Fire Sale : V. I. Warshawski

  • by Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by Sandra Burr
  • Series: V. I. Warshawski
  • 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.Through young Josie Dorrado, V. I. meets the girl's mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesn't know how she'll support her four children if the flag plant shuts down.The elder Dorrado's fears are realized when the plant explodes; V. I. is injured and the owner is killed. As V. I. begins to investigate, she finds herself confronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company. Founder William "Buffalo Bill" Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and with him; the oldest, "Young Mr. William," is close to sixty and furious that his father doesn't cede more power to him. And then, there's "Billy the Kid," Young Mr. William's nineteen-year-old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a whole.When Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V. I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago.

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Would you consider the audio edition of Fire Sale to be better than the print version?

I have not read the book, so I cannot say.


Who was your favorite character and why?

V.I. is my fav; and the reason I purchased the novel.


How could the performance have been better?

Though I'm sure the reader did her best, (she also had to contend w/ the fact that Kathy Bates has also narrated Ms. Paretsky's V.I. books), I would recommend that she give V.I. back her "teeth". Her vocal personification of V.I.'s character is just too girly-girl to be believed. Also, it might be good for her to listen back to Jean Smart's rendition of this series' characters. I felt that the subtleties and nuances of the various accents was missing.


Any additional comments?

Offer more books in this series w/ Jean Smart as the narrator, if that is possible. :0)

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- rootedwomon, Eugene Oregon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-17-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio