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Paretsky, Sara

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Sara Paretsky's mystery series featuring VI Warshawski is a classic in the private investigator subgenre.

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Tracy Norris - 01:21am Feb 6, 1999 PST(#34 of 44)

I have enjoyed the few Sara Paretsky book I have read. I find them similar (although not quite as good as) Sue Grafton's books. VI is not quite as rivetting as Kinsey!

kathy wilson - 08:18pm Feb 12, 1999 PST(#35 of 44)

Is there another VI book in the works? It's been quite a while since the last one.

Janis Noonan - 02:04am Jun 7, 1999 PST(#36 of 44)

I think the new V.I. novel is called Hard Time and it is due out in Oct. 1999. It's about time!

Lori Larsen - 11:11am Sep 4, 1999 PST(#37 of 44)

I lived in Chicago most of my life and related very much to the storylines. I thought that the VI Warshawski movie was fair, Kathleen Turner did a great job portraying the character. I would like to see another shot at a movie. Maybe Sara Paretsky should have a hand in doing the script and then we'd all be happy.

Waiting to get that new book!

Jim Dever - 07:23am Oct 19, 1999 PST(#38 of 44)

About that movie: First, I agree that it stunk-out-loud! Secondly, I read a few things about it that may interest some people here. It seems Kathleen Turner was also upset at how the movie turned out. Apparently, sometime into production, Disney took over producing the movie and insisted on changes. They watered down V.I. into a "kinder-gentler" character, and added the little girl's role to the point where she was almost a sidekick. Reportedly, Turner was so annoyed at all this that she reprised the role of V.I. in a couple audio-books, at no charge, because she "felt she owed Paretsky".

Nancy Hill - 02:45pm Jan 16, 2000 PST(#39 of 44)

News Flash! if you haven't found it already, the newest V.I. Warshawski novel ("Hard Time") is out and it is absolutely, without question, Sara Paretsky's best one! I was spellbound from page 1 and it was definitely worth the nearly 4-year wait since the last novel. I sure hope it is not the last! There's still a lotta life left in her yet.

Himawan Setyowibowo - 10:54am Nov 22, 2000 PST(#40 of 44)

I have only read three novels by the author: Tunnel Vision, Deadlock, and Blood Shot. I like them, and I want to make a study on them, especially on the image of women portrayed by the author.

PbHardy - 07:27am Oct 22, 2002 PST(#41 of 44)

Hi, I was wondering if you people here could tell me a good mystery author. I have already read shelock holmes and more. i wonder if you could tell me if Paretsky, Sara is a great author

Fran Hinkel - 07:53am Sep 22, 2003 PST(#42 of 44)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

Paretsky's new novel, Blacklist is a volatile mix of politics, sex, and scandal. At the request of an old friend, V.I. checks out his empty family mansion and runs into an intruder and a dead body. The body turns out to be reporter Marcus Whitby who was investigating events of 45 years earlier. As V.I. digs deeper, she gets pulled into a mystery that spans generations, involving two old and powerful families. Booklist praises, "A tightly woven and thoughtful thriller, this enticing mix of history and mystery showcases sharp, clever, vulnerable V.I. at her best."

_Jersey_Girl_ - 08:01pm Jan 27, 2011 PST(#43 of 44)
"Nothing matters in the whole wide world when you're in love with a Jersey Girl." - T. Waits

V.I. is very similar to Kinsey Milhone to me. And she actually mentions her in Blood Shot; "I've always been a little jealous of Kinsey Milhone's immaculate record-keeping".

_Jersey_Girl_ - 11:47pm Mar 10, 2011 PST(#44 of 44)
"Nothing matters in the whole wide world when you're in love with a Jersey Girl." - T. Waits

Okay, I just read approximately 10 of the V.I. books. I found a couple of things I found inconsistent, at least to me. First, that she runs 3-7 miles almost every day as well as lifts weights at home, yet it doesn't seem to keep her from having physical setbacks constantly. It makes me wonder if she's suffering from lupus or chronic fatigue. Second, almost nothing annoys her more than for someone to refer to an adult female as a "girl" or a "gal". And the bad guys are constantly calling her "Girlie". But Mr. Contreras calling her "Cookie" and "doll" doesn't bother her at all. I'd think such an ultra-liberal would find both of those terms extremely condescending. He NEVER calls her Vic or V.I., always Cookie or doll. Third, the police (Bobby, the Finch) never seem to believe her and are generally hostile to her. I would think with her being a cop's daughter and always right about what she tells them, they would listen more. Maybe it is supposed to help create sympathy for her but her cranky disposition makes it hard to be sympathetic.

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