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(V.I. Warshawski #17.5)

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Sara Paretsky, one of the most legendary crime writers of all time, presents an exclusive and thrilling short story featuring beloved investigator V.I. Warshawski as a ten-year-old girl on her first investigation.

V.I. Warshawski developed her strength and sense of justice at a very early age.  It’s 1966 and on the south side of Chicago racial tensions are at an all-time hi
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Published March 7th 2017 by Witness Impulse
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Wildcat is a short story published by Sara Paretsky in between the major novels of her VI Warshawski thriller series. The series focused on a ~50ish female private eye in the 90's / 00's based in Chicago. In this 'prequel' tale, we meet VI's parents, who'd passed away before the first book in the series began. We've had memories and moments with them, but this actually takes place entirely in the 60s, focusing on the true first case a teenage Victoria Iphigenia takes on. It involves her cousin, ...more
V. I. Warshawski's First Case (Kindle Single)

Vic is just becoming a teenager and spending a lot of time with her cousin Boom-Boom. Paretsky provides a lot of the background her readers have been asking for in this long series of V.I. Warshawski, Chicago’s relentless private investigator.

The time is 1966 and Martin Luther King has been in town since early in the year organizing against the laws and practices that have penned in Chicago’s African-American population. Racial tensions are high in th
Lynda Dickson
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Shelves: adult
Sara Paretsky is the author of eighteen V. I. Warshawski novels. This is the story of her famous detective's first case, when young V. I., then know as Victoria or Vic, is only 10 years old. Set in Chicago in August 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King's visit sparks a race riot in Marquette Park, where Vic's police officer father is on duty. Vic sets out to warn him of impending danger and gets caught up in a murder. She uses lessons learned from her mother to survive by her wits and manages to solve h ...more
Sheila Beaumont
In this short prequel to the V.I. Warshawski series, set in Chicago in 1966 at a time of extreme racial tension, 10-year-old Victoria hastens to the aid of her policeman father and winds up having to extricate herself from a perilous situation, making use of her mother's advice: Stay calm, think, and be lucky. ...more
James  Love
An interesting coming of age short story. The precocious 10 year old V. I. Warshawski, along with her cousin Boom-Boom, faces two types of mobs. The rioters outraged by Martin Luther King, Jr and the low level members of organized crime.

The worst thing in life is seeing the members of your own church and community attack each other out of fear and petty jealousy.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok for a short story goes, now time to read the first novel of this series
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
V.I. Warshawski, Sara Paretsky's protagonist in her series of Chicago crime novels and stories, was 10 years old when this story was set in 1966. She lived in South Chicago, a neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago bounded by (now closed) steel mills, the Port of Chicago and Lake Calumet. I was seventeen years old during that amazing summer when Martin Luther King brought his campaign for equal rights for black people to the north--to Chicago. I lived about 20 blocks north of V. I.'s neig ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Cathy Cole
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well-written, fast-moving short story that lets us see V.I. Warshawski as a child during riots that occurred when Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Chicago. We see everything through the eyes of a child and do not really know exactly what happened until adults fill in the blanks.
Freda Mans-Labianca
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun little story!
I wouldn't call it V.I's first case so much as her introduction to bad guys. She didn't really go on a case, but was being a nosy child chasing things she maybe shouldn't have.
It made for a good, quick read though. It also helped shape why V.I. became the private detective that she did. This incident would have created that whole spark.
I loved the movie, so it was nice to read a story with a familiar character. I definitely want to read more now too!
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Prequel to the V.I. Warshawski Mysteries

Travel back in time to the summer of 1966 when more than the temperatures were getting hot in the South Side of Chicago. This was a summer of civil unrest including protest marches led by Martin Luther King Junior and race riots. When 10 year old Victoria hears her Uncle Tomasz threaten to "teach Tony a lesson" she races to the middle of the demonstrations to warn her father, police officer Tony Warsh
Diane Bliss
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Best from the Best

Sara Paretsky is a Grand Master and proves it once again in this novella, this time set in the 1960s when V.I. is just 10 years old and still known as Victoria. Not to be missed, especially by die-hard fans of the V.I. series.
Brenda Freeman
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So easy to believe V.I. was always for the underdogs.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Confession: I've never read anything by Sara Paretsky before. So when I was sent the widget to read this one, I thought it would be interesting to know V.I.'s first case before starting the series. This short story was interesting but I found it hard to follow in places - I had to go back and re-read some sentences to know who was talking and who they were talking about. but other than that it was a nice, quick read that gave me a perfect introduction to V.I. And left me eager to finally give th ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I 1966, when V.I. turned ten, her police officer father was protecting Chicago during the race riots when Martin Luther King tried to integrate the city. Of course, V.I. got into the action and she's been involved in some type of investigatory action ever since.

This is an extremely short piece to V.I. Who stars in almost twenty detective books. I was disappointed that I paid for this Kindle single since 40% is a promotion for her next book.

Don't waste your money on Wildcat,
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
ok let me just say this I ABSOLUTELY LOVE VICTORIA WARSHAWSKI and seeing little 10 year old vic here... MY HEART

she hasn't changed has she? <3 since she was little she's been impulsive and driven by justice and smart and ugh i love her

I LOVED READING ABOUT HER BEING W HER PARENTS it was so sad to remember they're dead *tears*

I WANT TO READ ALL THE VI WARSHAWSKI BOOKS, I already own 5 soooo gotta go get the other 17!
I received a digital review copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

If you've ever read any of the V.I. Warshawski books, you might think you're very familiar with this character. But the V.I. Warshawski in Wildcat isn't like the V.I. we all have come to know and love. First, this V.I. is known as Victoria. Second, she's only ten years old. Victoria is experiencing societal injustice and the fight to overcome it for the first time with the civil rights marches in Chicago
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good prequel

Who knew how V I grew up? It explains a lot about how she became so independent and how she learned to take care of herself. I loved the insight into her childhood.
Dick Dubay
A quick enjoyable read

Although this was not what I expected for a first case, it was quick read and an interesting introduction to the series. I expect the action will take off from here.
Wyatt Underwood
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a kick! V.I. as a kid!

The backstory! How V.I. came to be! Oh, better than Nancy Drew, or the Hardy Boys! The beginning of such pluck! And poignant enough for tears. Goddam! Good!
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A pre-series book telling us about VI as a child. Now we can see why she chose to become a Private Investigator.
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a vert short story about V.I. and Boom-Boom when they was really young. Not sure why but maybe that will come out in a later book.
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The childhood prequel to the V.I. Warshawski series.
Bill Williams
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A nice snapshot of VI Warshawski as a little girl racing to stop a murder. The short story is long on background and tension.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed reading about the younger Warshawski and the interaction with her parents and cousin. Kind of wish that there were more background stories prior to her becoming a full-time detective.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
A story of 10 year old V.I., growing up on the south side of Chicago and attempting to solve her first case.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved it but it was too short!!
Patricia W. Tidwell
Great short story!

A young V. I. shows the same personality and characteristics as in novels about he adult life. Boom-Boom's relationship with his cousin is developed.
Gail Henry
Story of V.I. and her cousin Boom-Boom from their childhood. Interesting, not her best.
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introduction

I really enjoyed the books I've read in the VI Warshawski series. Sara Paretsky is an excellent writer. I highly recommend her work.
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Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction. Paretsky was raised in Kansas, and graduated from the state university with a degree in political science. She did community service work on the south side of Chicago in 1966 and returned in 1968 to work there. She ultimately completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago, entitled The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New E ...more

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