• Overboard

  • A Novel (V.I. Warshawski Novels, Book 22)
  • By: Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (222 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Legendary detective V.I. Warshawski uncovers a nefarious conspiracy preying on Chicago's weak and vulnerable, in this thrilling novel from New York Times bestseller Sara Paretsky.

On her way home from an all-night surveillance job, V.I. Warshawski is led by her dogs on a mad chase that ends when they discover a badly injured teen hiding in the rocks along Lake Michigan. The girl only regains consciousness long enough to utter one enigmatic word. V.I. helps bring her to a hospital, but not long after, she vanishes before anyone can discover her identity. As V.I. attempts to find her, the detective uncovers an ugly consortium of Chicago powerbrokers and mobsters who are prepared to kill the girl. And now V.I.’s own life is in jeopardy as well.

Told against the backdrop of a city emerging from its pandemic lockdown, Overboard lays bare the dark secrets and corruption buried in Chicago’s neighborhoods in masterly fashion.

©2022 Sara Paretsky (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good story, as usual. Not the best narrator

I've been reading Sara Paretsky for years and love V. I.'s character. This book has an intricate plot, and it seemed one thread was unresolved at the end. Unfortunately, the performance of the narrator made the book less enjoyable than it should have been. Where Vic would be definitive and assertive, the narrator made her assertions sound less than firm. There was an upward end to the sentences sometimes (sort of an up-talker, if you're a Seinfeld fan.) Sometimes she seemed to be confused about which character she was voicing and the wrong voice was used for a character. Mr. Contreras! Oh, poor Mr. Contreras sounded like Jimmy Durante (younger folks, look him up.) It's too bad because it's really convenient for me to listen to books, but I won't be listening to any more by this narrator. Maybe other Sara Paretsky books are read by someone else.

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Loved it!!!

Book 22 and Paretsky's social message/lessons, characters, story structure, details and plot are as compelling, as/ as strong as, if stronger than, ever!!!

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The voice of VI

I was reviewing some of the messages- for those of us that have read all the VI books by listening; Susan Erickson is as much a part of these books as Pepe and Mr. Contreras. Please keep her and keep writing VI into life.

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Peretsky is a genius. And a hero in her own right.

Ms. Peretsky is one of my political heroes. Weaving the gritty and ugly truths of our world —no matter the decade — and giving us an imperfect heroine in V.I. Peretsky’s PI isn’t delusional enough to think she can fix all the wrongs, but neither does she turn a blind eye to the wrongs she MIGHT be able to expose, correct or eliminate.
Overboard is a tricky and wild ride. V.I. In all of her audacious and crafty glory. Don’t miss it.

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Over the top

As other long time fans have stated, this book is too depressing and over the top. The books were never perfect, but in this one the author seems to have double downed on her weaknesses. Only good if you want to read about people suffering and being physically and/or emotionally victimized non-stop.

Also, pet peeve: Lotty is in her 80s now. There’s no world in which she is still working full time as a surgeon. Even part time would be hard to believe.

There are also unnecessary constant descriptions of Covid precautions.

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Not an easy read

I have read every one of this series and found myself depressed by the abundance of negativity that prevails in this book. I do realize it was written during a bad time in our nations history-I hung in and finished it but am not yearning for the next as I normally do. I did not enjoy the narrator and had to finish the book via a library book.

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Action packed

Another suspenseful, action packed story from Sara. I love the way she continues to mix in Judaism and continued prejudice. Along with strength of youth and aged. This one also involves police brutality.

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...and Sometime Overwrought

Been a longtime supporter of Sara Paretsky's series and a longtime Chicagoan (now claiming dual citizenship from a distance.) I enjoy V.I.'s passion and persistence in most of the cases that pull her in. As with many of the reviewers I grew weary of the abundant COVID conceits interwoven into the stacked storylines that framed this tale. Narration by Susan Ericksen earns mixed reviews. She had the daunting tasks to take on multiple linguistic/ethnic accents with both recurring characters and those new to this work. Will give Susan credit there. I will add that it seemed as if she shot up on heavy doses of testosterone in bringing several of the male baddies to the mic given the potting up of apoplectic voices and the temperaments delivered. Despite all that, I stuck with it and pretended I was on a long bus ride tour of Lincoln Park, Goose Island, Homan Square, the North Shore, etc.. Old home week. I gave four stars overall to Paretsky's for bringing this complex odyssey home to a mostly satisfactory ending.

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So disappointing

I am a V.I. fan; I have read all her books, and over time, I have felt a slow decline in the story lines, which was exacerbated by the narrator. I can’t stand the current narrator. But this latest book was so over the top that it was ridiculous. I was so disappointed.

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Not worth the time

I’ve enjoyed the series in the past, but not this one. The story was too long, convoluted and, at times, just plain dumb.