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Sara Paretsky follows her instant New York Times best seller Fallout - her most widely read novel in years - with an extraordinary adventure that pits her acclaimed detective, V.I. Warshawski, against some of today’s most powerful figures.

Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.

©2018 Sara Paretsky (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-08-18

Engaging

I have been doing a fairly good job of reading the current Paretsky books. I keep telling myself to read some of the older ones but somehow a new book is out before I can do it.

I enjoy the tough smart mouthed V. I Warshawski, attorney turned private investigator. Paretsky usually provides a great sight seeing trip around Chicago also. Each book is an action-packed story with lots of humor and a social issue that leads to a suspenseful story. In this story Paretsky adds current affairs as V. I. deals with Middle East immigrates. V. I. has several cases going at the same time so the story weaves back and forth between the cases. I thoroughly enjoyed the nail-biting story.

The book is fifteen hours and 2 minutes. Susan Ericksen does an excellent job narrating the book. Ericksen is an actress and has won all the awards available for an audiobook narrator. Ericksen has narrated nine of the nineteen books in the series.

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Not her best

Glad to hear another adventure with these familiar characters, yet this time the pace was too frenetic, the tone too edgy, and the plot too convoluted.

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Could have been a great read.

I did not finish this book because I got so tired of the constant political comments. Ms Paretsky should find a different venue to further her political agenda. I was a fan of the Warshawski series but I am done.

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***Well Done***

All I can say, is this work touched on some very sore topics and made me stop and pause in deep thought. This was very brave and I applaud you, Ms Sara Paretsky. Also wonderful performance Ms Susan Ericksen. Thank you Ladies.

Respectfully

Violetia

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Great story with current events.

I do not hide from current events. Writer tells it like it is. If you don’t want want to know how our government is malfunctioning with immigrants, then don’t listen to this book. However, it was a good listen, and speaks to what is happening. The narrator however, is one that I’ve heard countless times and was always speaking with an Irish brogue. It is disconcerting.

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Not up to par

I've always enjoyed Sara Paretsky's VI mysteries but this one was a real disappointment. The story was muddled and unconvincing and the performance was not engaging. Overall, I'd skip it.

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I am VI Warshawski fan

But this was a real disappointment. First and as usual, Susan Erickson is possibly the worst reader ever. I remember one review I wrote a few years ago where I said “read this book-really read it don’t listen to it” because Erickson is so bad. Why can’t Paretsky have a good. But, unfortunately, in this case the book was a potboiler. It was convoluted, contrived and just not good. Part of VI’s charm is her risk taking but this was down right silly and unbelievable. Too bad

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I was on the edge of my seat!

I can never wait for VI books to release. Words cannot say how much I liked this book. There was action, stupid ex- husband, and issues straight from the headlines. V.I. is a bad mamma jamma. I'm so glad she finally took Dick down a bit and has another love interest.

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Intriguing

Good plot. Sometimes too much repetition of explanations of what has happened. like style of ending.

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again this is the WRONG voice for V I.

Wrong voice. too mechanical. didn't enjoy. story line roo absurd. has become too sarcastically argumentative in every scene.