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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Paretsky Narrator: Susan Ericksen, Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The V. I. Warshawski Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781441835642
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 2/16/2014

    " This was the earliest Paretsky novel that I've read, and published in 1987, it was definitely a trip. No online research is done, as it is in more recent novels. Paretsky makes some obvious political comments about sexism, which makes it interesting to see how times have changed. It wasn't my favorite mystery that Warshawski has solved, but I did appreciate that I got some background information on the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 2/11/2014

    " I am disgusted with this book and have decided not to finish reading it. If there is one thing I cannot abide it's an author who pushes her political agenda by means of depicting anyone who holds an opposite view as stupid, mean-spirited, narrow-minded, and evil. Any character who prescribes to the author's view is virtuous, brave, and intelligent. Spare me - if the view is that a pro-life supporter cannot be compassionate and intelligent then I don't need to waste my time reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/21/2014

    " 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 Marcia Berg Haskell | 1/16/2014

    " I haven't read any others of the V. I. Warshawski novels and probably won't read the rest of the series for a while. This is another book where the events don't seem to have any reason - which is OK because it gets sorted out in the end. What bothered me was the amount of introspection when action was called for and the lack of logic by the detectives. Vi seems to glide from one uncomfortable feeling to the next without thinking her actions through. That irritated me enough to keep considering putting the novel aside and not finishing it. Perhaps the crux of the problem was that there were no characters I could identify and empathize with. In the end the book was an OK mystery, but not a favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/16/2014

    " I have yet to find a V.I. Warshawski book that I didn't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 12/20/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/18/2013

    " ehhhh. Not one of my favorites- can't pinpoint exactly why, but didn't enjoy it. took me over a month "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/18/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeri | 12/10/2013

    " 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 Jessica | 11/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 11/6/2013

    " It's so easy to get caught up in the story in the opening few pages, and so hard to put down after that. I always look forward to reading my or rereading Paretsky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andra | 10/26/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petula Darling | 9/13/2013

    " 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 Laura | 8/31/2013

    " 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 Sherri K | 8/15/2013

    " Love VI. what can i say "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 7/25/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 7/18/2013

    " Good conclusion, butI only mildly enjoyed getting there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/22/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 10/22/2012

    " 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 Ellen | 8/28/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 6/25/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Kitchen | 4/17/2012

    " excellent story....makes you wonder if this sort of thing really happens "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 3/22/2012

    " The first Paretsky / V.I. Warshawski installment I read, and also my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Petrullo | 12/13/2011

    " Pretty good, a little slow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Supriya | 12/6/2011

    " Good stuff, will deffo read more Paretsky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 February Four | 9/13/2011

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suellen | 2/23/2011

    " Author came to book club. She didn't want to talk about the book so much. Some details about Chicago were wrong, which was annoying. Liked VI though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Blocksom | 2/11/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 9/29/2010

    " 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. "

  • 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 the author of numerous books, including her renowned V. I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is also the recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award given by the British Crime Writers’ Association. She is credited with transforming the role and image of women in the crime novel.

About the Narrators

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.

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.