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

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

by Sara Paretsky
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Indemnity Only (V. I. Warshawski Series #1) by Sara Paretsky

The 30th anniversary edition of the first V. I. Warshawski novel, Indemnity Only, featuring a new afterword from Sara Paretsky
Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble is Chicago private eye V. I. Warshawski’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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307477736
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/12/2010
Series: V. I. Warshawski Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 350
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sara Paretsky is the author of many novels, including her V. I. Warshawski series, which began with Indemnity Only. 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

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Indemnity Only 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
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.
Solitaireyqueen More than 1 year ago
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.
Baj83 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 17 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. Good easy read. Good plot. Perfect for enjoyment reading.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
I’ve never been to Chicago, but I love Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden novels, so my husband suggested I try something a little more “normal.” Sara Paretsky’s city is just as convincing and intriguing, without the myth and magic. Her first person narrator has the same toughness as Dresden, the same folly in love, and the same downbeat sense of failure. But she's also strong, vibrant and determined, so I enjoyed following her. In this novel, violence causes real injury, crime bosses are a good blend of evil and humanity, and the central mystery grows through time, until good timing reveals it. Strong narration, a determined female protagonist, good friendships and a clever mystery make this a fun first book in the series. Fascinating details add depth and conviction, and I will certainly read more. Indemnity Only is a smooth fast read, balancing feminine interests with tough determination and risk, well-timed asides, an omnipresent fascination with the Cubs, and a clever crime to be solved. Disclosure: My husband buys good books for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping mystery, unpredictable . Couldn't put it down. Very well written. Some swearing, violence and brief sex, nothing explicit. I'm usually a cozy reader, but I may read more by this author. Definitely thrilling, but not too scary. I could read this alone at night.
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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
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and enjoyable with only a few exceptions. Especially fun for Chcagocentrics.
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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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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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PaigeAM More than 1 year ago
This was not her best book but still a interesting mystery.