A quick and entertaining read. This is my first V.I. Warshawski novel, but I will definitely read more. The characters are well developed and are complex in nature. V.I. Warshawski is a "train wreck" of a private detective: financially-strapped, working out of a mostly abandoned Chicago building which is scheduled to be demolished soon, struggling to balance her personal and professional lives, full of fire and passion for justice to the point of putting her life and the lives of friends in danger. This is an exciting book.
I love V. I. Warshawski! She is one tough woman who isn't afraid of anything! This is a sit-on-the-edge of your seat book all the way. But, it's about spouse and child abuse, so beware if these are triggers for you...
Her office building is falling down, the unpaid bills are mounting up. V.I. Warshawski needs a lucrative case and needs it fast. Instead, her most important client demands that she find a community service job to keep his computer-hacking son out of jail.
At the same time, V.I. is worried about a homeless family she found in the basement of her office building. Her search for emergency shelter sends her to Home Free, a charitable organization for the homeless headed by an old college flame. She's puzzled by Home Free's cold response, and even more troubled when they start giving the runaround to a group of tradeswomen she knows.
The eighth book in the V.I. Warshawski P.I. series set in Chicago. It's been many years since I read the book in the series previous to this one, so it took me awhile to re-acquaint myself with Vic and all the particulars of her life, her friends and family, etc. I don't think I remembered her being so argumentative and nosy and generally bitchy before, but she sure was in this book, and it did grow old rather quickly. Vic begins an investigation as to why an all-female construction company had the plug pulled on their contract. She's doing the job pro bono at the request of one of her friends, who then suddenly calls her off, saying they've made a deal with a local non-profit to do some rehabbing of homes for low-income families. But Vic's already uncovered some things that make her uneasy, which of course means she's like a dog with a bone and won't let go. Since she was doing the work free anyway, she continues nosing around. When one of the women serving on the board of the non-profit is found dead in Vic's office with her head bashed in, then it gets personal. I give this book a B-, and will read the next in series but I really hope V.I.'s prickliness wears off a bit.
V I Warshawski's building is to be torn down. VIcky is the lone hold out. She finds a homeless woman and three children in the basement of the building, who disappeared. Then a woman is found dead on Vicky's desk and Vicky is implicated. These VI books are really great.
Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, she's become a hold-out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the basement, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, she's been implicated in a murder--after the body of a prominent lawyer's wife turns up sprawled across her desk.
The first thing I determined about this book is --This is a Ladies Detective Mystery!
But, not being a lady, I nevertheless liked it!
This was my first "listen" to a Sara Paretsky book, I had heard of her detective Vic Warshawski before - but never read or listened to one. This is one "First rate mystery" as far as I'm concerned.
Sara writes very well, almost in the same league as Michael Crichton - by that I mean she seems to have a good knowledge about technical detail. The details in the underground scenes were excellently done.
When I first stated that this was a ladies mystery, it is by no means "a ladies tea party" kind of mystery, V.I.Warshawsky is one cool, tough lady detective.
I recommend this to those, who like me, are not of the same gender as the author or heroine of this book.
I've read a few of Sara Paretsky's books in the past and greatly enjoyed them. However, V.I. Warshawski really went over the line (police and moral) in this one. I like my private eye books to at least follow the line of the law, not to the letter but at least in that direction. You know, to at least appear realistic and legal. There is no way in hell, a real police situation would have been handled like this. The cops would have been all over her for her interference; here they basically ignored her and her tactics. Even her cop boyfriend, only said something about her being arrested if it wasn't for him.
I really didn't like Vic's methods in this one: interfering with a police investigation, impersonating a cop (more than once) and her verbal abuse of suspects. However, Vic was very good at handling 14-year-old Emily Messenger. Emily was a victim of parental abuse and sexual assault. I'd like to think that this was the deciding factor in Vic's behavior but unfortunately, her tactics started way before these events.
This is definitely not my favorite Paretsky title.
V.I.Warshawski is up to her usual highjinks. While trying to prove an abused 13 year old did not kill her mother she is investigating a charitable organization that doesn't seem to be on the up and up. If you like V.I. this book will not disappoint. Very good book
Susan L. (Suzieleigh) reviewed Tunnel Vision (V.I. Warshawski, Bk 8) (Audio Cassette) (Abridged) on
Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, she's become a hold-out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the basement, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, she's been implicated in a murder--after the body of Deirdre Messenger, a prominent lawyer's wife, turns up sprawled across her desk.
Increasingly at odds with the cops, V.I. is blindly plunging ahead after the truth. And her path may lead to corruption at the highest levels.or deep into the abandoned tunnels beneath Chicago's streets, where secrets are hiding in the dark like a child's--or V.I.'s--worst nightmare.
My first foray into this author and the protagonist. I really enjoyed it. Although it was long, I read it fairly quickly and didn't feel bored at all. A catchy, exciting read. I will likely read more about PI V.I. Warshawski!