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Chicago is the city of broad shoulders, but V.I. Warshawski knows its politics: 'Pay to Play.'  

Money changes hands in the middle of the night; by morning, buildings and parks have been replaced by billion-dollar projects.

Private Investigator V.I. gets pulled into one of these clandestine deals when her impetuous goddaughter Bernie tries to rescue a famed Singer-Songwriter, now living on the streets. Thanks to Bernie, V.I. finds herself in the path of some developers whose negotiating strategy is simple: they bulldoze - or kill - any obstacle in their way.

Questions pile up almost as fast as the dead bodies. When she tries to answer them, the Detective finds a terrifying conspiracy stretching from Chicago's parks to a cover-up of the dark chapters in the American government's interference in South American politics. Before she finds an answer, V.I. will be pushed closed to breaking point. People who pay to play take no prisoners.

©2020 Sara Paretsky (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • Elaine
  • 24-09-2020

could not listen. did not enjoy

could not engage with this at all. the narration was slow and monotonous. waste of credit . borrowed the book from my library to read instead .

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  • JHM
  • 04-09-2020

I stopped listening

I stopped listening to this and moved over to reading the book. This is the first time I have given up on an audible narration. Like another reviewer I was dismayed by how old V.I. sounded and also found it difficult to distinguish between different characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel itself.

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  • Earthymama
  • 07-07-2020

Sara Paretsky never disappoints!

If you haven't read any of the adventures of V.I Warshawski then I urge you to look up the reading order and step into the world of this fabulous, feminist, humanitarian seeker of justice.

Each novel is a story on its own but the character development of our heroine and the characters who surround her give a depth and resonance to one's enjoyment.

I can't recommend Sara Paretsky's work highly enough. Stinging indictments of capitalism and the effects on working class communities and individuals.
And she writes so well about dogs too.

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  • Eliora
  • 24-04-2020

Good story, poor narrator.

Good story as usual, my only dislike is the choice of narrator voice. VI is at most middle aged but her voice is that of an old woman and it was difficult sometimes to distinguish who was talking to whom.
Can you get someone younger? A voice like Kathleen Turner would be great.

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