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(V.I. Warshawski #18)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,009 ratings  ·  567 reviews
Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. To her parents, she's Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends, she's Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she's V.I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago... and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by William Morrow
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Fallout is the 18th book in the VI Warshawski series written by Sara Paretsky in 2017. The series stars a ~50ish female Chicago private detective and is in the thriller / suspense genre. Each mystery is contained within a single book, but some characters cross over throughout the series in the subplots. In Fallout, VI's hired by a friend of her niece's to check into the disappearance of a cousin. When VI looks further into it, she believes he took off for Kansas with an older mentor, helping to ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
Fallout turns out to be a little different from other books in the series when a case takes Vic out of Chicago and into Kansas. She soon gets herself into all the usual troubles though and has to call on her Chicago friends several times to bail her out of difficulties.

Vic's method of solving a case always seems to involve going on the offensive with everyone and she gets into some very problematic situations. She does have a very abrasive personality but it often helps her stir things up and ge
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Could Sara Paretsky be getting better with age – I mean, experience, or does her newest book, Fallout, seem extra special because the author returned to her roots in the city of Lawrence, Kansas? I won’t claim to have read all of Ms. Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski novels or even to remember details of many of them, but Fallout struck me as highly entertaining.

V.I. – Victoria Iphigenia – Vic, to her friends, steps outside her comfort zone as she travels from Chicago to the heartland in search of a mi
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mystery
Reading this latest V.I. Warshawski novel threw me back to the 1980s when V.I and Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone both burst into the crime genre as some of the first female PIs. Kinsey in California and V.I in her beloved Chicago. Both have developed into lengthy series, maturing and evolving along the way with the developments in technology and criminolgy. In this novel V.I (Vic to her friends) is taken out of her home town and finds herself looking for a missing actress Emerald Ferring and a fi ...more
L.A. Starks
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read every book in the VI Warshawski series and am happy to recommend this one also. It is complex, well-researched and suspenseful. VI is front and center as a take-no-prisoners investigator throughout.

Like other authors at her bestseller level, Paretsky also deserves much professional credit for keeping her series timely and fresh.

Why only four stars? A few issues in this otherwise-readable book: too many characters generally, a shade too political in a same-old same-old way, the autho
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a pleasure to be in the oh so capable hands of Sara Paretsky to read Fallout, the latest V.I. Warshawski novel. This outing takes Vic away from Chicago for the first time, searching for two missing people in Kansas.

To search away from the comfort zone of Chicago takes the impassioned plea of her sort-of god-daughter (a long story) Bernie, the university hockey player. Bernie knows that the young man named August wouldn't have done anything wrong but he has disappeared and is now suspected
Okay let's start with the good, we get into the racial history of a town in Kansas. You can see how things were set up different for those who were white and black. If the book had managed to focus on that this would have been stronger. Instead, Paretsky throws in the military, hidden secrets about germ warfare, Russians (how topical), and the initial investigation seems to be lost in trying to tie into too many things in this town's past.

"Fallout" takes place entirely with VI in Lawrence, Kansa
Jerry B
May 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
For the last couple of decades, we’ve been enamored with leading lady crime solvers – from the likes of Linda Barnes’ quirky part-time Boston taxi driver Carlotta Carlisle, to J.A. Jance’s wholesome, family-oriented Sheriff Joanna Brady, to of course Sue Grafton’s dear classic laid-back PI Kinsey Milhone. Along the line we added Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski, probably at first attracted by merely her name. And while we have now read all 18 of these tales, plus V.I.’s short story collection (“W ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Victoria (V.I.) Warshawski has long been a favorite of mine; she was a successful Chicago-based private detective and one of the first to be (gasp!) a woman. Over the years, I've always looked forward to a new adventure - and this, I believe, is the 18th.

This time, though, a new case takes her from her familiar, comfortable home city to the "wilds" of Kansas - accompanied only by her dog Peppy and expecting that her stay in the Sunflower State will be relatively brief. The reason for the trip?
Abigail Bok
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been eons since I read a V. I. Warshawski novel, and I had forgotten what a master of the private-investigator-thriller genre Sara Paretsky is. This book surely jogged my memory.

For those who have not read any books in this series, I believe this one could easily stand alone. A few recurring characters crop up but in ways tangential to the action.

Warshawsky is a tough female detective in Chicago but in this story she gets sent out of town to investigate the disappearance of an aging Afri
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe it's my new-mom brain-fog or maybe it's the actual plot of this book: I had a really hard time focusing and following the events of this installment in the V.I. Warshawski series that I love. Vic travels down south at the behest of a client to solve a mystery of where an aging film star and a young filmmaker have disappeared. These two end up barely playing any part in the remainder of the novel, which zooms around country fields, an old missile silo, a college campus, labs, the army, and ...more
Oh, V.I. Warshawski, how I've missed you! It seems an age since we had our last adventure together, although, in truth, it has only been two years since we solved the mystery of Brush Back together. But what a pleasure it is to be once again in your company.

I've been making these periodic visits to Warshawski-World since the 1980s when Sara Paretsky started this series. Paretsky, Warshawski, and I have aged together through the years. There are a few more gray hairs among the blonde on Warshawsk
It is always a pleasure to relax and read a Sara Paretsky story. This book finds V.I. Warshawski and Peppy, her golden retriever looking for two Chicagoans in Lawrence, Kansas. Vic is hired by friends of a film student who has disappeared from his home and workplace was vandalized. He is traveling with aged Hollywood star. The twists and turns this tale takes will keep you guessing as Vic's investigation unravels. She touched bases with the army, the sheriff, a city Detective, biological weapons ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fallout by Sara Paretsky is the highly recommended 18th book in her long-running V. I. Warshawski series. This time the case takes V. I. out of Chicago to Lawrence, Kansas.

Angela Creedy and Bernadine Fouchard (Brush Back, 2015) want Warshawski to find Angela's cousin, August Veriden. The aspiring film maker is missing and the police want to question him over the ransacking the Six-Points Gym, where he works as a personal trainer. It appears that August left Chicago with aging black actress, Emer
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pity,I really liked this series.
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I have read and loved the V.I. Warshawski  series for a looooong time, since it started in 1982!  I've read and loved them all and Fallout is number 18. The last few I have enjoyed the audio so when I got the chance to review I went for it. Vic is the original and the best for me. The normal setting is in Chicago but in this she goes out of town for her missing persons case.

Susan Ericksen is a wonderful narrator and sh
Kelly Hager
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
V.I. Warshawski leaves Chicago to head to Kansas to find a missing actress and the documentarian hired to film her "origin story," growing up in Lawrence. The two have gone missing and the clannish locals don't want to discuss it. And most of them take a near-immediate dislike of Vic. (It's not a spoiler to say that there are a lot of moving pieces here, and that everything is connected.)

As you probably know, I'm a huge fan of Sara Paretsky's and this book didn't disappoint. The most interesting
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fallout is the 18th book in Sara Paretsky's popular V. I. Warshawski series. They should be popular, as Warshawski, Vic to her friends (and we're all friends here), is smart, dedicated, athletic, and loyal. She holds her friends and acquaintances to high standards, although not higher than she holds herself. She can travel to a new town – in this case, Lawrence, Kansas – and find a good coffee shop and make friends who go the extra mile for her. While she hit barriers and, while doing so fatigue ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do so enjoy a V.I. Warshawski adventure. Vic gives in to a plea from her dead cousin's godchild Bernie and Bernie's friend to look into the friend's cousin's disappearance. As usual, nothing is simple. Vic is soon involved in a case that takes her to Lawrence, KS. This is unknown territory for her and she takes one of the dogs along for company, which turns out to be a very good decision. Vic is soon discovering drugged and dead woman at a rate unseen in that Kansas county. Something is going ...more
2.5 stars

Definitely not my favorite V.I. Book. WAY too many characters, and a plot that defied belief(and was confusing even if you did believe it). I thought that Paretsky stripped V.I. of her down to earth middle class sensibility in this novel, and Warshawski’s character suffered for it. I’m hoping that yet another series I’ve loved isnt starting to go downhill.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read a V.I. Warshawsky mystery in years, and all the ones I had read before were much earlier ones. This is the 18th one in the series, and "Vic" is an older (fiftyish?) woman, very confident and capable I thought. And she needs all her experience--and moxie-- in this one, as she's largely on her own, with her golden retriever Peppy. What made this Warshawsky story especially interesting to me is that she finds herself off her home turf--and in a faraway exotic land called Kansas ( I've ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
....this one just didn't do it for me. Could be just me. Warshawski goes to Kansas looking for a missing aging actress and a trainer who are missing. The trainer is being looked at in a drug theft. A couple of college athletes are the ones requesting her help??? Once there, dead or dying women, woman looking for Father, parents having nothing to do with daughter in hospital (seriously?) government ...okay, I won't go further. I guess for me, it just didn't feel believable, it had too much 'fill' ...more
Mickey Hoffman
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes the detective to Kansas. The reason she goes there, to locate two missing people, is not very interesting to begin with and the plot becomes hopelessly convoluted as she interviews dozens of characters without making much progress. For some reason, she brings one of her dogs and there are numerous scenes with the dog. Those are often more fun to read than trying to figure out the convoluted relationships between the too numerous characters. The book plods on from being mildly bor ...more
Brenda Freeman
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Vic! This one reminded me of some of Ms Paretsky's best books. Can't wait for the next one.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been over a year and a half since Sara Paretsky's last VI Warshawky book and I was more than ready to meet up with Vic and her friends.

Chicago private investigator V.I (Vic) Warshawsky takes on a case to find a young film student August who left with an older woman to document her Hollywood career and birthplace. After a break-in at the gym where August worked as a trainer, Vic is forced to follow his dwindling trail to Kansas. She meets with doors being closed in her face as no one wants t
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice change of pace as V.I. travels to Lawrence, Kansas on a missing persons case.

The case leads to the aftermath of a 1983 anti-nuclear protest at the site of a local missile silo.

Who are the good guys and bad guys? Who can Vic trust outside of her usual circle in Chicago?

Dark secrets and danger ensue.

A solid entry in this long-favorite series.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've read quite a few in this series and I think this is one of the best. I don't feel any need to read these in order. While VI is a strongly defined character, she doesn't seem to change much over time. (The on again/off again romance stuff doesn't seem important to me.) But this one is nicely plotted and it's great to have her out of Chicago for a bit.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vic ends up in Kansas doing a missing persons case, the sherif is not friendly, and a lot of people are lying to her until she gets a call from a young woman who has seen her missing persons, but when she meets up with her she is out cold on the steps of a bar.... Good read, like V. I. And her friends, and usually her books are set in Chicago, which is a city I love.
Gary Branson
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Solid entry in this series. Haven't cared for the last few, mostly because there was too much politics and not enough story. This one had a great premise and delivered on it in spades. Liked the setting but missed all the familiar Chicago landmarks. Recommended.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-spy, series
I've read quite a few of Paretsky's novels, and this one is right up there with my long-time favorite, Blacklist. I love V.I. Warshawski, who is clever, smart, witty and gritty, but remains a real person - not some hard-boiled male detective type turned into a female character. I especially appreciate that Paretsky gives Vic a strong sense of social justice that pervades her work. And even though I don't have a pet of my own, I found Vic's relationship with her dog to be particularly sweet in th ...more
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