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Indemnity Only (V. I. Warshawski Series #1)

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Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling  summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble is  Chicago private eye V.I. Warshwski's specialty.  Her client says he's the prominent banker, John  Thayer. Turns out he's not. He says his son's  girlfriend, Anita Hill, is missing. Turns out that's  not her real name. V.I.'s search turns up someone  soon enough ? the real John Thayer's son, and  he's dead. Who's V.I.'s client? Why has ...

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Overview

Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling  summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble is  Chicago private eye V.I. Warshwski's specialty.  Her client says he's the prominent banker, John  Thayer. Turns out he's not. He says his son's  girlfriend, Anita Hill, is missing. Turns out that's  not her real name. V.I.'s search turns up someone  soon enough — the real John Thayer's son, and  he's dead. Who's V.I.'s client? Why has she been  set up and sent out on a wild-goose chase? By the  time she's got it figured, things are hotter —  and deadlier — than Chicago in July. V.I.'s in a  desperate race against time. At stake: a young  woman's life.

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"The Chicago writer  whose name always makes the top of the list when  people talk about the new female operatives."  — Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times  Book Review.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440210696
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1993
  • Series: V. I. Warshawski Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 212,974
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara  Paretsky
Sara Paretsky is the author of fourteen previous books, including twelve V. I. Warshawski novels. She is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers’ Association. She lives in Chicago.

Biography

Sara Paretsky grew up in eastern Kansas, where she attended a small country school. The publishing bug bit Paretsky early—at age 11, her first published story appeared in the magazine The American Girl. It was about children surviving a Kansas tornado. She attended the University of Kansas for her undergraduate degree, but after spending a summer in Chicago doing community service work, she fell in love with the Windy City and decided after college to make the move permanent.

Paretsky eventually earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago but had a hard time finding a job as an academic, so she returned to school for an M.B.A., after which she started working full-time in marketing. (In order to complete her first three novels, she juggled family and job with writing at night.) An avid reader, Paretsky has always been a fan of detective fiction, but noticed a lack of intelligent, likable female protagonists in the genre. Thus, with the inspiring city of Chicago as the background, her signature character, V. I. Warshawski, was born.

Readers and critics have responded with appreciation for Paretsky's confident, modern, noir female detective. Unlike other noir heroines, V. I. refuses to be categorized by her sexuality. Despite the patriarchy she confronts on every case, she's a single woman in total control. Paretsky says of V. I., " I started aging V. I. because although she is a fictional character, she is grounded in historical events: she came of age during the Civil Rights movement and the anti-War movement. Her mother was a refugee from Fascist Italy. And her cases are all based on real events. Who she is depends on her being born in the Fifties. Now, of course, I have this dilemma of how to let her get older while still continuing to be an effective detective. I haven't quite figured that out yet."

Beyond her successful series, Paretsy has proven her range of talent with short stories (1995's Windy City Blues) and a handful of stand-alones (Ghost Country, Bleeding Kansas). She has also edited anthologies of mysteries and crime fiction by famous and less well-known female writers.

Generous with all she has learned throughout the years, Paretsky is a co-founder of Sisters in Crime, an organization dedicated since 1986 to bringing the female voice in detective fiction to the attention of booksellers and libraries. Sisters in Crime is a business resource for women on how to prepare a press kit, arrange a signing at a local bookstore, or search for an agent—as well as a treasure chest of new writers on the scene. Check out all they have to offer at www.sistersincrime.org.

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Paretsky worked for ten years as a marketing manager at an insurance company and draws on the experience when writing about white-collar crimes for the V. I. Warshawski series.

Comparing herself to V. I. Warshawski, Paretsky says that they both love dogs, enjoy good food and good Scotch, and are both diehard Cubs fans.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sara N. Paretsky
    2. Hometown:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 8, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Ames, Iowa
    1. Education:
      B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; Ph.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Indemnity Only, by Sara Paretsky, is downright my favorite book

    Indemnity Only, by Sara Paretsky, is downright my favorite book of all time. Indemnity Only is a very likeable murder mystery novel that forces the reader to buy the entire V.I. Warshawski series. One special characteristic about this book is whenever the answer to the murder seems to be obvious, the author turns everything around in a completely different direction. When Sara Paretsky does this, it intrigues the reader to continue on with the book until the issues are resolved in the end. There's nothing better than a fast- paced book that you can’t put down!
    This book starts out with a visit from a peculiar man on an eerie Chicago night asking V.I. Warshawski, a private investigator, to find his daughter. It turns out that the man gave himself and his missing daughter, Anita, fake names. In the end, V.I.’s client, whose real name is Andrew McGraw, sends her on a wild goose chase to find his daughter. Throughout the novel, V.I. has to find a missing girl, dig deep into an insurance company, and most of all, solve a murder.
    All in all, in my opinion, Indemnity Only is the best book ever written. Anybody who reads this book could agree that Sara Paretsky did a fantastic job in creating a mystery that is irresistible to put down. To get an idea of how superior this book is to others, picture the best book you've ever read – this novel is five times better. From a bold, know-it-all V.I Warshawski to an ignorant John Thayer, Indemnity Only is a phenomenal novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

    My First Sara Paretsky Book

    My curiosity got the better of me and I finally broke down and got this, the first in the V. I. Warshawski series. This book is set in the 80's so V. I. Warshawski's detective work is slowed by the lack of having a cell phone and other technology. This probably makes things more interesting. It is refreshing to read about a woman detective and I have her other books on my wish list for the future.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Fast Moving Murder Mystery

    Because of the author's note in the front of this book, I wasn't sure if I'd like the series or not. However, when I want to try out a new author, I always start with the first book in the series to get acquainted with the main character. It was great! I'm a more conservative type of reader--I don't care for a lot of drinking, sex, or swearing in the books I read. I believe a good book can be just that--a good book without all the other stuff. Anyway, even though there is some sexual connotations and the main character is a drinker, I like her attitude of finding out the truth and not just accepting on the surface what appears to be true. The book moves and is hard to lay aside. She's threatened and finds herself in lots of trouble with the bad guys and the cops, but continues to pursue the clues until she figures out who "dun it". I enjoyed it so much, I keep going back to the used book store or Barnes & Noble to find each additional book. Keep up the good work Ms. Paretsky.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Good

    Good book but could be better. It was a bit slow for me and somewhat predictable. I will still read the series but I won't be as "on fire" for the next one as I would be for the really great books. S. Clanahan

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    I go in spells with the writing of Sara Paretsky. I have follow

    I go in spells with the writing of Sara Paretsky. I have followed the V I Warshawski series, a little, by reading the novels in no determinate order. What do I find impossible? Vic has no concept of money, she spends freely and I wonder where her source of money appears. She eats smoked salmon and eats fancy named desserts. Vic is not the average private detective living from case to case. I guess I am used to Janet Evanovich or Laura Lippman's type of female detective. I do appreciate Paretsky's description of Chicago, and the love of the city for the Cubs. But Paretsky misses in the creation of the labor boss and the police department. Still the story is interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Enjoyable read, particularly to the 606 and 312 fan

    Well written and enjoyable with only a few exceptions. Especially fun for Chcagocentrics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    A good read!

    Sara Paretsky is a talented writer. I heard about this series through a friend and wanted to start with #1. I enjoyed it very much - it was a real page turner from the beginning. I liked it so much that as soon as I finished, I ordered #2 & #3!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    First of the series

    I went backwards to this book in the series after I decided to try and look for a new author/series to read. I enjoyed the latest one, so I thought I would start at the beginning. Good in that time warp kind of way- much like the John Sanford/Lucas Davenport series.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    A fairly good mystery

    This was not her best book but still a interesting mystery.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Looking forward to the rest of this series!

    I loved this book; sassy, smart-talking V.I. digs into the disappearance of a young woman after a mysterious client hires her. I liked the storyline and Paretsky's clean, sharp prose. I would definately recommend this book and if you like it, you may also enjoy Sue Grafton, Ross McDonald, Raymond Chandler, Marcia Muller and the early books of Robert B. Parker.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    I liked it...

    I liked this first V.I. Warshawski book. I found it entertaining, and I think I would like V.I. if she were a real person! Getting ready to read the rest of the series.

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    Great beginning

    I'm always glad to read series that starts off great. And the V.I. Warshawski character is just what I look for.

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