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Blood Shot (V. I. Warshawski) (1988 original; edició 1989)

de Sara Paretsky (Autor)

Sèrie: V.I. Warshawski (5)

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V.I. Warshawski isn't crazy about going back to her old neighborhood, but she always keeps a promise. Caroline, a childhood friend, has a dying mother and after twenty-five years she wants V.I. to find the father she never knew. When V.I. starts probing into the past, she not only finds out where all the bodies are buried, she stumbles onto a very new corpse. Now she's stirring up a deadly mix of big business and chemical corruption that may become a toxic shock to a snooper who knows too much.… (més)
Membre:Hardboiled
Títol:Blood Shot (V. I. Warshawski)
Autors:Sara Paretsky (Autor)
Informació:Dell (1989), Edition: Reissue, 384 pages
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Blood Shot de Sara Paretsky (1988)

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Es mostren 1-5 de 15 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Seriously. The first part of the book started off so well. Then it just descended into ridiculous levels of absurdity that I had a hard time overlooking.

Also, it just needs to be said, VI (Vic) just sucks. I don't particularly like her character. She is one of those people who will come up to you in a bar and tell you how edgy she is when in fact drinking whiskey and taking baths does not make you edgy. Also being a slob (housekeeping wise) also doesn't make you edgy. The main reason why I gave this three stars is that for one Paretsky doesn't have a love interest (there is something stupid with a cop) but for all intents and purposes, Vic is solo in this book.

When Vic is coaxed to come back to her old high school to suit up again (she played basketball) she is then nagged into taking a case from her former neighbor that she used to babysit. Vic is asked by Caroline (the neighbor) to please find out who Caroline's biological father is. Paretsky takes a long winding road to get there, but eventually readers figure out that Caroline's mother got pregnant as a teen and thrown out of her house. She somehow found a place to live and work, and gave birth to her daughter. Now that Caroline's mother is dying, she wants to reach out to find any other relatives she may have out there.

Vic is annoyed at the request and reluctantly starts a search. I won't get into it via this review. But honestly, how Vic gets to where she does that leads to some big conspiracy really didn't work for me. Vic is fired repeatedly by Caroline and asked to stop looking for her father and Vic just keeps going. It doesn't work for me since Vic complains incessantly about the case but is annoyed at Caroline and calls her spoiled and a brat from the beginning of the book until the end. She even shakes her at one point.

There are some familiar characters in this one. I enjoyed Lotty, loathed Max, and got really sick of Vic's downstairs neighbor Mr. Contreras. I felt like Max is insufferable just like I did in the last book. And I hated how Mr. Contreras was way too involved with Vic's comings and goings. At this point, I think he harbors a crush on her and it just was making me feel slightly claustrophobic dealing with him around all of the time.

The writing was okay and in some cases made me cringe. Vic calls something oriental. She also mentions Lottie looking like a Mandarin due to her dark eyes and small face at one point. I just thought there were way too many plot holes in this book and the reasoning why Vic kept investigating did not ring true. Paretsky does this thing where VI is the way she is in order to prove she's tough, but she just proved she doesn't have a lot of common sense in this case. And I for one am sick of her and her constant back and forth with the the character of Bobby Mallory. Vic is in her 30s at this point, she still acts like a teenager around him and is too glib by far.

The book ends, but it's not done in a satisfying way. You don't really know what becomes of the bad guys. And Vic has to fight off losing her home due to the machinations of one man. But that's about it. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Detective Warshawski searches for an unknown father and becomes involved in a cover up with a chemical plant. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
Prior to this, I only remember reading book 2 in the series, but I am strongly considering requesting the books in between from the library to catch up on what I've missed.

Warshawski is asked by a friend-who's-close-as-a-relative to find out who her father really is. What seems to be a harmless request uncovers several cans of worms--from family secrets to industrial concealment.

I enjoyed Warshawski's relationship with her neighbor and his dog. I can understand why she wants to be independent, but sometimes I think she takes that a bit too far.

It seemed like a lot of people were running scared and not willing to tell the full story to anyone (let alone to Warshawski) which prolonged the novel--and the repetitiveness of it got a bit dull after a while--while it did make me, as the reader, know that there was something going on, it would have been more interesting if not all the characters made Warshawski feel that way. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jun 9, 2019 |
As I've previously read some of the series after viewing the movie with Kathleen Turner as Victoria 'V.I.' Warshawski, also known as Vic, reading another novel in the series is returning to spend time with a favorite character as created by Sara Paretsky.

In this novel, Vic returns to the old neighborhood on the South side of Chicago - memories abound and it was an interesting turn to learn how Vic would pivot the intrigue into a solved case. ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Nov 16, 2017 |
2017 reread: While some aspects of this 5th entry of the Warshawski series are slightly dated, overall it remains an exciting PI story. Paretsky creates a great sense of place with her descriptions of various parts of Chicago, especially the economically struggling South Side. I found that even though I recalled some aspects of the story from my previous reading (20 or so years ago), much of the story took me by surprise, making this a more exciting read than I had expected. ( )
  leslie.98 | Nov 1, 2017 |
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By sending Warshawski back into the old neighborhood for a closer look at events from the past that helped to shape her character, Ms. Paretsky forces no great self-revelations onto her detective and grants her no inner peace. But she does her best and boldest work to date in creating a criminal investigation that is a genuine heroic quest.
 

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V.I. Warshawski isn't crazy about going back to her old neighborhood, but she always keeps a promise. Caroline, a childhood friend, has a dying mother and after twenty-five years she wants V.I. to find the father she never knew. When V.I. starts probing into the past, she not only finds out where all the bodies are buried, she stumbles onto a very new corpse. Now she's stirring up a deadly mix of big business and chemical corruption that may become a toxic shock to a snooper who knows too much.

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