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

Sara Paretsky
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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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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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.

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  • 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: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting intro to VI May 13, 2001
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars VI begins to pall November 17, 2015
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I came to Sara Paretsky as a result of a recent profile that appeared in the Guardian. It described her private investigator, V.I. Warshawski, and mentioned Paretsky's autobiographical 'Writing in an Age of Silence'. I was impressed and bought the autobiography and the first of the VIW series, both of which I much enjoyed. I have never been to Chicago but I now feel that I know it well. VI was a refreshing change from the usual run of investigators. However, after reading five of the VIW books they have begun to pall and become repetitive. We are told in detail everything that VI eats, drinks and wears and we follow her through the Chicago traffic for hours on end. Her office or apartment is broken into and trashed in every book. A friend, parent or associate is murdered in every book. She regularly treats her dead father's policeman colleague like an idiot and her beloved friend Lotty is always around to fold her in a loving embrace. Crime novels require a suspension of belief but Paretsky takes this to mind-boggling extremes. VI beats up thugs and is beaten herself but in a day or two she's out running again. The bad guys all come to a sticky end - often gunned down by VI - and the medium bad guys conveniently commit suicide. The incredible finally reached its limit at the end of Blood Shot when VI persuaded an old lady, whom she had met a couple of times, to put her dinghy on top of VI's car, drive to the docks, lower the dinghy into the water from a cement barge and then row with VI at night for half a mile to the bad guys. The old lady 'felt her way cat-footed in the dark' and then, when the action started, the two women 'rolled behind the nearest vat'. Good going for a 79 year old!
I shall probably read one of Paretsky's later VI books to see whether she has any new ideas but I am not very hopeful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story November 16, 2015
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No good deed goes unpunished. When Warshawski is asked to do a favor for a family member, she gets in deep and almost dies. Very intriguing story. I love this character and look forward to the next book about her.
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By John R.
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I am working my way thru all Paretsky's Washawsky books because I like her characters and the fact she looks into particular industries and neighborhoods, in this one she is into the chemical industry with its propensity to add real harmful things to our environment.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read August 4, 2013
By FloB
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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 a clearance table at a local bookstore - I bought one to catch up with her and was not disappointed, I then caught up the rest of the series with her Kindle editions. The only CON to her books is the higher than normal Kindle price - I wanted to finish the series and was glad I did BUT I feel she needs to get in line with her Kindle edition prices

Some have complained about her liberal views coming through the book - they are part of the character - I for one am glad to read something other than cookie cutter detective stories
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3 of 3 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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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 explosive storyline.Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I really like the characters and the plots of this author. The books are light-hearted, funny and suspenseful.
Published 1 month ago by linda Spell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Well developed story and characters. Warshawski's close friend, Caroline, asks for help finding her father and before long, people start dying. Read more
Published 1 month ago by OLD1mIKE
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this entire series
Oh, I love this entire series! Have read it for years! This is my new favorite! So much insight into VI's past and family! Loved it!
Published 2 months ago by Sister Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Hugh W. Mccarron
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Paretsky winner much like previous issues
Another Paretsky winner much like previous issues....will always be a fan....sorry that V.I. is getting older though - aren't we all?
Published 13 months ago by Lisa Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am a reader not a critic
Published 15 months ago by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like Sara Paretsky's books. This is just one of the long line of books about V.I. Warshawski.
Published 18 months ago by Jana J Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read as always. Thank you Sara Paretsky. You never disappoint.
Published 19 months ago by ekane
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical for this author
Typically Paretsky novel. If you like one, you will enjoy this book.
Published 19 months ago by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just started reading Paretsky. Have to get use to her style.
Published 23 months ago by silo691
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