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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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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GHOST COUNTRY by Sara Paretsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Still, Paretsky's ambitious, ambiguously religious novel earns an honorable place in the gallery of straight fiction by mystery writers from P.D. James's Innocent Blood to Walter Mosley's RL's Dream."
The Holy Spirit, or someone very like her, appears on the mean Chicago streets usually watched over by Paretsky's detective V.I. Warshawski (Windy City Blues, 1995, etc.)—and, brother, is she in a state. Read full book review >

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WINDY CITY BLUES by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 13, 1995

"Enough here to keep Paretsky's many fans going until their next novel-length fix, then, but nothing likely to win new followers."
No doubt about it: V.I. ("don't call me Vicki") Read full book review >

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BREAKDOWN by Sara Paretsky
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Plotted with all Paretsky's customary generosity, this standout entry harnesses her heroine's righteous anger to some richly deserving targets, all linked together in a truly amazing finale."
V.I. Warshawski's 14th case entangles everyone in Chicago from a murdered private eye to a pair of Senate candidates and the world's 21st-richest man. Read full book review >

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INDEMNITY ONLY by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 1981

In Lamaar Ransome, Private Eye (p. 462), David Galloway played the idea of a super-hard-boiled female shamus strictly for laughs—not very successfully. 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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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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GUARDIAN ANGEL by Sara Paretsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 1992

"Suspense rarely flags through the slightly excessive length here—densely textured, adroitly plotted, and one of the author's best."
The further perils of V.I. Warshawski, Chicago's lawyer-p.i. 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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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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WRITING IN AN AGE OF SILENCE by Sara Paretsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2007

"Neither the sentiment nor the passion is new. But Paretsky links different kinds of oppression in compelling ways."
A lacerating polemical memoir from the creator of V.I. Warshawski. Read full book review >