First edition of the second title in the V. I Warshaki series, following a woman private eye on the trail of criminal actions on the Chicago waterfront.
Near fine in very good plus dust jacket.
"You are a very resourceful lady, with good survival instincts. By now you should be dead several times over."
Paretsky's series of V. I. Warshawski mysteries, featuring a hard-boiled woman detective, "may be seen as a kind of female Bildungsroman" (Porsdan), a feminist tale of of progress and development in a genre historically dominated by male writers and characters. As Helle Porsdan observes, Paretsky works "from within a traditional genre... to convey her feminist message" by adapting many traditionally male tropes to V. I., even as she faces gendered obstacles to solving the case.
Read more: Helle Porsdam, "'Embedding Rights Within Relationships'– Gender, Law, and Sara Paretsky," American Studies Vol. 39 No. 3.
Garden City, New York: The Dial Press, 1984. Full title: Deadlock: A V. I. Warshawski Mystery 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original cloth-backed blue boards with gilt lettering. Fore-edge machine deckle. Original color pictorial dust jacket, unclipped ($14.95), designed by Terrence M. Fehr. 252 pages. Proof review slip for Library Journal laid in (book likely a review copy). Mild scuffing to edges of dust jacket. Light bumping to spine ends. Clean and bright.
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