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Burn Marks [Mass Market Paperback]

Sara Paretsky
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Feb. 5 1991 V.I. Warshawski Novels
Someone knocking on the door at 3 A.M. is never  good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the bad news  arrives in the form of her wacky, unwelcome aunt Elena.  The fire that has just burned down a sleazy  SRO hotel has brought Elena to  V.I.'s doorstep. Uncovering an arsonist  -- and the secrets hidden behind Elena's boozy  smile -- will send V.I. into the  seedy world of Chicago's homeless... into the Windy  City's backroom deals and bedroom politics, where  new schemers and old cronies team up to get V.I.  off the case -- by hook, by crook, or by  homocide.

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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.

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"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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1.0 out of 5 stars Not comparable to Sue Grafton or Janet Evanovich April 3 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This novel was recommended by the website "what should I read next?" when I put in Grafton and Evanovich. It was a huge disappointment. Boring, the main character wasn't engaging at all, and the story dragged. I barely got 3 chapters in before I gave up on it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A tedious disappointment Sept. 3 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After having finished Burn Marks last night, I read the on-line reviews here. Isn't it interesting how the same book can provoke such different opinions?
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read Dec 25 2000
By Helen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the best installment of the VI Warshawski series that I have read. Here, she's tough and uncompromising yet vulnerable. This book is most thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Paretsky May 5 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Vic must reluctantly rescue her Aunt Elena, a notorious drunkard, con woman and flirt. While she is disgusted at Elena's antics, she is discerning enough to know that she shares some of Elena's character flaws. As usual, Vic's good heartedness leads her into a murky world of dishonest politicians, traitorous cops and disgruntled bankers. As usual, she can rely on none but herself to solve the mystery and right the wrongs of the system. As usual, Peppy, Mr. Contreras (Sal)and Lottie are ever watchful and protective of their friend. As usual, this book is filled with interesting characters, locations, events and probing character analyses. If you like your protagonists intelligent, resourceful, wisecracking yet wearing the perfect set of Magli pumps, this heroine is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!!! Aug. 7 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of Paretskies greatest Books ever. Private Eye V.I.Warshawski gets in trouble in helping her old aunt, who is adicted to alcohol and got thrown out of her appartment. Watching V.I. stumbling through the world of crime, government politics and lovely neighbourhood, listing to her sarcastical comments and sharing her decisions concerning her wardrobe is once again great fun and everybody who has read any of the other Paretsky books will love this one. It definitely is my personal favourite of all V.I.-Adventures!
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