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Publisher's Summary

BBC radio productions of the first four best-selling V.I. Warshawski novels from Sara Paretsky - plus a short story featuring the hard-boiled PI, read by Buffy Davis

One of the most popular female sleuths in modern crime fiction, Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski is a strong, smart, independent heroine in a male-dominated world. She tracks down corrupt businessmen, ruthless blackmailers and cold-blooded murderers - while trying not to get killed herself.

Indemnity Only

The first novel in the V.I. Warshawski series introduces one of the world's best-loved private detectives. V.I. meets an anonymous client on a sizzling summer night, but soon discovers that he has been lying to her. As she questions his motives, she sinks deeper into Chicago's underworld of gangsters, insurance fraud and contract killings. Read by Liza Ross.

Deadlock

At the funeral of her cousin, ice hockey hero Boom Boom, V.I. becomes suspicious that his death wasn't an accident. Her investigation leads her to the heart of Chicago's shipping industry, where someone powerful will stop at nothing to get her off the case. A full-cast dramatisation, adapted by Michelene Wandor and starring Kathleen Turner.

Killing Orders

When forged share certificates are discovered at a Dominican priory, V.I. really doesn't want to get involved. Because agreeing to investigate would mean doing a favour for Aunt Rosa, who hates her - and the feeling's mutual. A full-cast dramatisation, adapted by Michelene Wandor and starring Kathleen Turner.

Bitter Medicine

Private eye V.I. Warshawski suspects all is not well at a hospital after a young pregnant girl dies. A full-cast dramatisation, adapted by Michelene Wandor and starring Sharon Gless.

Publicity Stunts

V.I. Warshawski is being set up for a murder she didn't commit - of a woman she hardly knew. Can she find out the truth before the law closes in on her? Read by Buffy Davis.

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V.I. lives up to memories

I first listened to these 3 dramatisations when they played in weekly episodes on public radio close to their first release date on the BBC. The situations and political messages may have dated a little (like this reviewer...) but Vic is still battling prejudice and criminals with just as much bite! Great cast, characters, themes and storylines. I would recommend this collection to fans of the more recent Chandler dramatisations. The readings are also really good.

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  • 09-15-21

Kathleen Turner is VI

There are a few production on this release, of which the two biggies are those starring Kathleen Turner, which really make it. The other productions are of interest, but Kathleen Turner is the business.

Of course, the production values are everything you would expect of the BBC, the very best.

Classic crime, very atmospheric.

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  • 03-14-22

Good adaptation of the books

I read most of these when first published and enjoyed them. Two are good readings and the others full radio 4 performances.

The stories are of their period and are a feminised version of the classic American PI tales. They are of their era, no mobile phones, no internet and attitudes of their time, which now jar a bit but you can skip the little rants - and there are only a few. Otherwise the stories are old and it is a pleasure for the narrative to drive the story rather than getting stuck in pseudoscience.

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  • 05-18-22

Excellent book

The stories were great and the narrator's were excellent. Really enjoyed it. Highly recommended. Will definitely re- listen