Women in Killing Orders

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Women In The Killing Orders Killing orders is a hardboiled detective fiction written by Sara Paretsky, mainly about detecting counterfeit securities. The narrator is V.I. Warshawski, who is hot-tempered, sarcastic and fiercely self-reliant. She is considered one of the few feminist detectives. Compare Killing Orders with traditional noir detective fiction, there are many similarities since Killing Orders still classified with the hardboiled detective fiction genre. The narrator V.I. Warshawski as a realistic and tough hardboiled detective, as well as the corruption of the society all show up in the noir detective fiction including Killing Orders. However, the representation of women in the Killing Orders makes it distinct from others, where the book is at its best. V.I. Warshawski herself, as a woman, although is a perfect example of the hardboiled detective, she also shares some frail and sensitive qualities of females. There are many women characters in Killing Orders, but none of them act as femme fatale, or act as a threat to the detective as they did in the traditional noir detective fiction. They are more independent in Killing Orders. Similar to traditional noir detective fiction, there are many social reference in the book revealed the corruption of the society. Like most traditional hardboiled and realistic detective, V.I. Warshawski has the tough guy exterior but also has her own soft spots. Compared to traditional male hardboiled detective, V.I. Warshawski apparently has more female characteristics. First of all, like a typical hardboiled detective, V.I. Warshawski has almost no family, and works all by herself. She has few friends, lives in a mess, and drinks a lot. As she indicates “I left the breakfast dishes in the sink with last night’s supper plates and those from a few other meals. And the bed unmade. And the clothes strewn around” (Paretsky
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