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 "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Authors Political Views

Would you try another book from Sara Paretsky and/or Susan Ericksen?

NO-I have listened or read all of Sara Paretskys books. She went to far with her political beliefs. I was looking forward to another V.I. story but, her political rantings ruined the story for me. I feel cheated, if I had wanted to read a book about politics in Chicago this is not the author I would have chosen.


Would you ever listen to anything by Sara Paretsky again?

Sadly, never again. I would love to have my credit back. I would use it to be entertained not preached to.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Ericksen?

No one


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Breakdown?

There are to many to list.


Any additional comments?

She is not the only author who has used their art work to try to influence their readers to their way of thinking. An author should do what they do best, write a good story, and stay out of the political ring.

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- Thelma

Book Details

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