Fire Sale

CD - unabridged
Audio (12 discs)
Product Number: BL881
Released: Jun 28, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781587888755
Narrator/s: Sandra Burr
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Description

V. I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V. I. takes over coaching duties of the girls' basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms, who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes. Through young Josie Dorrado, V. I. meets the girl's mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesn't know how she'll support her four children if the flag plant shuts down. The elder Dorrado's fears are realized when the plant explodes; V. I. is injured and the owner is killed. As V. I. begins to investigate, she finds herself confronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company. Founder William "Buffalo Bill" Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and with him; the oldest, "Young Mr. William," is close to sixty and furious that his father doesn't cede more power to him. And then, there's "Billy the Kid," Young Mr. William's nineteen-year-old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a whole. When Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V. I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago.

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Author(s): Sara Paretsky
Series: V.I. Warshawski Series No: 12
Genre: Mystery

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Sara Paretsky
Narrator(s): Sandra Burr
Series:
Genre: Mystery
Product Number B3105
Released: Sep 29, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
ISBN: #9781441856753
eBook
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Author(s): Sara Paretsky
Series:
Product Number EB00389208
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: #9781101219898

Professional reviews

"Sandra Burr lends credible Hispanic and British accents to the characters V.I. Warshawski encounters as she investigates a factory fire. Burr's characterizations are true to the author's direction; discount store heir-apparent Billy the Kid sounds even younger than his years, and the disapproving grunts emitted by Billy's grandfather are amusingly believable. As V.I. and other characters face exhaustion, fear, and illness, Burr adapts her reading to vocalize weakness, terror, and pain. Her pace is in step with the harrowing moments in which V.I. confronts a surprising killer. The only weakness is that the large cast of characters is a bit difficult for listeners to differentiate. J.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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