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Blood Shot (V.I. Warshawski Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Sara Paretsky
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May 1, 1989 V.I. Warshawski Novels
V.I. Warshawski isn't crazy about going back to  her old south Chicago neighborhood, but a promise  is something she always keeps. Caroline, a  childhood friend, has a dying mother and a problem --  after twenty-five years she wants V.I. to find the  father she never knew. But when V.I. starts  probing into the past, she not only finds out where all  the bodies are buried -- she stumbles onto a very  new corpse. Now she's stirring up a deadly mix of  big business and chemical corruption that may  become a toxic shock to a snooper who knows too  much.

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From Publishers Weekly

The fifth and finest in Paretsky's praised series returns heroine Victoria (V. I.) Warshawski, lawyer/private detective, to describe mysterious circumstances arising from a seemingly insignificant case. A visit to a childhood friend in South Chicago, Caroline Djiak, ends with Warshawski agreeing to look for the father Caroline never knew and whom neither her mother Louisa, although she's dying, or maternal grandparents will name. Almost at once, however, Caroline begs the detective to stop the search. She is badly frightened when a co-worker in a neighboring recycling plant is murdered, but Warshawski won't quit the investigation now that she suspects criminals have a bigger motive for killing than keeping the father's identify secret. The decision to fight on entangles V. I. with the powerful owner of a chemical company and his minionsa venal doctor who falsifies employee records, South Chicago's corrupt alderman, a gangster profiteer with a stranglehold on the city's trash collectionsand thugs hired to kill "the snoop." It's a gripping, entertaining story, although sobering as a warning against thieving officials who pollute natural resources and rob the public. Mystery Guild dual main selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"The best boldest work to  date...A criminal investigation that is a genuine heroic  quest." --The New York Times Book  Review.

Product Details

  • Series: V.I. Warshawski Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440204208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440204206
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sara Paretsky is the award-winning creator of the V I Warshawski detective novels. When Sara introduced V I in Indemnity Only in 1982, she revolutionized the mystery novel. By creating a female investigator who uses her wits as well a her fists, Sara challenged a genre in which women were traditionally either vamps or victims.

V I is the quintessential urban woman. She grew up in the shadow of the old steel mills on Chicago's Southeast side and knows her way around every alley in town. She's a street fighter, a singer, a bit of a clothes horse, and a woman of great intensity and passion.

So how much like V I is her creator? They certainly come from very different places. Sara grew up in rural Kansas where she attended a two-room school. She continues to believe the high point of her life came at the age of twelve when she was picked to play third base for the Kaw Valley District 95 baseball team.

Bleeding Kansas, Sara's 14th novel, is set in the part of the Kaw River Valley where Sara grew up.

Sara first came to Chicago in 1966 to do community service work in the same neighborhood where Martin Luther King was organizing. It was a time of fierce passions in the city and in the country as people fought over racial justice, the rights and wrongs of the war in Vietnam, and women's rights. Sara has always felt that that summer changed her life forever, and when she finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, she came back to make Chicago her home. Some of the history of that summer is recounted in her essay collection, Writing in an Age of Silence.

Like V I, Sara likes to sing, in an amateur way, has a hopeless passion for the Cubs, loves Italian shoes'and is obsessed by the search for the perfect cappuccino, so much so that she even went to cappuccino school.

In other academic ventures, Sara received a PhD in American History and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 1976, she married physics professor Courtenay Wright. The two live in the city of Chicago with their wonder dog Callie. Their lives are made brighter by their adored granddaughter, Maia.

Sara shares V I's passion for social justice. She founded Sisters in Crime in 1986 to support women readers and writers in the mystery world. To give back to the community, Paretsky established the Sara and Two C-Dogs Foundation, which primarily supports girls and women in the arts, letters, and sciences. She has endowed several scholarships at the University of Kansas, and has mentored students in Chicago's inner city schools. She serves on the advisory boards of Literature for All of Us, a literacy group for teen moms, and Thresholds, which serves Chicago's mentally-ill homeless.

Sara has received numerous awards, including the Diamond Dagger for Lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers Association, the Gold Dagger for best novel for her book Blacklist, and the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from several different universities. Sara's books have been translated into almost thirty languages.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting intro to VI May 13, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first VI Warshawski book I ever read, and it did an excellent job of whetting my appetite for more. I think Paretsky did an excellent job of drawing me into VI's world, which is rich with unique characters. VI comes across as individualistic and principled, and I like how Paretsky resisted cliché temptation on several counts: the complex issue of chemical responsibility is not wrapped up in a tidy bundle by the end of the book, and there is no "obligatory sex scene." Not that sex scenes don't have their places, but I just hate it when I'm reading along and I can almost hear the agent say, "Okay, author, you need to steam this up a bit right here if you want to sell this book." In this story, VI is all business, which is a delightful change of pace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars layers of mystery and suspense August 3, 2013
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This many layered book has plots and sub plots. It has great characters and is a great read ...summer or winter it will keep you on your toes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 3, 2013
By Bonny
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I love that V.I. Warshawski is a strong woman and takes no crap from men. The storyline was good also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Shot is another example of Paretsky's honesty February 23, 2000
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Sara Paretsky's writing has its faults and its biases, but I enjoy her Warshawski novels for their honesty, the uniqueness of her detective, and the warmth of some of her characters, like the older neighbor Sal Contreras. I don't think V.I. is in the least like Kinsey Milhone, in fact, she is more like Sam Spade, and I appreciate her for it. The Warshawski novels get progressively better, with Killing Orders as the worst, for its hints of bigotry, and Guardian Angel as the best, for its humanity. Deadlock is another favorite of mine, for the characters and the tremendous writing of the shipping business and the shipping catastrophe. V.I. is unique, and I cannot get enough of her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blood shot March 27, 2010
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I'm going back over some older VI novels, and they're all so good. Love how you can see the progress of technology through the novels.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love VI!!! December 13, 2001
By Kenda
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Vic is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. I adore her no nonsense toughness. She has been much criticized for her lack of humor, lack of friends, and her approach to life, which to me make her a unique character in the world of the fuzzy warm soft hearted female PIs. Vic takes nothing off of anybody, and I love her for it! Carry on Sara Paretsky...I hope Vic gets tougher and tougher and time goes by.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read! May 27, 2014
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Keep me coming and I will kep on reading them. I need to have a map of Chicago on hand!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Again and Again . . . May 22, 2014
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Paretsky delivers. What starts off as an ordinary request, an atypical investigation for V.I. turns into something very powerful and engaging. We again get into the closet of V.I's past life and from that the tale is so unexpected, yet clear and clean. V.I has her hands full as she engages her own past demons and others to create a believable current day financial thriller that does not end in the expected way. It ends nonetheless with V.I showing courage, fortitude and patience. Good job.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just started reading Paretsky. Have to get use to her style.
Published 25 days ago by silo691
5.0 out of 5 stars great read as always!
I so enjoy the warmth an real life persona of v.i. Warshawski. Keep writing Sara! You are a fantastic story teller!
Published 5 months ago by maralee demark
5.0 out of 5 stars VI's best yet. This case will keep you going to last page
As always, the character development, the plot twists and pace are pure Paretsky. Settling mob control, environmental travesty and dodging hired killers all tie together in an... Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars South Chicago native
How fun was that! I grew up on the streets of south Chicago. I think I really identified with the characters and the politics as I remember them. What memories.
Published 7 months ago by bkb
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy action-mysteries...
'Paretsky continues to write good books; this one is well-paced and the plot evolves slowly and clearly. Anyone who likes an action-mystery book will enjoy it.
Published 10 months ago by Old Santa Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars V I WARSHAWSKI**BOOK FIVE
BLOOD SHOT the fifth book in the V I Warshawski series by Sara Paretsky just never clicked for me It dragged, sometimes I just wished for Spenser and Hawk to come in and just kick... Read more
Published 13 months ago by James L. Woolridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
She never fails to give you a good read - I read some of her earlier works and then she fell off my radar when she was on a hiatus of sorts until I came across some of her books on... Read more
Published 13 months ago by FloB
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book- and the author!
I loved this book! It took me to other worlds, especially the one of the workings of a huge chemical plant. Sara creates a great balance of mystery and homeyness. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Laura Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars The South Side of Chicago can be a very scary place.
The Boys that call the South Side of Chicago their territory don't take kindly to
meddlers. But Sara know her way around.
Published 17 months ago by Donald F. Olson
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