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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,410 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:
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Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicago’s Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicago’s most powerful families: the grandfather of one, Chaim Salanter, is among the world’s wealthiest men; the mother of another, Sophy Durango, is running for the United States Senate. For V. I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango? Or to Chaim Salanter’s childhood in Nazi-occupied Lithuania? As V.I. struggles to answer these questions, she finds herself fighting enemies who are no less terrifying for being all too human.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kay | 2/6/2014

    " V.I.'s hard edges grate more with her friends than they used to, and there is a sense the world has gotten nastier in this book. From the super-powerful liar who mesmerizes the thoughtless via mass media to the little girls who are enthralled with the shape-shifting novelmania of the moment, V.I. travels through a very complex maze of holocaust horror and present-day criminal escape via scapegoating. The sense that the bad guys are really more powerful than we are is stronger than ever from Paretsky, but that is just being realistic, isn't it. I was actually crying at the end, a first for all Paretsky's novels. Somebody has to do the digging to keep us safe from the Big Bad Guys who use money + the media to warp and twist our whole society, and I felt grateful to V.I. Her time with Jake is lovely but very short and not entirely redemptive. Pockets of love and loyalty from Jake, Lotty, Max and Petra are hopeful things, but the overwhelming feeling that the Bad Guys are winning hurts. Very well-paced book, moving at a fifty-year-old's pace? Satisfactory, as Nero Wolfe would say. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eric Cohen | 2/1/2014

    " This installment in the V.I Warshawski series is far from Paretsky's best effort. The plot is full of holes and many, many unlikely happenings. The characters are mostly caricatures and the political ranting is annoying and not relevant to the story. Diehard fans of the Warshawski series will find reasons to finish the book (as I did), but others are advised to skip Break Down and wait for the next installment. Readers who are new to the V.I. Warshawski series should start with one of Paretsky's earlier efforts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandy Pfefferkorn | 1/21/2014

    " This is the second V.I. Warshawski book I got recently. Cousin Petra is involved in this one, too. She calls V.I. for help when the pre-teen girls in her book club become involved in emulating a character in one of the books they've read involving vampires and shape-shifters. V.I. discovers the girls dancing on a grave in an old abandoned Jewish cemetery. She manages to get them out of the cemetery before the cops get there to investigate the newly dead body lying on an adjacent tombstone. More murder and intrigue follow until V.I. manages to solve the case. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim | 1/17/2014

    " As a guy, I often get bored with Vic's wardrobe woes, but this is more than made up for by her attitude. She doesn't take crap from anyone. This is a typical book from this series. Vic somehow finds herself involved in a case she really doesn't want, then stumbles along thinking she's not making any progress while all the time making progress. By the end, she ties up all the surprises, loose ends, and twists into a package as neat as a professionally wrapped Christmas gift. "

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