V. I. Warshawski

20 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 183 ratings

Killing Orders Summary

Killing Orders, V.I. Warshawski’s third adventure, starts when her great-aunt Rosa summons the detective to her cold suburban home. Rosa made V.I.’s childhood miserable and the detective resents the command to help her aunt prove she didn't embezzle five million dollars from a local Dominican priory.

All hell breaks loose when a mysterious opponent tries to take Vic off the case by throwing acid in her eyes and burning down her apartment. And when a friend who’s involved in the case is brutally murdered, it begins to look as if Vic hasn’t got a prayer.

But Warshawski continues to follow every lead, even when they point to some pretty unorthodox conclusions: Perhaps the Dominicans are covering up a financial scandal. Maybe the whole conspiracy is under the patronage of an international conglomerate, or of Don Pasquale, king of the Chicago mob. Worst of all, someone who’s close to Vic could be involved — her darkly handsome English lover, Roger Ferrant, or even Aunt Rosa herself.

©2005 Sara Paretsky (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

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    • Indemnity Only

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  • Book 2

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    • Deadlock

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  • Book 3

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    • Blood Shot

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  • Book 6

    • Burn Marks

    • V. I. Warshawski, Book 6
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Elena, V.I. Warshawski’s derelict aunt, reenters her niece’s life at three in the morning. Burned out of her SRO hotel, Elena has turned to V.I. for a place to stay. V.I. vows that it will be a short visit and uses some old political contacts to find Elena a room. When V.I. is hired to investigate the fire at the hotel, her aunt disappears, and her aunt’s young friend is found dead at a construction site. V.I. is warned off the case by both a high-ranking police officer and a major Chicago developer - who also happens to be a close friend of the chairman of the Cook County Board.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic!!

    • By Kindle Customer on 10-05-18

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  • Book 7

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    • Guardian Angel

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  • Book 13

    • Hardball

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    When V. I. Warshawski is asked to find a man who’s been missing for decades, a search she thought would be futile turns lethal. Old skeletons from the city’s racially charged history rise up to force her back – a nun who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. dies without revealing crucial evidence, and the elderly sisters who hired her are also keeping important information to themselves. Then V.I. finds that her family is keeping secrets of its own. Afraid to learn that her adored father might have been a bent cop....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • V I

    • By Judith Bassett on 28-01-17

    Regular price: £15.74

  • Book 14

    • Body Work

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    When V. I. Warshawski, the hardest-working of private eyes, goes out one night, a stranger is shot and dies in her arms. V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, where a woman known as the Body Artist turns her naked body into a canvas for the audience to paint on. The show attracts all kinds of people, from Ukrainian mobsters and Iraq war veterans. A tormented young painter shows up too, and the intricate designs she creates drive one of the soldiers into a violent rage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, not so great narrator

    • By R. Anderson on 19-04-17

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  • Book 15

    • Breakdown

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicago's Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicago's most powerful families. For V.I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The excellent V I

    • By Judith Bassett on 09-12-16

    Regular price: £17.19

  • Book 16

    • Critical Mass

    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 19

    When private eye V.I. Warshawski is called out to a derelict drug house in a rural town just south of Chicago, she discovers something she wasn't expecting: the mutilated corpse of a man, dumped in a cornfield. It is a discovery that throws V.I. into the fascinating world of physics and invention: a design that sparked the construction of the computer as we know it, the development of nuclear weapons, the wonder of Newton's prisms and a train of dramatic events that occurred in wartime Vienna.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • V I Warchowski

    • By Jason on 29-08-14

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  • Book 17

    • Brush Back

    • V.I. Warshawski, Book 17
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Twenty-five years ago, Stella Guzzo beat her daughter to death and then walked up the street to play bingo at her church. V. I. Warshawski grew up with the Guzzo family. She dated Frank Guzzo when they were teens and knew Stella's murderous rages firsthand. She didn't think about the family again until the day Frank came to her office, wanting V. I. to help his mother with an exoneration claim. The detective wants no part of Stella Guzzo's world, but she doesn't feel able to say no.

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  • Book 18

    • Fallout

    • V. I. Warshawski 18
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    V. I. Warshawski's impossible goddaughter, Bernie, convinces her to look for August, a young filmmaker who has disappeared. The evidence indicates that he has gone to Kansas in the company of Emerald, an older black movie actress who wants to film the story of her life. Her search takes V. I. from the military base Emerald was born on to the farm where she grew up outside a university town, ploughing up past and present-day secrets as she goes.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good, but the narration didn't work for me

    • By Jessica Black on 11-01-18
    • V. I. Warshawski 18
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Liza Ross
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 20-04-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 ratings

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  • Book 19

    • Shell Game

    • V.I. Warshawski Series, Book 19
    • By: Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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. 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. 

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