Fire Sale

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sara Paretsky

Narrated By: Sandra Burr

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: June 2005

Duration: 14 hours 41 minutes


V. I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it. When V. I. takes over coaching duties of the girls' basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms, who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes. Through young Josie Dorrado, V. I. meets the girl's mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works. The biggest employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesn't know how she'll support her four children if the flag plant shuts down. The elder Dorrado's fears are realized when the plant explodes; V. I. is injured and the owner is killed. As V. I. begins to investigate, she finds herself confronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company. Founder William "Buffalo Bill" Bysen, now in his eighties, has four sons who quarrel with each other and with him; the oldest, "Young Mr. William," is close to sixty and furious that his father doesn't cede more power to him. And then, there's "Billy the Kid," Young Mr. William's nineteen-year-old son, whose Christian idealism puts him on a collision course with his father, his grandfather, and the company as a whole. When Billy runs away with Josie Dorrado, V. I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families. As she tries to find the errant teenagers, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago.


  • Marci Calloway

    To me this book was long and on the boring side. The story line was average with some good bits. Not my favorite.

  • Laura McQuiddy

    Although this book was kind of depressing, it had enough action and adventure to keep me listening.

  • Anonymous

    I have enjoyed the author's books in the past but I could not get past the first CD -- it just was moving too slow.

  • Anne

    Rather uninteresting. I wasn't compelled to listen everytime I got in my car, like I usually am with these CDs. It wasn't terrible, but I didn't like it enough to finish it. I wanted to start on a different CD.

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