Breakdown : V. I. Warshawski

  • by Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by Susan Ericksen
  • Series: V. I. Warshawski
  • 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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: the grandfather of one, Chaim Salanter, is among the world’s wealthiest men; the mother of another, Sophy Durango, is running for the United States Senate. For V. I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango? Or to Chaim Salanter’s childhood in Nazi-occupied Lithuania? As V.I. struggles to answer these questions, she finds herself fighting enemies who are no less terrifying for being all too human.

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Another interesting story from Paretsky

Susan Ericksen did a good job narrating the story and giving just the right amount of the flip attitude of V. I. Warshawski. Paretsky gives us a bit of Chicago history and a descriptive view of the city. The use of young girls book club as the underpinnings of the story was interesting. Warshawski's having to research into Lithuanian history under the Nazi was interesting. Lots of suspense and nail-biting moments in the story that moves right along. I disagree with the prior reviewer as many books have either right or left wing politics in the stories and as long as it fits into the story line it is acceptable but if the politics over helms the story line I then object. Fans of Paretsky will enjoy this book as she still has her skill with a story.
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- Jean

Paretsky vision lives on

The mystery here is almost secondary to the development of possibilities. Although that can be awkward, these possibilities were sufficiently intriguing to keep me involved and to feel as though I did not waste my time. I felt particularly sad about the loss of Vi's friend. I wanted more stories about the two of them and more resolutions that would reflect her value in the lives she touched. As always, I had a bit of a hard time with the denoument. I wish Paretsky could wrap these stories up in other ways than what I now see is a standard trick for forcing self incrimination and resolution of the loose ends. Still, I always look forward to my next Paretsky book. I always appreciate the greatness of her scope.

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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio