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Publisher's Summary

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. Lotty was a child of nine when she came to England in 1939 as a refugee from Austria. Having lost her entire family to the Nazi terror, she grew up and completed her medical training in London - and there fell in love with a fellow refugee. She ended the affair when she discovered she was pregnant and bore the child in secrecy, giving it up for adoption. Now, that long-held secret may be exposed.
At a national conference in Chicago on Jews in Modern America, a man with recovered memories makes a dramatic appearance and claim - and his name brings consternation to Lotty. V.I. is retained to find out whether or not he is a surviving relative of Lotty's. It's a search that meshes stunningly with the pursuit of another case she is on - for what she uncovers, to her great peril, is brutal insurance fraud on an international scale.
Total Recall is Paretsky's most spectacular achievement to date, and takes V.I. to new heights of gusto, guts, passion for justice - and risk.
Catch all of our V.I. Warshawski titles.
(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-02-08

My favorite Sara Paretsky

I found this story to be emotionally satisfying, believable and gripping to the end. I have listened to it many times. This seems to me to be a deeper character study of the people who fans of Sara Paretsky have come to know.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nosirrahm on 05-26-14

I love the entire VI Warshawski series.

Would you consider the audio edition of Total Recall to be better than the print version?

I used Whispersync to enhance my listening/reading enjoyment. I've read all the series but am going through the series again since it's been a while.

Who was your favorite character and why?

VI of course.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Overall for me the narrator's voice is "too nice." After listening to all the different V.I. voices in order I like Susan Ericksen, Kathleen Turner (movie), Jean Smart, Sandra Burr.

The pace matched the way I was reading the story so it worked for me. Sandra Burr just didn't have Chicago south side toughness. The accents were off for the characters in my mind anyway.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 01-02-09

A Great Listen

I used to borrow all the VI Warshawski audiobooks from my local library. Those were read by Lorelei King who I think is a great narrator. Sandra Burr reads this well and keeps the pace quick. The great thing about Paretsky's work is that each book has a completely unique plot. Unlike some other crime/thriller authors it seems the only thing they change is the name of the killer and the title of the book. All the books give a vivid impression of Chicago seen through the eyes of a hard bitten female PI. Great.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Penny on 01-18-09

A cracking read,,,or should I say listen!

A well narrated book, with a mix of historical fact, for those interested in the events of the holocaust, particularly from the perspective of the way lives were affected outside of the camps and in later life, as well as being a darn good detective story.
To be recommended for a long car journey or in the gym!

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