In this gripping adventure - the first V.I. Warshawski mystery - America’s top private eye is tossed into a dangerous adventure when a seemingly straightforward assignment becomes complicated and deadly.
Hired by a man who calls himself John Thayer, V.I.’s assignment is to find Thayer’s son Peter’s missing girlfriend. But when V.I. finds young Peter’s dead body instead, her client disappears. Her efforts to track down her client and learn his true identity take her deep into a labyrinth of fraud and violence.
By the time V.I. figures out the answers she is in a race to find the missing young woman - before the murderers do.
©1991 Sara Paretsky (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Many of us have been reading/listening to Ms. Paretsky' novels for years. It was great to be able to go back and hear it all from the beginning for the first time. Great book and great listen. Thanks.
I enjoyed this but Sara's books have gotten better over time
Yes, not as good as others but good
I really enjoyed this. It had me on the edge of my seat all the way through. Loved Ericksen's performance as always. She's one of my favorite narrators. This is the first of Paretsky's books I've gotten to and it won't be the last. I just wish audible had them all.
Thought it was a
Although the story was simple and direct it was exactly what I was looking for. Relaxing and to the point. No brain surgery required!
I have read all the Sara Paretsky V.I. Warshawski books. I am going through the series again a combination of reading and audiobooks. I love the lead, she is a rich character and could be my friend. This series is a little hard to listen to as to the richness of the story. Don't multi-task. Just listen and enjoy. I found myself going back in the narration because I was lightly listening and got lost (this is where listening/reading via Whispersync helped.)
Susan Ericksen is one of my favorite narrators. It's pretty much guaranteed that I will enjoy the book if she is narrating.
Ok, the story is silly. Lots of old detective novels have thin plots and unbelievable characters. You sort of know that going in if you're buying Paretsky's early stories. But the narration by Susan Ericksen is horrendous. Breathless, belligerent, every word is out of place. It's like listening to one of those satirical William Shatner acting classes where he over-emphasises every word. After an hour of this dreck, I just had to stop the madness and move on to another book.
Not written the book.
Never. Not even if I was being water-boarded.
Well, all of them.
Can I have a refund?
V.I. Warshawski is a great character. She is such a smart aleck that she had me chuckling aloud at times. I can appreciate her sarcasm. Fantastic narration by Susan Ericksen, as always. Although I had to keep reminding my self at the beginning that I wasn't listening to an Eve Dallas story. The only thing that annoyed me as I listened was the overuse of the characters' names during conversations. I hope this was a first time author mishap that is corrected as the series goes on. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.
Yes definitely, I kept missing stuff so I would go back. Now I'm re-listening.
Yes and have. That might be the reason I can't relate to this character I keep hearing Eve Dallas.
This one needed time to digest and understand the story.
I love discovering new stories while driving or working in the barn, reading voraciously since I could walk. There is no genre, just magic
I took a shot at this writer ONLY because of the narrator. I have found that Susan Erickson has a great way of building a story especially if the story line is exceptional. I Loved this book and am now on #6 with plans to download ALL of them. Great story line.
LOVE HER and this compares very well with RD Robb The Eve Dallas Series which I am an avid fan of.
The story is good, and of course Susan Erickson's performance is amazing as usual. One has to remember that this book was written in the 1980s, and it really feels like watching an old 80s detective show.
With that in mind, since I actually remember the 1980s firsthand, it is interesting to notice how attitudes and technology have changed. It's funny to think that it wasn't that long ago, when people's lives could be put in danger if you actually left home so that you missed a call. Of course there is also the rampant misogyny at odds with changing attitudes and values, that were indicative of the era.
I plan to listen to more of the serious, and it will be interesting to see how the characters progress if the series keeps up with the contemporary timeframe of when each book was written.
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