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Shell Game

V.I. Warshawski Series, Book 19
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Series: V. I. Warshawski, Book 19
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

Sara Paretsky follows her instant New York Times best seller Fallout - her most widely read novel in years - with an extraordinary adventure that pits her acclaimed detective, V.I. Warshawski, against some of today’s most powerful figures.

Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.

©2018 Sara Paretsky (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • AZ Desert Gal
  • 20-10-18

Not her best

Glad to hear another adventure with these familiar characters, yet this time the pace was too frenetic, the tone too edgy, and the plot too convoluted.

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  • Jean
  • 08-11-18

Engaging

I have been doing a fairly good job of reading the current Paretsky books. I keep telling myself to read some of the older ones but somehow a new book is out before I can do it.

I enjoy the tough smart mouthed V. I Warshawski, attorney turned private investigator. Paretsky usually provides a great sight seeing trip around Chicago also. Each book is an action-packed story with lots of humor and a social issue that leads to a suspenseful story. In this story Paretsky adds current affairs as V. I. deals with Middle East immigrates. V. I. has several cases going at the same time so the story weaves back and forth between the cases. I thoroughly enjoyed the nail-biting story.

The book is fifteen hours and 2 minutes. Susan Ericksen does an excellent job narrating the book. Ericksen is an actress and has won all the awards available for an audiobook narrator. Ericksen has narrated nine of the nineteen books in the series.

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  • alexandra schott
  • 28-12-18

poor narrater

Could not finish the book because I found the narrater and the character a complete disconnect....not enjoyable at all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-19

I can't finish this.

The narrator is not my cup of tea and the plot was all over the place. In the end it was more aggravating than entertaining. I just can't finish it.

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  • Jill Keefe
  • 17-11-18

Not up to par

I've always enjoyed Sara Paretsky's VI mysteries but this one was a real disappointment. The story was muddled and unconvincing and the performance was not engaging. Overall, I'd skip it.

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  • Patricia
  • 12-11-18

again this is the WRONG voice for V I.

Wrong voice. too mechanical. didn't enjoy. story line roo absurd. has become too sarcastically argumentative in every scene.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-19

love Susan Erickson

love Susan Erickson she mades the books exciting to listen to.
love the story also

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  • hutchinre
  • 28-10-18

I read to escape.

I have politics on my TV, radio and social media. I do not want it in my reading. The last two Warshswski books have had too many political comments. I have loved the books for 20 years but will not read another.

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  • Linda W. Eatherton
  • 17-11-19

Disappointing to Chicagoans

The story was good enough but the reader clearly knows nothing of Chicago. So many mispronounced places, street names etc. like nails on a blackboard to a Chicagoan. Surprising the author didn’t know or listen and edit the audio version.

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  • Roberta Scott
  • 18-10-19

Consistently great aging heroine!

Enjoy Vic’s unraveling of urban corporate level murder mysteries.
ALWAYS with social relevance.
Glad Vic is slowing down physically as she ages in her role.