Fallout (V. I. Warshawski Series #18)

Fallout (V. I. Warshawski Series #18)

by Sara Paretsky

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LEE CHILD says she's "a genius."

P.D. JAMES called her "the most remarkable" of today's suspense writers.

STIEG LARSSON loved her work so much, he named her in his novels.

And now SARA PARETSKY returns with the most extraordinary novel of her legendary career: FALLOUT.

Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. To her parents, she's Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends, she's Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she's V.I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago... and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.

Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished — and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe.

Exciting and provocative, fiercely intelligent and witty, FALLOUT is reading at its most enjoyable and powerful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062435859
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Series: V. I. Warshawski Series , #18
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 253,625
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

SARA PARETSKY is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty previous novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers—alongside John le Carré, Peter Lovesey, and Lawrence Block—to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. She took the mystery world by storm in 1982 with her first appearance in Indemnity Only. A gifted private eye with the grit and smarts to tackle the mean streets, V.I. transformed a genre in which women were typically either vamps or victims. As a “courageous, sexually liberated female investigator,” she “has a humility, a humanity, and a need for human relationships which the male hard-boilers lack” (P.D. James). She lives in Chicago with her dog.


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

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Fallout 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this V.I. Warshawski mystery every bit as much as I had expected. The intertwined mysteries were mesmerising. The various characters were each very alive and real. Parts of what was going on eventually became clear. On the whole, an awesome read.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
Fallout by Sara Paretsky I usually read a series in order, but I couldn’t resist . . . Kansas, protesters, race relations pulled me in with nostalgia for my student activist days and the unease of current events. This is a well-written and satisfying book with a plot that twists and turns logically and characters whose virtues and flaws make them interesting and human, so gripping and also inspiring. Finding allies, working together, learning whom to trust, keeping the faith . . . common and uplifting themes. Keeping on . . . with love and laughter to nourish the soul. Quotes and vocab. to carry away with me: “If I argued every point with every obstructor, I, too, would never get anything done.” “I can’t tell you how vile you sound or how unpleasant it is to listen to you.” (antidote for nasty stuff) “I spent an hour in the open air with my dog.” (truth to power) “I’m a taxpayer. You . . . are both servants of the republic, not its masters. You work for me.” “I need to go back to the place I do belong” cordon sanitaire “Bi-Polar Bear”
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HappyinTampa More than 1 year ago
Not bad story line, but the book is nearly 500 pages, so get ready for heavy reading. Always liked V.I. stories, but this is long.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Fallout" is a fantastic detective/mystery novel that follows V.I. Warshawski (Vic) as she follows the trail of a missing person, August. August is a young black videographer who is being accused of stealing some drugs from his workplace- perhaps because of the color of his skin and also the fact that no one can get a hold of him. Bernie, a university athlete who knew him when he was young, believes in his innocence and hires Vic to find him and help him if he's in trouble. Vic's search takes her to the actress, Emerald Ferring, who is also missing- August was hired to help her document her life story and together, they traveled to Kansas. Vic follows the trail to Kansas where she finds more than she could have bargained for- potential government conspiracies, something centered around a viral lab, dead bodies popping up, and mysterious illnesses. As she uncover clues, I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat- it was fascinating to follow the evidence and find out not only what is happening today, but also what happened in the protests at the missile silo in 1983. Although this is the 18th book in the series, it was absolutely enjoyable and a strong book on its own- Paretsky has not lost her touch, and Warshawski is still going strong. I could not put it down and absolutely devoured it! Lovers of mystery will adore this installment in the Warshawski series! I highly recommend it. Please note that I received an ARC from a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. Enjoyed every word.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
It all begins in Chicago, and ends up in Kansas, but VI Warhawski needs more than ruby read slippers to return home. Apparently, a black retired movie star decided on amoment’s notice to leave the Windy City, ostensibly to visit the town where she grew up, dragging a young man man along to film her reminiscences with stops along the way to Lawrence, KS. When the two seem to disappear, VI is retained by the woman’s concerned neighbors to find them. The young man also is a person of interest in a drug theft at his place of employment, and Vicky becomes more wary when she discovers his apartment ransacked. So off goes VI on the long drive to Kansas, tracing the woman’s journey and attempting to pick up a trace of the pair. She visits Fort Riley, where she learns they stopped, but little else. So Vicky continues on to Lawrence, where she encounters all kinds of obstructions, and becomes involved in all kinds of side issues, other than her original purpose to locate the actress and her photographer. The reader has to plow through a rather dry start to the novel, about one-third the length of the book, before the plot begins to develop. Then it turns into a complicated story that probably could have served as the basis for one or more novels. All in all, Fallout is an interesting work and can be recommended despite these reservations because the author and the series are so deservedly popular.
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SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Fallout by Sara Paretsky is the highly recommended 18th book in her long-running V. I. Warshawski series. This time the case takes V. I. out of Chicago to Lawrence, Kansas. Angela Creedy and Bernadine Fouchard (Brush Back, 2015) want Warshawski to find Angela's cousin, August Veriden. The aspiring film maker is missing and the police want to question him over the ransacking the Six-Points Gym, where he works as a personal trainer. It appears that August left Chicago with aging black actress, Emerald Ferring. The two were headed to Kansas to film a documentary about her origins. The trail leads to Lawrence, KS, where the University of Kansas is located and the story evolves into more than simply a search for missing persons. In Kansas Warshawski becomes enmeshed with events that happened in 1983 involving a protest at a missile silo outside of the town and plenty of small town gossip and politics. In response to posters she put up downtown, Sonia Kiel, the mentally -ll daughter of imminent retired KU professor Nathan Kiel, contacts Warshawski to tell her where she saw Emerald and August, but the call ends abruptly. When Warshawski goes to the bar Sonia called from she finds the woman drugged and unconscious. Warshawski calls 911, but this marks the first of several calls she will have to make while unraveling the events of 1983 and how they relate to her present case. The plot on this outing does meander a bit off track and loses sight of the original case for a good chunk of the novel. Paretsky does pull it all together in the end and solves her case. There are several bad guys in this novel along with several ill-informed citizens. Warshawski continues to have an amazing ability to follow the least of clues and ingratiate herself with the right people while antagonizing the bad guys. In the opening "Thanks" Paretsky explains that she grew up in Lawrence and her father was a professor and researcher at the University of Kansas. Lawrence is home to KU (1866), but also to Haskell Indian Nations University (1884). The population is probably around 90,000, not huge, but the city is an easy commute to nearby cities, including Topeka and the KC metro area. There are numerous colleges and universities nearby. I'm going to have to take this review a bit personal because of the location Paretsky choose. I totally get taking a place you knew growing up, and switching things up to suit your story by using the real location but with a new layout and altered terrain. I guess what I found rather troubling was her dislike of Lawrence. It became rather obvious that she harbors some latent animosity toward the city. I have yet to encounter the city-wide gossip, or prejudice she implies still exist in Lawrence. Additionally, after moving several times to cities in other states across the country, I chose to move back to this area. So, if you were ever thinking of relocating to the area don't base your decision on what how this fictional novel portrays Lawrence, KS. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over the past few ywars, Paretzky's writing has seemed to be getting worse. This latest novel is far too long-wonded and the plot unnecessarily convoluted. She seems ti be leaving out key facts that would help the reader understand the story and nust makes leaps that don't really make sense. Add to that the occassional gratuitous pushing of the left-wing agenda and you have a story that you just want finished. I am seriously getting tired of reading this series but I keep hoping she will get back to her old writing style in which she didn't try to confuse or indoctrinate anyone with needlessly tangled plots that even she obviously can't resolve well. Stephanie Clanahan