aunt Rosa, V.I. suspects that the old battle-ax must be in big trouble if she's asking for help. And V.I. is right. Rosa is under investigation by the FBI and the SEC after counterfeit securities are found at the Priory of St. Albertus Magnus, where she serves as treasurer. As malicious as her aunt is, V.I. knows the older woman is not dishonest, so she agrees to take the case. But she doesn't realize how high the stakes are until she begins to sniff out a connection between Chicago's most powerful institutions: the Church and the mob. And when a menacing voice on the phone threatens to pour acid into her eyes if she doesn't butt out, V.I. starts to question which is stronger: her love of family...or of life.
From the book cover: "It begins as a three-million-dollar heist from a Dominican priory. It spirals into a case of lethal complexity that may unite big corporate conspirators, Chicago's underworld bosses, and the Church itself in a very unholy communion. V.I. Warshawski, Chicago's unbeatable female private eye, takes on friars and financiers to bust open a sinister case." A good fast-paced read. V.I Warshawski is a likeably imperfect character, which lends her an air of reality.
This is one of the early books in the series by Paretsky featuring her tough female private eye, VI (Vic) Warshawski. If you are looking a for a good series in mysteries, try the VI Warshawski ones which take place in Chicago. The character is a brash, cynical detective not afraid to use her fists when she needs too. I like the character because she makes mistakes and gets into trouble, just the rest of us.