Burn Marks Mass Market Paperback – Feb 5 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
This sixth adventure of Chicago private eye Victoria Iphenigia Warshawski begins with arson and proceeds to homicide. "While everyone else in this complicated, occasionally tedious plot urges her toward traditional female paths, V.I. resolutely forges her own trail, maintaining the spunk and humor that have earned her a large, devoted following," said PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Paretsky's best book to date." -- Kansas City Star
"V.I. Warshawsi is good company and a rich discovery awaiting those who have yet to meet her." -- Los Angeles Times
"Sara Paretsky just keeps getting better and better!" -- The Atlanta Journal -constitution
"Another triumph for Ms. Paretsky, her most captivating novel yet... V.I. herself [is] undoubtedly on of the best-written characters in mystery fiction." -- The Baltimore Sun
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Top Customer Reviews
Look out, VI fans - I'm about to commit sacrilege.
I found Burn Marks in my bookshelf while hunting for some bedside reading. After the first chapter I got the impression that I'd read the book before, but never finished it.
I soon realized why.
So long-winded, so verbose, frankly - so BORING!
Ms Warshawski is alternately dead tired, sick, throwing up, having headaches, being injured or detailing the condition of every last burn blister in minute detail; her old Chevy is "groaning" on virtually every page, sometimes even in consecutive paragraphs, until it predictably dies; the plot barely gets going only in the last couple of chapters.
OK, I'm exaggerating a bit, but not much.
Doesn't Ms. Paretsky have an editor who could weed her story down by some 50 percent?
By sheer dogged persistence I managed to arrive at the final chapters, where the tension picks up a bit.
But unless you're looking for a sleeping pill, stay away.