Breakdown (V. I. Warshawski Series #15)

Breakdown (V. I. Warshawski Series #15)

by Sara Paretsky

Paperback(Tall Rack Paperback)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Want it by Wednesday, November 21 Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451238801
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Series: V. I. Warshawski Series , #15
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 375,990
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of the renowned V.I. Warshawski novels. Her many awards include the Cartier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Crime Writers' Association and the 2011 Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. She lives in Chicago.


Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:

June 8, 1947

Place of Birth:

Ames, Iowa


B.A., Political Science, University of Kansas; Ph.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"With a satisfying array of baddies and the same comfortable heroes, Sara Paretsky gives her fans all they could ask for and everything they should expect."—Chicago Sun-Times

“One of the many pleasures of Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski novels is that the sharp-tongued, short-tempered detective often seems to be following clues that lead not just to the heart of whatever mystery is at hand, but also into the red-hot center of the zeitgeist itself."—Los Angeles Times

"Breakdown's riveting plot mixes the mania for vampire and supernatural novels, especially among tweens, virulent TV broadcasters, tabloid journalism, xenophobia and dirty politics.” —Sun Sentinel (South Florida)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Breakdown 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She needs to get off her soap box and write a true mystery. This books reads like a lecture on all the injustices in this Country. Can not recommend just could not past the negative tone of her writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been following the exploits of V.I. since her first case and was a huge fan from the beginning. Although I felt that this case bogged down in a few spots, it did not disappoint...I finished it in a day. I have to admit that around page 375 I got very nervous and was about to be really, really mad! Can't wait for the next Paretsky offering. If you like V.I. stories, check out "Cold Case" and "Cold Shoulder" by Lynda LaPlante.
DenisePW More than 1 year ago
The author should get off her soapbox & get back to writing good mystery fiction. I was a great fan of this series, but this most recent work reads like one long left wing rant. The plot is lost among her whining litany & the character has lost her appeal. Too bad Ms. Paretsky has made so much money on her past sales that she no longer cares about producing a quality novel & instead uses this book to instruct the ignorant masses just how she could make everything right. Maybe she should give away her profits to the those she views as the evil Right's victims. Sorry, my time is too valuable to spend it on this type of diatribe. Done with this author.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
One thing we have learned in the previous 14 novels in the series: V.I. Warshawski is brash, rash and opinionated. So it should be no surprise that those characteristics continue in this, the 15th entry in the series. Unfortunately these traits also carry over to the plot, and that is unfortunate because otherwise it might have been an interesting novel. However, the book never seems to make up its mind whether it is a political tract, murder mystery or something else. In fact this reader, at least, is hard put to try, even in a minimal way, to summarize the plot. It begins with a few young girls in an improbable setting (a cemetery) performing some sort of ritual, during which a murder takes place. Long diatribes against a Fox-like cable network and its right wing lead commentator, a couple of more murders or attempted assassinations, a senatorial campaign pitting a conservative against a liberal, and who knows what else. Enough? There’s probably more. Just as an aside, detracting from the novel, in a finished copy, displays some very poor (or lack of) proofreading along the way. Needless to say, the novel gets off to a slow plodding pace, and only picks up speed at times beyond the middle and before the conclusion, which seems perfunctory at best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me really engaged with all of its twists and turns. I gave it four stars because it also kept me confused for a while because there are so many characters its hard to keep them straight. Also, I was a little put off by V.I.'s attitude that its ok to barge into people's homes and butt into their business and ask questions, but when someone show up on her doorstep she gets all huffy. But that's a minor point. Also, the book became a little preachy in places regarding left-wing/right-wing political policies behind a thin veil.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it and to those calling it preachy and slow, i personally felt it fit right into the story line and did not read like a soap box rant .if your a paretsky fan you will love this book if you've never read her be prepared to buy more books by her as you'll love v.i warshawski if you like strong women
pegvg More than 1 year ago
Funny, entertaining as always.
tmaster1997 More than 1 year ago
Always enjoyed Sara's books, they just keep getting better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of this series and this one has a very weak and confusing beginning. It was tough to get engaged. Better luck next time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of V.I. Warshawski for 30 years and I like this book. That said, I'm concerned about a few details. When will Lotty retire? Are her hands still steady enough to do surgery? She must be at least 80. And what in the world does Vic feed Mitch & Peppy? Those dogs have lived longer than any of my cats! I could argue that a few of the villainous characters are way over the top, except that I experience their "real life" counterparts daily in the media. I'd name names, but I don't want anyone to sue... --catwak
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love V. I. Warshawski. I have read all her books. So when I saw she had a new book out, I had to read it.I enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super book, super author.
Slim20 More than 1 year ago
Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls all over the world. When tweens in Chicago's Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicago's most powerful families: The grandfather of one, Chaim Salanter, is one of the world's wealthiest men; the mother of another, Sophy Durango, is the Illinois Democratic candidate for Senate. For V. I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign against Sophy Durango? Or to Chaim Salanter's childhood in Nazi-occupied Lithuania? As V.I. struggles for answers, she finds herself fighting enemies who are all too human. I have loved this series from the first book. It's a great book and stays very true to the Warshawski series. It had me from the first chapter and I couldn't put it down.
kturner4 More than 1 year ago
This is a review of an uncorrected manuscript won through a giveaway program. I felt some of the beginning and ending chapters were both very strong, with some of the middle chapters maybe needing a little more editing that would only help stengthen the story. All in all a very nice story and one that I enjoyed :) Thank you for having this in a giveaway again and giving me a chance to win and read this book! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Painful read". Only if you have a very thin skin for the antics of a detective whose strengths are her strongly held views and dogged determination. Got to love an opinionated, strong woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the warshawsky series by Paretsky. I have enjoyed mosy of them but I am getting fed upwith per liberal rants and constant poryeayal of anyone conservative as the bad guy. There are both good and bad people on both sides of the issues but Paretsky refuses to recognize it and is alienating a large portion of her readers. I read to enjoy good stories, not to have someone else's political views foisted upon me. It is way past time for Paretsky to return to writing for entertainment rather than a political agenda. Without the constant liberal spin, this could have been a really enjoyable book. As it is, it is just more crap. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LiberalDem More than 1 year ago
If you like V.I. you will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pippen More than 1 year ago
Great to get back to V.I. and all her 'family'. It kept me guessing to the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago