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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Paretsky Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The V. I. Warshawski Series Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9781423300113
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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 . . . "The plot [is] fast moving, the dialogue snappy, the premise for murder persuasive. This novel hasn't a single snag in its springs." - Chicago Sun-Times "Paretsky is still the best . . .She doesn't pull punches." -- The Washington Post Book World Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 shay | 2/20/2014

    " Meh. A fairly interesting story with a wry protagonist but the details were sort of skimmed over sometimes. Some developments came smack dab out of the blue! The romance felt kind of weak as an element of the story and the characters sort of sounded the same...The plot may have pulled me in, but the writing didn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike Jensen | 2/10/2014

    " I hate this book. I hate the cheap and meaningless cynicism that infuses every line. I hate the sneering self-righteous superiority of the protagonist. I hate the stupid plot points, such as staging a riot in order to steal a medical file which would have more effectively been stolen by a burglary, which the protagonist failed to understand is the reason for the riot though I did, and surely most readers must, instantly. I hate the one sided-politics that renders complex arguments simple and casts people on the wrong side as villains and those on the right side as virtuous. This is a cheap, sloganistic, mean spirited excuse for a book with preposterous plot. Cast your eyes anywhere else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caren | 1/31/2014

    " With a love for the city of Chicago and private detective stories, Sara Paretsky was suggested to me as an author I would enjoy reading. Bitter Medicine was good and I will definitely seek more Sara Paretsky books to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine I | 1/25/2014

    " Another author I tried for 2013. Kind of a dittzie detective who acts tough. Do not need to read another of hers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Hager | 1/12/2014

    " A mystery that is also a fun read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 1/10/2014

    " I like the mystery detective as a fighter for social justice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/7/2014

    " I like her books because it's like sitting down and watching a crime show, it's a quick read, and keeps my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/7/2014

    " Very good--enjoying this series more and more as I go on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petula Darling | 1/3/2014

    " This one was too easy to figure out, but it was still fairly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 12/30/2013

    " I get a kick out of the heroine, V.I. She is smart, makes mistakes and always goes where she shouldn't! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/25/2013

    " An oldie but goodie: V.I. Warshawski on the case, solving crimes involving a medical center. The villains were a bit unconvincing but the characters are old favorites and I learned how the detective came upon her dog Peppy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/25/2013

    " VI Washawski gets into so much trouble, and I have to keep reading to get her out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/27/2013

    " It's often nice to go back and revisit the earlier installments in a series. In this one, VI Warshawski takes on pro-life fanatics and the medical-industrial complex. It has the trademark wisecracking, but really misses the historical depth that Paretsky has developed over her career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andra | 9/12/2013

    " love these books, read this in one afternoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/18/2013

    " Another VI novel with the suspense that Paretsky builds. Usually when I pick up a VI novel, I don't put it down at all. This was the case with Bitter Medicine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Supriya | 5/10/2013

    " Good stuff, will deffo read more Paretsky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 King Monkey | 2/4/2013

    " Paretsky puts V.I. through the wringer again. Some dark moments and uncomfortable truths. Loved it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathyhillard | 8/13/2012

    " I gave up on this one. Just couldn't get into it. After about a hundred pages I still hadn't developed any concern for any of the characters. Time to move on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeri | 5/15/2012

    " Vic Warshawski, Paretsky's PI, investigates Chicago's private hospital system. A young teen and unborn child die in the hospital and corruption and doctors' involvements. Not my favorite of this author's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 February Four | 2/27/2012

    " The more I read Paretsky, the more I come to agree with the blurb on the cover: "No one, male or female, writes better P.I. books than Paretsky." I have to agree. It was well-spaced, well-plotted, and the puzzle pieces all fit together beautifully. On to the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Blocksom | 11/29/2011

    " This is my first Sara Paretsky novel. I really enjoyed it. It took me a while to get her rhythm and to 'get' the FMC, VI Warshawski. It was a fun, suspenseful, enjoyable read. Thank you, Sara Paretsky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 10/11/2011

    " Four stars may be overdoing it. I like her V.I. Warshawski mysteries, but "Bleeding Kansas" was SO EXCELLENT that I'm now not completely satisfied with V.I. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 10/3/2011

    " Got hooked on Paretsky and have enjoyed them all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri K | 5/14/2011

    " Love VI. what can i say "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Clark | 4/27/2011

    " I love these books. Powerful. I'll start the next one tonight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 3/16/2011

    " Paretsky continues to evolve V.I.'s character Good plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 9/19/2010

    " Got hooked on Paretsky and have enjoyed them all "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/18/2010

    " An oldie but goodie: V.I. Warshawski on the case, solving crimes involving a medical center. The villains were a bit unconvincing but the characters are old favorites and I learned how the detective came upon her dog Peppy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 7/7/2010

    " I like her books because it's like sitting down and watching a crime show, it's a quick read, and keeps my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 5/20/2010

    " Listened to the audio version - VI Warshawski books make good audio books - not hard to follow and move along fast enough to keep your interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petula | 5/4/2010

    " This one was too easy to figure out, but it was still fairly enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caren | 1/9/2010

    " With a love for the city of Chicago and private detective stories, Sara Paretsky was suggested to me as an author I would enjoy reading. Bitter Medicine was good and I will definitely seek more Sara Paretsky books to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/6/2010

    " Banging beginning, fantastic end, but I thought the pace dragged in the middle. Otherwise, this would be a 5-star book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/3/2010

    " Why did I stop reading the V.I. Warshawski books? I love her, I love the Chicago setting, and I love Sara Paretsky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/22/2009

    " Available at BBC Radio 7. My first Paretsky´s book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Supriya | 11/16/2009

    " Good stuff, will deffo read more Paretsky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/15/2009

    " VI Washawski gets into so much trouble, and I have to keep reading to get her out. "

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About the Author
Author Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction. She is credited with transforming the role and image of women in the crime novel.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.