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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Paretsky Narrator: Jean Smart Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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When Chicago Black Hawks hockey legend Boom Boom Warshawski drowns in Lake Michigan, his private-eye cousin, the intrepid V.I. Warshawski, questions the accidental death report and rumors of suicide. Armed with a bottle of Black Label and a Smith & Wesson, V.I. follows a trail of violence and corruption to the center of the Windy City's powerful shipping industry. Dodging attempts on her life with characteristic grit and humor, V.I. wends her way through a maze of grain elevators and thousand-ton freighters, ruthless businessmen, and gorgeous ballerinas, to ferret out Boom Boom's killers before they take her out of the picture - permanently. 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 Donna | 2/15/2014

    " I really liked this book. I have always like Sara Paretsky, but lately she has felt the need to add her own personal political diatribe to each book. I find it irritating and not needed to move the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/11/2014

    " This book was hard to get through. It went on and on about the locks and the shipping canals. I didn't need to know all that stuff about the shipping industry on the Great Lakes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/11/2014

    " The usual, entertaining VI Warshawski detective novel. VI's cousin Boom Boom, an ex-Chicago Black Hawk player, dies in an unusual accident on the docks where he is, post sports career, working for a shipping company. VI quickly suspects foul play and her tenacious, inquisitive, pushy detective nature kicks in until she is up to her eyeballs in trouble. Predictable and yet entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adornable | 2/8/2014

    " V.I. a tough woman who is also a lady. She inspires me. Sara Paretsky is a good story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/4/2014

    " I love the main character, V.I. Warshawski -- a strong, humorous female private detective. More gritty than Kinsey Milhone but less vulgar than Stephanie Plum. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 catechism | 2/1/2014

    " So, this one was about the murder of a Hawks player, which should have made me happy, except that I kind of felt like there was not much knowledge about the Hawks happening. I mean, Blackhawks is one word, and that was not even right in the book. Also, this book shows its age a bit -- one character is consistently referred to as "the Viking," which confused the hell out of me for ages. So anyway, the writing was not great, but I thought the mystery itself was interesting, and I have a pretty gigantic soft spot for books set in Chicago. "

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

    " A lot of strings tied together nicely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/21/2014

    " This book has an unusually complex storyline with a lots of research into the shipping industry, or certainly more research than the average mystery seems to have. I like the Chicago setting, and will definitely have more V. I. in my future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lavenza | 1/8/2014

    " It was a nice book indeed, the female protagonist is very interesting and the plot's twists were thrilling enough. A good book but not the best in its category. Good for one read though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/6/2014

    " I somehow missed this book when I began reading Paretsky some years ago. It is an interesting plot. I always enjoy a mystery written by a good author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 12/5/2013

    " Maybe I should have paid closer attention to the names of the characters as they were being introduced, but I seemed to have a hard time keeping them straight for some reason. But, I'm willing to give Paretsky another shot since this is only the first of her novels that I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Blocksom | 12/4/2013

    " She even makes Great Lakes shipping interesting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/2/2013

    " I like the V.I. Warshawski as it takes place in Chgo and I like knowing the areas and places she is talking about. Not a great book but I liked it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 12/1/2013

    " V.I. Warshawski private detective series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 11/18/2013

    " I like the prose and style, but I agree that Warshawski is a little flat. Pretty typical feminist lead. She still is a strong character, though. When reading this volume one has to consider how much more difficult it was to be a self-employed woman in the 80s than today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rugg Ruggedo | 11/13/2013

    " I am re-reading this series and find I enjoy it every bit as much now as when they first came out. The good thing now is that I dont have to wait a year in between investigations. I also have to say that I really love her Chicago. Makes me want to visit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 10/16/2013

    " Series detective gets caught up in a complicated crime. Warshawski is an interesting detective, Chicago is a great setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/4/2013

    " blow a container ship in half? Really??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Schneider | 4/29/2013

    " A good murder mystery from Sara Paretsky, as always, but not one of her best. We learn a lot about the great lakes shipping industry, but there is not a great deal of suspense in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/28/2013

    " A great look at dockside life in Chicago. The character's memories of her murdered cousin give a great sense of family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/11/2012

    " V.I. Warshawski is at it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Briggs | 10/6/2012

    " Another good quick and fun read - I will be reading more of this series - it is fun to read novels set in Chicago and recognize the neighbourhoods she's describing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/27/2012

    " Maybe it is because she is sassy, maybe it is because it is set in Chicago or maybe it is her weakness for Black Label. I'm not sure, but I enjoyed this book. I am glad to know there are more of these. They will go into the category of fun palette cleanser. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/5/2012

    " Not sure I fully understand the financial details, but a good story nonetheless. V.I. is a fun character. Just don't rely on the movie they made to judge the books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 3/16/2012

    " A Hero's Death: At the funeral of her ice-hockey hero cousin, private eye VI Warshawski suspects that his death was not an accident. Stars Kathleen Turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 2/7/2012

    " This one better than her first. Murder mystery involving the Great Lakes shipping industry, ritzy far North Chicago 'burbs, uninterested cops, and a couple Chicago Blackhawks hockey players. With, of course, VI's running commentary on her beloved, losing Cubbies. All Chicago! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 6/7/2011

    " Good detective stuff. I'm hooked for the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 February Four | 6/1/2011

    " Almost, but not quite predictable, which makes it actually fun. Poor Vic, and poor Boom Boom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Weissel | 3/22/2011

    " another great read by Sara! fast paced and V.I. Warshawski contiues to be the best lady Detective anywhere! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snickety | 1/21/2011

    " A great example from this genre - light but not too fluffy, scary but not terrifying, and suspenseful but easy enough to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hobart | 11/22/2010

    " I feel bad that I don't have more to say...good, solid PI stuff, will be back for more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 11/13/2010

    " A Hero's Death: At the funeral of her ice-hockey hero cousin, private eye VI Warshawski suspects that his death was not an accident. Stars Kathleen Turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 3/29/2010

    " This book was hard to get through. It went on and on about the locks and the shipping canals. I didn't need to know all that stuff about the shipping industry on the Great Lakes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 2/15/2010

    " A great look at dockside life in Chicago. The character's memories of her murdered cousin give a great sense of family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/26/2009

    " First book I read by her and enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 11/15/2009

    " This one better than her first. Murder mystery involving the Great Lakes shipping industry, ritzy far North Chicago 'burbs, uninterested cops, and a couple Chicago Blackhawks hockey players. With, of course, VI's running commentary on her beloved, losing Cubbies. All Chicago! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 8/17/2009

    " Another series worth revisiting, having not read one in a while. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 5/14/2009

    " Maybe I should have paid closer attention to the names of the characters as they were being introduced, but I seemed to have a hard time keeping them straight for some reason. But, I'm willing to give Paretsky another shot since this is only the first of her novels that I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Frank | 11/3/2008

    " V.I. Warshawski is at it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy bill | 9/24/2008

    " 2nd V.I. Warshawski Novel.

    Full of intrigue, adventure and a true heroine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 1/28/2008

    " another great read by Sara! fast paced and V.I. Warshawski contiues to be the best lady Detective anywhere! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 1/16/2008

    " This was a fun read... I can´t say it was predictable or stunningly original, but I really enjoyed it and would read more of the V.I. Warshawski novels. I like that she gets into fist fights... It is also kind of funny to read books set in an era I can remember..the 1980´s! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adornable | 1/4/2008

    " V.I. a tough woman who is also a lady. She inspires me. Sara Paretsky is a good story teller. "

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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.