Search Results: "Sara Paretsky"


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A WOMAN'S EYE by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 6, 1991

"Overall, though, disappointing."
Twenty-one all-new stories, mostly a somber, let's-take-ourselves-too-seriously collection featuring female protagonists from such women writers as old-timers Dorothy B. Hughes and Dorothy Salisbury Davis; England's Antonia Fraser; academe's Amanda Cross; a California pileup including Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, Faye Kellerman, Julie Smith, Susan Dunlap, Mary Wings, Marilyn Wallace, and Shelley Singer, the unique Maria Antonia Oliver, and Paretsky herself, whose sluggishly belabored case for V.I. Warshawski and introduction here ("there is no one way to view women") hardly represent her best work. Read full book review >

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BITTER MEDICINE by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 1987

"Superior stuff."
Another bumpy trip for Chicago's tough, gruff super P.I.-lawyer V.I. Warshawski (Deadlock, etc.). Read full book review >

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TOTAL RECALL by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"No wonder the heroically mounting complications are never quite brought under control: her furious energy keeps the final pages still churning."
When she agrees to help lathe operator Isaiah Sommers press his claim for his recently deceased uncle's piddling $10,000 policy with Ajax Insurance, V.I. Warshawski has no idea that the case will blow up in her face—first with her former lover Ralph Devereux's insistence that Ajax paid out the policy ten years ago when they got proof that Aaron Sommers had died, then with the stunning news that muckraking Alderman Louis Durham has publicly tarred her as an Ajax toady determined to bilk the Sommers family out of their rightful due. Read full book review >

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HARD TIME by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 1999

"A triumphant return to form for V.I., who's come back from a five-year sabbatical (Tunnel Vision, 1994, etc.) as strong as Vladimir Horowitz."
Driving home one night from a party for Global Studio star Lacey Dowell (the Mad Virgin), V.I. Warshawski nearly runs over a woman dying on an Edgewater street. Read full book review >

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BRUSH BACK by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 28, 2015

"Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed. The results will be especially appealing to baseball fans, who'll appreciate the punning chapter titles and learn more than they ever imagined about Wrigley Field."
V.I. Warshawski (Critical Mass, 2013, etc.) takes on the most thankless task of her career: reopening a 25-year-old murder case on behalf of a convicted defendant who hates the sight of her.Read full book review >

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BODY WORK by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Paretsky plays out her trademark political and social themes not with rhetoric, but with a compelling story of lives shattered by pride, greed and fear of the unknown."
Chicago investigator V.I. Warshawski (Hardball, 2009, etc.) struggles to clear an Iraq War vet charged with murder. Read full book review >

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KILLING ORDERS by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 17, 1985

"She gives us a classic mystery, a page-turner in the best tradition."
Sara Paretsky brings us her third mystery, Killing Orders, and with it, her tough-girl detective V.I. Warshawski, a kind of grownup Nancy Drew—smart, gutsy, and able to balance thinking with acting. Read full book review >

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DEADLOCK by Sara Paretsky
Released: Feb. 24, 1983

"Just-passable corporate sleuthing overall—with okay shipping backgrounds, stiff dialogue, and the unengaging presence (sarcastic, weepy) of V. I. herself."
Unlike Emma Lathen, Paretsky (Indemnity Only) doesn't quite have the gift for making convoluted business dealings lucid and lively; so this second outing for V. I. Warshawski, a female narrator/shamus in Chicago, is again more sturdy than gripping—with V. I. somewhat less agreeable company than she was in her debut. Read full book review >

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BURN MARKS by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 20, 1990

"Vic may still be lean and mean, but, here, her creator's style borders on the flabby."
Once again, Chicago's durable private-eye V.I. (Vicki) Warshawski is tangling with the forces of evil in her own hometown. Read full book review >

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FALLOUT by Sara Paretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A steadily deepening historical nightmare that ends up implicating pretty much everyone in sight in a multilayered coverup. Whodunit purists may be frustrated at the absence of a single villain to blame, but Paretsky's legion of fans will rejoice in her heroically scaled 20th novel."
Think V.I. Warshawski butts too many heads in Chicago? Wait till you see what happens when she and her dog, Peppy, leave the big city for the wide-open spaces of Kansas. Read full book review >

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WOMEN ON THE CASE by Sara Paretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Most notable as a barometer of the impressive verve and variety of contemporary women's mystery writing."
This sequel to A Woman's Eye (1991) packs 26 all-new or newly translated stories, linked for the most part not only by their female authors and sleuths, but for their focus on issues of special concern to women (most of them would be unrecognizable with men in the leading roles). Read full book review >

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BLOOD SHOT by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

"Paretsky could not have written this one better."
Paretsky (Bitter Medicine, etc.) is becoming the writer that Robert Parker used to be. Read full book review >