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Bitter Medicine (A V.I. Warshawski Novel) Paperback – June 1, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Since her debut in Paretsky's Indemnity Only, Chicago private eye V. (Victoria) I. Warshawski has been attracting both enthusiastic readers and critical acclaim. This fourth story narrated by the spiky detective is the series' most suspenseful so far. V. I. brings a teenager about to give premature birth to a private hospital where the mother and her baby die. Since the poor girl's own obstetrician is unavailable, Warshawski's friend, Dr. Tregiere, arrives from his inner-city hospital to check procedures; he's found murdered later. So is the supposedly bereaved husband, member of a street gang that atacks Warshawski during her tenacious investigation of the related cases. There are other appalling deaths as tough V. I. gets to the facts behind a tawdry coverup. The cast of the earlier mysteries again adds flavor here, and the big city's ethnic mix, as enlived by Paretsky, does too.
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Praise for Bitter Medicine
“The plot [is] fast moving, the dialogue is snappy, the premise for murder persuasive. The novel hasn’t a single snag in its springs.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Paretsky is still the best...she doesn't pull punches.”—The Washington Post Book World
“A dense, convincing, fast-moving plot, a dauntless but vulnerable heroine, a fine-tuned ear for real-life dialogue and a sharp eye for the Chicago scene. Superior stuff.”—The Kirkus Reviews
“This fourth story narrated by the spiky detective is the series' most suspenseful so far.”—Publishers Weekly
More Praise for Sara Paretsky and the V. I. Warshawski series
“Sara Paretsky’s Chicago private eye, V. I. Warshawski, is one tough cookie.”—The New York Times Book Review
“One of our genre’s crucial, solid-gold, best-ever series. Paretsky is a genius.”—Lee Child
“V.I. Warshawski is one of my all-time favorite investigators.”—Lisa Gardner
“For me, the most remarkable of the moderns is Sara Paretsky.”—P.D. James
“One of the most-loved characters in crime fiction.”—Booklist (starred review)
“No one, male or female, writes better P.I. books than Paretsky.”—The Denver Post
“Paretsky's books are beautifully paced and plotted, and the dialogue is fresh and smart...V.I. Warshawski is the most engaging woman in detective fiction.”—Newsweek
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Top customer reviews
In this one, V.I. is drawn into the world of hospitals and the practice (and malpractice) of Medicine with all the discrepancies due to disparities of the wealth and class of the patients. She has taken a poor person to a hospital of the wealthy, where they kill her by indifference and then they must cover it up because V.I. is a lawyer and a P.I. High jinx and low jinx follow and V>I.get exhausted and her dear friend's threatened and extremely inconvenienced and V.I. (of course) almost gets killed.
Sobering side note is that the health care system is worse now in the early 21 st Century than it was in the last two decades of the 20th, even if you are optimistic about Obama Care.
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I was expecting more suspense and thrill.