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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,402 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Paretsky Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The V. I. Warshawski Series Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781441868879
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“The thing about Sara Paretsky is, she’s tough—not because she observes the bone-breaker conventions of the private-eye genre but because she doesn’t flinch from examining old social injustices others might find too shameful (and too painful) to dig up.” — The New York Times Book Review “Doctors take days off — why not PIs?” V.I. Warshawski demands. But when America’s hardest-working private eye goes clubbing, a stranger is shot and dies in her arms. V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, Chicago’s edgiest nightspot, where a woman known as the Body Artist turns her naked body into a canvas for the audience to paint on. The show attracts all kinds of people, from a menacing off-duty cop to Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war vets — and V.I.’s impetuous cousin, Petra. A tormented young painter shows up, too, and the intricate designs she creates on the Body Artist drive one of the vets into a violent rage. When the painter is shot, the cops figure it’s an easy collar — PTSD vet goes off the rails, stalks then kills young woman. But the vet’s family hires V.I. to clear his name, and the detective uncovers a chain of ugly truths that stretches all the way from Iraq to Chicago’s South Side. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/7/2014

    " the usual fine writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 2/7/2014

    " Paretsky writes another up-to-date wild mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 2/2/2014

    " I absolutely love the character V.I. Warshawski, and love reading any of Paretsky's books that feature her as the main character. Therefore, the book was engrossing. All of the usual characters fleshed out the story. I just wish I'd found the mystery plot a little more interesting...there were a lot of threads connecting the mystery and sometimes I was a little lost as to how they were all related. I also didn't feel a ton of sympathy for the victims, so I wasn't as connected. Still, I love the character and I like how Paretsky has brought V.I. into the technology age; it is always interesting to see how she performs her detective work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Sherman | 2/2/2014

    " Paretsky's V. I. Warshawski novel is great. I can't wait to read more of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 1/28/2014

    " I think I'm tired of V.I. at this point. It's time she grew up and stopped making everything so difficult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 1/27/2014

    " Major disappointment. I've followed V.I. for years and liked her, even though her exploits have been sometimes bloody and brutal. But the initial premise of this book I found ludicrous, especially when the 50 year-old Warshawski engages in it herself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 1/20/2014

    " I was trying to pinpoint when this mystery series became preachy and tied to the author's most recent sense of outrage. Obviously I read it, and it was a pretty good case to solve, but I have the very strong impression that I've been Talked At. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwyneth Stewart | 1/19/2014

    " It's been a long time since I read V. I. Warshawski novel, but this one convinced me that I need to back up and catch up on this series. This book deals with a family devastated by the war in Iraq, and a company making huge profits off the same war, and various crime families making money off those left behind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tripmastermonkey | 1/19/2014

    " I listened to the audio-book of this one. Not everything works out in a tidy fashion, but the issues covered- sexuality and the Iraq war primarily among them- made for an interesting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/5/2013

    " I've read a number of Sara Paretsky books about the detective V.I. Warshawski. All of them have been great reads, but I'm finding this one is not holding my attention as much. That said, I'd still recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/13/2013

    " V.I. Warshawski is back in good form. The theme is the Iraqi war with the usual beatings by thugs, corrupt large corporations,self-questioning, a new lover, and loyal allies. Although Paretsky follows her typical formula, I was captured by the book and not too scared. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annetta | 5/6/2013

    " Was looking forward to a new V I Warshawski novel . It started out very well ; fast pace lots of action ... But then dragged and dragged. Am I over these detective thrillers or are they all the same ? It is a shame ... I used to love them . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn Knox | 2/14/2013

    " I love Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski books. This was not her best thriller. I lost track of the characters--couldn't remember who did what to whom. Like Chicago setting but not her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 10/14/2012

    " Another great entry in the V.I. Warshawski series, this one featuring a body artist with a complex past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 8/1/2012

    " Very good mystery. Love her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/19/2012

    " I really love Sara Paretsky's writing and her character, VI Warshawski. These are mysteries but they are so much more--they read like investigative journalism and while fiction, they cover current events. Another great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/13/2011

    " Her stories are unecessarily complicated by weird names, and I don't like her neice, Petra. Still, it was a good mystery in places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 9/9/2011

    " Not as complex or intense as the last V.I. novel, this was still a page turner -- with an ending I wasn't sure she could pull together, but she did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 9/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed this audiobook. V.I. felt similar to Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone. They're both very independent, stubborn women who fight for answers and justice. I've already downloaded and started another book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/28/2011

    " Hadn't read this series for awhile and I had forgotten how much I like V.I. I'm adding more to my "must read" list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 7/18/2011

    " V.I. is a good character and she's interesting for me because she comes from a slightly older generation and her history is interesting. I just wish the author would let her growl back at her friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 6/17/2011

    " I listened rather than read. The actress who channels V. I. has all young women speaking like Valley Girls of yore, which is off-putting, but I am still a V. I. fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Wilcox | 6/11/2011

    " Not Paretsky's best. I've enjoyed her gift for bringing a gritty Chicago (and gritty heroine) alive on the page, but I had to put this one down only a couple dozen pages in --for unbelievability. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sc | 5/3/2011

    " Not quite as gripping as usual, but still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 3/26/2011

    " Parkesky just keeps getting better and better...A definite "must read." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/17/2011

    " Hadn't read this series for awhile and I had forgotten how much I like V.I. I'm adding more to my "must read" list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/7/2011

    " I love the V.I Warshawski series! I was disappointed in her last book Fire Sale so this is a great reminder that Paretsky hasn't taken a wrong turn. Twists and turns up to the last chapter. I love a good who-done-it. Almost gave it 3 stars instead of 4 but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/28/2011

    " This is a series that has stayed fresh and exciting. The author does a great job at aging her character and having stories still seem real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 2/28/2011

    " I liked V.I. better before she became a spokesperson for causes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 2/22/2011

    " I listened rather than read. The actress who channels V. I. has all young women speaking like Valley Girls of yore, which is off-putting, but I am still a V. I. fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/7/2011

    " Not only love her books about V. I. Warshawksi Novels, but like that they are set in Chicago. Makes me home sick for ole Chi-Town. Very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mgupshaw | 2/7/2011

    " Enjoyed the Chicago setting. But nothing felt familiar about this one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 2/5/2011

    " I think I'm tired of V.I. at this point. It's time she grew up and stopped making everything so difficult. "

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