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Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky
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Fire Sale (2005)

by Sara Paretsky

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Series: V.I. Warshawski (12)

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V. I. Warshawski novel — good detective gives back to south Chicago home
No Blood, guts, gore — Weird People only — nice for a change

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.…
  christinejoseph | Dec 23, 2016 |
The first Sara Paretsky book I've read in many years and it was a worthy addition to the V.I. Warshawski series. I enjoyed it very much and wish Paretsky would write faster! ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
Finished reading "Fire Sale" and if you missed it earlier as I did, you'll definitely want to find a copy! I love strong female characters especially in the mystery/private-eye genre and V.I. Warshawski is definitely a favorite created by Sara Paretsky. One of the main delights is the prose of the novels is so pleasing to read - a definite step up from street talk, without the 4-letter words, and at times leaves further descriptions to the reader's imagination. I'm ready to find another in the series! ( )
  Corduroy7 | Aug 6, 2014 |
***Updated after GB book club discussion on 3/10/08 ***More proof that book clubs are a good thing. This was the March 2008 selection of the Gapers Block Book Club, and I doubt I would have read it otherwise! Now I'm committed to starting the series from the beginning.I like that our heroine, private investigator V.I. Warshawski, is flawed. She volunteers on the south side, but only reluctantly; she's jealous of her lover's gorgeous foreign houseguest; and she doesn't turn the other cheek when insulted. She's real, tough, honest, and always interesting.One critique that came out at our book club discussion tonight was the characterization of the south side as a desolate, poverty-stricken area. Chicago's south side has many neighborhoods, and not all of them resemble Paretsky's South Chicago. Non-Chicagoans may not realize that South Chicago is a specific neighborhood -- just one small area amid a large and diverse south side.For the curious, here are some links to articles in the Encyclopedia of Chicago:South ChicagoSouth Side ( )
  catalogthis | May 6, 2011 |
Another story about Chicago PI VI Warshawski. In this one she's drafted in as temporary basketball coach to a school in a disadvantaged neighbourhood of south Chicago, where the poverty of most of the population is in stark contrast to the multi-billionnaire owners of a chain of stores, By-Smart, who employ many locals. VI starts getting interested in By-Smart after a fire at a local textile firm supplying By-Smart and finds herself dragged in ever deeper. Appealing characters and amusing dialogue together with good plotting and detailed authentic locations make this an easy read. ( )
  edwardsgt | Apr 13, 2011 |
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Burr, SandraReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grellier, FrédéricTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.…

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V.I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V.I. takes over coaching duties of the girls' basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes.… (more)

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