V. I. Warshawski

27 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,418 ratings

Indemnity Only Publisher's Summary

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.
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  • Book 1

    • Indemnity Only

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 305
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 279

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Back to the Beginning

    • By Geoffrey Kragen on 11-22-11

    Regular price: $19.99

  • Book 2

    • Deadlock

    • A V.I. Warshawski Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 154

    Deadlock, V. I. Warshawski’s second case, involves the huge Great Lakes shipping industry. Once again the subject is murder - this time the “accidental death” of Boom-Boom Warshawski, an ex-hockey star and V. I.’s beloved cousin, who fell - or was pushed - off a rain-slicked pier on Chicago’s busy waterfront. Convinced that Boom-Boom was in fact killed because of information he had uncovered about criminal doings on the shipping lines, V. I. begins a long and frustrating search for her cousin’s murderer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loving V.I.

    • By Jaime l on 07-16-12

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 3

    • Killing Orders

    • V. I. Warshawski #3
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140

    Killing Orders, V.I. Warshawski’s third adventure, starts when her great-aunt Rosa summons the detective to her cold suburban home. Rosa made V.I.’s childhood miserable and the detective resents the command to help her aunt prove she didn't embezzle five million dollars from a local Dominican priory.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • AwEsOmE!

    • By Laura on 07-06-10

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 4

    • Bitter Medicine

    • V. I. Warshawski #4
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120

    Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski knows from the start that Consuelo Alvarado's baby is trouble. Consuelo is 16. Diabetic. And the daughter of a friend. When she goes into labor too early, even V. I.'s wild drive to get her to the hospital can't save either Consuelo or her child.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome as always!

    • By Ronald A Schrader on 06-17-18

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 5

    • Blood Shot

    • V.I. Warshawski, Book 5
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136

    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 25 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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What I like about Paretsky is at its best

    • By Jennifer on 12-20-12

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 6

    • Burn Marks

    • V. I. Warshawski, Book 6
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    Elena, V.I. Warshawski’s derelict aunt, reenters her niece’s life at three in the morning. Burned out of her SRO hotel, Elena has turned to V.I. for a place to stay. V.I. vows that it will be a short visit and uses some old political contacts to find Elena a room. When V.I. is hired to investigate the fire at the hotel, her aunt disappears, and her aunt’s young friend is found dead at a construction site. V.I. is warned off the case by both a high-ranking police officer and a major Chicago developer - who also happens to be a close friend of the chairman of the Cook County Board.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • way to go!!

    • By historian on 08-25-17

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 7

    • Guardian Angel

    • V. I. Warshawski, Book 7
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125

    Racine Avenue is going upscale — bad news for hand-to-mouth residents like V. I. Warshawski. As tax bills skyrocket, newcomers pressure old inhabitants into fixing up their homes or moving out. To the yuppies on the block the worst eyesore belongs to old Hattie Frizell, whose yard is “returning to native prairie, complete with hubcaps.” Their block club wants her and her five dogs gone.V. I. and Hattie have a relationship of sorts: one of those five dogs gave V. I.’s dog Peppy an unwelcome litter.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of suspense

    • By Jean on 08-24-14

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 8

    • Tunnel Vision

    • V. I. Warshawski, Book 8
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, she's become a hold-out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the basement, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, she's been implicated in a murder - after the body of Deirdre Messenger, a prominent lawyer's wife, turns up sprawled across her desk.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sara Paretsky and Susan Ericksen together - wow!

    • By patsy on 06-14-17

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 9

    • Hard Time

    • A V.I. Warshawski Novel
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Jean Smart
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 183
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    What secrets hide behind the razzle-dazzle of the entertainment industry? V.I. Warshawski is about to find out. Her friend, reporter Murray Ryerson, has just landed a plum job as host of a Global Entertainment network television show. On her way home from the party celebrating the event, V.I. stops to help a woman lying in the street. Her Good Samaritan act exposes dark truths, and suddenly V.I. finds herself playing a game she can only win by staying alive.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellence Marred By Poor Technology

    • By Ron on 01-09-10

    Regular price: $25.20

  • Book 10

    • Total Recall

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    In Total Recall, Sara Paretsky brings together several disparate plots in one gripping story. This powerfully suspenseful novel confronts the machinations of a vast and corrupt industry that trades on the victims of Nazi terrorism; the strange and dubious phenomenon of "recovered memory;" and a personal story that brings V. I. Warshawski into the long-buried past of her dearest friend and mentor, Dr. Lotty Herschel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite Sara Paretsky

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-02-08

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 11

    • Blacklist

    • V. I. Warshawski, Book 11
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    This is a story of secrets and betrayals that stretch across four generations - secrets political, social, sexual, financial: all of them with the power to kill. Eager for something physical to do in the spirit-exhausting wake of 9/11, V.I. accepts a request from an old client to check up on an empty family mansion; subsequently surprises an intruder in the dark; and, giving chase, topples into a pond. Grasping for something to hold on to, her fingers close around a lifeless human hand.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Story Teller

    • By M Lumia on 10-04-17

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 12

    • Fire Sale

    • V. I. Warshawski, Book 13
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    V. I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V. I. takes over coaching duties of the girls' basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms, who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another winning story

    • By AZ Desert Gal on 03-01-18

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 13

    • Hardball

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 385
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 255

    When V. I. Warshawski is asked to find Lamont Gadsden, a man who's been missing for four decades, a search that she figured would be futile turns lethal. Old skeletons from the city's racially charged history, as well as haunting family secrets - her own and those of the elderly sisters who hired her - rise up to brush her back from the plate with a vengeance. To complicate matters, Petra, a young cousin whom V.I. has never met, arrives from Kansas City to work on a political campaign.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Weak Start, Strong End

    • By Eva Gannon on 02-05-10

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Hardball

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    When V. I. Warshawski is asked to find a man who’s been missing for decades, a search she thought would be futile turns lethal. Old skeletons from the city’s racially charged history rise up to force her back – a nun who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. dies without revealing crucial evidence, and the elderly sisters who hired her are also keeping important information to themselves. Then V.I. finds that her family is keeping secrets of its own. Afraid to learn that her adored father might have been a bent cop....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • For those who love well-plotted crime fiction

    • By Nola on 03-31-12

    Regular price: $16.26

  • Book 14

    • Body Work

    • A V. I. Warshawski Novel
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 114

    V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, Chicago’s edgiest nightspot, where a woman known as the Body Artist turns her naked body into a canvas for the audience to paint on. The show attracts all kinds of people, from a menacing off-duty cop to Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war vets - and V.I.’s impetuous cousin, Petra. A tormented young painter shows up, too, and the intricate designs she creates on the Body Artist drive one of the vets into a violent rage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • VI Grows Up

    • By Eva Gannon on 10-05-10

    Regular price: $23.08

    • Body Work

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    When V. I. Warshawski, the hardest-working of private eyes, goes out one night, a stranger is shot and dies in her arms. V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, where a woman known as the Body Artist turns her naked body into a canvas for the audience to paint on. The show attracts all kinds of people, from Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war veterans. A tormented young painter shows up too, and the intricate designs she creates drive one of the soldiers into a violent rage.

    Regular price: $19.07

  • Book 15

    • Breakdown

    • A V. I. Warshawski Novel
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137

    Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicago’s Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicago’s most powerful families.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another interesting story from Paretsky

    • By Jean on 02-13-12

    Regular price: $23.08

    • Breakdown

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicago's Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicago's most powerful families. For V.I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango?

    Regular price: $18.33

  • Book 16

    • Critical Mass

    • VI Warshawski, Book 16
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 308
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 261

    V. I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who in turn summons V. I. to help. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the first atomic bomb.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Shrillness...not for the faint of heat

    • By Paty on 02-21-14

    Regular price: $23.08

    • Critical Mass

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    When private eye V.I. Warshawski is called out to a derelict drug house in a rural town just south of Chicago, she discovers something she wasn't expecting: the mutilated corpse of a man, dumped in a cornfield. It is a discovery that throws V.I. into the fascinating world of physics and invention: a design that sparked the construction of the computer as we know it, the development of nuclear weapons, the wonder of Newton's prisms and a train of dramatic events that occurred in wartime Vienna.

    Regular price: $15.59

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