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Overboard by Sara Paretsky
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: V.I. Warshawski #21
Published by HarperAudio on May 10, 2022
Length: 14 hours, 41 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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On her way home from an all-night surveillance job, V.I. Warshawski’s dogs lead her 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, Double Dirty lays bare the dark secrets and corruption buried in Chicago’s neighborhoods in masterly fashion.
I have read and loved the V.I. Warshawski series for a looooong time, since it started in 1982! Each book is another case, so you could read them out of order but I wouldn’t. I enjoy the progression of the characters and they are all great to read.
Every story in this series has a civil rights kind of issue. They are often not connected with the regular work Vic does but with her efforts to help her friends or the innocent. In Overboard, Vic tries to help a couple of teens in bad situations and some elderly being abused.
The situations end up having some odd connections, but the root is from old mob to new mob. The brutality of the police seemed unrealistic but maybe it is not. Vic is a white female but anyone threatening the greed or power of old white men can be in great danger. She is only able to help by doing some unorthodox things with some help from good friends. Her escapades were exciting and a bit terrifying.
I really enjoy the way Vic gathers information using her legal and financial skills but also her knowledge of old Chicago and criminals. Vic risks a lot to help these innocents and protect them. Technology today makes it too easy for the bad guys to track people. Luckily, Vic was able to use it to her advantage too.
Susan Ericksen is an excellent narrator and the voice of the V.I. Warshawski for me. Vic is our point of view and the story is in her stream of consciousness. The dialogue is handled well for both male and female voices, including for different ages and ethnic varieties. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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