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Publisher's Summary

Lee Child says she's "a genius".

P. D. James called her "the most remarkable" of today's suspense writers.

Stieg Larsson loved her work so much, he named her in his novels.

And now Sara Paretsky returns with the most extraordinary novel of her legendary career: Fallout.

Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V. I. Warshawski. To her parents she's Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends she's Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she's V. I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago...and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.

Accompanied by her dog, V. I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished - and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V. I. is safe.

Exciting and provocative, fiercely intelligent and witty, Fallout is listening at its most enjoyable and powerful.

©2017 Sara Paretsky (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Susan Ericksen deftly portrays private investigator V.I. Warshawski... Ericksen's conversational style, skillful emotional range, and diverse accents enhance the production." ( AudioFile)

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 05-07-17

VI goes on a Road Trip to Kansas

This is a new episode (#18) in the Victoria Iphigenia Warshawski series. VI is hired to find August Verider who is accused of ransacking the gym he works. The trail leads to Lawrence, Kansas where events that took place at a 1983 demonstration have importance to her case. Vi has one of her dogs with her as her neighbor is on a trip. On the personal side, she receives a break-up e-mail from her boyfriend.

The book is well written. The plot is complex with many subplots. Paretsky has her famous amusing dialogue which Susan Ericksen does flawlessly. VI gets herself into some life threating situations which is normal for her. Paretsky provides a tour of Lawrence, Kansas as well as Chicago. I am looking forward to the next book.

I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. Susan Ericksen does an excellent job narrating the book. Ericksen has narrated the last few book so she is becoming VI in my mind. Not all narrators have been able to do the subtle amusing dialogue that is Paretsky’s trademark. Ericksen is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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  • Karen
  • United States
  • 11-13-17

loved it!!

Awesome narration, great story and mystery. And a fantastic female detective! can't wait till the next V.I. Warshaski

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keep these coming

I took a bit of a break from VI books, didn't like the narrator as I recall, but I enjoyed this one and the narrator wasn't shrill, and the humor of Ms Warshaski came through well, and the tale wasn't too didactic. It was good to see VI get out of Dodge, and the reopening of old wounds is a good way to tell a tale in a country still beset by past crimes and conflicts still unresolved.

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Good book, awful narrator

The story was interesting and it was what fans of VI Warshawski expect. The narration was awful. Most narrators now can get into character and tell the story in the first person. This narrator still uses strange pauses in sentences as if that enhances attention. And given that she was supposed to be playing a tough PI, her voice and style was wimpy and boring. I hope other VI books do not use this same narrator.

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Excellent audio story!

Plot, pacing, characters, suspense -all excellent. My current favorite fictional PI is VI Warshawski. Looking forward to the next story!

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  • pigletbunny
  • Surrey, BC, where we get LESS snow than Seattle
  • 01-16-18

Another excellent book, with another performance error

As per usual, Ms. Paretsky’s novel is excellent.

Also as is, sadly, somewhat normal for the audio performance of a V.I. Warshawski novel, there’s an error repeated throughout. This time, it’s a rather hilarious one: over and over again, the common, American “Law Enforcement Officer” acronym “LEO” is wrongly pronounced “L-E-O”, as separate letters of the alphabet. It SHOULD BE instead pronounced as a word, equal to the name “Leo”.

Oh, and, the performance error present in both the audio version of the 2nd V.I. Warshawski novel and the one immediately prior to Fallout is back for this performance. Instead of having a French Canadian accent, the Quebecois in this novel speak(s) with a France accent. Sigh.

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First time Paretsky listener

Loved "Fallout" V. I. Warshawski. Never heard narrator before nor read any of Paretsky novels. I'm sold if the others are just as good. Loved the great narration. Easy to follow changes in voices to the character speaking. Enjoyed Pepe & V. I 's relationship.
Great story development. Characters we're believable. Suspenseful. Comical in places. Loved V. I. 's "no one messes with me" attitude yet also her compassion. She was portrayed tough, but real. I'm ready to read another!

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  • Joanne
  • miami, FL, United States
  • 06-11-17

Very disappointing

While I truly dislike this reader, I also think this book was very disappointing. I am a Paretsky fan but over the years books have lost something.

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Great read

I loved this book! Susan​ Erickson narrates so well Can't wait for her next adventure!

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a morality tale for today.

I love V. I. but this book really should put the fear of God in all of us. This is fiction but not out of the realm of something that could happen. Think of Timothy McVay or whatever his name was and that kind of domestic terrorism. Not the Talaban or Isis, but good old American right wing extremists that feel so validated with Trump in the White House. I pray we'll survive the next four years.

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