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Author: Sara Paretsky Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The V. I. Warshawski Series Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781536695267
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It’s strictly Friends & Family as V.I. Warshawski, “the detective mystery fans have been waiting for” (Time), makes return appearances in a collection of stories that bring new meaning to “ties that bind.” Decked out in her silk shirts and no-nonsense attitude, V.I. is out to make a living—by the skin of her teeth.

In “Grace Notes,” V.I. has barely finished her morning coffee when she sees an ad in the paper asking for information about her own mother, long dead. The paper leads V.I. to her newfound Italian cousin Vico, who’s looking for music composed by their great-grandmother. What’s the score? Clearly it’s something to kill for...

“The Pietro Andromache” finds V.I.’s friend Dr. Lotty Herschel with motive and means to dispatch her professional rival and steal his priceless statue. Lotty didn’t do it—but does she know who did? V.I. soon cuts to the art of the case—and it’s not a pretty picture at all!

Summoned by an old high school friend to a race “At the Old Swimming Hole,” V.I. ends up swimming with the sharks—the FBI and a ruthless gambling kingpin—in a pool of blood....

And it’s only “Skin Deep” when a relaxing facial transformation transforms a client into a stiff. V.I.’s pal Sal needs help. Her beautician sister Evangeline is prime suspect—and V.I. has only eighteen hours to crack the case before it’s headline news....

“Three-Dot Po” proves there’s nothing like a dog. Especially a dog on the trail of her mistress’s killer, with V.I. in tow....

In “Strung Out,” love means nothing and V.I.’s quick to learn the score as her old friend’s tennis-champion daughter is under suspicion for strangling her father with a racket string. And there’s more, nine stories in all, in this masterful collection of short fiction starring V.I. Warshawski, “the most engaging woman in detective fiction since Dorothy Sayers’s Harriet Vane” (Newsweek).

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/5/2014

    " Possibly my favorite of Paretsky's so far. She seems to be at her best with the short story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 2/3/2014

    " This is a set of short stories all featuring the PI V.I. Warshawski - a lot of fun to read and very well written. "

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

    " A short story collection featuring Chicago and Chicago authors. A great way to find new authors! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/23/2014

    " I sometimes read series novels. VI Warshawski novels are series novels I do follow. VI is an interesting character and always managing to get herself entangled in more than she expects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/20/2014

    " Great book for travel as it's a collection of short stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 11/26/2013

    " Read on the plane. Good stories about V. I. Warshawski, private detective in Chicago. Stories are good for traveling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 8/12/2013

    " Sara Paretsky has a way of making you visualize the streets of Chicago in a familar way. .This book of short stories is a great quick read and the swtoies interweave with eash other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 8/1/2013

    " Mystery,Second City, short stories by some really good authors...well worth the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 6/24/2013

    " Ddn't care for these short stories. There's not enough time to solve a murder properly in a short format. akes the enjoyment out of it. "

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

    " A collection of short stories -- each very good, but I prefer her full novels "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 12/13/2012

    " This book was all right. It's a collection of short stories. I prefer longer stories, but it kept me entertained. I thought it was better than "Fire Sale," but not as good as "Blacklist." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victor | 5/10/2012

    " A collection of short stories from the veteran author. Mostly enjoyable. To my surprise, one of them was lesbian themed. I find her novels are sometimes longwinded, so the brevity added to my enjoyment here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 9/10/2011

    " Picked this up at the Illinois Library Association. The author Libby Fischer Hellmann was there to sign my book. Plan on reading it on the train back home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frodo | 8/14/2011

    " I've enjoyed reading books by Sara Paretsky as she was originally from Lawrence,Kansas. Her writing is usually set in the Chicago area which I'm somewhat familiar with since spending seminary days there. These WINDY CITY BLUES short stories are fun mysteries to read. They read very quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/22/2009

    " I like all the Paretsky/Warshawski books except the last one. It wasn't quite up to par. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daphne | 6/28/2008

    " Some segments "cases" of this book were interesting - others were not (to me). I found it entertaining and altho' some of the characters really came to life - others just kind of fell short. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 10/29/2007

    " Better than Total Recall. Her short stories are crisper and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 9/12/2007

    " I enjoyed many of the short stories. Some of them were a bit dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Landismom | 10/19/2005

    " Collection of short stories about V.I. Warshawski. Uneven, but mostly good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 9/25/2005

    " This book was OK. It was typical Sara Paretsky. I guess I am not a big fan of short stories. If you have kids at home that are needy, this is a great book. The stories are mostly 40 pages long. This is not enough time to develop a plot, so the stories are short quick with little plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 2/27/2004

    " Possibly the least disappointing collection of short stories ever. Styles vary greatly, and even subject matter. However, consistently compelling writing makes this collection impressive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 1/3/2001

    " A collection of well-written short stories involving crime stories and the blues, all taking place in Chicago. Especially good for short attention spans. "

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 Narrator

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