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Indemnity Only: The First V.I. Warshawski Mystery by Sara Paretsky ISBN 0385302606

I first heard of Sara Paretsky in library school when a fellow class mate put together a list of female detectives for a mystery author list.  A readers advisory, “If you liked ____, then you might like ______.”  Though in the years since then I have passed by Paretsky’s novels everyday that I worked and only recently decided to pick one up.

V.I. is a tough woman of the 1970’s — strong, able and smart.  She has to be tough and prove herself in a then predominantly male line of work.  She has a law background because her back story includes years as a public defense lawyer.  She has wonderful friends on the police force (her father had been an officer and she still goes to Thanksgiving with his partner) and a doctor who has a clinic in a not so good neighborhood of Chicago.

This mystery revolves around murder, missing persons and insurance fraud.  V.I. is hired and fired so many times you don’t know who she is ultimately working for but she is also a bull-dog set on the bone of mystery and nothing deters her from her selected task … hired thugs, car chases or phone threats cannot stop her from her investigation.

All in all a wonderful read about a detective that holds her own against the evil in her small part of Chicago.

Review

“The Chicago writer  whose name always makes the top of the list when  people talk about the new female operatives.”  — Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times  Book Review. — Review –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Description

The vice-president of a Chicago bank hires V.I. Warshawski to find his son. She’s pleased. The head of the International Brotherhood of Knifegrinders hires her to find his daughter. She’s not so pleased. Who’s the boss in this dangerous game of insurance fraud, murder contracts and gunmen? –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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