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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio (March 25 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423300092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423300090
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,040,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since her debut in Paretsky's Indemnity Only, Chicago private eye V. (Victoria) I. Warshawski has been attracting both enthusiastic readers and critical acclaim. This fourth story narrated by the spiky detective is the series' most suspenseful so far. V. I. brings a teenager about to give premature birth to a private hospital where the mother and her baby die. Since the poor girl's own obstetrician is unavailable, Warshawski's friend, Dr. Tregiere, arrives from his inner-city hospital to check procedures; he's found murdered later. So is the supposedly bereaved husband, member of a street gang that atacks Warshawski during her tenacious investigation of the related cases. There are other appalling deaths as tough V. I. gets to the facts behind a tawdry coverup. The cast of the earlier mysteries again adds flavor here, and the big city's ethnic mix, as enlived by Paretsky, does too.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"No one, male or female, writes better P.I. books than Paretsky."
--The Denver Post

"Paretsky's books are beautifully paced and plotted, and the dialogue is fresh and smart.... V.I. Warshawski is the most engaging woman in detective fiction."
--Newsweek

"The plot [is] fast moving, the dialogue snappy, the premise for murder persuasive.  This novel hasn't a single snag in its springs."
--Chicago Sun-Times

"Paretsky is still the best...she doesn't pull punches."  
--The Washington Post Book World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I have read all of the Sara Paretsky mysteries, and think this is the weakest of the group. She maintains her writerly skill, but the plot in this novel feels like it was devised to make a political point about women's access to health care and particularly to abortion. In the process, she takes pot shots at her political opponents by making the characters of those who disagree with her unidimensional, manipulative, and unlikeable. The novel does have suspenseful elements, but not enough, and I just didn't buy the story. If you want to read all the books in the series, this is readable. If you're picking the best, go with Hard Time or Tunnel Vision.
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By N. Sausser on June 7 1999
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I read this book back in 1988 when it was first published. Having forgotten this, I purchased this newly reissued edition. I really wish publishers would make it clear right up front (on the cover) that these books have been previously published. This is a good story, but not worth reading a second time.
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By A Customer on March 24 2001
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Almost interesting, but finally wraps up with stock villians and an implausable resolution. The fact that this is set entirely in the world of doctors and hospitals, healthcare economics, which Ms Paretsky obviously does not understand, dooms the story.
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By A Customer on Jan. 12 2000
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A complicated story that keeps the reader rivetted, and of course, a surprise ending.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
A Reissue June 7 1999
By N. Sausser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book back in 1988 when it was first published. Having forgotten this, I purchased this newly reissued edition. I really wish publishers would make it clear right up front (on the cover) that these books have been previously published. This is a good story, but not worth reading a second time.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining March 4 2005
By ruth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While it is clear that Paretsky used the story to pontificate around the abortion issue, the story was not (in my opinion) held hostage by her views. Of course, she must have known that those who hold opposing views might be somewhat derailed by her machinations. Apparently she felt it was a risk worth taking. For my part, the story was entertaining and amusing. There were sufficeint plot twists and turns, a romantic interlude, loveable yet annoying characters... all the stuff that makes us enjoy V.I. This is what I call hot-fudge-sundae fiction. I read it for its entertainment value--not intellectual nutrition. YUM!
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Quick read April 27 2014
By Not a Housewife - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very entertaining, kept my interest throughout. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery book.
V.I. Warshawski is again tested. March 18 2015
By turtle - Published on Amazon.com
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I like Paresky and I like her creation, V.I Warshawsky and this is one of the best so far. I have read probably 5 of these and will continue (by present intentions) thru the rest.

In this one, V.I. is drawn into the world of hospitals and the practice (and malpractice) of Medicine with all the discrepancies due to disparities of the wealth and class of the patients. She has taken a poor person to a hospital of the wealthy, where they kill her by indifference and then they must cover it up because V.I. is a lawyer and a P.I. High jinx and low jinx follow and V>I.get exhausted and her dear friend's threatened and extremely inconvenienced and V.I. (of course) almost gets killed.

Sobering side note is that the health care system is worse now in the early 21 st Century than it was in the last two decades of the 20th, even if you are optimistic about Obama Care.
THREE AND A HALF STARS Aug. 24 2013
By James L. Woolridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sara Paretsky's 1987 fourth book with PI V I Warshawski is BITTER MEDINE. And as the title says it deals with hospitals, clinics. deaths and murders. Warshawski yound friend, Consuelo is a risky pregnancy to begin with but when she dies and the baby dies too, Warshawski is drawn into the world of blame in medicine. Not a bad read, good beach read. Series recommended.


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