Fire Sale (V. I. Warshawski Series #12)

Fire Sale (V. I. Warshawski Series #12)

by Sara Paretsky

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“Takes off with a bang—literally...V. I. remains a paragon among PIs, and Fire Sale is one of Paretsky’s best books yet.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

A conscience can weigh a PI down more than the heaviest firearm—and get her into more trouble too. It’s that nagging conscience that makes V. I. Warshawski agree to fill in as coach for the girls’ basketball team at her South Chicago alma mater—which in turn leads her to the headquarters of By-Smart, the global retail empire where V. I. hopes to get some desperately needed funds for the struggling squad.

But conscience seems to be in short supply at By-Smart...with the exception of Billy Bysen, the earnest teenage grandson of the chain’s gruff, tightfisted founder. And when Billy disappears—along with a mysterious document much desired by By-Smart’s management team—V. I. is hurled onto a twisted, body-strewn path that runs through Chicago’s dirtiest places and reveals some of its dirtiest secrets...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451218995
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2006
Series: V. I. Warshawski Series , #12
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 307,943
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of the renowned V.I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Crime Writers' Association and the 2011 Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. She lives in Chicago.


Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

June 8, 1947

Place of Birth:

Ames, Iowa


B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; Ph.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago

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Fire Sale (V.I. Warshawski Series #12) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Able voice performer Sandra Burr gives another aces reading as she takes on the persona of dauntless private detective V. I. Warshawski. There's humor, suspense, drama and, perhaps best of all, V.I. on her old stomping grounds, the South side of Chicago. She's returned there on a kind of errand of mercy - filling in for the coach of the girl's basketball team at her old high school. Such girls V.I. didn't see when she was in high school - high-strung, unmarried moms, a bit of a motley bunch. Nonetheless, V.I. digs in with her usual vigor and sets out to get some corporate backing for the team. First stop is By-Smart, a hugely successful discount store owned by one of her former classmates, Buffalo Bill Bysen. Seems that helping the team isn't high on Buffalo Bill's agenda. Nor, in actuality, is seeing V.I. again. That is until his son disappears. The vanished young Bysen isn't V.I.'s only challenge - a mother of one of her team members suggests there's foul play at the factory where she works. That's an understatement because the factory soon explodes injuring V.I. and killing the owner. As V.I.'s investigation continues she also finds an updated West Side Story only from the South Side of Chicago - Bysen's son has run away with a young Latina. Although this is Paretsky's 12th time out with a Warshawski novel, V.I. is as fresh and appealing as ever. Good listening for detective story fans. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paretsky really knows how to mix social issues in with the adventures of a well-loved heroine. Since I agree with her political views, I relished hearing Vic trying to protect the teenage girls of South Chicago from having babies. I also enjoyed seeing the moralistic, holier than thou Bysen family get taken down a bit. The only criticism that I have is that I wish there were more interactions between Vic and Lotty. Have always enjoyed their relationship. VI fans will not be disappointed.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Private Investigator V.I. Warshawski says no when her former basketball coach at Bertha Palmer High School Ms. McFarlane asks her to take over the girl¿s team until she can come back to work or another volunteer surfaces. The coach reminds Victoria that basketball enabled her to get a scholarship to the U of Chicago. That fails to move Victoria, but when Coach mentions she is having cancer surgery implying she will never return Vic reluctantly takes over the sixteen girl squad that includes gang members and a center with two kids................ One of the team¿s stars Josie Dorrado asks Ms. Warshawski to talk with her mother who is concerned with rumors she overheard that someone is going to blow up By Smart¿s nearby manufacturing plant. If this happens many people including the older Dorrado will be out of work as By Smart is the biggest employee besides maybe the gangs in the depressed South Chicago. In spite of expecting nothing, Vic. goes to check out the tip when the explosion occurs. At about the same time, Josie and Billy Young, grandson of the By-Smart owner, run away. Vic hopes to find the teens before they get into trouble and also uncover who blew up the plant killing someone she knows while recovering from injuries and finally coaching teen basketball..................... The who-done-it starts late, as Sara Paretsky provides her fans with an absorbing tour of Warshawski¿s old neighborhood. The team is delightful to follow with their fights, clichés, and camaraderie with several having unique personalities. More personal than usual, FIRE SALE is a fabulous South Chicago mystery that provides an interesting new side to V.I. that of mentoring coach. Sara Paretsky talent shines through with each book she writes.............. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story would have been more interesting if it had ended 100 pages earlier. I found myself scanning paragraphs so I could get to the climax and get on to reading another mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish Sara Paretsy could find something more original to write about - her last 7 books are so filled with her social agenda (pro-choice, now, this one, banging fundamentalists and Christians) it's getting way too predictable and boring.
nocto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago

As fab as ever. Possibly more so.

jepeters333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vic gets involved with a wealthy family and with poor families from her South Chicago neighborhood. A plant mysteriously explodes. Vic tries to find a cruel murderer.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've always enjoyed the V.I. Warshawski series, and this one is a good addition to it. V.I, has been sucked back into her old South Chicago neighborhood, "temporarily" coaching the girls' basketball team at her old high school since the permanent coach (who was V.I.'s mentor) is out, combatting cancer. V.I. inadvertently becomes involved in the neighborhood labor problems, and this leads to the usual action-packed, fast-paced plot that Paretsky does so well.However, Paretsky does have one weakness as an author. While V.I.., Mr Contreras, Peppy and Mitch (the dogs), and other long-time members of the series are complex-well drawn characters, most of the one-timers are not. They tend to be one-dimensional and this is very evident in Fire Sale; the villains are really just too mindless and border on boring.Other than that, it's an excellent read.
bastet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not one of Paretsky's better mysteries, but it still beats the hell out of most of the pulp you get on the shelves these days. I was disturbed by her strange chronology of events, but the mystery was sound.
unrequitedlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tone of language: Emotional, wrenching, self-deprecatingCharacters: A fierce, independent, empathetic heroine, with almost superhuman endurance and dedication, who takes care of everybody in needPlot twists: Multiple narrative threads twist together in unimaginable waysPace: Lengthy pauses to explore innner feelings and consider possible explanations of crimesValues: You can't fix everything in the world, but you can take care of one thing at a timeSexuality: A background of adultery and teen motherhood as a consequence of povertyBackground research: Basketball coaching, ghetto culture, family corporations, dog trainingTargeted audience: EveryoneObjectionable to any groups: Corporate officersFlaws: Everyone gives the PI confidential information even though they don't want anything to do with her. They have no motives to reveal information to her.
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I think this book is a good read
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