V.I., who had volunteered with Deirdre at a women's shelter, suspects her death is linked to a case of upper-class domestic abuse so slickly concealed that the police refuse to believe it. 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.
©1995 Sara Paretsky; (P)2005 Phoenix Books, Inc.
"Her best adventure yet, a complex, authentic, and gripping story." (Booklist)
"Paretsky has again woven a tale of intrigue that's sure to keep readers engrossed." (School Library Journal)
I have always been a fan of Sara Paretsky's heroine, V.I. Washawski and her adventures but in this one, the reader ruined a good story.
I am a Warshawski fan and the book itself lives up to Sara Paretsky's reputation. Because of this I listened to the whole book in spite of my irritation at the reader's style - although clear it is fast and lacks the changes of tone and voice that make for story-telling. I was intrigued by the change in my feelings as the story progressed - from 'I can't be doing with this, I'll get the printed version of the book' to 'Oh well, I'm enjoying the story enough to ignore the reader,' to 'I want to hear how this turn's out and I've stopped noticing the reader's faults.' However, in future, I shall check from the sample play and the reviews, whether this reader has changed her style.
I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing... The narrator is monotonal and relentless, really quite hard to listen to. Along with strange mispronunciations and errors (saying 'minute' as 'unit of time' rather than the obviously intended 'very small') I will be avoiding this reader in future.
I only gave this audiobook 2 stars not becuase it is a bad story but because it was badly narrated. I loved Lorelei King narrating this and she was great. The narrator reads far too fast and I often wonder if she is going to take a breath. It spoiled it for me. Note to Audible: If you get any more Sarah Paretsky (and I hope you do) please make sure it is Lorelei King reading them.
I never thought I would be unable to listen to an audiobook of Sara Paretsky.
This must be the worst reader ever. I just could not listen to her.
Really disappointed: I wanted another Sara Paretsky and got this one without listening to the sample. The reader just gabbles it off at high speed, no pauses at all, as if she was being paid to get as many words in to the minute as possible. Quite unlistenable to.
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