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Breakdown (V.I. Warshawski Novel) Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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V.I. receives a frantic call from her cousin Petra late one night - a group of girls holding a initiation ceremony based on their favourite author's vampire books get more than they bargained for when they stumble across a corpse - staked through the heart. And these aren't just any teens - they're the offspring of some of Chicago's wealthiest and politically powerful families. Rescuing the girls makes V.I. late for a meeting with her old friend Leydon Ashford. By the time V.I. makes their meeting, it's too late - either troubled Leydon has jumped from a balcony or she was pushed. In a coma, she is unable to let anyone know what happened. As V.I. decides to investigate further into both of these seemingly disparate occurrences, she is warned off - by more than one party. Of course, that only fuels V.I.'s fire....
What has made this such an enduring series? V.I. has aged and her life has progressed in real time. She was a character I liked from the first book and my opinion hasn't changed. She's true to her principles and beliefs, always with an eye towards justice. Now, that's not to say that she won't bend the rules just a bit to get the results she needs. And she's tough, having taken more than her fair share of hard knocks. But she gives as good as she gets. She says what she thinks, she's smart, loyal and someone you'd want on your side. "...sometimes you are so single-minded in your search for answers that you don't always think of the consequences.Read more ›
Paretsky's newest novel, "Breakdown", is an examination of how right-wing radio and politicians affect American society. It's an edgy book, with a Glenn Beck-like TV and radio commentator stirring up hatred for illegal aliens and Jews and blacks on a Fox News-like network. And a Sarah Palin-like female politician who looks to lock down the votes of like-minded Illinois voters in a US Senate race. She's running against a black woman and she and the radio host come out with racial epitaphs that might be disturbing to the reader. It's sort of Fox-News-on-steroids.
But if racial and other bigotry is part of the story, then Paretsky's heroine "VI Warshawski" is the other part. Maybe a little old at 50 to do the dangerous physical work and sustaining the hits she does, Warshawski remains the center of the story and the personalities she's involved in. The story, which is set in current day Chicago, brings in everything from the Holocaust to the above mentioned right-wing politics, to several murders, much of it with a mental health facility connection. The old favorites from Paretsky's previous books are back - Mr Conteras, cousin-Petra,and the dogs of the household are just a few of the old friends we meet in a new story.
"Breakdown" is a terrific book; Paretsky's done herself proud with the newest. But it is her most overtly "political" and might be too much so to a reader looking for a "light" read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but then my politics and sympathies are right in tune with Paretsky's.
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I love to read the books by Sara Paretsky. I enjoy her view of the past and the present changes, and her description of contemporary landscapes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vicunia
This may be one of the best books of the series. The characters were complex and eventually shared unique personal history. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Virginia Carlson
A rather "fun" read ONLY cuz I have read so many of them; it was difficult to get to like "VI" though; what is WITH the weird name and unbelievable plots... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Janet
Well written. I have read Sara Paretsky's V.I. Sarawak books since she began writing them. I have always loved the character and that V. I. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jaf
I ordered Breakdown because I wanted to read a book by Sara Paretsky. I should say that I ordered and read this book some months ago, so what follows are my remembered impressions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Murphy
Sara Paretsky is a competent author. Her stories keep me interested, but sometimes there are so many characters in them that I get somewhat distracted from the plot.Published 11 months ago by Anne M. Godfrey
Engaging, intelligent, and on the right side of social issues from the first line on...as I expect from Paretsky!Published 11 months ago by Nikrim