Book Reviews of Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski, Bk 1)

Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski, Bk 1)
Indemnity Only - V.I. Warshawski, Bk 1
Author: Sara Paretsky
ISBN-13: 9780440210696
ISBN-10: 0440210690
Publication Date: 6/1/1991
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 108 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski, Bk 1) on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is quite a classic PI story, with an interesting angle since the tough PI carrying a gun and getting into fights that end up in bruised eyes and broken bones is a chick. A great read for a vacation or just for fun, the story is maingly superficial but the author does capture (I think) the inner workings and contradictions of a tough chick. Interesting read for a woman, then, but also for a guy.
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early warshawski, with the fun that entails.
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Helpful Score: 2
This Sara Paretsky book is a good beginning for what has become an awesome series. I hate to give up my copies of them but it is time to make room on my book shelves. Indemnity Only is the second of the VI Warshawski detective series and takes place during one of those sizzling humid Chicago summers. The heat isn't the only trouble VI runs into as she tries to solve a case that is based on a house of cards, one lie after another.
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Helpful Score: 2
very good
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Another great V.I. Warshawski mystery/thriller. Well-drawn characters and good locale.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the book that introduces us to V.I. Warshawski, possibly the toughest female private investigator in the game. She is hired by an influential businessman to find his son and his son's girlfriend. It doesn't take long before she finds the son dead, the man who hired her wasn't whom he said he was, and she's had the proverbial beaten out of her as a warning to drop the case. V.I. is another one of those private investigators that, once hired, will stop at nothing to solve the case. Although she's told by her original client that he no longer requires her services, she persists like a dog with a bone, determined to see the case through to it's conclusion.

The setting is Chicago and it's summer, so we're given a lot of speculation on how the Cubs are going to fare that year. Now, I'm from Australia, but even I know that the season's only going to end in disappointment...again. (No offence sports fans).

This is another enjoyable private investigator book with a good, hard as nails protagonist. I have no problem recommending this to anyone who enjoys the Robert Parker "Spenser" series or the Robert Crais "Elvis Cole" series.
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The first V.I. Warshawski mystery.
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In Sara Paretsky's first novel, she lays the foundation for Chicago Private Detective V.I. Warshawski's character. Her writing here is not as polished as in her later books, but V.I. in all her imperfection feels real. If you're a V.I. fan, this is worth the read.
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Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble.
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2012 marks the 30 year anniversary of the first publication of Sara Paretsky's debut novel and after listening to the BBC World Book Club program where she was the guest I decided to pick it up.
You can definitely see that Indemnity Only is a debut novel. There is the minute detail often present in authors' first works, from what exactly their characters wore to what they ate. There are inconsistencies in quantities of family heirlooms and thorough accounts of habits and routines. Things like this could do a book in if there is enough of them and not enough of what keeps the reader turning the pages and rooting for the protagonist. In Paretsky's case the balance was in her favor and she went on to write 14 more V.I. Warshawski novels.
So what was it that tipped the scales? For me it was the characters, the setting and that none of it got lost in those details. V.I., Vic to friends, is a badass with a soft underbelly. She knows martial arts, runs a 7.5 minute mile and isn't afraid to use her fists when the circumstances call for it, she'll help those in need with a complete disregard for her own safety or bottom line. She bristles when anyone questions her choice of profession or competence because she is a woman, but is realistic about her chances against a strong male opponent in single combat. In short V.I. Warshawski is a believable and relatable female character who is just as relevant today as she was 30 years ago, even if her environment is definitely outdated. She actually reminds me of Maria Bello's character in last year's Prime Suspect, I think Vic and Jane would get along.
Secondary characters easily hold their own, even though they don't have quite as much time on the page and more often than not we don't know what they're wearing. I can't decide if my favorite is Lotty of McGraw, a spitfire doctor unfazed by any surprise or a conflicted man comparing himself to King Midas. Or maybe it's Bobby Mallory, who keeps trying to protect his friend's daughter and nearly blows a gasket every time she won't let him.
Another thing to Paretsky's advantage is her ability to establish a sense of the world in which V.I. operates. The book is filled with social issues of the day - women's movement, tensions between the radically-inclined and the police, the divide between classes and the lack of acceptance of those who aren't of the same ancestry across all levels of society. With Vic being firmly working class and not particularly fond of the rich it would have been easy to make her just one of the not-too-priviledged and be done with it, but Paretsky makes her straddle the line in a way. Vic judges people by their actions, not their wealth or position, regardless of where they stand on social issues or how unpopular her opinion. It's clear of course that she is rooting for the little guy, just as Paretsky is, and it's no surprise that it's the working class characters who are the more sympathetic ones, but Warshawski isn't blindly prejudiced and justice and truth are her goals every step of the way. All this makes the story resonate more, makes it more personal, makes one think about how much the world has changed in the last 30 years and how much it hasn't.
I read some V.I. Warshawski novels when I was in high school and remember enjoying them enough to blow through a half-dozen paperbacks in a couple of weeks, but I don't remember particularly noticing the elements that impressed me most this time around. Maybe I should revisit Warshawski before too much time passes, watch her catch some bad guys and learn something about the past while I'm at it.
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Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble. ut trouble is Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski's specialty. Her client says he's the prominent banker, John Thayer. Turns out he's not. He says his son's girlfriend is missing. But he gave her the wrong name for the girlfriend. V.I.'s search turns up someone soon enough--the real John Thayer's son, and he's dead. Who is her client? Why has she been set up and sent out on a wild goose chance? By the time she's got it figured things are hotter--and deadlier--than Chicago in July. V.I.'s in a desperate race against time. At stake: a young woman's life.
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Good mystery, enjoyed.
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I like V.I. and this book was not a disappointment. I think it is one of this authors earliest stories and is very well written. Good book
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Good mystery series
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Enjoyed this, which was my first reading of this author.
this of course is book 1 so was a good place to start.

Writing is similar to Sue Grafton
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Fun mystery with entertaining female sleuth.
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This is the first book in the V.I. Warshawski series. Very good story!! Keeps you in suspense!!
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This is a V.I. Warshawski novel. V.I. is asked by a client who calls himself John Thayer to find his son's girlfriend, Anita Hill, but it turns out that's not her real name. Her search turns up the real John Thayer's son, and he's dead. In her search to find out who hired her and to find the girl, she runs into trouble and danger.
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From back of book:

Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble is Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski's specialty. Her client says he's the prominent banker, John Thayer. Turns out he's not. He says his son's girlfriend, Anita Hill, is missing. Turns out that's not her real name. V.I.'s search turn up someone soon enough--the real John Thyer's son, and he's dead. Who's V.I.'s client? Why has she been set up and sent out on a wild-goose chase? By the time she's got it figured, things are hotter -- and deadlier -- than Chicago in July. V.I.'s in a desperate race against time. At stake; a young woman's life.
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first novel in the series, tho not the first published.
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This it the First of V.I. Warshawski Mysterys!!
The author is Sara Paretsky and I love her stories of the Chicago Private Eye - V I Warshawski - a gumshoe for modern times!"
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1 in series
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VI Warshawski is back again !!
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A gunshoe for modern times.
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Excellent early V.I. book, also great for those of us who have lived and worked in the windy city. Very good regional realism.
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Great book! This is the first V.I. Warshawski book in the series.
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I enjoy this series
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Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble. ut trouble is Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski's specialty. Her client says he's the prominent banker, John Thayer. Turns out he's not. He says his son's girlfriend is missing. But he gave her the wrong name for the girlfriend. V.I.'s search turns up someone soon enough--the real John Thayer's son, and he's dead. Who is her client? Why has she been set up and sent out on a wild goose chance? By the time she's got it figured things are hotter--and deadlier--than Chicago in July. V.I.'s in a desperate race against time. At stake: a young woman's life.