Extended Audio Sample

Download Fire Sale Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Fire Sale, by Sara Paretsky Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,002 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Paretsky Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The V. I. Warshawski Series Release Date:
Regular Price: $19.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $16.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

V.I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V.I. takes over coaching duties of the girls’ basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes.

Through young Josie Dorrado, V.I. meets the girl’s mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesn’t know how she’ll support her four children if the flag plant shuts down.

The elder Dorrado’s fears are realized when the plant explodes; V.I. is injured and the owner is killed. As V.I. begins to investigate, she finds herself onfronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company. Founder William “Buffalo Bill” Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and with him; the oldest, “Young Mr. William,” is close to sixty and furious that his father doesn’t cede more power to him. And then there’s “Billy the Kid,” Young Mr. William’s nineteen year old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a whole.

When Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V.I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BRLL_001106

Quotes & Awards

  • “First-class entertainment.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Packed with social themes and moral energy, held together by humor, compassion and sheer feistiness, this novel shows why Paretsky and her heroine are such enduring figures in American detective fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Nothing seems forced as Paretsky plays socioeconomic realities against a universal story of passion and jealousy, building the plot from the marshy ground up and allowing Chicago to muscle its way into a costarring role.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laurie Stoll | 2/17/2014

    " I really enjoy the V.I. Warshawski series. I have not read many but plan to read more when I run out of books to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna-Lena | 2/12/2014

    " I didn't care for the writing style, but the plot was more than enough to make up for it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Novaria | 2/5/2014

    " I hadn't read one of these in ages and really enjoyed catching up with V.I. Warshovski as she takes on a WalMart-like family business on the south side of Chicago. At the same time, she is filling in as coach to an impoverished south side girls basketball team. Lots of action and quirky characters. A fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joanne | 1/29/2014

    " You are half way into the book before you ven know what the crime is. Written for screenplays. I like the VI Warshovski character, but the writing is a bore. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations